THE USA PROGRAM
Since 1999, Eisenhower Fellowships has sent
more than 250 U.S. citizens and permanent residents abroad. The USA Fellowship
provides proven mid-career leaders with a customized four- or five-week professional
experience in one or two countries in the EF network, as well as lifetime membership in a global community of fellows. Fellows hail from all professional fields, and represent
the private, public and nonprofit sectors.
USA Fellows are recruited on a
national basis, with Leadership Steering Committees helping nominate and
interview candidates in four regional hubs: Boston, MA; Research Triangle, NC;
St. Louis, MO; and Philadelphia, PA. In 2016, two new regional hubs will open
in San Francisco and Chicago to enhance the depth and breadth of the USA
On fellowship, USA Fellows meet with leaders in their fields who can help them achieve their program goals, including many international Eisenhower Fellows. These interactions push Fellows to look beyond the day-to-day of their professional lives; to broaden and enhance their global perspective and partnerships; and to have a greater impact in their home region and professional sphere.
Exceptional candidates who receive a USA Fellowship participate
in one of three programs:
• USA Fellowship: Around 10 candidates are
awarded a five-week fellowship and visit one or two countries in the
EF network. In collaboration with program staff and international Fellows, USA
Fellows select the most professionally relevant and rewarding destinations from
a list of nearly 30 countries in all regions of the globe. Wherever they
travel, USA Fellows find themselves members of a global family of Fellows
located all over the world, who support USA programming.
Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellowship: Ten candidates are
awarded a four-week fellowship focused exclusively to China. This new
program was launched in 2015 after many years of partnership between EF and the
China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE). Starting in
Beijing and ending in Shanghai, Fellows experience two and a half weeks of individualized
programming in cities and towns across China.
EF Agriculture Program: EF’s Agricultural Committee selects
one Fellow each year who works in industrial agricultural production – an
active farmer or rancher – to visit one or two countries in the EF network. Fellows have explored such topics as water
conservation, soil health, animal husbandry and crop rotation.
Each Fellowship includes an orientation and leadership
development seminar held in conjunction with one of EF’s international programs. With the exception of the Zhi-Xing Fellows, who travel
to China as a group, USA Fellows travel on their own, and choose when to travel.
Unique to EF is that all Fellows pursue an individually-designed program in
their field of interest. They develop the program in close coordination with EF
staff, Fellows, and a local program coordinator. The fellowship includes
meetings with experts and leaders in the Fellow’s field, cultural visits and local
2015 USA Fellows