The APF Fellows Program is for U.S. based students and professionals who are committed to creating positive socioeconomic change in Pakistan.

APF Fellows serve the Rural Support Program Network (RSPN), the largest development network in Pakistan, which is comprised of eleven Rural Support Programmes (RSPs). They espouse a common approach to rural development: social mobilization centered on the belief that impoverished people have the innate potential to help themselves by better managing their limited resources if they organize and are provided with social, technical, and financial support.

APF Fellows will be placed at the National Rural Support Program (NRSP) in Islamabad, Pakistan. NRSP works with over two million rural households, 150,000 community organizations, and 500 local support organizations in Azad Kashmir, Punjab, Sindh, and Baluchistan.

Host Country:
  • United States of America
Host Organisation:
  • American Foundation Pakistan : APF is a national platform for mobilizing the collective knowledge, resources, and influence of Pakistani Americans, and friends of Pakistan, to strengthen and highlight Pakistani-American civic and political participation in the United States, advance socio-economic development in Pakistan at scale, and foster stronger ties between the peoples of the U.S. and Pakistan.
Program Duration:
  • 8 Weeks
  • Marketing and Social Media: Fellows will spearhead the creation, design, and coordination of key social media campaigns on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and beyond.  Fellows will work on content curation, monitoring, and analysis. Fellows should have a good knowledge of NRSP’s key message and focus areas (social mobilization, micro-finance, community based physical infrastructure, vocational and technical skills, health, education, and more).

  • WISE Program: Fellows will work to improve NRSP’s Water, Immunization, Sanitation, and Education (WISE) program and will work alongside Local Support Organizations (LSOs) and Community Resource Persons (CRPs).

  • Punjab Education Foundation: Fellows will help Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) leaders manage community schools through the New School Program (NSP).

  • Naya Qadam Limbs Project: Fellows will help provide artificial limbs to disabled persons free of cost. This program includes a mobile workshop that goes in different areas of Pakistan to provide limbs to community members that cannot access the project center.

  • Southern Punjab Poverty Alleviation Project: Fellows will work on community mobilization, asset creation and training, and physical infrastructure measures.

  • Karobari Sarmaya Project: Fellows will assist managers of this micro equity initiative by offering business and technical support to apprentices working in different local businesses.

Program Cost: 
  • Fellows are required to have enough funds to pay for round trip airfare, food, and miscellaneous expenses.  Local housing will be provided by NRSP.  Approximate participation costs: Airfare (depending on departure location and availability): $1,100 -> $1,700 + $1,000 for food and misc. expenses for 8 weeks + $275 for travel insurance, visa (if applicable) = $2,375 – $2,975 total approximate participation costs

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Be 18 years of age or older by June 22

  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program or have graduated after the summer of 2015

  • Hold US Citizenship or permanent residency and live in the United States

  • Be eligible to travel to Pakistan with their current status or by obtaining a visa (APF will assist with this process)

  • Fellows are encouraged to seek external funding sources and APF will help to complete paperwork for funding and/or class credit for the internship placement

  • Be available and willing to travel to and live in Pakistan for 8 weeks (currently scheduled for June 22 to August 19, 2018)

  • APF Fellows will be required to work full time, 5-6 days a week for 8 weeks, participate in all fellowship related activities, and live in NRSP provided housing.

How to Apply:

Complete the fellowship application:

Send your resume as an attachment and your answers to the application questions below in the body of the email to with the subject line “APF Fellows Program” by May 6. Only select candidates will be contacted for an interview and references

Application Questions
1. What motivates you to join the APF Fellows Program?
2. What do you see as your greatest strength and weakness?

Application Deadline:
  • May 6, 2018


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