Professional Fellows Program

Professional Fellows Program

Deadline for spring 2016 Program applications:  April 15, 2016, 4:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time. The program for Spring 2016 is tentatively scheduled for six weeks from late April through early June.

The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. For Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine, it is administered by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS.

The Professional Fellows Program affords promising young professionals the opportunity to gain practical experience in, and exposure to, United States government. The fellows will be part of a larger cohort of the Professional Fellows Program, joining fellows from Belarus, Russia, and Turkey. The knowledge and interest of these young Eurasian professionals in American political processes will be expanded through short-term fellowships in state legislatures and city halls across the United States, as well as on Capitol Hill and in non-profit organizations that address policy issues.

PFP Program Goals are: to strengthen understanding of U.S. legislative process; to enhance appreciation of the role of civil society plays in shaping public policy and holding the government accountable; to create partnerships between U.S. and foreign institutions; to establish a common language for developing practical solutions for shared problems and concerns.

Important Facts: Georgian fellows of the 2016 program year will be selected through a competitive application process. All interested candidates should apply online at:

Semifinalists will be selected based on their applications and then interviews will be conducted at the American Councils office in Tbilisi. Final decision upon finalists will be made by the independent committee members at American Councils D.C. office.

Upon arrival in the United States, fellows will participate in a three-day intensive introduction to the U.S. political process in Washington D.C. Fellows will then begin their five-week long fellowships across the United States in state legislatures and city halls, immersing themselves in the daily operations of state governance, government oversight, and citizen participation.  At the end of the program, Fellows will be given a unique opportunity to meet PFP fellows from Bahrain, Bhutan, Brazil, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, Singapore, Taiwan and learn about their legislative systems during two day wrap-up conference organized in Washington, D.C.

 Anyone who meets below listed eligibility requirements can participate in the program:

  • Be 25 to 35 years of age Georgian citizen at the time of application
  • Be a college graduate (equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree or higher)
  • Be proficient in English.  If you are selected as a semi-finalist, we will give you an institutional TOEFL exam, unless you have a valid TOEFL scores over 500 (PBT), CBT scores over 173, IBT scores over 60 or its equivalent (for example, university-level study in an English-speaking program or IELTS band 6 or higher).
  • Have relevant experience in and commitment to a career in the public sector and/or nonprofit sector (e.g., legislative, executive, and NGOs that address policy issues);
  • Have demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills. (Please, elaborate on your leadership and collaborative activities in essays in the end of this application, and submit/upload any certificates/materials that can prove your leadership skills).

For more information, please contact us:
American Councils for International Education in Georgia,
35 a Chavchavadze Ave. 0162, Tbilisi. Tel: (995 32) 229-21-06, 229-132-72, 2291-32-52
E-mail: Miranda Merkviladze –
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