USA FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS
Exceptional candidates who receive a USA Fellowship participate in one of three programs:
• USA Fellowship: Typically 10-12 candidates are awarded a four-to five-week fellowship to 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 50 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: Typically 10 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 typically selects one Fellow each year who works in 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 country coordinator. The fellowship includes meetings with experts and leaders in the Fellow’s field, cultural visits and local hospitality.