Funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by World Learning, the Legislative Fellows Program for India and Pakistan will promote mutual understanding and establish networks among mid-level professionals in India, Pakistan, and the United States, while also promoting increased knowledge of the legislative process and principles of good governance.
The U.S. program for participants from India and Pakistan will take place from October 14 – November 17, 2017 (tentative dates).
It will begin with an orientation in Washington, DC that focuses on the structure of the U.S. government, the legislative process, and the role of civil society.
Next, participants will take part in a four-week fellowship in several U.S. cities, which includes professional assignments at local/state/federal government offices or NGOs, seminars and observational site visits, homestays with local families, and volunteerism.
Participants then return to Washington, DC for the concluding Professional Fellows Congress, which includes workshops, dialogues, meetings with U.S. Government officials, and a program debrief.
Following the U.S. program, American Fellows will travel to India and Pakistan to participate in workshops, consultations, and provide support to follow-on projects in the winter of 2017/2018 (tentative dates).
Candidates from India and Pakistan will be professionals (ages 25-40) with experience in the legislative process and/or policymaking, including: good governance (transparency, anti-corruption, right-to-information), legislative and political processes, including the role of women, minorities, and marginalized populations in them, youth politics and student leaders, climate change and environment, and trade and regional connectivity.
Such experience can have been attained through their work in government, civic education organizations, citizen advocacy groups, political campaigns, political parties, or election monitoring organizations.
We seek candidates with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, proven leadership abilities, the ability to work in a cross-cultural setting and a commitment to the program and follow-on activities.
Those selected will come from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, organizations, and political orientations.
We also aim for gender balance.
Written and oral English proficiency is required as the participants will need to converse about complex political and global issues with U.S. peers and experts.