Connecting organizations across borders to bridge the gap between civil society and government.
Every day, governments make decisions that affect the lives and rights of their citizens. Ensuring citizens have a voice in this process is central to democracy. Through enriching six-week international exchanges, our Legislative Fellows program bridges the gap between civil society and government. We match passionate civil society and government professionals in Latin America and the Caribbean with institutions in the United States, and vice versa.
In our increasingly globalized world, both Fellows and host organizations gain important value from the exchanges. Fellows work with mentors at their host organization, sharing best practices, learning new skills and gaining knowledge about governance and civil society sectors in their host country. Host organizations receive highly qualified international professionals to support projects. Fellows return home with an expanded and internationalized professional network, and important new skills and insight to share with their home organizations and local community. Our fellowships lay the groundwork for cross-border relationships between organizations that often last for years to come. Small project grants are also available to Fellows to enrich their work and strengthen the impact of their fellowship.
This program is funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.