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South And Central Asia Legislative Fellows Program


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Funded by the State Department, the South and Central Asia-Region Legislative Fellows Program is a two-way exchange project for professionals and young leaders from India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the United States.

The South and Central Asia-Region Legislative Fellows Program (LFP) is a two-way exchange project for professionals and young leaders from India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the United States. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State.


Through the program, 42 young emerging leaders from the five Asian countries and 14 from the United States will gain knowledge and leadership skills to become more engaged in their communities, learn about their regional colleagues and discover each group members’ diverse background.

The South and Central Asian Region Legislative Fellows Program increases institutional capacity in local and national governments and political organizations through professional fellowships where all participants are matched with a U.S. organization or government office. Participants will have the opportunity to increase their understanding of the U.S. legislative process while engaging in civic life through enrichment activities such as meetings with key stakeholders and actors, dialogues, site visits, and training modules.

The U.S. program will begin with an orientation in Washington, DC, focusing on the structure of the U.S. government, the legislative process, and the role of civil society. Next, participants will take part in a three-week fellowship in several U.S. cities, which includes professional assignments, seminars, homestays, and volunteerism. Participants then return to Washington for the concluding Professional Fellows Congress, which includes workshops, debriefs and meetings with U.S. Government officials. Following the U.S. program, American Fellows will travel to Asian countries and take part in in-country workshops and consultations during 2014.

Candidates will be mid-level professionals (ages 25-40) with experience in the legislative process and/or advocacy work that involves legislative efforts. Such experience can have been attained through their work in government, civic education organizations, citizen advocacy groups, political campaigns, political parties, or election monitoring organizations. We seek candidates with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, proven leadership abilities, and a commitment to the program and follow-on activities. Those selected will come from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, organizations and political parties. We also aim for gender balance. Strong English language skills are required.

All candidates should be able and willing to host American counterparts, for up to a week, and design, arrange, and coordinate, under World Learning and its partners’ supervision, a local professional and cultural program for the American participants.

Application Deadline: January 30, 2014.
Applications should be in English and e-mailed with the subject line “Legislative Fellows” to: applicationsIDT@worldlearning.org.
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