Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia's Future Prgm

The Asia Foundation


The Asia Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia's Future 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 year-long professional advancement program is designed to be a multifaceted experience, involving intensive learning modules – short courses, conferences and study tours in Asia and the U.S. – to enhance leadership skills, Asian development knowledge, professional networks, and international exposure. The program provides the flexibility for Fellows to design their own professional development component and to stay in their current occupations while participating in the program's rigorous modules. NOTE: This is not a flexible scholarship to fund academic studies. For more information, please visit the link below.

Other Criteria

Asia Development Fellows must: have a demonstrable record of high achievement, and must show evidence of outstanding potential for professional advancement, and significant impact in their chosen field; 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; have outstanding personal character and integrity; be thoughtful, committed, respected and inspirational leaders within their professional fields and within their larger community; be under 40 years of age by the time of selection; be conversant in English; be available and able to participate in all components of the program; and 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.


Fellowship expenses covered plus US$5000 Award

You must be studying in one of the following countries:



November 12

You must be from one of the following countries:

Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Philippines, Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Mongolia, Malaysia, Laos, Korea, South, Japan, Indonesia, India, East Timor, China, Cambodia, Bangladesh and Afghanistan

Number of Awards


You must be studying one of the following:



All program expenses are covered, including costs for coursework and programming, airfares and local transportation, lodging and meals, visa fees, and health and accident insurance. Fellows also receive a Professional Development Award of up to US$5000 for their own personalized professional development plan.

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