The application cycle for 2018 USA Eisenhower Fellowships - the USA and Agriculture Fellowships - will open in March 2017 on our website. The due date for all applications will be June 1, 2017. Interested candidates must apply for one of two programs:

  • USA Eisenhower Fellowship: Ten candidates are awarded a five-week fellowship and typically visit one or two countries in the EF network.

  • EF Agriculture Program: EF’s Agricultural Committee selects one Fellow each year -- an active farmer or rancher -- to visit one or two countries in the EF network. 

We will be holding an informational webinar on April 25, 2017 at 2pm EST.  For instructions on how to log on, download the instructions below:

If you are interested in the Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellowship, please note that this program has a different application process and timeline. The application will be available on our website in April 2017 and the due date for the 2018 application is July 1, 2017. 

Candidates for a USA Eisenhower Fellowship must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Competitive applicants generally fall within the age range of approximately 32 to 45 years old, as this is a fellowship aimed at ascendant mid-career professionals, not students or full-time academics. While we do consider candidates who are older or younger than this, the farther your age falls outside of this age range, the less competitive your application will be. 

Before applying all candidates should consider carefully whether their professional and personal circumstances will allow them to participate in an intensive, five-week international fellowship. Beginning a few months prior to travel, Eisenhower Fellows must devote significant time to researching and preparing for their fellowship with an EF program team. All fellowship travel must take place within the calendar year of the fellowship for which Fellows are chosen (between January 1 and December 31, 2018). We do not permit deferrals to the following calendar year.

USA Fellows are able to decide the timing and their destination country or countries in consultation with EF staff in Philadelphia and EF country partners.  We suggest that candidates consider and present more than one option for their fellowship travels, as first-choice destination(s) are not always feasible given the timing and other institutional considerations.      

Successful candidates typically display the following characteristics in their applications: 

  • demonstrate not only significant accomplishments within their communities and their professions but also high potential for growth and broader impact
  • propose a compelling fellowship program that takes full advantage of this unique opportunity; 
  • identify a project or initiative they intend to develop during the fellowship and are able to articulate how this experience will help them meet that goal and create positive impact; and 
  • commit to engage actively with the global Eisenhower Fellowship network throughout their lifetime.


    For the 2018 application cycle, candidates must submit their applications through an online application that will be accessible through this website. Applications will be due by 12:00am EST on June 1, 2017 without exception. 

Candidates who are selected as as finalists will be invited for in-person interviews (either in Philadelphia or in the regional hub) in July and August 2017. Selection decisions will be announced by September 2017. 

Selection timeline for the 2018 USA Fellowships:
  • April 1 to June 1, 2017: Applications accepted via online portal on a rolling basis
  • June 1 to July 15, 2017: First-round phone interviews with selected candidates
  • July 15 to September 1, 2017: Finalists invited to in-person interviews in one of the six USA hubs: Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, Boston, Chicago, St. Louis or San Francisco. All economy-class roundtrip transportation and hotel (one night, if necessary) are covered by EF. 
  • September 15 (or thereabouts): USA Eisenhower Fellows notified of their selection


If you'd like to explore the application offline, please take a look at this paper copy below. Remember: we only accept online submissions; this is for informational purposes only.


For a more detailed understanding of the planning process for an Eisenhower Fellowship and our official policies, take a look at the 2017 USA Fellowship Manual.