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US State Department Professional Fellows Program

Professional Exchange between Vietnam and Oregon Institutions


The Professional Fellows Program brings emerging leaders from around the world to the United States for intensive short-term fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise. Fellows are placed in non-profit organizations, private sector businesses, and government offices across the country to learn first-hand how issues in their fields are addressed in the United States. While deepening their understanding of American society, the visiting participants also build a broad network made up of both their new American colleagues and the other visiting Fellows.

Thousands of Americans host, work with, and learn from the foreign Fellows visiting the United States. The second phase of the Professional Fellows Program sends American participants overseas for follow-on programs conducted with the foreign Fellows. Over the course of the past two years, more than 1,000 foreign and American Fellows have participated in the Professional Fellows Program.