The Professional Fellows Program

The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) offers to promising young professionals from Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, and Moldova the opportunity to gain practical experience in, and exposure to, United States government. The knowledge and interest of these young professionals in American political processes will be expanded through short-term fellowships in state legislatures, city halls, federal offices and NGOs across the United States. In addition, the PFP enables about 45 Americans to travel outbound on reciprocal visits.

One of the program objectives is to enable Fellows to share their knowledge with peers in Eurasia through a follow-on program in which they conduct conferences and outreach activities in collaboration with American counterparts.


  • Be 25 to 35 years of age;
  • Must have citizenship and live permanently in the Republic of Moldova (permanent residents of the Transnistrian region may be considered regardless of citizenship)
  • Be a university graduate;
  • Be proficient in English, as demonstrated by TOEFL IBT scores over 61.  Selected as semi-finalist candidates will take the institutional TOEFL exam;
  • Have relevant experience in and commitment to a career in the public sector or an NGO;
  • Have demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills.
  •  be eligible for a U.S. J-1 visa. Program participants must return to and reside in Moldova for two years after completion of their program;

Usually the program is announced in early February with the deadline in late March.