The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) links community leaders from the United States and four countries in 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, Tunisia, Algeria 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.

34 Fellows will be 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.


  • Spring delegation (Tunisia and Morocco): April 20 -June 5, 2015
  • Fall Delegation: (Egypt and Algeria) October 9-November 13,  2015.

Selected fellows 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

Other Program Components
• Both the spring and fall programs will conclude with a three-day “Professional Fellows Congress“ in Washington, DC. This event will bring approximately 350  fellows from around the world together at the end of their fellowship. Fellows will have the opportunity to build relationships with fellows from dozens of countries and learn the tools of effective leadership.
•  Each fellows will spend time developing an idea for a follow-on project to be implemented upon returning home.  Fellows will participate in a number of training sessions to learn project design skills and write a project proposal during their time in the US.
• US delegates who acted as hosts or mentors during the US immersion segment will be selected to travel to Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia to co-lead training seminars and gain first-hand knowledge of the country and its people. Fellows will assist in planning the US Delegation’s visit and hosting them.

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 in-country partners from the North African region.

Learn  more information or to apply to this program