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Deadline: October 8, 2019 00:00 (CEST)| Apply here
Eligibility: Citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam under 40 years of age, having a demonstrable record of experience and accomplishment related to The Asia Foundation’s fields of expertise: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation;

Asia Foundation Development Fellows Program 2020

The Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future program provides highly qualified, young professionals from Asia with an unparalleled opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills and gain in-depth knowledge of Asia’s critical development challenges.

The year-long professional advancement program draws on The Asia Foundation’s extensive 18-country network and deep expertise working with innovative leaders and communities across the region.

The program is designed to be a multifaceted experience, involving intensive learning modules–short courses, conferences, and study tours in Asia and the US–to enhance leadership skills, Asian development knowledge, professional networks, and international exposure.

Emerging leadership for Asia’s future

In these times of rapid change and extraordinary development challenges throughout Asia, the need for creative, inspired, and transformative leadership has never been more imperative.

To address this need, The Asia Foundation has created the Asia Foundation Development Fellows program, an initiative designed to identify, nurture, and support dedicated next-generation leaders across Asia.

The program aims to strengthen and enhance the ability of carefully selected leaders and changemakers to advance Asia’s social, economic, and political development through forward-looking initiatives and policy reforms.

Why apply?

The Asia Foundation Development Fellows program is a multifaceted experience enhancing leadership skills, Asian development knowledge, professional networks, and international exposure for young Asian professionals.

The program also provides the flexibility for Fellows to customize their own professional development component and to stay in their current occupations while participating in the program’s rigorous modules.

The program is comprised of the following four components:

  1. Leadership Dialogue and Exchange program in Asia (2 weeks);
  2. Leadership Dialogue and Exchange in the U.S. (2 weeks);
  3. Professional Development Award of US$5,000;
  4. Mentorship, formally allowing Fellows to tap into The Asia Foundation’s extensive human resources and thematic expertise

Interested in applying for the Asia Foundation Development Fellows Program 2020 Register your participation by following the application link and taking the suggested steps.


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