Eisenhower Fellowships Storytelling Highlights
Eisenhower Fellowships exists to inspire leaders around the world to challenge themselves, to envision how they can effect positive change, to engage others beyond their existing networks and to collaborate with other like-minded leaders across national borders and regions to better the world around them. Our mission begins with identifying outstanding ascendant leaders who share President Eisenhower's belief in the powerful possibilities of a more peaceful, prosperous and just world. 
Successful candidates for our program are leaders hungry to advance their personal and professional growth, who can articulate how they can use the fellowship to produce impactful change and who can commit to lifelong engagement with the organization and its Fellows around the world. They apply what they learn from their peers and in their meetings with experts in their fields to maximize their potential and produce sustained impact through a transformative fellowship experience and collaboration with the network. 



The Eisenhower Fellowship program is individually designed based on the Fellow's interests, background and objectives. Our intention is to give a broad perspective on trends in specific fields in the U.S., opportunities to exchange ideas with leading professionals, and specific information on how individual practitioners are managing change and development. To enrich the experience, appointments encompass diverse geographic settings; encourage exposure to public, private and NGO leaders; and embrace varied political perspectives.


All Fellows arrive in Philadelphia and spend a week participating in orientation sessions and an opening seminar. Fellows spend approximately 5 weeks on travel, visiting 8-10 cities and having on average 2-3 meetings a day. Fellowship travels conclude in Philadelphia with a closing seminar, where Fellows discuss leadership observations and make plans for projects resulting in consequential outcomes. 
The Eisenhower Fellowships journey is about embracing new experiences, challenging perceptions and forming bonds of friendship with your fellow cohorts. Follow Anita Ahmad (Malaysia '17) during a day of her #EFJourney.

The Fellowship Project

To maximize EF’s real-world impact, Fellows are required to identify and execute concrete projects after they return home and leverage their talents through mentorship and collaboration with the network and other partners. These projects and initiatives are poised to create positive impact across sectors and borders and speak to the transformative nature of the fellowship experience. 
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Fatima Mohammed's (Nigeria '17) goal on the Fellowship was to gain a better understanding of how volunteerism, civic action, community development, and peacebuilding programs work and use the insights from my interactions to gain best practice and strengthen the framework of her organization, The Likeminds Project. "My primary project is to develop a model for scaling up and scaling out, building on the current successes and opening up chapters around the country that can address community specific issues through community specific activities. This is built on the premise that by creating a stronger network of engaged citizens that understand and commit to responsibility of their own communities, we can promote peace and strengthen social cohesion."
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Fredrik Bruhn's (Sweden '17) goal on fellowship was to meet with politicians, regulators, technology development leaders and AI-related business and research leaders to stimulate discussions around AI and autonomous systems beyond “cool applications” – to focus on a white paper targeting decision and policy makers about the possible impacts of AI in society. "My interviews have given a very conclusive result in that the amount of net jobs created will be significantly reduced over the coming decades and that we must relate to a society where the masses don’t have to work in a classical sense. In some regards, a new meaning of life must be designed for the western world and distribution of wealth will be extremely important. Hence, ideas like taxing robots and automation by Bill Gates will likely be amongst the tools that will be needed."