2020 Asia Foundation Development Fellows Program

September 6th, 2019 Posted in Scholarship news

The Asia Foundation Development Fellows 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 prestigious, year-long career advancement program draws on The Asia Foundation’s extensive 18-country network and deep expertise working with innovative leaders and communities across the region.


Asia Foundation Development Fellows must:

  1. 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;
  2. Be thoughtful, committed, respected and inspirational leaders within their professional fields and within their larger community;
  3. Be under 40 years of age by January 1, 2020;
  4. Be conversant in English (TOEFL exam results are not required);
  5. Be available and able to participate in all program components on the program dates specified; and
  6. 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.


The 2020 program will be conducted in Laos, Singapore, and the USA (San Francisco, and Washington DC) and includes a flexible small grant award of US $5,000.

March 21 – April 2, 2020:  Laos – Leadership Dialogue and Exchange, Part 1

April 3-5, 2020: Singapore – Forum on Leadership for Asia’s Future: At the Frontlines of Change Development Fellows Alumni Gathering

September 12-26, 2020: USA – Leadership Dialogue and Exchange, Part 2

Application Timeline

Application Opening: 18 August, 2019

Application Deadline: 7 October, 2019

Selection finalized: January 2020

Please click the following link for more information.


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