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Professional Development Fellowships

Open to spouses and partners of direct-hire U.S. government employees from all agencies serving overseas under Chief of Mission authority, the Professional Development Fellowship (PDF) program assists spouses and partners to maintain, enhance, and/or develop their professional skills.

SUBJECT TO BUDGETARY CONSIDERATIONS, fellowships from $1,000 up to $2,500 will be offered on a reimbursable basis for enrichment activities. Selected applicants must fund a minimum of 25 percent of the allowed reimbursable cost of the proposed activities, while the fellowship amount will cover the additional allowed reimbursable cost up to the $2,500 maximum. Activities can include, but are not limited to, education and distance learning through an accredited university, professional development, obtaining or renewing certifications and licensures, and participation in professional conferences. After the 2014/2015 activities are completed, the selectee submits the necessary documents to support the reimbursement request and is reimbursed accordingly.

For complete details about the program, please see the 2014-2015 PDF Guidelines.

To request an application, please email NOTE: If your default email software is not Outlook, please send an email to with the subject line “2014-2015 PDF Application Request.”

If you have any questions, please send them in a separate email to, with the subject line “PDF Question.

Applications are due by May 15, 2014.


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