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30 Octobre 2015 Il y a 5 ans

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About the Community Solutions Program

The Community Solutions Program brings the best and brightest global community leaders working in Transparency & Accountability, Tolerance & Conflict Resolution, Environmental Issues, and Women & Gender Issues from around the world to the U.S. for an intensive professional development program.

Leaders bring years of experience to community development in the U.S. while strengthening their capacity for leadership and development in their home countries. Through tailored fellowships, leaders gain hands-on experience in community work; collaborate and learn best practices through an online leadership institute; and create action plans for community-based initiatives back home.

Program Activities

  • Four-month U.S. Fellowship: Community Solutions leaders work in community-based, non-profit organizations or government offices across the U.S. where they work in partnership with American counterparts to address local issues.
  • Community Leadership Institute (CLI): Community Solutions leaders develop leadership and organizational management skills through online courses and in-person training that complement their community placements.
  • Follow-on Projects: Community Solutions leaders develop follow-on community projects in partnership with their U.S. hosts. Follow-on projects will be completed after leaders return to their home countries.

FINANCIAL PROVISIONS OF THE GRANT

  • J-1 visa support
  • Round-trip travel from participant’s home city to the U.S.
  • Accident and sickness insurance
  • Living Allowance to cover housing, meals and incidentals

TECHNICAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Candidates will be considered without respect to race, color, religion, national origin, or gender. Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Competition for the Community Solutions Program is merit-based and open to community leaders, ages 25-38 at the time of application, who meet the following criteria:

  • From a participating country (U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., and individuals who have applied for U.S. permanent residency in the past three years are not eligible for this program)
  • Currently living and working in his/her home country (Individuals participating in academic, training or research programs in the United States at the time of application and individuals residing or working outside their home countries at the time of application are not eligible for this program)
  • Currently working on a community project or initiative in his/her home country; and, has at least 2 years of professional experience in this capacity at the time of application
  • Able to begin the program in the United States in 2016, and is committed to returning to his/her home country after completion of the program
  • Able to receive a U.S. J-1 visa (Individuals who have participated in an exchange visitor program sponsored or funded by the U.S. Government who have not fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement by the time of application are not eligible for this program)
  • Proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application

 COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS PROGRAM TIMELINE

  • October 30, 2015 : Community Solutions Program application deadline
  • November –December 2015 : Applications reviewed by selection committee
  • January 2016 : Semifinalists interview and take the TOEFL exam as needed
  • February-March 2016 : Finalists and alternates notified
  • May-June 2016 : Pre-departure orientation and preparation
  • Late July/Early August 2016 : All participants depart their home countries for the U.S.
  • December 2016 : Participants return to their home countries and begin follow-on projects
  • January-June 2017 : Alumni complete follow-on projects in collaboration with U.S. hosts

 

PROFESSIONAL FELLOWSHIP THEMES

Applicants must select ONE professional theme from the list below that he/she intends to focus on while in the U.S.

  1. Transparency and Accountability : Illustrative topics within this professional theme include: civil society; grassroots democracy; good governance; anti-corruption; transparency; accountability; free and fair elections; technology and social media for transparency; and, volunteerism.
  2. Tolerance and Conflict Resolution : Illustrative topics within this professional theme include: tolerance; multi-culturalism; discrimination; conflict resolution; negotiation; compromise; fair treatment of minority populations; civil rights and responsibilities; crisis response tools; complex emergencies and disasters; technology and social media for conflict resolution; and LGBT rights.
  3. Environmental Issues : Illustrative topics within this professional theme include: food security; water and resource management; supporting food supply at local, regional and national levels; social entrepreneurship to leverage science and technology to address ecological and environmental issues; low-carbon technologies; natural resource management; pollution; sustainable energy; and climate change.
  4. Women and Gender Issues : Illustrative topics within this professional theme include: women’s empowerment, women’s education, women’s health; women’s entrepreneurship; gender equality; prevention of all forms of exploitation; domestic violence prevention; advancing political, economic and social empowerment of women; and, LGBT rights.

ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES

Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

East Asia and the Pacific: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam

Europe: Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey, and Ukraine

South and Central Asia: Bangladesh, Burma, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan

Near East & North Africa: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and West Bank/Gaza

Western Hemisphere: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Paraguay, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago

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