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Apply for 2015 Asia Foundation Development Fellows Program

October 8, 2014

ADF2014The Asia Foundation is now accepting applications for the “2015 Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future program,” providing highly qualified, young changemakers from Asia with an 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 in Singapore and Nepal, and in the U.S. in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. – 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.

The application deadline, including two letters of recommendation, is Nov. 12, 2014. Last month, the Foundation hosted the “2014 Asia Foundation Development Forum: Challenges and Voices for Asia’s Future,” featuring the inaugural 2014 class of Fellows in San Francisco for an opportunity to learn from leading development practitioners and next-generation Asian leaders invested in the region’s social and economic development challenges. View a slideshow from the Forum, or read more about the program.




  1. Dear members of Asian Development Fellows Programme,

    Greetings from Pondicherry, India! My name is Aviini Ashikho. I am currently doing my research in the Department of Politics and International Studies, Pondicherry University. I come from the small state of Manipur, one of the North Eastern States of India bordering Myanmar. I am very delighted to have discovered this programme and wish to apply for the same. Manipur, is a region plagued by ethnic conflicts, insurgency, corruption, economic underdevelopment, lacks good institution and universities to pursue higher studies. Due to this, many youngsters like me travel thousands of miles away from home to attain knowledge from other states of the country despite the various hardships we incur. However, this does not deter me 4rm following my dreams. I am pursuing my research with the hope that, I could contribute with the little knowledge i attained and with programs like this offered by you, I believe, would help me build up my confidence and bring a change to the society in which i live in and the world as a whole. I have a mind and determination to work for the socially deprived. My work experience with Greenpeace, India and volunteering for various NGO’s working for children, and differently abled had certainly broaden my attitude. If given an oppurtunity, I am confident that, I could contribute from the experiences that life has taken me through all this while and gain immense knowledge n learn from your programs.

  2. We invite you to read through the information on our website, including our Frequently Asked Questions page, to help you better understand the program details and requirements.

    Thank you for your interest and should you meet all requirements, we look forward to receiving your application.

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