Application instructions for the Community Solutions Program for 2023
Applications accepted between Wednesday, October 5, 2022, and Wednesday, October 5, 2023 for the Community Solutions Program year 2023–2024.
For individuals working to better their communities by addressing challenges connected to the environment, peace and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, and women as well as gender, the Community Solutions Program (CSP) is a year-long professional leadership development program. Community leaders chosen to take part in the following program:
- Fellowship lasting four months in the US during which Community Solutions fellows paired with host groups around the country to complete a four-month, practical professional experience.
Institute for Community Leadership: Community Solutions fellows take part in the Community Leadership Institute, a leadership development course aimed at enhancing their managerial and leadership abilities. The Institute offers networking opportunities, professional mentoring, online courses, and in-person training.
- Community-based programs Community Solutions fellows conceive and organize a community development project or initiative while they are abroad, with assistance from their U.S. host organization.More so, fellows return to their home countries to implement these initiatives
ELIGIBILITY for IREX Community Solutions Program for 2023
- Applicants must fulfill the standards mentioned below in order to be eligible for the Community Solutions Program. Applications that do not comply with these eligibility standards rejected, and the selection committee will not evaluate them. Please be aware that the U.S. Department of State and IREX reserve the right to examine an applicant’s application to confirm all the information provided. The application instantly disqualified if there occurs a discrepancy or if information discovered to be fraudulent.
- As of January 1, 2023, you are between the ages of 25 and 38.
- You are a resident of and actively employed in one of the eligible nations listed below.
- You have refugee status and your actively engaged in service on behalf of their home community.
- Not presently enrolled in an academic, training, or research program in the United States;
- You have at least two years of experience working on community development;
- You have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written English at the time of application; and
- Semifinalists required to take or submit recent scores for a TOEFL or IELTS English language test
- You must meet the following requirements before the application deadline of November 2, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time:
- You must be eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa and be available to travel to the U.S. for four months between August and December 2023.
- Participants in exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. government must have completed their two-year home residency requirement.
Botswana, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe are all countries in Africa.
Southeast Asia and the Pacific: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vanuatu, and Yemen Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of the Slovak Republic, Turkey, and Ukraine
Middle East and North Africa include Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and the West Bank and Palestinian Territories. South and Central Asia include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, and Uruguay are all countries in the Western Hemisphere.
The Community Solutions Program’s competition is merit-based. A selection panel will examine each qualifying application after the deadline. The panel will next decide which candidates to interview as semifinalists. Finalists and alternates chosen following the interviews, and required to take an English language test or provide recent TOEFL or IELTS scores. Depending on how well they do on their English language exam, the participation of the finalists then confirmed.
For consideration, applications must be submitted online by Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EDT at https://oas.irex.org/csp. Applications sent to IREX via mail, fax, or email will not be processed. After reading this paper, send any inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• A red asterisk indicates a question that you should respond to. Enter N/A if a question is mandatory but doesn’t apply to you (not applicable).
• Other than names and locations, write all responses in English. • Do not translate the spelling of names or locations into English, only into the English alphabet. Applications submitted in a language other than English not accepted.
*Only the applicant may complete applications.
• To be taken into consideration, applications must be received by Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.
• Each applicant is limited to one application. A candidate will be disqualified if they submit two applications using separate email addresses.
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