The Professioal Fellows Program

The PFP affords promising young professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia,
Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine the opportunity to gain practical experience in,
and exposure to, United States government.

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Brief about the Program

The Professioal Fellows Program (PFP) is sponsored by the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. For Georgia, Russia, Ukraine and Moldova 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 PFP affords up to 66 promising young professionals from Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, and Moldova 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 PFP will enable up to 45 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 PFP is that it will serve countries outside Eurasia, meaning that American Councils’ Georgian, Russian, Ukrainian and Moldovan Fellows will have an opportunity to learn from their peers around the world (Asia, Africa, etc) during large pan-PFP 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.


  • Be 25 to 35 years of age Moldovan citizen at the time of application;
  • Be a college graduate (equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree or higher);
  • Be proficient in English, as demonstrated by paper based TOEFL scores over 500, IBT scores over 61 or its equivalent (for example, university-level study in an English-speaking program or IELTS band 6 or higher). If you have none of these and are selected as a semi-finalist, we will give you an institutional TOEFL exam;
  • Have legislative experience and knowledge as it relates to your home country;
  • Have relevant experience in and commitment to a career in the public sector or an NGO;
  • Have demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills.


The program is open since 2005


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Fellows from Moldova


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  • What is the Professional Fellows Program?

    The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) is sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’, Professional Fellows Division.  The program brings emerging leaders to the United States for intensive fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise.

  • Do I need to pay for the program? What are the costs?

    If you are selected as a finalist, American Councils and the Department of State will cover all costs associated with your international travel, visa, and basic living costs in the US.  There are no required costs to Fellows.

  • Am I eligible to apply?

    Please see eligibility requirements upper this page or on the application form at  These are firm requirements and no exceptions will be made.

  • Where will I live?

    Fellows on program will live with volunteer host families identified by American Councils.  This is a required part of the program.

  • Where will I work?

    American Councils will match Fellows with worksites in the US.  While Fellows may express a preference early in the process for a particular type of site, please note that American Councils has final say over all sites and Fellows may not choose their own sites.  Not every type of office will have an exact match in the United States, so fellows will need to keep an open mind about learning how US offices work around different issues.

  • How would I get a US visa?

    If you are selected for the program American Councils will assist you in applying for a J-1 visa.  All visa fees will be covered through the program as well as travel to the visa interview. However, the granting of a US J-1 visa is a requirement for the program, and if you are rejected for a visa by the Consular section at the embassy you will not be eligible to participate.  American Councils can assist fellows in the application process, but holds no sway over visa granting decisions made by the Embassy.

  • What if I am currently working or studying abroad? Am I eligible?

    No.  All Fellows must be current residents and citizens of the country cohort for which they are applying.

  • What will I do at my worksite?

    PFP experiences are often very fellow-driven.  This means that the fellows who are most successful often think about their goals and objectives for the program in advance of their arrival and are able to share them with their future worksites along with information about the fellows’ background and experiences at home.  While at your US worksite you will likely engage in a wide range of activities, which can include shadowing important meetings, conducting research, presenting on relevant topics, participating in office events, and many other activities.

  • How are Fellows selected?

    Fellows are selected through a competitive nationwide search that involves an extensive written application and interviews with American Councils and U.S. Embassy staff.


Dina Сeri

PFP Moldova Coordinator

Phone: 0 22 225-860 / Fax: 373 22 234 -873

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