Professional Fellows Economic Empowerment Program


The Professional Fellows Economic Empowerment Program brings emerging leaders from around the world to the United States for intensive fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise.  Participants spend up to six weeks in the United States, where they complete individually tailored fellowships in appropriate businesses, government offices, non-profit organizations, or business associations. The program also establishes structured interaction among Americans and foreign participants designed to develop enduring professional ties and lasting partnerships.

Program Length

4-6 weeks

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.

Participants must:

  • Be mid-level business professionals such as those involved with entrepreneurial development, small and family businesses, and business education;
  • Be proficient in written and oral English, self-directed, able to work effectively in a cross-cultural setting, and have demonstrated leadership abilities.

Additional eligibility requirements for this program may vary by country. Individuals who are interested should contact the partnering non-profit organizations, listed below, for more information.

Country-Specific Information

International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)

  • Eligible Countries: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates 

University of Michigan

  • Eligible Countries: Egypt, Israel, Oman, Qatar, Palestinian Territories 

Hands Along the Nile

  • Eligible Countries: Egypt and Tunisia

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