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FY 2019 Special Professional Fellows Program for Latin America and the Caribbean (Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. State Department)

Deadline: 19 December 2018

The Professional Fellows Division in the Office of Citizen Exchanges at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) invites proposal submissions for the FY 2019 Special Professional Fellows Program for Latin America and the Caribbean in support of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI).

The Special Professional Fellows Program for Latin America and the Caribbean is a two-way global exchange program designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance business development and leadership skills, and build a lasting and sustainable network of young business and social entrepreneurs across Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States.

The Program will support approximately 250 participants from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in a five to six-week Fellowship program, including an orientation, a four to fiveweek individually tailored working placement in a U.S. business or organization complemented by entrepreneurial training and workshops, an end of program closing event, and follow-on alumni activities.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State awards grants and cooperative agreements to educational and cultural public or private nonprofit foundations or institutions.  

Applicants may submit only one proposal under this competition. If multiple proposals are received from the same applicant, all submissions will be declared ineligible and receive no further consideration in the review process.

Participant selection criteria for foreign Fellows must include the following:

  • Emerging business or social entrepreneurs*, 25 to 35 years old, with a demonstrated track record of at least two years of recent or current (and 6 preferably successful) experience with either small and medium sized businesses or social ventures.
  • Little or no experience in the United States; preference will be given to candidates who have not previously participated in U.S. Government programs or spent significant amounts of time in the United States.
  • Participants must demonstrate a commitment to develop, enhance, or lead an existing or new venture. During the application process, successful candidates must provide a well-articulated business plan they will work to refine and for which they will seek support during their Fellowships.
  • Business entrepreneurs should demonstrate the viability of their ventures through indicators such as: investment to date, expansion plans including current and planned number of employees, profits, social impact, and an overall track record of achievement in the field.
  • Social entrepreneurs should be dedicated to one or more of the following areas: (1) alleviating unemployment; (2) creating positive alternatives and economic opportunities for at-risk youth; (3) increasing social inclusion and/or increasing availability of resources to marginalized populations; or (4) combatting corruption and/or enhancing security and stability.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in both written and oral English. Participants must have “working-level knowledge of English” that has been verified by the award recipient.
  • Self-directed and able to work effectively in a cross-cultural setting.

Deadline: 19 December 2018


[Boletín SIUN 414, 1/2 de noviembre de 2018]

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