Type of Funding
IREX is now accepting applications for its 2020–2021 Community Solutions Program Fellowships, which is a year-long professional development program for the brightest young community leaders from selected countries who are working to improve their communities by addressing issues related to the environment, tolerance and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, and women and gender.
For 2020–2021, up to 80 community activists will be selected for the program, which includes:
- Four-month Fellowship in USA: Fellows are matched to host organizations where they complete a 4-month hands-on professional experience.
- Community Leadership Institute: this is a leadership training program designed to strengthen the leadership and management skills of IREX Fellows. There will be face-to-face trainings, online courses, professional coaching, and networking.
- Community-based initiatives: While in the US, fellows will design and plan a community development initiative or project to carry out after they return to their home communities.
The Community Solutions Program was developed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and IREX.
The fellowship provides: round-trip travel from participant’s home city to the U.S., accident and sickness insurance, a monthly allowance to cover housing, meals and other living expenses, and J-1 visa support.
Applicants have to be from eligible countries in Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia and the Western Hemisphere (see the Official Website for eligible countries). They must be community leaders aged between 25 and 38 who are living and working in their home countries, with at least 2 years of experience working on community development, either as a full-time or part-time employee or volunteer. Individuals with refugee status working on behalf of their home community may be given special consideration.
Applicants must be highly proficient in English and must be committed to returning to their home countries for a minimum of 2 years upon completion of the program. They have to be available to travel to the US for 4 months during August to December 2020 and be eligible to receive an US J-1 visa. Applicants who have participated in an exchange program sponsored by the US Government previously must have fulfilled their 2-year home residency requirement.
U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., and individuals who have applied for U.S. permanent residency in the past 3 years are not eligible. Neither are those who are currently participating in academic, training, or research programs in the US.
Applications are to be done online by 30 October 2019.