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Professional Fellows Program (PFP) 2022/2023 for Economic Empowerment in Middle East & North Africa

The Professional Fellows Program offers  promising young professionals the opportunity to gain training and practical experience working in organizations in the United States

Application Deadlines: 18th March 2022

Eligible Countries: Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia

To be taken at (country): USA

About the Award: The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) for Economic Empowerment, Middle East and North Africa is a two-way exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, and build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders committed to strengthening their communities through social entrepreneurship and workforce development.

PFP Fellows are placed in intensive fellowships in non-profit organizations, private sector businesses, and government offices for an individually tailored professional development experience.  They build a broad network with American and other program participant colleagues as they develop a deeper understanding of U.S. society, enhance their professional skills.  American participants who have hosted foreign fellows travel overseas for participant-driven reciprocal programs.

Type: Fellowship, Short course

Eligibility: Who Should Apply for Professional Fellows Program (PFP)?

  • Entrepreneurs, and Social Innovators.
  • Small & medium business Owners and Managers who are investing in innovative socially conscious products and programs.
  • Individuals working in Civil Society/NGOs working on youth workforce training and development, increasing the role of marginalized populations in the economy, building financial literacy, training in technology use and IT development, and other efforts around economic empowerment.
  • Individuals working in  University incubators, accelerators, and job-readiness programs, and programs focusing on business development, financial literacy, sustainable tourism, or economic development.
  • Individuals working in Government Agencies/Ministries, national policy offices, think-tanks, and offices working to increase the presence of underrepresented citizens in the economy.

Eligible candidates must be:

  • 25-40 years old
  • A current citizen and resident of: Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, or Lebanon
  • Speak fluent to English (enough to work full-time in a US fellowship)
  • Have at least two years‘ work experience in their field 
  • Currently employed
  • Interest in hosting reciprocal program for Americans in your country
  • Able to convene 25 or more colleagues for post-trip briefings
  • Have demonstrated strong leadership skills and commitment to community
  • Demonstrates initiative, teamwork, and openness 
  • Preference will be given to those who have not previously traveled on a U.S. government funded program.

Number of Awards: 38 

Duration and Value of Professional Fellows Program (PFP): 

This is a 42 day program in the U.S.A 

 September 24- November 4, 2022    

Spring Program 2023:  May 1-June 8, 2023

Fellows will participate in a 6-week program (Fall 2022 or Spring 2023), each with:

  • A one-week host family stay
  • A one-week business development and social entrepreneurship intensive with University Partner
  • A one-month fellowship placement in individual businesses and/or offices in Washington, D.C.
  • 4- days Participation in the Professional Fellows Congress
  • Design and development of a complete proposal for a follow-on projects to be carried out by PFP fellows, supported by mini-grants

How to Apply for Professional Fellows Program (PFP):   Apply Here

  • It is important to go through all application requirements on the Programme Webpage see link below) before applying
  • GOODLUCK!

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