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  • Writer's pictureOmran Aburayya

2025 Asia Foundation Development Fellows program ($5000 Award)

Updated: Jun 21

Applications are now open for the Asia Foundation Development Fellows 2025 Edition.

The Asia Foundation Development Fellows program is a dynamic and multifaceted learning program designed for highly talented Asian individuals under age 40 to enhance their leadership skills, Asian development knowledge, professional networks, and international exposure. The program reflects the Foundation’s nearly seven-decade tradition of investing in the region’s most promising future leaders. If you're passionate about business dynamics, leadership and networking, then this opportunity is for you.


Program Description and theme

The 2025 Asia Foundation Development Fellows Program will be dedicated to Climate Action in response to the escalating global climate crisis. Candidates must have a career or vocation in climate change mitigation and a strong commitment to a sustainable, resilient future. The program aims to foster leadership skills in a diverse cohort. Fellows can come from various fields, including environmental sciences, sustainability, climate conservation, community activism, environmental policy and law, journalism, conflict resolution, women's rights, or any other field intersecting with climate issues. All professional backgrounds are welcome, provided the candidate's work intersects with climate action.


Program Benefits

Being an Asia Foundation Development Fellow offers several benefits:

1). Leadership Training Program and Study Tour The program includes a series of highly interactive leadership training modules with executive coaches, site visits with leading development practitioners, policy leaders, and local innovators. Training modules focus on strategic thinking and decision-making, problem-solving skills, managing change, and innovative approaches in leadership and management.

2). Professional Development Award

Fellows receive a flexible professional development award of US $5,000 for use throughout the Fellowship year.

3). Mentorship and Coaching

Fellows are matched with mentors tailored to their background and professional interests and have access to a fixed number of one-on-one executive coaching sessions with a professional leadership coach

4). Networking

The program provides an opportunity to enhance professional networks and international exposure.

5). Knowledge Enhancement

Fellows gain in-depth knowledge of Asia critical development challenges

6). Travel and Accommodation

The stipend covers travel, accommodations, and other program-related expenses.


Program Schedule and timeline

The 2025 Asia Foundation Development Fellows Program has the following schedule:

• Application period: June 10 to July 29, 2024

• Internal review: August to November 2024

• Final selection and announcement: November to December 2024

• Leadership Training Program and Study Tour

This will take place in Nepal from February 17 to 28, 2025.

• Leadership Dialogue and Exchange Program This will be held in the United States from Oct. 6 to 17, 2025.

➢ Please note that the program also includes other activities and opportunities for learning and networking throughout the year.



  • Candidates should be thoughtful, committed, respected, and inspirational leaders in their professional fields and community.

  • Candidates must be under 40 years of age by January 1, 2025.

  • Candidates should be conversant in English. TOEFL exam results are not required

  • Candidates should be able to secure a visa for travel to the United States.

  • Candidates must be available and able to participate in all components on the program dates specified.

  • Candidates should demonstrate a career background or vocation focused on addressing climate change and a proven commitment to working toward achieving a resilient, sustainable future.

  • No professional background is ineligible if a candidate can demonstrate how their work intersects with climate action.


Application Process

The application process for the 2025 Asia Foundation Development Fellows Program involves several steps:

1). Review the Application Guidelines

Understand the requirements and expectations of the program. You can Refer to this

2). Complete the Online Application

Application must be completed online and consists of the following components:

  • Personal information

  • Written submission/short essays

  • CV

  • Short video submission

  • Two letters of recommendation (handled online)

3). Application Deadline

The application deadline is Monday, July 29, 2024, at 11:59 PM UTC-4.





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