Asia Foundation Development Fellows

Applications for our 2018 Asia Foundation Development Fellows program will be accepted through November 20, 2017. Click here to review application information.

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 draws on The Asia Foundation’s extensive 18-country network and deep expertise working with innovative leaders and communities across the region. The 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.

Corporate Luncheon – Emerging Leaders Shaping Asia’s Future

Each year, The Asia Foundation hosts an event in San Francisco which provides an opportunity for corporations and leaders of the community alike to meet and interact with our current Development Fellows, and learn more about the impacts these inspiring young leaders and changemakers are achieving throughout Asia. This year’s event took place at the Merchants Exchange Club on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. View a slideshow of the 2017 Development Fellows.

Event sponsorship offers a unique window into Asia’s future, and helps ensure the future of the Asia Foundation Development Fellows program. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Melissa Weakley at

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Program Information

The Asia Foundation Development Fellows program is a dynamic and multifaceted learning program offered each year to enhance leadership skills, Asian development knowledge, professional networks, and international exposure for Asian professionals. The program consists of a series of intensive program modules (two weeks each) in Asia and the United States, while providing the flexibility for Fellows to custom-tailor their own professional development components and to stay in their current occupations during their Fellowship year. 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.

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“The Asia Foundation has 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.”

David D. Arnold

President, The Asia Foundation