Apply to become a Professional Fellow in the Fall 2018 Program

The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) for the Middle East and North Africa is a fully funded 6-week program (including a 4-week fellowship placement) in the U.S. for young professionals committed to empowering their communities through innovation and entrepreneurship, socially responsible businesses, and workforce development

Who Should Apply?

Entrepreneurs, and Social Innovators
Small & medium business Owners and Managers who are investing in innovative socially conscious products and programs
• Individuals working in Civil Society/NGOs working on youth workforce training and development, increasing the role of marginalized populations in the economy, building financial literacy, training in technology use and IT development, and other efforts around economic empowerment
• Individuals working in  University incubators, accelerators, and job-readiness programs, and programs focusing on business development, financial literacy, sustainable tourism, or economic development.
• Individuals working in Government Agencies/Ministries, national policy offices, think-tanks, and offices working to increase the presence of underrepresented citizens in the economy.


  • 25-40 Years old
  • A current citizen and resident of: Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, or Lebanon
  • Speak fluent to English (enough to work full-time in a US fellowship)
  •  Have at least two years‘ work experience in their field 
  • Currently employed
  • Interest in hosting reciprocal program for Americans in your country
  • Able to convene 25 or more colleagues for post-trip briefings, presentations, and project work
  • Have demonstrated strong leadership skills and commitment to community
  •  Demonstrates initiative, teamwork, and openness 
  •  Preference will be given to those who have not previously traveled on a U.S. government funded program.

 Spring 2018 Program Dates: 21 April -2 June open to fellows from Morocco and Tunisia.
Fall 2018 Program Dates: 6 October-17 November Open to fellows from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon and Libya.

Program Details 
Participant Qualifications
Is this Program Right for You?
Frequently Asked Questions


Morocco and Tunisia Application deadline: CLOSED

 Algeria, Egypt: APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2018

Lebanon and LibyaAPPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2018


 Legacy International conducts  broad outreach to ensure a wide diversity of ethnicity, race, gender, religion, geographic location, and socio-economic status among participants.  Legacy has an established record of including individuals with disabilities and has an open and inclusive application process. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

We provide reasonable accommodations as needed to people with disabilities. Want to know more about reasonable accommodations?

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The Professional Fellows Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by Legacy International with assistance from multiple  partners in the United Stated and  the MENA region.