10 Fellowships for Mid-Career Professionals

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10 Fellowships for Mid-Career Professionals

Mid-career is an ideal time to pursue a professional fellowship, whether to gain new skills, work abroad, enhance your professional network or enter public service. Fellowships that seek “mid-career” applicants typically are recruiting professionals with at least 10 years of work experience. Check out these incredible fellowship opportunities for outstanding professionals globally.

FUSE Corps Executive Fellows

FUSE Corps Executive Fellows are mid-career professionals with 15+ years of private sector experience who are looking to transition their careers for greater social impact. Each carefully crafted fellowship focuses on achieving lasting impact and exposing local government to innovative approaches. Each Fellow is paired one-on-one with an experienced executive coach and a “host champion” within local government. In addition, FUSE Fellows participate in an elite leadership training program that was developed in partnership with McKinsey & Company, Stanford Institute of Design (d. school) and Harvard Kennedy School. Fellows receive a $90,000 stipend in their FUSE Corps placement.

Eisenhower USA Fellowship

Eisenhower Fellowships identify, empower and link outstanding leaders from around the world, helping them to achieve consequential outcomes across sectors and borders. The USA program provides overseas exposure of 4-5 weeks designed to enhance Fellows’ professional and personal growth, develop new contacts, and promote the exchange of ideas and international understanding. Fellows have meetings with leaders in their field, as well as cultural site visits and hospitality by local citizens. Fellows become an engaged member of an exclusive network of more than 1,900 international leaders. Candidates are U.S. citizens approximately 32-45 years old. Also see the Eisenhower International Fellowship for non-U.S. citizens. Read fellowship application tips by Eisenhower Fellow Bernadette Vester.

Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) promotes linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. Grants are awarded in select disciplines to engage in short-term collaborative 2 to 6 week projects at host institutions in over 100 countries worldwide. International travel costs and a stipend are funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating host institutions cover grantee in-country expenses or provide in-kind services. U.S. faculty and professionals apply to join a Roster of Specialists for a 5 year term.

White House Fellowship

The White House Fellows program is one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government. Fellows typically spend a year working as a full-time, paid Fellow to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally. Read insights on the White House Fellows program by Bethany Rubin-Henderson.

Yale World Fellows Program

This 4-month residential program offers a cutting-edge global issues curriculum, individualized skill-building and access to prominent thinkers and practitioners. Applications to the Yale World Fellows Program are accepted from across sectors and around the world. Each class of Fellows is a unique group, geographically balanced, and representative of a wide range of professions, talents, and perspectives. To be eligible, applicants must be in the mid-career stage (5-20 years work experience), fluent in English and be a citizen of and reside in a country other than the U.S.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships

The Fellowships are awarded to men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Approximately 220 Fellowships are awarded through two annual competitions: one open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada, and the other open to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean. Guggenheim Fellowships are for 6-12 months. No special conditions attach to them, and Fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work.

d.fellowship Teaching Fellowship

The d.school teaching fellowship is a 12 month program aimed at developing excellence in the experiential teaching and learning of design thinking. Fellows are creative professionals excited about the future of design and science, the intersection of k12 education and systems design, or the possibilities of merging design with public policy. Fellows teach courses, work in small groups and have a high degree of autonomy. Candidates must have significant design and design thinking experience outside of school, currently work as a designer or in a creative role and hold a Master’s Degree or higher.

Australian-American Health Policy Fellowship

This program offers a unique opportunity for outstanding, mid-career U.S. professionals—academics, government officials, clinical leaders, decision makers in managed care and other private health care organizations, and journalists—to spend up to 10 months in Australia conducting research and working with Australian health policy experts on issues relevant to both countries. The Fellowship provides up to $87,000 (AUD) for the maximum term of ten months, with a minimum stay in Australia of six months required. There is also a family supplement available (e.g. approximately $50,000 for a spouse and two children).

Kinship Conservation Fellowship

Kinship selects the best and the brightest and awards them a $6,000 stipend and a month of valuable, cutting-edge training. In return, Fellows invest a month of their time with Kinship. The month-long curriculum is delivered by a faculty of global experts who work closely with each carefully selected cohort of Fellows to explore fresh ways to apply market-based approaches to environmental concerns. The Fellows are mid-career conservation professionals with at least 5 years of work experience. Read application tips by Fellow Jos Hill.

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The fellowship provides a year of professional enrichment in the United States for experienced professionals from designated countries undergoing development or political transition. Humphrey Fellowships are awarded competitively to candidates who are mid-career professionals in many fields. Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree, a minimum of five years of substantial, full-time, professional experience, limited or no prior experience in the United States, demonstrated leadership qualities, a record of public service in the community, and strong English skills. Read application tips by Humphrey Fellow Özlem Durmuş.

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  1. I’m interested in obtaining a Ph.D. However, I have a very large student loan and do not want to add to my debt. Are there any fully funded programs for adults over 55?

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