The Legislative Fellows Program provides an unmatched opportunity for professionals to gain international experience through working and learning at a partner organization abroad. Fellows will work for a host organization on an assigned project, but more importantly, will share best practices, experiences, and insight with their new colleagues for a mutually beneficial experience. Due to the nature of the program, Fellows have the time to develop lasting and sustainable personal and professional relationships while experiencing a new and exciting culture.
Partners will employ an open, competitive recruitment process in each country to select four classes of qualified Fellows. Partners will recruit Fellows that represent diverse ethnicities and regions, and will also strive to ensure gender balance.
Requirements for Latin American and Caribbean Fellows
Requirements for US Fellows
The program covers airfare, lodging, living allowance, and health insurance for the Fellow only.
Fellows travel to the U.S. under the J-1 visa. Partners of the Americas will work with the U.S. Department of State to request the visa directly from the in-country U.S. Embassy. Please note that participants traveling under a J-1 visa must return to their home countries and live for a total of two years before they are eligible to receive the kind of visa that enables them to reside permanently in the United States (as an immigrant or refugee, for example) or to work in the United States. This “two-year rule” does not prevent persons from returning to the U.S. for business, tourism, study, and other purposes that involve a temporary stay.
Citizens of participating Latin American and Caribbean countries are eligible to apply for Spring and/or Fall Fellowships for a duration of 6 weeks in the U.S.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for Summer and/or Winter Fellowships for a duration of 3 weeks in a participating country.