The Professional 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.
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.
- 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.
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 Middle East and North Africa.