Deadline: November 30, 2019

The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) for Economic Empowerment, Middle East and North Africa is a two-way exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, and build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders committed to strengthening their communities through social entrepreneurship and workforce development.

PFP Fellows are placed in intensive fellowships in non-profit organizations, private sector businesses, and government offices for an individually tailored professional development experience.  They build a broad network with American and other program participant colleagues as they develop a deeper understanding of U.S. society, enhance their professional skills.  American participants who have hosted foreign fellows travel overseas for participant-driven reciprocal programs.

Since 2010 Legacy International has hosted more than 225 Professional Fellows from the countries of Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Kuwait, Morocco, Tunisia, and Oman.


The selected fellow will learn:

  1. Effective practices in business management (developing a business plan, financing and accounting, human resource management, marketing, strategic planning, and networking, etc.);
  2. Principles of social entrepreneurship and increase the ability to run effective community outreach and public relations campaigns;
  3. Best practices from American colleagues in workforce development, gain exposure to models and innovative and practical ideas and tools to increase the effectiveness of these programs;
  4. Increase the ability to think “outside of the box,” and spark creative, innovative approaches to problems, products, and marketplaces;
  5. Acquire new skills and strategies to engage effectively with policymakers and government officials;
  6. Form new or improved strategic partnerships.


  1. 25-38 years old at the time of application.
  2. A current citizen and resident of Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, or Lebanon
  3. Speak fluent to English (enough to work full-time in a US fellowship)
  4. Have at least two years‘ work experience in their field
  5. Currently employed
  6. Interest in hosting a reciprocal program for Americans in your country
  7. Have demonstrated strong leadership skills and commitment to community
  8. Demonstrates initiative, teamwork, and openness
  9. Preference will be given to those who have not previously traveled on a U.S. government-funded program.


Click here to apply.