Professional Fellows Program Application 2017

Program Overview

The Mansfield Center of the University of Montana of Missoula, Montana will conduct a multi-part, two-way Professional Fellows Program for approximately 44 professionals in 2017; 32 emerging leaders from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and approximately 12 U.S. participants. Please note that four participants were chosen for the April 2017 program.  For the October 2017 program, we expect three will be chosen from Vietnam, selected from throughout the country.  The program goal is to enhance leadership and professional skills while building sustainable partnerships through non-governmental organization development. Program participants will spend approximately 38 days in the United States for tailored working placements with non-profit organizations and leadership training, followed by the Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, D.C. American participants will travel overseas to spend approximately 14 days working with their foreign counterparts in their workplaces and communities in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

Recruitment Announcement:

(Also see the attached file for more detail)


The 2017 - Professional Fellows Program

CECEM and the Mansfield Center of the University of Montana are honored to partner with the U.S. Government to seek applicants for the Professional Fellows Program. This program is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City. The 5th year program continues to focus on organization management to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, and build sustainable partnerships between emerging leaders from foreign countries and the U.S. We are seeking emerging leaders that currently work in development organizations (in different fields such as education, environment, civic engagement, economic empowerment, health and social issues, etc.). The required age range for participants is 25-to-35-years of age.

During the five-week program in the United States, participants will gain firsthand knowledge of how organizations and institutions operate, while also participating in site visits and specially-designed seminars. An important part of the program is a Fellowship. Participants will be matched with a similar organization in Montana and work with an American counterpart for one month. Vietnamese participants may also be asked to host a U.S. participant at their place of work in a reciprocal exchange.

The deadline is 15 April 2017. Late applications will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates who are selected for interviews will receive a response. We expect to contact those shortlisted candidates by May 15, 2017, for an initial telephone interview.


Ms. Ngo Thi Thu Hang, program coordinator in Vietnam, at 0913007417 or 0439447060; Email:; and, for application form; and visit program’s website for more information:

Application form: Download here

Further information: click here

The State Department recently released this video to help in the promotion of PFP 2015 - NGO management program; and all YSEALI programs:  One of our recent participants, Ms. Tran Thanh Thao of Vietnam was featured!



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