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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.   

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 Outbound 2023 Professional Fellows Program, Professional Fellows from the United States will have the opportunity to: 

    • Attend an in-country orientation with US Embassy staff and the recently returned Professional Fellows cohort.  
    • Engage with a Spring 2023 Fellow in implementing a follow-on project with their place of employment and community during a 10-day placement in one of four countries: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia.  
    • Participate in a Closing Synthesis Session with the outbound cohort

Citizen and currently residing in the United States  

Emerging leaders in government, civil society, or the private sector who have demonstrated expertise pertaining to Economic Empowerment

Fellowship Dates

Any 10-day period from October 1 – October 30, 2023

Application Deadline

August 26, 2023

Apply Here
Application Announcement (PDF)

CRDF Global reserves the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted and to modify the scope of the program as required.

Areas of Impact

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Partners (U.S. & Abroad)

CRDF Global PFP Partners

Application Deadline

August 26, 2023

Apply Here

Participant Spotlight

Fall 2022 

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Diaa Adham
Nawal Allaoui
Headshot of Zeineb Ben Azzouz
Zeineb Ben Azzouz
Headshot of Redouane Bousnane
Redouane Bousnane
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Samira Echaib
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Ilham El Aouissi
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Nadia Essid
Headshot of Hadeel Hegazy
Hadeel Elsayad
Headshot of Fatima Ezzahra Jaida
Fatima Ezzahra Jaida
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Maryem Guaali
Headshot of Zeyneb Mouchrit
Zeyneb Mouchrit
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Abdalrahman Nasr
Headshot of Ahmed Rehouma
Ahmed Rehouma
Headshot of Fadi Souilem
Fadi Souilem
Participant Spotlight

Spring 2023

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Yosra Ben Lassoued
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Soulaima Ben Tmim
Headshot of Benaissa Kheira
Kheira Benaissa
Headshot of Manar Benzahra
Manar Benzahra
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Jihane Boumediane
Safaa Elouadifi
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Bassem Elzoghby
Headshot of Mostafa Fechfouch
Mostafa Fechfouch
Headshot of Oumayma Majdoub
Oumayma Majdoub
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Mayssa Mrabet
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Hind Nejbah
Headshot of Mona Soliman
Mona Soliman
Headshot of Youssef Soubai
Youssef Soubai
Headshot of Dina Teilab
Dina Teilab
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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.