Welcome to USA Programs
We send approximately eight to ten high-achieving mid-career (aged 32-45) U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents abroad for an intensive, individually designed program in the country of their choice. Fellows are selected by blue ribbon steering committees in Philadelphia, Research Triangle area, North Carolina, New England region (Boston), and St. Louis. At least one Fellow per year is selected for an Agricultural Fellowship.
As part of the original charter, USA citizens were selected to travel (seven in the first year of the program) on fellowship in 1954. Some of the fields first represented were financing, education, advertising and journalism. Starting in 1964, due to high costs and the scarcity of qualified candidates, the USA program went on hiatus. Then, in 1984, EF trustee John S.D. Eisenhower and Anne Devereaux, a former member of President Eisenhower's staff, pursued and received a grant from the US government. This enabled the USA program to be revived and continues to strengthen every year.