October 11, 2016 to November 18, 2016

Applicant Criteria:

  • Emerging leaders from the NGO sector 25-40 years of age who work in the fields of environment, philanthropy, legal aid, or community building. Outstanding applicants from other fields will also be considered. A limited number of slots for academics or government officials may be available
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral English (able to live and work independently in the United States)
  • Genuine commitment to developing and implementing an independent project in home country after the conclusion of the fellowship portion of the program
  • Demonstrated professional excellence
  • Independent and self-directed, able to complete an independent 4-5 week fellowship
  • Limited previous experience in the United States (less than three months)

The National Committee on United States-China Relations will work with participants to obtain visas and make all travel and lodging arrangements.  Lodging during the fellowship period may be in homestays, dormitories or shared apartments.  All costs for participation in the program will be covered.  

Fall 2016 Inbound Program Schedule:

  • October 11:  Pre-departure orientation (Beijing/Ulaanbaatar)
  • October 12:  Travel to the United States
  • October 12-15:  Post-arrival orientation (New York, NY)
  • October 16-November 12:  Fellowship placement
  • November 13-14:  Program wrap-up (Washington, D.C.)
  • November 15-17:  Professional Fellows Congress (Washington, D.C.)
  • November 18​:  Travel to China/Mongolia



Professional Fellows Program

Professional Fellows Program

The Professional Fellows Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is a two-way capacity building exchange for emerging NGO leaders in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan in the fields of the environment, legal aid, philanthropy, and community building among marginalized populations. The National Committee works with NGOs in the United States, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan to carry out the program with a total of 28 Asian fellows and 14 American counterparts each year of the three-year cycle.

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