Professional Fellows Progam
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The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by Legacy International in partnership with AMIDEAST and the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (USFMC). 

PFP is a two-way citizen exchange program capacity-building and professional development initiative that serves civil society development in North Africa.This program is designed for people with strong leadership skills who are early- to mid-career professionals and who are committed to making a lasting positive impact through work in the civil society (NGO) sector.


Areas of interest may include, but are not limited to: social development, public health, women and children’s issues, rule of law, arts and culture, education reform, transparency, free speech and media, youth engagement, human rights, public health and citizen participation. Selected fellow will learn:
  • Effective practices in organizational management (staff training, human resources, program evaluation)
  • Increase ability to run effective outreach and public relations programs
  • Acquire new skills to engage with policymakers and government officials
  • Fundraising and proposal writing skills
  • Exchange best practices with American peers in their field


Key Facts of about the PFP program: 8-9 Fellows will be selected from Tunisia to participate in a month-long, fellowship experience in American NGO’s including: service organizations, advocacy groups, grassroots organizations, federal agencies, and congressional offices.

Program dates: April 28 to June 02, 2017


Eligible candidates must be:

  • Both a resident and citizen of Tunisia;
  • Between 25 and 40 years of age;
  • Fluent in English (spoken and written);
  • Have two years minimum experience with local NGO’s, advocacy and reform organizations and networks, civil society organizations, unions, or other related fields;
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have NOT previously traveled to the U.S. on a government-sponsored exchange program.

For additional information about the Professional Fellows Program, please contact: 

Legacy Senior Program Officer:

Atefeh Leavitt

Mailing Address:

1020 Legacy Drive, Bedford, VA 24523

E-mail Address:



Legacy Internatioanl website:



Exchange Program Coordinator:

Nada Belhassen

Mailing Address:

33 Rue Ahmed Ramy  | 1002 Tunis-Belvédère 

E-mail Address:


95.994.515 ; 71.145.745



Office Hours:

Monday– Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.