In 2017, over 500 Professional Fellows from 48 countries and territories will participate in Professional Fellows Congresses. The events will take place May 29-June 2 and November 13-17 in Washington, DC. The Congresses mark the completion of 5-6 week professional fellowships undertaken by each Fellow. The 3-day conference, Impact, Empower, Connect, will include keynote and panel discussions with national thought leaders, as well as professional training designed to support the further development of the Fellows’ projects aimed at furthering civic engagement and civil society in their home countries.
The Professional Fellows Program and Congresses are made possible through generous grants from and partnership with the US State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program focuses on emerging international and American leaders working in the areas of entrepreneurship, NGO development, environmental sustainability, conflict resolution, civil society, legislative process and governance. It is implemented by 14 grantee organizations across the US.