February 3, 2015

2015 Professional Fellows Program Alumni Impact Awards

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Fall 2014 Alumni Impact Awardees at the Department of State November 7, 2014. Fall 2014 Alumni Impact Awardees Chanthalangsy Sisouvanh (Laos), Natia Nasrashvili (Georgia), Tad Long, (U.S.), Wendy Mota Kasongo, (U.S.) at the Department of State November 7, 2014. Photo Credit, Inga Litvinsky
This competition is only open to former participants of ECA's Professional Fellows Program since 2010.
 
The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the 2015 Professional Fellows Program Alumni Impact Award, recognizing positive contributions made by Professional Fellows Program (PFP) alumni. The Professional Fellows Program, the flagship program of the Professional Fellows Division within the Office of Citizen Exchanges in the U.S. Department of State, brings approximately 450-500 foreign fellows to the United States to participate in four-to-six-week long fellowship placements while sending approximately 250-300 American fellows on reciprocal fellowships abroad. The fellowship has succeeded in motivating these fellows to make a difference in their home communities through their post-Fellowship work.
 
The U.S. Department of State will select foreign and American alumni of the PFP to be honored during the 2015 Spring and Fall Professional Fellows Congresses (PFC). The awardees will be selected based on the positive impact the alumnus has made to his or her community, workplace, and/or country. Specifically, awardees will be selected according to how their participation in the PFP enhanced their ability to make a deeper impact on their community, country and/or their country’s diplomatic relations with other countries, including the United States. Applicants may apply in coordination with, but separately from, their American/foreign exchange participant. Awardees will be selected independently, but the impact of the collaboration between pairs of participant will be taken into consideration when applications are reviewed.
 
The Alumni Impact Award winners will be flown to Washington, DC to take part in the PFC, the concluding segment of the 2015 PFP. In addition to being publicly recognized for their achievements, the Alumni Impact Award winners will be asked to make a presentation at the PFC and may be provided the opportunity to organize, lead, or moderate a session during the PFC.  
 
Selection Criteria
Applicants must meet all of the below criteria in order to be considered:
  • Be an alumnus/alumna of the Professional Fellows Program, having participated in the program in 2010 or later; 
  • Be able to clearly demonstrate how their PFP experience enhanced their ability to positively impact their community, country, or region; and 
  • Be able to travel to Washington, DC to take part in one of the two 2015 PFCs; either June 2-4, 2015 or November 3-5, 2015
 
How to Apply
Applicants must complete the application by 11:59 pm, Friday, February 27, 2015. Applicants must fill out the online application form. After completing the application for, applicant should email the applicant’s resume or curriculum vitae, and one letter of recommendation to PFPAlumniAward@state.gov. Please include “PFP AIA 2015 – Name, Country” in the subject line of the email. The letter of recommendation should be from either a prominent leader in your community or profession; OR a representative from the host organization that hosted you during your PFP placement.
 
A selection committee within the State Department will determine the winners. The top-ranked candidates will be contacted in March for an interview via phone or Skype. Announcement of the selection is anticipated to be made by March 31, 2015. The award covers the following expenses: roundtrip airfare to Washington, DC, health benefits under a J-1 visa for foreign awardees, attendance and meals at the PFC, and hotel accommodation. 
 
For more information, please contact PFPAlumniAward@state.gov