Key Facts of about the Professional Fellows Program
- 38 Fellows are selected from six countries (Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia)
- Fellows will participate in a 6-week program, (Spring and Fall, 2020) each with:
- A one-week host family stay
- A one-week business development and social entrepreneurship intensive with University Partner
- A one-month fellowship placement in individual businesses and/or offices in Washington, D.C.
- 4- days Participation in the Professional Fellows Congress
- Design and development of a complete proposal for a follow-on projects to be carried out by PFP fellows, supported by mini-grants
- Spring Delegation (Tunisia & Morocco): April 18 - May 29, 2020.
- Fall Delegation: (Egypt, Algeria, Libya & Lebanon): October 10 - November 19, 2020.
Selected fellow will learn:
- Effective practices in business management (developing a business plan, financing and accounting, human resource management, marketing, strategic planning, and networking, etc.);
- Principles of social entrepreneurship and increase the ability to run effective community outreach and public relations campaigns;
- Best practices from American colleagues in workforce development, gain exposure to models and innovative and practical ideas and tools in increase effectiveness of these programs;
- Increase the ability to think “outside of the box,” and spark creative, innovative approaches to problems, products, and marketplaces;
- Acquire new skills and strategies to engage effectively with policymakers and government officials;
- Form new or improved strategic partnerships.
Other Program Components
- Both the spring and fall programs will conclude with a 4-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, Lebanon, Morocco, or 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.