Asia Foundation Development Fellows
The Asia Foundation Development Fellows program provides highly qualified, young professionals from Asia with an unparalleled opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills and gain in-depth knowledge of Asia's critical development challenges. The year-long career advancement program draws on The Asia Foundation's extensive 18-country network and deep expertise working with innovative leaders and communities across the region.
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The Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia's Future program provides highly qualified, young professionals from Asia with an unparalleled opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills and gain in-depth knowledge of Asia's critical development challenges. The year-long professional advancement program is designed to be a multifaceted experience, involving intensive learning modules – short courses, conferences and study tours in Asia and the U.S. – to enhance leadership skills, Asian development knowledge, professional networks, and international exposure. The program provides the flexibility for Fellows to design their own professional development component and to stay in their current occupations while participating in the program's rigorous modules.
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. Read more.
Across Asia, it is clear that the goal of improving lives, expanding opportunity, and increasing equality will require innovative, effective and coordinated development efforts, public and private sector commitment, and – perhaps most importantly – inspirational leadership. In these times of rapid change and extraordinary development challenge throughout Asia, the need for creative, inspired and transformative leadership has never been more imperative.
For 60 years, The Asia 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 Asia Foundation has always believed and invested in the "human capital" needed for Asian societies to develop and flourish.
The Asia Foundation Development Fellows program will target and empower an active, dynamic and inspirational network of "change agents" across Asia - NGO and civil society leaders, government officials and policymakers, social entrepreneurs, journalists, environmentalists, and academics - with the goal of finding shared common purpose in the pursuit of creative and lasting solutions to the region's diverse development needs and challenges. The various components of the program create a nexus of different disciplines, working environments, professional experiences, cultures and country contexts through which development practitioners and professionals can effectively build practical skills and enhance leadership capabilities while deepening bonds of regional and international perspective, understanding and commitment.