2022 Asia Foundation Development Fellows Program Now Accepting Applications
October 18, 2021 — The Asia Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2022 Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future program. The 2022 fellowship class will be the eighth cohort of this program, which is designed to engage and empower a dynamic community of emerging leaders from across Asia. Applications will be accepted through Monday, November 29, 2021 and selections will be announced at the end of January 2022.
The Development Fellows program reflects The Asia Foundation’s commitment to investing in the region’s most promising changemakers. Each year, the program brings together a group of accomplished individuals under 40 years of age—NGO and civil society leaders, government officials and policymakers, social entrepreneurs, journalists, environmentalists, and academics—who are deeply committed to building an inclusive, just, and sustainable Asia.
“Our Development Fellows are entrepreneurial, creative, and willing to take risks. These are individuals with the unique combination of leadership skills, depth of substantive knowledge, and technical expertise that empowers them to solve problems in their respective societies and across Asia,” said Asia Foundation President David D. Arnold.
The 2022 program will consist of two intensive modules, including a virtual Leadership Training Program in the spring and a two-week, in-person program in the United States in the fall, allowing Fellows to stay in their current occupations during the fellowship year. The Leadership Training Program will commence in mid-March with 20 hours of intensive leadership training sessions and 10-20 hours of Asian Development Virtual Study Tours between March 19 and April 29 of 2022. The Leadership Training Program is highly interactive and hands-on, featuring leadership coaches, speakers, assignments, public-speaking development, and sessions focused on self-care and wellness for leaders. The Asian Development Virtual Study Tour will connect Fellows with leading development practitioners and thinkers, policy leaders, and local innovators who will help Fellows explore approaches that deliver positive impact and understand the mechanics of change on the ground.
In October 2022, the Fellows will visit San Francisco and Washington, D.C. for a two-week Leadership Dialogue and Exchange program (subject to Covid-19 restrictions). Additionally, Fellows receive a fixed number of one-on-one executive coaching sessions and a professional development award of U.S. $5,000 to utilize throughout the fellowship year.
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