THE USA PROGRAM
Since 1989, Eisenhower Fellowships has sent nearly 300 U.S. citizens and permanent residents abroad. The USA Fellowship provides proven mid-career leaders with a customized four- or five-week professional experience in one or two countries in the EF network, as well as lifetime membership in a global community of fellows. Fellows hail from all professional fields, and represent the private, public and nonprofit sectors.
USA Fellows are recruited on a national basis, with local Steering Committees helping nominate and interview candidates in four regional hubs: Boston, Raleigh-Durham, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco. By the end of 2017, EF expects to expand the network to include two additional hubs in Los Angeles and Miami.
On fellowship, USA Fellows meet with leaders in their fields who can help them achieve their program goals, including many international Eisenhower Fellows. These interactions push Fellows to look beyond the day-to-day of their professional lives; to broaden and enhance their global perspective and partnerships; and to have a greater impact in their home region and professional sphere.
Exceptional candidates who receive a USA Fellowship participate in one of three programs:
• USA Fellowship: Around 10 candidates are awarded a five-week fellowship and visit one or two countries in the EF network. In collaboration with program staff and international Fellows, USA Fellows select the most professionally relevant and rewarding destinations from a list of nearly 30 countries in all regions of the globe. Wherever they travel, USA Fellows find themselves members of a global family of Fellows located all over the world, who support USA programming.
• Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellowship: Ten candidates are awarded a four-week fellowship focused exclusively on China. This new program was launched in 2015 after many years of partnership between EF and the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE). Starting in Beijing and ending in Shanghai, Fellows experience two and a half weeks of individualized programming in cities and towns across China.
• EF Agriculture Program: EF’s Agricultural Committee selects one Fellow each year who works in industrial agricultural production – an active farmer or rancher – to visit one or two countries in the EF network. Fellows have explored such topics as water conservation, soil health, animal husbandry and crop rotation.
THE FELLOWSHIP EXPERIENCE
Each Fellowship includes an orientation and leadership development seminar held in conjunction with one of EF’s international programs. With the exception of the Zhi-Xing Fellows, who travel to China as a group, USA Fellows travel on their own, and choose when to travel. Unique to EF is that all Fellows pursue an individually-designed program in their field of interest. They develop the program in close coordination with EF staff, Fellows, and a local program coordinator. The fellowship includes meetings with experts and leaders in the Fellow’s field, cultural visits and local hospitality.
2017 USA Fellows