Asia Foundation Development Fellowship Program |Funded

Asia Foundation Development Fellowship Program |Funded

Asia Foundation Development Fellowship Program |Funded

The Asia Foundation Development Fellows program is a dynamic and comprehensive learning opportunity for exceptionally talented Asian persons under the age of 40 who want to improve their leadership abilities, Asian development knowledge, professional networks, and international exposure. The program is a continuation of the Foundation’s nearly seven-decade-long heritage of investing in the region’s most potential future leaders.

The Asia Foundation Development Fellows program is comprised of the following components:

  1. Spring 2024: Leadership Training Program & Study Tour: The Leadership Dialogue and Exchange program in Asia and the Pacific 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.
  2. Fall 2024: Leadership Dialogue and Exchange Program: The 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 city in the United States.


Asia Foundation Development Fellows must:

  • 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 climate action, 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, 2024.
  • 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
  • Be 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.


  1. Professional Development Award: An 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.
  2. Executive Coaching & Mentoring: The Asia Foundation lends valuable perspectives to the field of leadership development, with a proven program history and record of commitment throughout Asia and the Pacific. 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.



Please carefully read the Eligibility and Selection criteria above, and read the Application Instructions.


Review the Application Instructions and Guidelines and complete each component of the application:

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

Deadline: August 28, 2023.

Apply here


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