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Fellow Program

English Language Fellows serve a valuable role in U.S. Embassy programs and in achieving U.S. Department of State diplomatic goals. Because of the important part they play, all Fellows receive a generous and comprehensive benefits package, which includes:


A stipend of $35,000, deposited directly into the Fellow’s U.S. bank account, in five or six installments over the course of the fellowship period.

Living allowance

The living allowance, which varies from country to country, designed to cover the cost of reasonable, safe, and comfortable housing (comparable to the standard of living in the country of assignment), food, utilities, and local transportation to and from work for one person.

Round-trip travel

One round-trip economy class ticket to Washington, D.C., for the mandatory pre-departure orientation, as well as two one-way economy class tickets to and from the fellowship host city.

Health benefit plan

A supplementary health benefit plan (Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges/ASPE) for the duration of the fellowship while in the country of assignment. To read more about this plan, please click here.

Program activities allowance

Funds are available to the Fellows to purchase educational materials that supplement and enhance fellowship activities in the country of assignment, as well as settling-in costs.

Pre-departure and international travel expenses allowance

Pre-departure and international travel expenses allowance of $1,000 to offset expenses such as, but not limited to, visas, medical examination, vaccinations, ground transportation to/from the airport, baggage fees incurred to and from the Country of Assignment, COVID-19 tests required for travel to the Country of Assignment, and for the purchase of personal protective equipment (“PPE”) for travel to and from the Country of Assignment.

Washington, D.C., pre-departure orientation travel costs

Up to a $400 allowance to cover ground transportation, airline baggage fees, and per diem related to the mandatory pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C.

Dependent allowance

An additional $500 monthly allowance to offset the expenses of accompanying dependents. A dependent is defined as a spouse, domestic partner, or relative (child, parent, or sibling) who will spend a minimum of five continuous months with the Fellow in the country of assignment. For more information about bringing a dependent, please click here.

For information regarding potential tax liability during a Fellowship, refer to the Fellow Handbook, Section 20: Taxes.

The  2022-2023 Fellow application is now open!

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