VIA Asia/USA Global Community Fellowship 2017 for Young Professionals from USA.

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Application Deadline: November 13, 2016 @ 11:59 PM PST.
Program Dates:
 Summer of 2017 – Summer of 2018
Locations: Schools and NGOs in Japan, China, and throughout Southeast Asia

The Global Community Fellowship is a 13-15 month program for graduating seniors and young/ established professionals. Fellows work at NGOs and schools across Asia to support community development and youth education programs. By working directly with communities, fellows get hands-on experience learning how organizations in Asia are using creative and innovative methods to address critical social challenges.

Who Can Apply?

  • Starting and experienced professionals with a BA or BS degree (must graduate June 2017).
  • Although the fellowship is primarily aimed towards US citizens, VIA do accept applications from international residents who have a previous connection to VIA or a substantial US connection.

Fellow Duties

Education-focused Posts — As a teaching fellow, you’ll advance student development using critical thinking, peace and conflict resolution, and cross-cultural communication curriculum. You’ll also help students to access future education and professional opportunities.

NGO-focused Posts — As an NGO fellow, you’ll support community development and international communication efforts by supporting NGOs to access resources, networks, and collaboration opportunities.

Application Timeline
Fellowship Timeline
  • Mid-September – online applications open
  • November 13th – online application deadline
  • December/January 2017 – interviews
  • Late January – short-listed candidates selected
  • February – short-listed candidates confirmed
  • Spring – prepare for departure
  • Mid-summer – training in Asia
  • August-December – work at post
  • January – mid-year conference
  • January-May – work at post
  • Mid-summer – wrap-up conference and new fellow training
  • August – fellowship transition



The fellowship is fully funded by VIA, with support from alumni, grants, and our partners.

Not Included:
  • Approximately four weeks of training, covering program management, cross-cultural communication, leadership development, local language lessons, and teacher training
  • Comprehensive emergency medical and evacuation insurance
  • Living and housing stipend (ranging from $200-$1000 per month, depending on location) while working at your post or on a short-term VIA program
  • Intra-Asia travel (from training to your post and wrap-up conference)
  • Language study grants and tutors are available at some posts
  • Vaccinations (cost will depend on individual insurance)
  • Initial visa costs ($150-$300, depending on country)
  • Roundtrip airfare to/from Asia (usually around $2,000 – China fellows receive a one-way return flight reimbursement)
  • Meals and optional activities during training and conference ($300-$500)
  • Traveling for vacation during post and after contract at post has ended.


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the VIA Asia/USA Global Community Fellowship 2017

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