Apply For The LIBC Professional Fellows Program For Scholars From Select North African Countries, 2016

Apply For The LIBC Professional Fellows Program For Scholars From Select North African Countries, 2016


 

The Legacy International and Bridges Center (LIBC) is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for its 2016 Professional Fellows Program (PFP). This two-way citizen exchange program is a capacity-building and professional development initiative that serves individuals working in civil society in Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Morocco and Tunisia Application deadline: DECEMBER 15, 2015


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Egypt and Algeria: Opens January 2016

This program is designed for early- to mid-career professionals, with strong leadership skills, who are and who are committed to making a lasting positive impact in their communities through civil society (NGO/CSO/Associations). Areas of interest may include, but are not limited to:

  • Public health
  • Social Development
  • Women and children’s issues
  • Rule of law
  • Arts and culture
  • Education reform
  • Transparency
  • Free speech and media
  • Youth engagement
  • Human rights
  • Citizen participation

Eligible candidates must be:

  • A resident and citizen of Egypt, Algeria, Morocco or Tunisia
  • Between 25 and 40 years of age
  • Fluent in English (spoken and written)
  • Have two years minimum experience with local NGO’s, advocacy and reform organizations and networks, civil society organizations, unions, or other related fields.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have NOT previously traveled to the U.S. on a government-sponsored exchange program.

Program Details

  • 34 Fellows are selected from four countries (8-9 each from Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia)
  • Fellows will participate in a month-long, fellowship placement in an American organization, including service organizations, advocacy groups, grassroots organizations, federal agencies, and congressional offices.
  • DATES: Spring delegation (Tunisia and Morocco): May 6 to June 8, 2016
  • Fall Delegation: (Egypt and Algeria) October 9-November 13, 2016.

Selected fellow will learn:

  • Effective practices in organizational management (staff training, human resources, program evaluation)
  • Increase ability to run effective outreach and public relations programs
  • Acquire new skills to engage with policymakers and government officials
  • Fundraising and proposal writing skills
  • Exchange best practices with American peers in their field

How does the selection process work?

  • Participants are selected through a merit-based, competitive application process.
  • Each complete application is read by at least two evaluators who have been trained to evaluate and score applications and who have experience with prior exchange programs.
  • Evaluators are asked to assess applicants’ level of commitment and motivation for involvement in the exchange and demonstrated commitment to public service.
  • Evaluators review a candidate’s essays, resume and work experience. Applicants are also encouraged to articulate clearly how the study of governance, civil society, and politics is linked to their current and future professional goals.
  • Successful applicants tend to be those who are able to effectively articulate both the impact they would like to make and demonstrate how they intend to do so.

Semi-finalists will be interviewed by a 3-person interview panel in your country in January 2016. Application materials and interview reports are then reviewed by a selection panel at Legacy International’s headquarters in the United States. The selection committee seeks a diverse group of participants. Finalists will be notified and then apply for the necessary visa (called a J-1 visa).

Apply Now for the 2016 Legacy International and Bridges Center (LIBC) Professional Fellows Program

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2016 Legacy International and Bridges Center (LIBC) Professional Fellows Program

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