This is an unpaid fellowship program administered by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). This Fellowship offers middle and senior-level professionals in academia, business, NGOs, foundations, and associations an opportunity to serve in government. Successful applicants ideally are employed by a non-governmental/private entity that continues to provide their salary and benefits during the year at the Department of State or USAID. Fellows normally return to their employer at the end of the fellowship. This is a temporary Federal government appointment and does not lead to permanent employment with the Department of State or USAID. Applicants are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting the application package. Please note that we only consider applications that are submitted according to the instructions.
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Franklin Fellows bring their substantive expertise to bear to help formulate policy or implement programs and projects. They advance U.S. foreign, economic, and development goals, share their expertise, and enhance their knowledge of government, foreign and domestic policy, and global issues. Fellows gain valuable professional experience and enrich their businesses and organizations upon their return. Franklin Fellows serve in offices at the Department of State or USAID in Washington, DC, or at the United Nations in New York. Currently, we seek applicants with expertise across the range of foreign policy and development concerns, including expertise in: all geographic regions; economics; human rights; civil society; religious freedom; security sector reform; and conflict economies. In addition, the Department of State’s Global Engagement Center is seeking Fellows with experience in public diplomacy, using social media tools, with the aim of countering global state and non-state disinformation.
Occasional travel - Depending on the position, occasional travel may be required.