Open Competition for Participation in “SHAPING PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY” Professional Fellows Program for Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and the United States of America.
30 participants (from the five selected European countries) will be included in two delegations visiting the U.S.A: the first delegation between April 15-May 29, 2020, and the second delegation between October 7-November 19, 2020.
ABOUT PROFESSIONAL FELLOWS PROGRAM
This program is a two-way exchange involving 30 professionals from five selected European countries and 15 mentors from the United States who will effect positive change in their communities. U.S. mentors will share their professional expertise with fellows of this program in the United States and travel for a two-week reciprocal visit to assist their fellow on his/her 6-9 months individual project plan implementation, provide consulting and joint workshops. European and U.S. participants will share experience and promote mutual understanding and partnership between professional groups in the United States and counterpart groups in the selected European countries.
GOALS OF THE PROGRAM
We invite professionals from any region of Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia to apply for participation in a 42-day fellowship in the U.S.A. We encourage submissions by professionals who are actively involved in programs related to citizen participation and advocacy (NGO/civil society development), civic education organizations, citizen advocacy groups, community activists and/or community organizers who work with marginalized or rural communities. The overall goal of the program is to provide a professional development opportunity for mid-level emerging leaders; create a forum for American and foreign participants to collaborate and share ideas and strategies; and build a global network of professionals able to work effectively in an interconnected environment
If you are considering to submit your application for the FALL 2020, please send us an e-mail with Your name and country in the form below.
We will register you as applicant from your country and will wait for your application materials. Please REGISTER FIRST BEFORE APPLYING
- Be age 25 to 40;
- Citizen, national or permanent resident of their home country (Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania or Slovakia);
- Live and work in his/her home country at the time of the application and during the preparation process (about 3-4 months before departure);
- Have at least two years of professional experience at the time of the application;
- Submit a complete application online with all required documents by the application deadline;
- Able to receive a U.S. J-1 visa;
- Committed to returning to his/her country after completion of the program
- Proficient in spoken and written English at the time of the application
Interested applicants need to fill the Online Application Form, which is a multi-section form and you can save and continue later. Applications submitted after the deadline or incomplete won’t be considered. Submission of the following documents are required:
Please send us an essay in English on Why and How you are working with minority or/and rural population and list any field experience or success story that you may have in working with them (No more than 2 typed pages, single spaced.) Please be ready to provide additional information on this later if you are selected.
Send your essay to the relevant country directors’s e-mail:
For Albania: email@example.com | Aida Ciro
For Bulgaria: firstname.lastname@example.org | Emil Metodiev
For Hungary: email@example.com | Mate Varga
For Romania: firstname.lastname@example.org | Alexandru Palas
For Slovakia: email@example.com | Veronica Strelcova
Before applying, please read the FULL ANNOUNCEMENT HERE
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