San Francisco, California, October 21, 2013 — The Asia Foundation, the premier international development nonprofit in Asia, today launched a call for applicants to its Asia Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future program, a prestigious new initiative designed to bring together next-generation Asian leaders interested in the region’s social and economic development challenges.
The year-long career advancement program will leverage The Asia Foundation’s rich 60-year history, extensive 18-country network, and deep commitment to innovative leaders and communities across the region. Since 1954, the Foundation’s support of emerging leadership in Asia has yielded an extraordinary list of talented and distinguished Asians – representing a cross-section of leadership in public office, academia, the private sector, and civil society – who have influenced the course of national development in their countries.
The program will provide highly qualified, young Asian professionals (under 40 years of age) with an unparalleled opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills and gain in-depth knowledge of Asia’s critical development challenges. Fellows will engage in intensive learning modules and leadership development–including short courses, conferences and study tours–while maintaining flexibility to stay in their current occupations. The 2014 program will be conducted in Singapore, Philippines, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. with a small grant award of US $5,000 provided.
In an increasingly complex and changing region, The Asia Foundation continues to respond to critical issues impacting Asia in fundamental ways. Highlighting the catalytic role that individuals and local communities play in the development of their societies, Asia Foundation President David D. Arnold remarked: “We have been investing in innovative and entrepreneurial leaders for more than 60 years. The Asia Development Fellows program continues this tradition by helping to identify, nurture, and support the next generation of leaders for this dynamic and developing region.”
Applications will be accepted November 1 through December 15, 2013. Please apply here.