Professional Partnership Program for Public Administration

Current Status:- Closed
Deadline:- October 15, 2013
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This diplomacy program is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. This program includes strategies employed by American professionals to counter corruption and bureaucratic entanglements in public administration. It will provide up to 75 participants in five groups of 15 each over the period of two years the opportunity to study public administration techniques and processes through two to four week internships with public administration organizations.

The program aims to establish structured interaction among American and Pakistani participants and to develop enduring professional ties. In the first week of each program, the Pakistani participants attend a week-long orientation to U.S. public administration. This takes place in Amherst, MA and includes lectures from practitioners and academics, and site visits to local organizations and government offices. The first of the five programs took place in the spring of 2011. Candidates for the Public Administration professionals must express commitment to carrying out project activities; an understanding of project goals and objectives; less than fifteen years of service in the relevant field; current employment in the field of public administration and openness to change. Also preferred are candidates who have not traveled to the United States and who have not previously participated in this type of program.

Applications from those working at the local or provincial level are preferred. The candidates should currently hold a position as a non-elected public administration professional at the local (preferred), provincial or federal level. Having earned a Bachelor's degree, the candidates should have at least five years of active experience in the field of public administration. They must demonstrate an interest and ability to transfer new knowledge and skills acquired in the U.S. to professional at home through projects developed in the U.S. All expenses for Pakistani participants are covered by the grant, including travel, accommodations, meals, and materials.

Cycle

This program will provide up to 75 participants the opportunity to study public administration techniques and processes through two to four week internships with Public Administration professionals in the U.S. over the period of two years in five groups of fifteen. The program is tentatively advertised in Jan-Feb.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Have Pakistani citizenship
  • Currently hold a position as a non-elected public administration professional at the local (preferred), provincial or federal level
  • Have at least five years of active experience in the field of public administration
  • Have earned a Bachelor's degree
  • Demonstrate an interest and ability to transfer new knowledge and skills acquired in the U.S. to professional activities at home through projects developed in the U.S.

Ineligibility

Applicants with a dual U.S./Pakistani nationality or those who have a parent, spouse, fiancé or child over 18 years of age who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident are ineligible. Employees of the Fulbright organization or the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright and Humphrey alumni are also ineligible. People who have applied for immigration to any country are also ineligible.

How to apply

Complete application package, including academic transcripts and two letters of references must be submitted to USEFP at P.O. Box No. 1128. Applications will be uploaded on the website as soon as the program is announced.

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