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Asia Foundation Development Fellows

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Application Deadline: September 16, 2022

Application Procedure

Guided by a mission to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across a dynamic and developing Asia, The Asia Foundation in 2014 marked its 60th anniversary with a year-long global conversation on critical issues facing the region today. Much has changed in Asia and the world since 1954, but the solid groundwork set by our founders has helped us to evolve as an international development organization and impact countless people across the region.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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 and gender equality, environment, and regional cooperation;
  • Be thoughtful, committed, respected and inspirational leaders within their professional fields and within their larger community;
  • Be under 40 years of age by January 1, 2023;
  • Be conversant in English (TOEFL exam results are not required);
  • Be available and able to participate in all program components on the program dates specified; and
  • e resident nationals or citizens of the following countries and region where The Asia Foundation has programs: Afghanistan; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Cambodia; China; India; Indonesia; Japan; Korea; Laos; Malaysia; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nepal; Pacific Islands; Pakistan; Philippines; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Timor-Leste; and, Vietnam.


  • Spring 2023: Leadership Training Program & Study Tour
    Laos, February 12-23, 2023 
  • The Leadership Dialogue and Exchange program in Asia presents a series of highly interactive leadership training modules with executive coaches;
  • site visits with leading development practitioners and thinkers, recognized policy leaders, and local innovators;
  • short assignments; and sessions focused on self-care and wellness for leaders.
  • With the larger objective of enhancing leadership skills and potential, the training modules focus on strategic thinking and decision-making, working with participants on developing critical perspectives, problem solving skills, managing change, and introducing innovative approaches in leadership and management.
  • Site visits will allow fellows to explore approaches that deliver positive impact and advance development knowledge. The program has previously taken place in the Philippines, Nepal, Mongolia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Singapore, and Korea, where local needs and challenges served as a contextual backdrop for exploring theories of change and practice in international development.
  • Forum on Leadership for Asia’s Future (Asia)
    Location TBA, February 24-26, 2023The biennial Forum on Leadership for Asia’s Future: At the Frontlines of Change presents an invaluable opportunity to gather alumni of the nine current and former cohorts of Asia Foundation Development Fellows and other young and inspirational changemakers from across Asia to discuss shared development challenges, build and deepen networks of support, promote knowledge sharing, recognize achievements, and highlight creative avenues for innovation and collaboration. The first Forum was held in Singapore in April of 2018.
  • Fall 2023: Leadership Dialogue and Exchange Program
    United States, October 1-14, 2023The Leadership Dialogue and Exchange Program will continue the work from the spring session, providing important opportunities for Fellows to extend personal bonds with their cohort and build new international perspectives and networks of support. Over this two-week period, the Fellows will participate in a comprehensive series of programs, policy discussions, and unique learning and leadership development opportunities organized in San Francisco, Washington, DC, and another small city in the United States.
  • Professional Development AwardAn award of up to US$5,000 will be made available to each selected Fellow. This cash award will allow Fellows the opportunity to design individualized plans to further their leadership skills and relevant professional experience in areas of particular importance to their career growth. Each Fellow will be asked to develop a personalized, year-long work plan that can involve such areas as enrollment in specialized training programs or short courses, language study, travel to attend key regional forums or workshops, or engagement in a series of other enrichment activities.
  • Executive Coaching & MentoringThe Asia Foundation lends valuable perspectives to the field of leadership development, with a proven program history and record of commitment throughout Asia. Building on the regional network and local capacity of the Foundation, the program offers mentorship matching support tailored to the background and professional interests of each of the Fellows. Additionally, Fellows are offered a fixed number of one-on-one executive coaching sessions throughout their fellowship year.

Application Procedure

  • Personal information
  • Written submission
  • CV
  • Short video submission
  • Letters of recommendation (handled online)

Official Website: Asia Foundation Development Fellows

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