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

The Asia Foundation


The Asia Foundation Development Fellows program is designed to be a multifaceted experience, enhancing leadership skills, Asian development knowledge, professional networks, and international exposure for Asian professionals. The program also provides the flexibility for Fellows to custom-tailor their own professional development component and to stay in their current occupations while participating in the program’s rigorous modules. The program is comprised of the following five components: 1) The Leadership Training Program offered in partnership with the Korea Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy and Management in South Korea; 2) The Workshop on Asian Development, held each year in a different Asian nation; 3) A two-week leadership dialogue and study tour opportunity in the U.S.; 4) A flexible professional development stipend/ award of US$5,000; and 5) A mentoring component allowing Fellows to tap into The Asia Foundation’s extensive human resources and thematic expertise. The application period starts in the fall of each year. A selection committee, comprised of distinguished specialists, then makes their final decision at the beginning of the following year. The Fellows will be recognized over a year-long period from January 1 through December 31.

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:

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

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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