About the program
The Asia Foundation Development Fellows program is a prestigious leadership program offered each year to engage and empower a dynamic community of emerging leaders from all over Asia. Designed to enhance leadership skills, Asian development knowledge, professional networks, and international exposure for Asian professionals, the multifaceted learning program consists of intensive modules in Asia and the United States, while providing the flexibility for Fellows to customize individual professional development components and to stay in their current occupations during the Fellowship year. Fellows are highly talented individuals, under age 40, who have demonstrated outstanding commitment, integrity, and leadership potential within their professional fields and within their larger community. Fellows must also display a track record of experience and accomplishment related to The Asia Foundation’s fields of expertise – governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. If you are interested in becoming a Fellow, please read the information and instructions below.
The program and Important dates
The 2017 program will be conducted in South Korea, Vietnam, and USA (San Francisco, New York, and Washington DC) with a flexible small grant award of US $5,000 provided.
- November 21, 2016 (Monday, 11:59pm [PST])
Application deadline for the 2017 Fellowship year
- January 2017
- April 9-22, 2017
South Korea – Leadership Training Program
Vietnam– Workshop on Asian Development
- September 10-26, 2017
USA – Leadership Dialogue and Exchange
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
Asia Foundation Development Fellows must:
- Have a demonstrable record of high achievement, and must show evidence of outstanding potential for professional advancement, and significant impact in their chosen field;
- Have a demonstrable record of experience and accomplishment related to The Asia Foundation’s fields of expertise – governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation;
- Have outstanding personal character and integrity;
- Be thoughtful, committed, respected and inspirational leaders within their professional fields and within their larger community;
- Be under 40 years of age by January 1 of the fellowship year (year following application deadline);
- Be conversant in English (TOEFL exam results are not required);
- Be available and able to participate in all program components on the program dates specified; and
- Be resident nationals or citizens of the following countries where The Asia Foundation has programs: Afghanistan; Bangladesh; Cambodia; China; India; Indonesia; Japan; Korea; Laos; Malaysia; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Philippines; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Timor-Leste; and, Vietnam.
For further information on eligibility, be sure to read our Frequently Asked Questions. You may also direct your inquiries to the Asia Foundation Development Fellows staff at email@example.com.
The selection for the Asia Foundation Development Fellows program is highly competitive. Initial screening and evaluation will be handled by staff at The Asia Foundation who will review each application thoroughly and narrow down applicants to a pool of finalists. Later, final selections will be conducted by a committee of distinguished experts who bring high levels of familiarity and expertise with Asia’s needs and development conditions to their determinations, and will be tasked with carefully weighing issues including equity, opportunity, community and professional, and leadership potential in their deliberations. Fellows will be chosen without regard to sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic background, marital status, or financial need. The identities of nominees will remain confidential throughout the final selection process.
Step 1) Check you eligibility
Please carefully read the Eligibility and Selection criteria above, including our frequently asked questions.
Step 2) Prepare for the application process
Review and follow the Application Guidelines and Instructions containing detailed information on how to complete each component of the application.
Online Application form
- Personal information
- Written submission
- Supplementary materials: CV and transcript
- Short video submission
- Letters of recommendation (handled online)
Step 3) Startyour application
The online application is now open. Deadline is Monday, November 21, 2016 at 11:59pm (PST).
For more information click "Further official information" below.