Egypt Professional Fellows Program

Application is open for the Egypt Professional Fellows Program. The U.S. Mission to Egypt regularly conducts academic, educational, citizen, arts, and professional exchange programs. Partners such as the Fulbright Commission, AMIDEAST, the Institute of International Education, and the American Research Center in Egypt also offer exchanges.

The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) for economic empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa is a two-way exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, and build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders committed to strengthening their communities through social entrepreneurship and workforce development. Our program base is Washington D.C. with Fellowship placements in either Austin Texas, Detroit Michigan or Washington DC. The Fall 2022 program concluded in November.

Target audience: Professional entrepreneurs and social innovators; small & medium business owners and managers who are investing in innovative, socially conscious products and programs; individuals working in civil society/NGOs on youth workforce training and development; individuals working in university incubators, accelerators, and job-readiness programs, and programs focusing on business development, financial literacy, sustainable tourism, or economic development; individuals working in government agencies/ministries, national policy offices, think tanks, and offices working to increase the presence of underrepresented citizens in the economy (between the ages of 25 and 40); with a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience.

Selected fellows will learn:

Effective practices in business management (developing a business plan, financing and accounting, human resource management, marketing, strategic planning, and networking, etc.);
Principles of social entrepreneurship and increase the ability to run effective community outreach and public relations campaigns;
Best practices from American colleagues in workforce development, gain exposure to models and innovative and practical ideas and tools to increase the effectiveness of these programs;
Increase the ability to think “outside of the box,” and spark creative, innovative approaches to problems, products, and marketplaces;
Acquire new skills and strategies to engage effectively with policymakers and government officials;
Form new or improved strategic partnerships.
Additional Program Components: 

Professional Fellows Congress: Both the fall 2022 and spring 2023 programs will conclude with a 3-day “Professional Fellows Congress” in Washington, DC. This event will bring together approximately 350 fellows from around the world. Fellows will have the opportunity to build relationships with fellows from dozens of countries and learn the tools of effective leadership.
Follow-on Project Development: Each fellow will spend time developing an idea for a follow-on project to be implemented upon returning home. Fellows will participate in a number of training sessions to learn project design skills and write a project proposal during their time in the US.
Outbound Program: US delegates who acted as hosts or mentors during the US immersion segment will be selected to travel to Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, or Tunisia to co-lead training seminars and gain first-hand knowledge of the country and its people. Fellows will assist in planning the US Delegation’s visit and hosting them.


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