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Call For Emerging Leaders Exchange For NI & ROI
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If you are an emerging leader, check out this opportunity for a US visit.

Don’t miss the deadline on Thursday 30th May !!

Find below opportunity for young professionals who are active in their communities working with marginalized youth in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 

Please share with your group members and contacts as the deadline is impending.

The application process is via the online web link below.

Are you aged 21 to 39? Interested in a fully funded 18-day U.S. exchange program to learn new skills and gain new connections? Yes? Have a look at this:


The deadline for submitting the application is May 30, 2019.

Who is eligible to apply

The program is meant for young adults, aged 21-39, and will include a diverse group of young professionals who are active in their communities working with marginalized youth in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Selected participants will travel for an 18-day exchange program in September 2019 (tentative dates September 8-25, 2019), with the goal of interacting with American counterparts, exchanging experiences, learning new skills and having productive interactions leading to professional development and an increased impact in the communities, back home. 

What expenses are covered

The program covers international and domestic flights (economy class), shared hotel (two per room) and/or homestays; ground transportation for program purposes; and a small daily stipend of $40/day or coverage of lunch/dinner. The program provides basic accident and health insurance and also covers orientations, program fees and administration, site visits, clinics, and seminars. 

Because this is a U.S. government-funded program, all participants are required to successfully attain a J-1 visa through the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. There will be no charge for the visa. The Public Affairs Section at the Embassy/Consulate will facilitate this process.

What are the criteria for selection?

Participants will be evaluated on the following: 

  • Proven capacity to influence in the community
    -Team spirit: ability to work cooperatively in teams and consider the opinions of others
  • Proven leadership ability
  • Good social and communication skills
  • Openness to dialogue and new ideas 
  • Strong potential to play an increasingly important role in the community 
  • Proven commitment to developing young people’s potential
  • Interest in participating in the program and sharing the experience with colleagues and the public 
  • Commitment to the implementation of follow-on projects 

Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously visited the United States. 

(Alumni of other State Department or USAID exchange programs are not eligible.)