Temporary Pause of International Exchange Programs Due to COVID-19

ECA views the health, safety, and well-being of program participants as its highest priority. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, ECA will pause programs for 60 days and review this decision every 30 days thereafter.

Economic Empowerment

Click here to learn more about our PFP Spring 2019 cohort's theme of economic empowerment.

Considering applying?

Learn more about the program from recent fellows.

Fellows Blog

Click here to read blog posts from a few of our Fellows!

Community Impact

Since 2010 Professional Fellows Projects have positively impacted almost 100,000 people in communities around the Middle East and North Africa.

Host a Fellow

Join the hundreds of businesses, nonprofits, and government offices that volunteer to host our international fellows each year.

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What is the Professional Fellows Program?

The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) for Economic Empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa is a two-way exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, and build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders committed to strengthening their communities through social entrepreneurship and workforce development.


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Fellowship Hosts

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Highlight Stories

Read about our Alumni!

"I think there is a universal desire for peace, a desire for understanding, for community, for sustainability of our earth, and just the power of discovery, of learning about cultures that are different from ours."

-- Steve Coleman, Executive Director at Washington Parks & People and Professional Fellows Host during his interview with the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Podcast 22.33!

Alumni by the Numbers


Have participated in Legacy International's Professional Fellows Program


That our fellows call home: Algeria, Egypt,  Lebanon, Libya, Kuwait, Oman, Morocco and Tunisia


Since Legacy began implementing the Professional Fellows Program in 2010


About the Fellows

PFP Fellows are placed in intensive fellows in non-profit organizations, private sectory businesses, and government offices for an individually tailored professional development experience. They build a broad network with American and other program participant colleagues as they develop a deeper understanding of U.S. Society and enhance their professional skills. American participants who have hosted foreign fellows travel overseas for participant-driven reciprocal programs.