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Professional Fellows Program (PFP)

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Professional Fellows Program (PFP) is a two-way, global exchange program designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, as well as build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States. Inbound (non-U.S.) PFP fellows are placed in intensive 4-week fellowships in non-profit organizations, private sector businesses, and government offices across the United States for an individually tailored professional development experience. Inbound PFP Fellows build a broad network with U.S. counterparts and other fellows as they develop a deeper understanding of U.S. society. Outbound PFP Fellows, U.S. counterparts who have hosted inbound Fellows, travel overseas for participant-driven reciprocal programs that support follow-on projects and long-term collaboration.   

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The PFP administered by CRDF Global will support economic empowerment and create and sustain economic opportunities for women, youth, minorities, and marginalized populations. Fellowships may focus on topics, such as:
    • Small and medium business development

    • Business administration

    • Business education

    • Economic development policy

    • Social entrepreneurship

    • Community training programs

    • Innovation and technology

    • Emerging technologies

Current Opportunity 

During the 2022/2023 Professional Fellows Program, Professional Fellows from Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia will have the opportunity to:

    • Participate in a Program Kickoff in Detroit, Michigan
    • Travel to Burlington, Vermont; Detroit, Michigan; San Antonio, Texas; San Diego, California; or Seattle, Washington for a 4-week custom fellowship placement
    • Stay with a U.S. family during a one-week homestay
    • Join Professional Fellows from around the world at the 3-day Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, DC
    • Engage in in-country follow-on projects and participate in alumni engagement opportunities
    • Potentially host a US Professional Fellow during a reverse exchange

Fellowship Dates

Fall 2022: 1st October – 5th November 2022

Spring 2023: 6th May – 10th June 2023


Application Deadline

The application will open on February 17th and close on March 18th

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Areas of Impact

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Partners (U.S. & Abroad)

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Application Deadline

The application will open on February 17th and close on March 18th

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The Professional Fellows Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by CRDF Global.

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Established in 1995, CRDF Global is an independent nonprofit organization that advances security, health, and economic progress by mitigating threats and enhancing opportunities through science, innovation, and collaboration.