What is a PFP Fellowship?

In partnership with the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), fellowship hosts will help design and supervise a 4-week professional fellowship for one Southeast Asian fellow in a non-profit organization, private sector business, or government office across the United States for an individually tailored professional development experience.

Fellowship hosts will serve as the fellow’s direct supervisor and point of contact at the organization throughout the fellowship period. At the conclusion of the fellowship, hosts may apply to participate in a 10-day exchange to their fellow’s home country as a PFP American Fellow.

Fellowship Host Responsibilities

By participating in the program, fellows propose an “individual project” on the theme of governance and society, which is designed to have an impact on their home communities. By completing a fellowship in an American office or organization, fellows will learn best practices for implementing their projects upon return to Southeast Asia.

Fellowship components may include (but not be limited to): 

  • Organizational overview, history, mission, and funding 
  • Current projects/events/campaigns 
  • IT and database overview  
  • Attendance at internal staff and planning meetings  
  • Attendance at external organization meetings 
  • Research and writing assignments 
  • Staff shadowing opportunities  
  • Invitations to after-work professional and/or social events, where applicable 
  • An opportunity for the fellow to make a final presentation to the host organization 

During the fellowship period, ACYPL will make the effort for fellows to: 

  • Observe legislative bodies in session 
  • Meet with state and local elected officials and political parties 
  • Attend community events  
  • Interact with local media 
  • Visit local schools and universities and with interact with students 
  • Visit diverse community and civic organizations  

Homestay Experience

During the four-week fellowship period, we encourage an employee of the hosting organization to provide a “homestay” for their fellow, although it is not required. The homestay is an opportunity for the fellow to experience American culture and hospitality in a home or apartment for one work-week (Monday – Friday) through interactions with American families and communities. ACYPL will work with the host organization and our organizations contacts in the city to arrange and facilitate the homestay. 


Based on the strength of the fellowship experience and the fellowship host’s availability, hosts may apply to participate in a 10-day exchange to their fellow’s home country as a PFP American Fellow. ACYPL and the US Department of State will fund the exchange. The fellow will coordinate an agenda under ACYPL’s guidance and ACYPL will arrange the travel and logistics. The purpose of the exchange is for American fellowship hosts to provide further support for the fellow’s individual project and to experience governance and society in Southeast Asia. 


Support Our Work

Your tax-deductible gift will help make ACYPL international exchange opportunities possible for the next generation of political and policy leaders around the world. We invite alumni and friends to support our global work.

ACYPL international exchanges would be impossible without the enthusiastic support and active participation of our alumni around the world.  From organizing programs for visiting international delegations in their home states, to nominating professional colleagues for future programs, attending ACYPL events, and lending financial support, alumni help make our programs happen.

ACYPL encourages all American alumni to join the ACYPL Alumni Council.  It’s a great way to stay involved with our work, continue to explore international affairs, and ensure our future success.