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Professional Fellows Program (PFP) in USA, 2015

Applications are invited for professional fellows program (PFP) to gain practical experience in and exposure to United States policies and offices related to innovation and entrepreneurship. The PFP program includes two types of program i.e. Legislative Cohort of Professional fellows Program for promising young professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine and Innovation & Entrepreneurship Cohort of PFP available for Russian and Belarusian professionals. This one month PFP program includes domestic, international and U.S. domestic transportation; visa fee and processing costs; modest stipend; health and accident insurance; professional and educational enhancement opportunities; professional mentoring support; and room and board with an American host family. The closing date for applications is 15 April 2015.

Study Subject(s): Fellowship provides the opportunity to gain practical experience in and exposure to United States policies and offices related to innovation and entrepreneurship.
Course Level: This is a one month fellowship programme.
Scholarship Provider: U.S. Department of State and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Award can be taken at: USA

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Eligibility: To be eligible for PFP, applicants must:
-be a citizen of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine
-be 25 to 35 years of age at the time of application;
-be a college graduate (equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree or higher);
-be proficient in English. If you are selected as a semi-finalist we will give you an institutional TOEFL exam, unless you have a valid TOEFL score over 500 (paper test) or over 60 (IBT test) or its equivalent (for example, valid IELTS band 6 or higher);
-have relevant experience in and commitment to a career in the public sector and/or nonprofit sector (e.g., legislative, executive, and NGOs that address policy issues); and
-have demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills.
To be eligible for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Cohort of PFP, applicants must:
-Be a citizen and current resident of Russia or Belarus. Applicants living outside of their country of citizenship or on a long term program outside of their country of citizenship will not be considered eligible to apply;
-Be 25 to 35 years of age at the time of application;
-Be a college graduate (equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree or higher);
-Be proficient in English. If you are selected as a semi-finalist, they will give you an institutional TOEFL exam, unless you have a valid TOEFL score over 500 (paper test) or over 60 (iBT test) or its equivalent (for example, valid IELTS band 6 or higher);
-Have relevant experience in and commitment to a career in innovation and entrepreneurship in the public sector

Open for International Students: Professional fellows program is open for citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine (Legislative Cohort of Professional Fellows Program), Russia and and Belarus (Innovation & Entrepreneurship Cohort).

Description:  images (2)The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) sponsored by the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs includes two types of program as follows:
-The Legislative Cohort of Professional Fellows Program (PFP): Initiated in 2005 under the auspices of the Legislative Education and Practice (LEAP) program, the PFP affords up to 47 promising young professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine the opportunity to gain practical experience in, and exposure to, United States government. The knowledge and interest of these young Eurasian professionals in American political processes will be expanded through short-term fellowships in state legislatures, city halls, federal offices and NGOs across the United States. In addition, the PFP will enable up to 17 Americans to travel outbound on reciprocal visits. One of the program objectives is to enable Fellows to share their knowledge with peers in Eurasia through a follow-on program in which they will conduct conferences and outreach activities in collaboration with American counterparts. Another unique new feature to the PFP is that it will serve countries outside Eurasia, meaning that American Councils’ Fellows will have an opportunity to learn from their peers around the world (Asia, Africa, etc) during large pan-PFP conference to take place at the end of each program in Washington, D.C.
-Innovation & Entrepreneurship Cohort of PFP: The Professional Fellows Program is merit-based and it affords promising young professionals from Russia and Belarus the opportunity to gain practical experience in, and exposure to, United States policies and offices related to innovation and entrepreneurship. The fellows will be part of a larger cohort of the Professional Fellows Program, joining fellows from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine working on different PFP topics in 2015. The knowledge and interest of Russia and Belarus innovation fellows will be expanded through short-term fellowships in a variety of American organizations and state bodies across the United States that address innovation/entrepreneurship policy issues. All finalists are assigned individual placements based on their application, goals, professional background and sphere of interest.

Number of award(s): The Legislative Cohort of Professional Fellows Program affords up to 47 promising young professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine.

Duration of award(s): Fellowship will be awarded for a period of one month.

What does it cover? The PFP program includes domestic, international, and U.S. domestic transportation; visa fee and processing costs; modest stipend; health and accident insurance; professional and educational enhancement opportunities; professional mentoring support; and room and board with an American host family.

Selection Criteria: As this is a merit-based competition, each applicant is judged individually based on his or her own merits; there is no weight given to whom the applicant knows or who is interested in recommending him or her.

Notification: Not Known

How to Apply: Applications should be submitted via online.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is 15 April 2015 for Fall 2015.

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