The 2019-2020 application is now open.
Applying to the Fellow Program is competitive and, each year, we receive more applications from highly qualified candidates than it is possible to accommodate. On average, more than 600 candidates apply for approximately 125 available Fellow assignments each cycle.
To apply for the program, you must complete and submit an application through the online system. Read the application instructions for more details on what information you’ll need in order to complete the application process. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed once two references are received, with priority going to candidates that submit applications by the priority deadline. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible to have the best chance of being considered for all available Fellow projects.
Application vetting and selection is a three-step process:
The application review process starts once we have received your completed application and two required reference questionnaires. On average, the review process can take up to 10 business days, but may take longer depending on the timing of your submission.
Your application will go through a rigorous, multi-step review process to determine whether it meets program eligibility and if there is evidence of the experience and qualities the program looks for in Fellow candidates. At any time, you can log in to your online application to track its progress through this process. You will be notified by email when a determination has been made regarding your eligibility and if you are qualified to enter the applicant pool for the upcoming cycle.
Being placed into the available applicant pool does not guarantee that you will be matched to or selected for a project, as the number of applicants in the pool is greater than the number of available projects.
Projects are developed by U.S. Embassies to specifically address local needs, and that means the responsibilities and duties for each project will vary. Your application may be considered for available projects if there is a professional match between the project needs and your experience and skillset. While we do take regional preferences into consideration, applicants who are willing to go anywhere in the world are much more likely to be matched to a project than those who have specific limited location preferences.
During this phase of the process, you will not receive general updates regarding your application status. As each project is unique and requires different qualifications, it is not possible to anticipate if, or when, you might be contacted regarding an assignment. This part of the process can take several months to complete.
You will only receive an email if we determine that your application matches the specific needs and qualifications for an available project. The match notification email contains information about the location and a general project description. If you do not wish to be considered for that specific project, you can request that your name be withdrawn from the project roster. At that point, your application will be placed back into the applicant pool, but there is no guarantee that you will be matched to another project.
The U.S. Embassy makes the final decision on which candidates are selected for all Fellow projects. The Embassy may choose to reach out to a matched candidate to set up an interview. Matched candidates will be notified of the U.S. Embassy’s final selection decision. Any candidates not selected for projects are returned to the applicant pool for consideration if other projects remain available. Again, we cannot guarantee that candidates will receive multiple project matches.
During the review process, you can check on the status of your application by logging into the online application dashboard. Here you will see the outcome of each review step. Once the review is complete, your dashboard will only change if you are selected following the matching process described above.