Applications are invite for the Professional Fellows Exchange Program 2018 in USA. The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (ICCEW) at the University of Oklahoma is partnering with the U.S. Department of State and stakeholders in Pakistan, India, Nepal and Kazakhstan to host a five-week professional exchange in the United States that includes a professional fellowship placement at an American small business organization. The Professional Fellows Exchange program is scheduled for October-November, 2018.

This program, funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Professional Fellows Program, will inject Pakistani, Indian, Nepali and Kazakhstani mid-level emerging leaders in small or start-up business ventures, business administration, government, NGOs, business education, incubation hubs, community training programs or social entrepreneurship into working small businesses in Oklahoma and associate them with one of America’s leading universities. The program aims to provide professional experience and training that will nurture participants’ talent and prepare them for more responsible leadership positions in their businesses, communities and society in general as they return to their countries. In addition, the program will provide U.S.-based small business stakeholders an opportunity to collaborate with their Pakistani, Indian, Nepali and Kazakhstani counterparts as they participate in a two-week outbound exchange to the respective countries in Winter 2018.

Host Country:
  • United States of America
Host University:
  • University of Oklahoma
Program Duration:
  • Five Weeks
Program Dates:
  • October-November, 2018.
Scholarship Value:
  • This program, funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Professional Fellows Program.
Program Benefits:
  • Be exposed to the day-to-day workings of the U.S. business workplace through quality professional experiences of four weeks;
  • Gain exposure to a variety of American business organizations and networks in Oklahoma and Washington, D.C.;
  • Get a conceptual and practical background for integrating themselves into the American business environment through conceptual lectures, discussions and exercises to expose them to concepts related to budgeting, business plans, strategic communication, leadership and management principles, social media developments, the business/government interface, intellectual property, contracts and business ethics;
  • Enhance their leadership skills to facilitate positive change in their workplaces and communities as they develop personally and professionally;
  • Participate in weekly face-to-face feedback sessions with University of Oklahoma faculty to reflect on their professional experiences for that week;
  • Be exposed to a variety of business networks in Oklahoma designed to support start-up companies and to governmental/media institutions that can influence business;
  • Be exposed to rich cultural experiences that represent Oklahoma’s unique environment especially the Native American experience, and exposure to American family life in a variety of settings;
  • Become acquainted with the Pakistani-American, Indian-American, Nepali-American and Kazakhstani-American communities in the Oklahoma City metro area;
  • Be exposed to networking opportunities with U.S. placement hosts and partner organizations in an ongoing discussion and exchange of ideas, support and resources;
  • Get connected to a network of alumni from previous professional exchanges programs, professional placement providers and university faculty to facilitate ongoing discussion and exchange through social networking; and
  • Have the opportunity to reconnect with Oklahoma stakeholders who will make reciprocal visits to Pakistan, India, Nepal and Kazakhstan.

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Eligibility Criteria:
  • Be emerging leaders in either government, civil society or the private sector in Pakistan/India/Nepal/Kazakhstan who have demonstrated expertise in economic empowerment and entrepreneurial/small business development in the respective countries;
  • Have relevant experience and expertise in the small business/entrepreneurship/economic empowerment profession;
  • Be either a Pakistani, Indian, Nepali or Kazakhstani citizen;
  • Be interested in experiencing hands-on the activities in a U.S. business or economic empowerment organization;
  • Be committed to the importance of a sustainable and empowering business sector in a democracy;
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English as the entire exchange program and professional placements will be conducted in English;
  • Be computer-literate;
  • Be between the ages of 25 and 40.

Additional program requirements include:

  • Ability to travel without family members (including children) or other individuals (relatives, friends);
  • A guarantee that participants will, at all times, comply with all program requirements and program activities.
Required Materials:

Please note that when you reach the bottom of this form, you will be asked to upload the material listed below. It would be best to have this information ready and available to upload as you complete the form, so you don’t have to come back to the system to add it later.

  1. A one-page cover letter, including a statement that you will comply with program requirements.
  2. A two-page resume. (NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS WITH COVER LETTERS AND RESUMES EXCEEDING THE PAGE LIMIT GIVEN ABOVE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED WHEN REVIEWING PROGRAM APPLICATIONS).
  3. A copy of university/college degree or other professional qualifications.
  4. Two letters of recommendation (written in English). These letters can not be written more than two months prior to the application submission date and must include the following information:
  • What is the author’s relationship to the applicant?
  • How long have they known the applicant?
  • How does the applicant: Collaborate with others? Adapt to new environments? Exhibit leadership qualities? Exhibit creativity and innovativeness?
How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying for this Exchange  Program, fill out the online application form on the next page. Note that all application and supporting material MUST be provided in English. The deadline for submitting the online application is April 15, 2018. The grantee organization and its partner organizations will review applications from the first week of May 2018 onward and set up in-person interviews with a shortlist of candidates in the respective countries in June 2018.

Application Deadline:

The deadline of the Professional Fellows Exchange Program is:

  • 15th April, 2018

(NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS CONTAINING LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION NOT WRITTEN IN ENGLISH, WRITTEN MORE THAN TWO MONTHS PRIOR TO SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION AND NOT ANSWERING THE ABOVE QUESTIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED WHEN APPLICATIONS ARE REVIEWED.)

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