LankaCorps is a unique opportunity for young leaders of Sri Lankan heritage to professionally engage in social, cultural, and economic development activities in Sri Lanka. The program aims to foster the involvement and understanding of young members of the expatriate Sri Lankan community who have limited in-depth experience with the country of their heritage. Each year, The Asia Foundation selects an outstanding group of LankaCorps Fellows to live and work for six months in Sri Lanka, granting them the unique chance to "explore their roots while giving back." Learn more about past LankaCorps Fellows.
LankaCorps Fellowships: July 1 - December 31, 2014. Deadline for applications (including letters of reference) was February 14, 2014.
LankaCorps is an exciting new opportunity for North Americans of Sri Lankan background to "explore their roots while giving back" to the country of their heritage. The Asia Foundation is pleased to announce that a new group of young leaders will once again be selected for the 2014 fellowship year to live and work for six months in Sri Lanka.
Background and Purpose
The recent settlement agreement between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE follows decades of conflict. Attention has now turned to rebuilding a cohesive state that restores critical institutions. The Asia Foundation Representative Office, present in Sri Lanka since 1954, is a vital partner in the ongoing rehabilitation of this dynamic and multi-ethnic nation. As part of this effort, the Foundation has created LankaCorps: (1) to help members of the expatriate Sri Lankan community engage with post-conflict Sri Lanka; and (2) to enhance understanding of contemporary Sri Lanka within the expatriate community and the broader public. The program's intent is to foster identification with Sri Lanka among the young members of the expatriate community who have limited in-depth experience with the country.
LankaCorps Fellows will be placed with host organizations identified by The Asia Foundation in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. These individual affiliations may be augmented by an orientation program, language training and, periodic activities with other young leaders. Asia Foundation staff will offer in-country advisory and logistical support for the Fellows during the six-month internship. Read more about previous Fellows and their placements.
The fellowship will provide roundtrip international airfare, in-country expenses (including a monthly stipend), and health insurance coverage.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
- Be at least 21 of age, and not over 30, on the projected start date;
- Have at least a bachelor's degree with high academic achievement;
- Have demonstrable leadership skills and civic engagement;
- Be in excellent physical health;
- Be of Sri Lankan heritage; and
- Have U.S. or Canadian citizenship.
Candidates in all fields will be considered; however, preference will be given to those whose background and interests are likely to contribute to Sri Lanka's development.
Make A Contribution
To donate to the LankaCorps Program and help ensure its continued success, please contact Tracy Gittings at email@example.com, or make a contribution here.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information and to learn how you can support the LankaCorps program, please contact Oliver Petzold at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Davey M. Kim
Program Associate, Asian American Exchange