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Terry McAuliffe from Nebraska hosted several Fellows from Brazil before he decided to apply for the opportunity himself.
 

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In March 2003, the U.S. Department of State awarded Partners of the Americas a grant to implement the American Government Fellows Program. This program sponsors exchanges of outstanding civil servants to carry out a fellowship at a federal, state, or local host agency. Since program inception, close to 60 Fellows representing 20 countries have completed their programs. 

Government agencies throughout the hemisphere have capitalized on the opportunities and benefits offered by the program. By exchanging technical expertise and resources through the work of the American Fellows, sending and receiving agencies establish valuable relationships with counterpart organizations instrumental in improving relations between the United States and its neighbors, a key goal of the program.

In March 2006, the U.S. Department of State awarded Partners a grant to implement the American Business Fellows Program, an exchange program that targets the private sector and focuses on areas related to economic growth, business expansion, and job creation. The program offers a unique opportunity to professionals from the business sector to strengthen their technical skills, gain hands-on experience, and interact with peers throughout the Americas.

 

American Government Fellows

American Business Fellows

Nature of Fellowships 

Nature of Fellowships 

Fellows are assigned to actual working positions at a host agency and are expected to engage in practical hands-on activities. They remain at the host agency for the duration of the fellowship. This program DOES NOT involve attending courses, training sessions, or participating in study tours visiting various institutions of interest.  The fellowships last between two and four months.

Fellows are assigned to actual working positions at a host entity and are expected to engage in practical hands-on activities. They remain at the host entity for the duration of the fellowship. This program does not involve attending courses, training sessions, or participating in study tours visiting various institutions of interest. Fellowships last from one to three months.

Fellowship Areas

Fellowship Areas

  • Good governance, rule of law, transparency, and combating corruption
  • Combating crime
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Environmental conservation and natural resource  management
  • Health systems
  • Small/medium business development
  • Business lending practices
  • Trade expansion
  • Reform of regulatory policies and practices
  • Reinsertion of the unemployed into the labor force
  • Marketing and distribution
  • Quality control
  • Commercial and labor law
  • Business management
  • Free trade areas of the Americas

Fellow Qualifications

Fellow Qualifications

Fellows are selected based on outstanding performance and the ability to play leadership roles their organizations. Partners uses a competitive approach to select participants who meet the following criteria:

  • Federal, state, or municipal employees
  • Professional qualifications that meet the technical requirements of the host agency.
  • Professional-level language proficiency in the language of the host country. (Candidates will be interviewed over the phone to assess their language ability)

Fellows are selected based on outstanding performance and the ability to play leadership roles in their organizations. Partners uses a competitive approach to select participants who meet the following criteria:

  • Business sector employees from small/medium enterprises, professional organizations, chambers of commerce
  • Professional qualifications that meet the technical requirements of the program and host entity.
  • Professional-level language proficiency of the host country. (Candidates will be interviewed over the phone to assess their language ability)

 

How to Apply to be a Fellow

Applications are received on a rolling basis.  Candidates and government agencies interested in participating in the program should contact the Program Director.  

Funding

The program covers airfare, lodging, living allowance, and health insurance for the Fellow only. The Fellow’s organization in his/her country will cover the salary during the fellowship period.

Visa

Fellows travel to the U.S. under the J-1 visa. Program staff in the Washington office will request the visa directly to the U.S. Embassy in Fellow’s country of origin.

U.S. Fellows traveling to Latin America may need a visa depending on the country. Program staff in the Washington office will contact the appropriate Embassy or consulate to facilitate the process.

 

>Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

S T A T E  A L U M N I

American Fellows alumni are encouraged to join the U.S. Department of State's alumni website, State Alumni. Fellows should register by visiting the following website:

>https://alumni.state.gov/