APPLY NOW: 2013 ELP Fellowship application is now available!

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The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center would like to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2013 Emerging Leaders of Pakistan Fellowship!

We are seeking young, dynamic men and women from across Pakistan who have *not* previously traveled to the US or Europe. The application deadline is March 1, 2013. View the application and instructions here.

The Emerging Leaders of Pakistan program aims to identify, cultivate, and support young people in Pakistan, who have the potential of becoming future leaders in their country, by providing them with resources and opportunities to strengthen their engagement within civil society. We are looking for successful, driven, diverse applicants from a broad range of personal and professional backgrounds who are passionate about bringing about social change in Pakistan.

The program creates a forum of engagement and collaboration for Pakistan’s young leaders to discuss and make an impact on issues such as democracy and Islam, economic development, employment, and governance. Fifteen applicants will be selected for the 2013 Fellowship, involving a three week visit to the United States and post-visit activities in Pakistan. The Fellowship seeks to encourage peer-to-peer collaboration, strengthen relations between Americans and Pakistanis, and empower the Fellows with skills and ideas through leadership training sessions and meetings. The US visit will consist of sessions with policymakers, student groups, community leaders, diaspora communities, and regional experts, while the online forum will facilitate sustainable idea exchange among participants and with the broader community in Pakistan, the region, and the world.

Individuals are encouraged to apply if s/he is:

  • Between 18 and 30 years of age
  • A citizen of Pakistan, currently residing in Pakistan
  • Willing and able to travel to the United States
  • Able to communicate (written and oral) in English
  • No previously travel to the United States or Europe

This project is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Hashoo Group in Pakistan, and the US Embassy, Islamabad.

The program successfully launched in 2012 with the selection of fifteen fellows from across Pakistan, representing various issue areas, view points, and socio-economic backgrounds. After a three week visit to the United States involving meetings and training sessions, the Fellows continue to collaborate and build their own movements back in Pakistan as they work for the betterment of their country through their own initiatives. Read more about the Program and the 2012 Fellows, and follow program updates on Twitter and Facebook.

We encourage all young, driven, passionate individuals from Pakistan to apply. Please forward widely to your contacts and networks. The application criteria and instructions, as well as an online and PDF application form can be found here:

If you are interested in partnering or supporting the Emerging Leaders of Pakistan program, please contact: Huma Haque,


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