Interested in gaining a better understanding of Asian culture? The Luce Scholars Program is a fantastic professional fellowship opportunity for recent college graduates and young professionals to spend a year in Asia. Fellows are assigned to professional positions in one of fifteen Asian countries, similar to the Peace Corps, and receive two-months of intensive language study, housing and a generous living stipend.
To be eligible for the Luce Scholars fellowship you must be nominated by one of 75 qualifying universities, a U.S. citizen under the age of 30, hold a bachelor’s degree, and have spent less than eight weeks in Asia. The Luce Scholars Program accepts fellows from a wide variety of backgrounds as evidenced by their past and present list of fellows.
“The program is designed as a cultural experience first and foremost. Each Scholar’s placement provides a professional venue and perspective, but the assignments themselves must be viewed as a mechanism through which to gain a broader understanding and appreciation of the culture in which one is living. As a purely professional experience, the year in Asia may not prove as satisfying as a similar assignment at home, often due to differences in management styles, political systems, work environments, and resource limitations. However, the insight gained through the year of cultural immersion and professional enrichment often makes their time in Asia a transformative experience for many Luce Scholars”. Read More.
The application for the Luce Scholars fellowship is typically November 1. To learn more about the Luce Scholoars Program please click here.
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If I wasn’t already tied to my research in New Zealand, I would definitely apply for this one! Fulbright is inaugurating a new Public Policy Fellowship in academic year 2012-13 that will allow fellows to serve in professional placements in foreign government ministries or institutions, to gain hands-on public sector experience while carrying out PhD research. The 11 countries offering this new fellowship include: Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Thailand and Tunisia. Areas of public policy focus include: public health, education, agriculture, justice, energy, environment, public finance, economic development, information technology, and communications.
According to the website, the Fulbright Public Policy Fellows will serve in a capacity similar to a “special assistant” for a senior level official. Fulbright is looking for PhD students with a strong service orientation, flexibility and resourcefulness, outstanding organizational skills, a wide range of competencies including strong writing, communication and IT skills, and an ability to work behind the scenes in a supportive role. Fellows may be responsible for activities such as policy and budget development and analysis; program monitoring and evaluation; drafting speeches, talking points, and correspondence; record keeping and note taking; and general project management. Fellows would spend approximately 32 hours per week in their professional assignment and 8 hours per week pursuing a related academic project.
Apply now for this PhD fellowship - deadline is February 1, 2012!
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1. Create a plan
2. Project proposal ideas
3. Talk to current / former fellows
4. Prepare an effective resumé
5. Find a host institution
6. Write a compelling personal statement
7. Prepare a strong project proposal
8. Get great recommendation letters (P1)
9. Get great recommendation letters (P2)
10. Nail the individual and group interviews