Duration: September 2012 to January 2018
Funder: U.S. Department of State
The Legislative Fellows Program is a two-way exchange program for professionals and young leaders from India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the United States. The program goal is to promote mutual understanding and establish networks among mid-level professionals in the US and South and Central Asia.
The program includes the following components:
- Participant selection and pre-departure orientation in Asia;
- A one-month US experiential program in May/June 2014, to be repeated in October/November 2014, for Asian participants that includes fellowships, interactive seminars, site visits, and synthesis discussions;
- In-country seminars and follow-on activities for Asian participants, and workshops and consultations by American experts to take place in summer 2014 and winter 2015.
The US program begins with an orientation in Washington, DC, focusing on the structure of the US government, the legislative process and the role of civil society. Following is a three-week fellowship in several US cities, which includes professional assignments, seminars, homestays, and civic engagement. Participants then return to Washington, DC, for the concluding Professional Fellows’ Congress, which includes workshops, debriefs and meetings with US government officials, and a final evaluation.
World Learning has created a network of cooperating organizations in participating countries to assist in implementing the program. These organizations manage recruitment and pre-departure and follow-on activities in Asia. In the US, World Learning is partnering with member organizations of the National Council for International Visitors.