2018 Asia Foundation Development Fellows


The Asia Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018 Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future program. The 2018 Fellowship class will be the fifth cohort of this prestigious program, launched in 2014 to engage and empower a dynamic community of emerging leaders from all over Asia. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 20, 2017.

The Development Fellows program reflects The Asia Foundation’s six-decade tradition of investing in the region’s most promising future leaders. Each year, the program brings together an accomplished group of emerging changemakers(under 40 years of age)—NGO and civil society leaders, government officials and policymakers, social entrepreneurs, journalists, environmentalists, and academics—who are deeply committed to building an inclusive Asia.

The 2018 program will consist of two intensive modules, including two weeks in Asia and another two weeks in the United States, allowing Fellows to stay in their current occupations during the Fellowship year. The program will commence in April with a Leadership Development Workshop in Korea presented in partnership with the Korea Development Institute, and will continue in Sri Lanka where the Fellows will engage with various development practitioners to understand the mechanics of change on the ground.

In September, the Fellows will visit San Francisco and Washington, D.C., for a leadership dialogue and exchange. A flexible professional development award of US $5,000 will also be provided to each Fellow to use throughout the Fellowship year.

The call for applications will close on Nov. 20, 2017, with selection results to be announced in January 2018. Learn more about the program and application guidelines here.