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Application Deadline: May 15, 2023

Applications are now open for the Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Civic Engagement 2023. The Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Civic Engagement is a professional program funded by the US Department of State for emerging leaders in Africa to exchange and implement best practices for inclusive civic engagement. The program will support approximately 12 mid-career disability rights professionals (Fellows) from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ethiopia to participate in a five-week Fellowship Program in Spring 2024 in the US.

The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) is a two-way, global exchange program designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, as well as build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States. PFP participants are placed in intensive fellowships in non-profit organizations, private sector businesses, and government offices across the United States for an individually tailored professional development experience. They build a broad network with American and other program participant colleagues as they develop a deeper understanding of U.S. society.

The Professional Fellows Program on Inclusive Civic Engagement is a program of the US Department of State, administered by the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston in partnership with Humanity and Inclusion (HI).

The U.S. Department of State has grown significantly over the years. The first Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson, oversaw a small staff of one chief clerk, three other clerks, a translator, and a messenger. They maintained only two diplomatic posts, in London and Paris, as well as 10 consular posts. More than 230 years later, the Department’s workforce includes some 13,000 members of the Foreign Service, 11,000 Civil Service employees, and 45,000 locally employed staff at more than 270 diplomatic missions worldwide.

The U.S. Department of State’s role has also changed in response to changing global circumstances. At one time, the State Department was responsible for a number of domestic duties ranging from the publication of the census to control of the copyright to the management of the Mint. Now it works to fight terrorism, protect U.S. interests abroad, and implement foreign policy initiatives while building a more free, prosperous, and secure world.


 United States


  • Round-trip travel between the home country and the US will be provided.
  • Fellowship-related travel within the US will be covered.
  • Travel interruption insurance will be provided.
  • Accident and health insurance for the duration of the Fellowship in the US will be provided.
  • Living accommodations in the US will be covered.
  • Living allowance to cover meals, local transportation, and incidental expenses will be covered.
  • Cultural allowance to spend on books and attending cultural events will be provided.
  • Disability-related arrangements (If needed) will be provided.
  • An Internet hotspot will be provided.


  • Must be between the ages of 25 and 40, meaning at least 25 years old and no older than 40 years old, as of the first day of the Fellowship Program (May 8, 2024).
  • Must be a citizen and resident of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, or Ethiopia.
  • Must be eligible to receive a US J-1 visa, as far as you know. (Visit the US Department of State website for information about J-1 visas.)
  • Must be proficient in spoken English.
  • Must be proficient in reading and writing English.
  • Must have at least two or more years of professional work experience.
  • Must be able to travel to the US for the duration of the five-week Fellowship Program.

Eligible Regions: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia


  • Applications have to be made through the Fellowship Application form available at the apply link.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2023

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