The Legislative Fellows Program (LFP) is sponsored by the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. For Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine it is administered by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS.
Initiated in 2005 under the auspices of the Legislative Education and Practice (LEAP) program, the LFP affords up to 55 promising young professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine the opportunity to gain practical experience in, and exposure to, United States government. The knowledge and interest of these young Eurasian professionals in American political processes will be expanded through short-term fellowships in state legislatures, city halls, federal offices and NGOs across the United States. In addition, the LFP will enable up to 35 Americans to travel outbound on reciprocal visits. One of the program objectives is to enable Fellows to share their knowledge with peers in Eurasia through a follow-on program in which they will conduct conferences and outreach activities in collaboration with American counterparts. Another unique new feature to the LFP is that it will serve countries outside Eurasia, meaning that American Councils’ Georgian, and Ukrainian Fellows will have an opportunity to learn from their peers around the world (Asia, Africa, etc) during large pan-LFP conference to take place at the end of each program in Washington, D.C.
Foreign and domestic participants will be selected through a competitive application process. For more information, please explore our site!