Professional Fellows Virtual Congress

The Virtual Professional Fellows Congress is an opportunity available for 2020 Professional Fellows on November 2 – 13, 2020 as part of the Professional Fellows Program, which is made possible by U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs and is supported in its implementation by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL).

The Virtual Professional Fellows Congress will give you the opportunity to:

  • network with peers from around the world and share experiences to make connections that will help you meet future goals;

  • examine ways that individuals and organizations can generate change for the common good;

  • enhance your understanding of how the Professional Fellows Program contributes to the broader American foreign policy strategy of working to create a more prosperous and peaceful future; and

  • advance your professional skills.


Over 300 Fellows from over 60 different countries are participating in the Professional Fellows Program. Participants are emerging leaders in the fields of civic engagement, economic empowerment, environmental sustainability, and governance and society.



The Virtual Professional Fellows Congress will be accessible beginning on November 2, 2020.



All networking opportunities and resources will be hosted online (see links below) . 

Mobile App: Where you can find the biographies and headshots of all 2020 Fellows, participate in networking challenges, and access other resources.

Facebook Group: Updates, announcements, and discussion questions will be posted here along with virtual “Event” pages where you can interact with your networking team. Check out the Social Media Toolkit to promote your Virtual Congress experience on your personal social media accounts!

Teachable: Along with Dr. Deidre Combs’ Leading Change course can be accessed on the Teachable learning platform, a virtual event with speakers and additional resources will launch on November 2, 2020 and will be available until December 31, 2021.



The Virtual Professional Fellows Congress will share exclusive resources available to State Department alumni, provide a number of inspirational speaker sessions, and practical leadership workshops.  Preview the full Virtual Congress Curriculum here!