ICMA Environmental and Sustainability Professional Fellowship 2016 for South East Asian/Pacific Countries (Fully Funded)

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Application Deadline: May 1

ICMA, with funding from the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, will bring professionals to the United States from ten East Asian/Pacific countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The Fellowship focuses on the theme of environmental sustainability. Fellows will learn practical skills focusing on local governments’ role and responsibility in civic engagement, promoting transparency while also fostering interaction with leaders from the federal, state, and local organizations.

Over the course of the next 18 months, eighty four (84) international Fellows, in two cohorts, will spend four weeks working with a local government in the United States in addition to a week and a half enrichment and debriefing program in Washington, DC. In return, ten (10) U.S. Fellows will travel for two weeks to deliver technical assistance and consultation in meaningful fellowships with local governments to help them engage citizens and civil society organizations in addressing community challenges to adapt quickly to create more resilient communities.

ICMA will be working with its International Affiliates and partners to implement this program:

  • Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA – National) – Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam
  • ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability – Brunei, Malaysia, and Singapore
  • Association of Indonesia Municipalities (APEKSI) – Indonesia
  • The League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) – Philippines
  • Professional Research and Consultancy (PRC) – Burma

Eligibility Requirements

Specifics regarding eligibility are below:

  • Candidate must be a citizen or resident of one of the participating countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam;
  • Currently living and working in his/her home country (Individuals participating in academic, training or research programs in the United States at the time of application and individuals residing or working outside their home countries at the time of application are not eligible for this program);
  • Ideal candidates will be between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application;
  • Committed to returning to his/her home country after completion of the program;
  • Able to receive a U.S. J-1 visa (Individuals who have participated in an exchange visitor program sponsored or funded by the U.S. Government and who have not fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement by the time of application are not eligible for this program);
  • Be a college graduate (equivalent of a bachelor’s degree or higher);
  • Have relevant experience in and commitment to a career in the public sector in his/her home country;
  • Have demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills;
  • Have approval from his/her current employer to take a leave of absence for 5.5 weeks;
  • Able to adapt to new environment surroundings and challenges;
  • Proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application.



The following costs will be covered by the U.S. Department of State program:

  • International and domestic flights and local transfers;
  • J-1 visa;
  • Health benefit Insurance (does not cover pre-existing conditions);
  • Accommodation/lodging;
  • Meals stipend, $1,200 USD for entire length of program.

Program Details

Fellows from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam will travel to the United Sates in April 2016 and October 2016. Participants will spend:

  • two day orientation at ICMA’s headquarters in Washington, DC;
    • four weeks in a host community;
    • one week attending a Professional Fellows Congress and a wrap-up session in Washington, DC.

    In return, an International Host Community will host one American fellow for two (2) weeks. Please note: Not all American hosts will be able to travel to your home community. American fellows will be determined through a competitive process.

    This reciprocal trip by the American fellows aims at:

    • promoting ongoing partnerships on citizen engagement and resilient communities at the local governance and community level; and
    • developing an international network of local government practitioners.


    While in the United States, Fellows will have an opportunity to connect with local government leaders, city and county managers, other local government practitioners, nonprofit organizations and state and federal agencies.

  • Ongoing Activities

The Program will require ongoing commitment from Fellows participating in this program. It is expected that the Fellows will:

  • Write at least 1 blog per week on the Knowledge Network that talks about the Fellow’s experience while on the program (icma.org/pfp)
  • Participate on the State Department’s Alumni Network (https://alumni.state.gov/), where Fellows from all State Department programs access information
  • Meet with the U.S. Embassy to discuss your experience while on the program.

Contact Information

If you have additional questions, please email:

Fellows (fellows@icma.org): Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Laos

Mariel Kanene (mkanene@icma.org): Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar/Burma

Lindsay Lucas (llucas@icma.org): Indonesia, Philippines

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the ICMA Environmental and Sustainability Professional Fellowship

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