The U.S. Department of State will convene 280 emerging leaders from 60 countries in Washington, D.C. this week, as the Spring 2019 Professional Fellows conclude intensive fellowships with U.S. businesses, government offices, and non-profit organizations. During the Professional Fellows Congress, Fellows will expand their networks, advance their leadership skills, and translate their experiences in the United States into actionable projects to implement in their home communities.

Over the past five to six weeks, the Professional Fellows worked with U.S. leaders in the fields of economic empowerment, civic engagement, environmental sustainability, and good governance. The Fellowship hosts were located in Washington, D.C. and 35 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin,

Every year, approximately 600 foreign and American participants take part in the Professional Fellows Program. Follow the Fellows’ experiences in the United States on social media at #ProFellows. For inquiries, contact

U.S. Department of State

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