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Professional Fellows Program on Citizen Participation with North Africa and The Middle East

Currently, the Professional Fellows Program for this spring is postponed. The Institute for Training and Development, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, will be working to identify possible future dates to reschedule your program. Selected participants will receive information once it becomes available. 

The Professional Fellows Program brings together emerging leaders from around the world who are working in the civic engagement, the legislative process and governance, NGO management, economic empowerment and entrepreneurship, and journalism arenas with American counterparts from across the country. ITD is one of fourteen U.S. based organizations chosen to host foreign professionals from countries worldwide. ITD's program will bring 21 young civil society professionals to Massachusetts and send 8 American counterparts to North Africa and the Middle East. Selected participants will be a combination of NGO leaders, government officials, community leaders, educators and experts in civic engagement.  The program will focus on multi-stakeholder approaches to building open, civil societies. Selected participants will complete six week fellowships with public and private host organizations throughout Boston and Western Massachusetts. By working within organizations and alongside their U.S. counterparts, the visiting fellows will gain an in-depth look at the different approaches to fostering democracy and civic engagement through multiple strategies and by multiple stakeholders.  Selected participants will prepare action plans for implementation in their own countries. As part of the exchange the U.S. counterparts from the host organizations will then travel to Morocco, Jordan or Israel in January/February 2021

ITD's Professional Fellows Program will spend one week for orientation in Amherst, Massachusetts at the beginning of the program, and before heading out into individual Fellowships in different cities. The Fellowship program will include a homestay, a cultural trip, and teambuilding activitites. While in Fellowships, Fellows will be housed near their host organizations and will be expected to participate in work activities with their colleagues. The final week of the program is dedicated to the Professional Fellows Congress where over 200 Fellows participating in similar programs will come together and participate in collaborative sessions and network in Washington D.C. The Congress is administered and organized by American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL).

For more information about the Professional Fellows Program click on the following link:

The application for the Fall 2020 Professional Fellows Program from Jordan and Israel is now open. You may fill out an application HERE. If you have any questions, you may contact Program Coordinator Katie Lazdowski at

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