Community Solutions Program

The Community Solutions Program (CSP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by IREX, provides community leaders between the ages of 25 and 38 from 101 countries with an intensive professional development exchange program in the United States. CSP fellows collaborate with U.S. organizations to help promote mutual understanding, support local communities, and address some of the world’s most pressing social, political, environmental, and economic issues.

CSP is a four-month (August – December 2023) professional leadership development fellowship for emerging leaders age 25 – 38 working in gender equality, peace and conflict resolution, environmental issues, and governmental transparency and civic engagement. CSP offers hands-on experience and provides an opportunity for community leaders to develop leadership and technical skills to positively impact their local communities.

Eligibility and Application Overview: Public applications are accepted.

Participants must:

  • Be between the ages of 25 and 38 at the beginning of the year;
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country;
  • Be living and working in your home country (individuals with refugee status working on behalf of their home community may be given special consideration);
  • Have at least two years of experience working on community development, either as a full-time or part-time employee or volunteer;
  • Have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written English at the time of application
  • Be eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa

    Application deadline: Applications for the Community Solutions Program will open October 5th. Apply by November 2, 2022 for the opportunity to participate in a year-long professional leadership development program for grassroots leaders who are working to improve their communities by addressing issues related to the environment, peace and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, and women and gender. Learn more about the eligibility criteria.

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