Fellow Requirements

  • U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
  • 18-28 years old at project start date
  • Participating on-site in an internship or volunteer abroad project for at least 6 months
  • Demonstrate interest in project topic and outline specific project goals and impact measurables
  • Possess specific skill(s) to contribute to community abroad
  • Excited to learn about another culture and share one’s own
  • Willing to submit blog posts and a written report upon project completion

Project Requirements

  • Benefits local community
  • Sustainable (project can continue after fellow leaves and/or effects are long-term)
  • Involves collaboration and interaction with local residents and community leaders

The fellowship does not support independent research projects or academic study abroad programs. Projects must not be part of a degree requirement or for class credit.

Application Checklist

  • Project/program details:

Outline your tasks, project goals, and how these goals will be measured. In light of COVID-19, describe any restrictions related to travel to and from the project location and the safety measures and protocols that are in place at your project location.

  • Detailed budget (including proof of all fees—estimated costs are acceptable)

  • Essay (one to two pages) that answers each part of the following question:

Detail the specific skills and experience you will contribute to your host organization and what you hope to learn during your project/program. Explain how you will apply this experience to your future plans.

  • Two signed letters of recommendation: one may be from an academic instructor and the other must be from a supervisor, employer, or coach (submitted to grants@interexchange.org by recommender). Prompt for recommenders:

Please speak to the applicant’s maturity, adaptability, communication style, leadership potential, and other characteristics that you have first-hand knowledge of that would help us assess the overall suitability for success on the service project abroad.

  • Resume (no longer than one page)

  • Photocopy of valid U.S. passport or permanent resident card

  • $50 non-refundable application fee

U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
The International Coalition for Global Education and Exchange
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation