Asia Foundation Development Fellows Programme 2023

The Asia Foundation Development Fellows Programme 2023 is now accepting applications. The Asia Foundation Development Fellows Programme, which was established in 2014, brings together a group of young, up-and-coming leaders from all around the region who are passionate about creating an inclusive Asia-Pacific region and securing long-lasting change in the real world.

This 12-month programme for professional progression adopts a multidimensional approach to leadership development that includes two intense in-person modules, one in Asia-Pacific and the other in the United States, as well as year-round assistance through coaching, mentoring, and a flexible grant. The in-person education helps fellows successfully communicate their stories, develops their problem-solving and critical thinking methods, and examines their leadership styles.

Details Asia Foundation Development Fellows Programme 2023

The 2023 programme will start with a two-week study tour and leadership training programme in Laos, where fellows will learn about authentic leadership and connect with development professionals to better understand how change works in practise. Fellows will join programme alumni for the second Forum on Leadership for Asia’s Future, a weekend of highly engaging professional exchange and networking, immediately after the programme in Laos. The programme will be completed with trips to San Francisco and Washington, D.C. for a two-week Leadership Dialogue and Exchange programme. While there, participants will visit cutting-edge businesses and continue to reflect on their real leadership journeys.


The Asia Foundation Development Fellows program is comprised of the following components:
  • Spring 2023: Leadership Training Program & Study Tour
  • Forum on Leadership for Asia’s Future (Asia)
  • Fall 2023: Leadership Dialogue and Exchange Program
  • Professional Development Award
  • Executive Coaching & Mentoring

Funding Information

An award of up to US$5,000 will be made available to each selected Fellow. This cash award will allow Fellows the opportunity to design individualized plans to further their leadership skills and relevant professional experience in areas of particular importance to their career growth. Each Fellow will be asked to develop a personalized, year-long work plan that can involve such areas as enrollment in specialized training programs or short courses, language study, travel to attend key regional forums or workshops, or engagement in a series of other enrichment activities.


  • A flexible, professional development award of US $5,000 will be provided to each fellow for use throughout the Fellowship year.
  • Additionally, fellows are matched with mentors tailored to their background and professional interests and have access to a fixed number of one-on-one executive coaching sessions with a professional leadership coach.


Asia Foundation Development Fellows must:

  • Have a demonstrable record of experience and accomplishment related to The Asia Foundation’s fields of expertise: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment and gender equality, environment, and regional cooperation;
  • Be thoughtful, committed, respected and inspirational leaders within their professional fields and within their larger community;
  • Be under 40 years of age by January 1, 2023;
  • Be conversant in English (TOEFL exam results are not required);
  • Be available and able to participate in all program components on the program dates specified; and
  • Be resident nationals or citizens of the following countries and region where The Asia Foundation has programs: Afghanistan; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Cambodia; China; India; Indonesia; Japan; Korea; Laos; Malaysia; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nepal; Pacific Islands; Pakistan; Philippines; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Timor-Leste; and, Vietnam.


Review the Application Guidelines and Instructions and complete each component of the application:

  • Personal information
  • Written submission
  • CV
  • Short video submission
  • Letters of recommendation (handled online)

Click here to apply

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