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Asia Development Fellowship Program 2018

Asia Foundation Development Fellowship Program 2018


A call for applications is released by the Asia Foundation for Asia Development Fellowship Programme 2018


Now accepting applications for the 2018 Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia's Future Program


The 2018 Fellowship class will be the fifth cohort of this prestigious program, launched in 2014 to engage and empower a dynamic community of emerging leaders from all over Asia. Applications will be accepted through 20th November 2017


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The Development Fellows program reflects The Asia Foundation's six-decade tradition of investing in the region's most promising future leaders


Each year, the program brings together an accomplished group of emerging changemakers (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 Asia


The 2018 program will consist of two intensive modules, including two weeks in Asia and another two weeks in the United States, allowing Fellows to stay in their current occupations during the Fellowship year.


Benefits Provided

The 2018 Program will be conducted in South Korea, Sri Lanka, and USA (San Francisco, New York, and Washington DC) with a flexible small grant award of US $5,000 provided.

The Program covers all the expenses occurring during the course of the programme including Air fare, costs for coursework and programme, local transportation expenses, lodging & meals, visa fees and Health & Accident Insurance
Day Living Allowance will also be given to the candidates



Asia Foundation Development Fellows must:

Have a demonstrable 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;

Be thoughtful, committed, respected and inspirational leaders within their professional fields and within their larger community;

Be under 40 years of age by 01st January 2018;

Be conversant in English (TOEFL exam results are not required);

Be available and able to participate in all program components on the program dates specified; and

Be resident nationals or citizens of the following countries where The Asia Foundation has programs: Afghanistan; Bangladesh; Cambodia; China; India; Indonesia; Japan; Korea; Laos; Malaysia; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Philippines; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Timor-Leste; and, Vietnam
Please carefully read the Eligibility and Selection criteria above, including our Frequently Asked Questions.


Selection Process

The program is highly competitive. Staff from The Asia Foundation will evaluate each application thoroughly and narrow down the pool of applicants. Final selections will be conducted by a committee of distinguished experts with expertise on Asia’s needs and development conditions

Fellows will be chosen without regard to gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic background, marital status, or financial need



The willing candidates have to visit the official web portal of Asia Foundation and needs to enter some details and write-ups like, work experience, education qualification and other details

The brief write-ups should be provided in the mentioned topics. Download 2018 Application Guidelines and Instructions (PDF)

Provide a details of minimum two references https://asiafoundation.org


Important Dates


Asia Development Fellowship Application Last Date 20th November 2017


Selection Finalized: January 2018


South Korea-Leadership Training Program Vietnam- Leadership Dialogue & Exchange: 14th – 29th April 2018


USA - Leadership Dialogue and Exchange: 16th Sept. to 01st October 2018