2018 Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future program.

Application Deadline: Nov. 20, 2017.

The Asia Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018 Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future program. The 2018 Fellowship class will be the fifth cohort of this prestigious program, launched in 2014 to engage and empower a dynamic community of emerging leaders from all over Asia. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 20, 2017.

The Development Fellows program reflects The Asia Foundation’s six-decade tradition of investing in the region’s most promising future leaders. Each year, the program brings together an accomplished group of emerging changemakers (under 40 years of age)—NGO and civil society leaders, government officials and policymakers, social entrepreneurs, journalists, environmentalists, and academics—who are deeply committed to building an inclusive Asia.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Asia Foundation Development Fellows must:

  • Have a demonstrable record of experience and accomplishment related to The Asia Foundation’s fields of expertise – governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation;
  • Be thoughtful, committed, respected and inspirational leaders within their professional fields and within their larger community;
  • Be under 40 years of age by January 1, 2018;
  • Be conversant in English (TOEFL exam results are not required);
  • Be available and able to participate in all program components on the program dates specified; and
  • Be resident nationals or citizens of the following countries where The Asia Foundation has programs: Afghanistan; Bangladesh; Cambodia; China; India; Indonesia; Japan; Korea; Laos; Malaysia; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Philippines; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Timor-Leste; and, Vietnam.

Selection Process

The program is highly competitive. Staff from The Asia Foundation will evaluate each application thoroughly and narrow down the pool of applicants. Final selections will be conducted by a committee of distinguished experts with expertise on Asia’s needs and development conditions. Fellows will be chosen without regard to sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic background, marital status, or financial need. The identities of selection committee will remain confidential throughout the final selection process.

THE 2018 PROGRAM AND IMPORTANT DATES

The 2018 program will be conducted in South Korea, Sri Lanka, and USA (San Francisco, New York, and Washington DC) with a flexible small grant award of US $5,000 provided.

November 20, 2017 (Monday, 11:59pm [PST]): Application deadline

January 2018: Selection finalized

April 14-29, 2018: South Korea – Leadership Training Program; Sri Lanka – Workshop on Asian Development

September 16 – October 1, 2018: USA – Leadership Dialogue and Exchange

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2018 Asia Foundation Development Fellows

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