Legislative Fellows: Program Overview

The Legislative Fellows Program is a US Department of State funded exchange program for professionals that is implemented by Partners of the Americas and aims to bridge civil society and government. Fellows from the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua and Paraguay participate in the fellowships abroad.

Program Goals

  • Build sustainable relationships with professionals and organizations in organizations in diverse communities around the program themes: citizen advocacy, citizen participation, legislative processes, transparency, and government accountability
  • Afford Legislative Fellows the opportunity to share their professional expertise and continue their professional development via a dynamic and sustainable network
  • Strengthen the capacity of the Legislative Fellows to more effectively enact and engage civil society, government and legislative processes


Fellowships are customized to be mutually beneficial for Legislative Fellows and host organizations. Legislative Fellows work with mentors at their host organization in a host country to design and execute a scope of work which often includes site visits and on-the-job training. Legislative Fellows have the opportunity to work on new or existing projects, and share his/her best practices.

Host Organizations

  • Partners places Legislative Fellows in host organizations from all sectors that are engaged in policy formation, transparency, anti-corruption, citizen advocacy or citizen participation efforts.
  • Host organizations also have the opportunity to create and deepen international connections, especially through reciprocal fellowships. In the following fellowship class, the host organization is encouraged to send an employee as a Legislative Fellow to strengthen and maintain its international relationships. 

The Legislative Fellows Program is funded by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented by Partners of the Americas.

For more information about this program contact:

Gabrielle Equale
Program Officer

Office number: 202-637-6214
Toll free: 1-800-322-7844

Melissa Golladay 

Office number: 202-637-6224
Toll free: 1-800-322-7844