VIA Global Community Fellowship 2018/2019 for young Professionals

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Application Deadline:
 November 12th, 2017, 11:59 PM
Program Dates:
 June 2018 – June 2019
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.


  • Starting and experienced professionals with a BA or BS degree (must graduate June 2018). Although the fellowship is primarily aimed towards US citizens, we 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.


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.
Application Timeline
Fellowship Timeline
  • Mid-September – online applications open
  • November 12th – online application deadline
  • December/January 2018 – 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

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