The opens in a new windowProfessional Fellows Program (PFP) links community leaders from the United States and six countries in the Middle East and North Africa. It is a two-way citizen exchange program designed as a capacity-building and professional development initiative that serves civil society development in Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya and Morocco. The program is for early- to mid-career professionals with strong leadership skills, who are committed to making a lasting positive impact through their work in the civil society (NGO) sector.

opens IMAGE file Each year, 34 Fellows are selected  to participate in a month-long, fellowship placement in an American organization, including service organizations, advocacy groups, grassroots organizations, federal agencies, and congressional offices.

Fellows 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.

Other Program Components

  • Both the spring and fall programs conclude with a three-day “Professional Fellows Congress“ in Washington, DC. This event brings  300+  fellows from around the world together at the end of their fellowship. Fellows build relationships with peers from dozens of countries and learn the tools of effective leadership.
  • Each fellow develops  a follow-on project to be implemented upon returning home.  Legacy staff mentor this process providing tools for grant proposal writing.
  • US delegates who acted as hosts or mentors during the US immersion segment can be selected to travel to Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and Tunisia to co-lead training seminars and gain first-hand knowledge of the country and its people. 

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PFP is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by Legacy International with assistance from multiple  opens in a new windowin-country partners from the Middle East and North Africa.

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