The goal of the program is for Fellows, serving as consultants, to provide valuable and pertinent advice, views, opinions, alternatives or recommendations on foreign policy issues facing the nation.
Department professionals are dedicated to addressing critical national security challenges across the globe: conflict resolution, nuclear nonproliferation, human rights, promoting democracy and economic stability, protecting the environment, conducting trade, assisting U.S. business abroad, providing disaster and humanitarian assistance and confronting the global scourges of AIDS, terrorism, human trafficking and child labor. The Department also protects U.S. citizens abroad, and adjudicates visas for visitors and new residents. The Department and USAID work with a broad spectrum of other government agencies, Congress, non-profit and private sector organizations and representatives of foreign governments. Since the end of the Cold War, the range and complexity of issues facing the international community has grown exponentially; the Department and USAID rely now on numerous bureaus and offices to manage all aspects of bilateral and multilateral diplomacy and development policy. In order to strengthen their ability to deal with this plethora of issues and to draw on expertise of individuals working in disciplines related to them, the Department of State and USAID manage the Franklin Fellows Program. This effort is providing unique opportunities for experienced professionals with a minimum of five years of relevant experience to serve a detail or sabbatical year as Fellows at the Department of State or USAID. The goal of the program is for Fellows, serving as consultants, to provide valuable and pertinent advice, views, opinions, alternatives or recommendations on foreign policy and development issues facing the nation.
The Franklin Fellows Program
"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." Ben Franklin
Who Is Eligible? The Franklin Fellows Program is open to mid/upper-level professionals from both private-sector and non-profit entities (including NGOs, academia, foundations, associations and others). Such professionals must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain a security clearance. The clearance will be processed prior to the start of the Fellowship. The Department and USAID will make the final selection and placement of Fellows but will take into account suggestions from the nominating / funding entity. This program is NOT open to current U.S. Government employees. The Department and USAID welcome professionals with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. There is no fixed percentage of nominees from any particular sector, but the Program seeks a good mix of candidates from both private and non-profit sectors. The Fellows will contribute their knowledge and expertise to the strengthening of policy formulation and programs within the Department of State and USAID. Further, Fellows may interact with other government entities, such as the White House, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security and other Executive Branch agencies, depending on their duties. At the same time, Fellows will enhance their own knowledge of government and global issues. Fellows will gain valuable professional experience and enrich their nominating organizations and communities upon their return.
Program Details: Fellows will be matched with State Department and USAID bureaus and offices that can utilize their expertise. The expected duration of the Fellowship will be approximately one year, with a possible one-year extension. Fellows must recuse themselves from matters that might directly and predictably affect the financial interests of their employers and must comply with other federal ethics regulations. Applicants must submit a financial disclosure form and receive an ethics clearance, prior to serving. Information for Organizations Interested in Funding/Nominating Fellows: Approved, non-federal entities may participate in the Franklin Fellows Program as follows:
* First, such approved entities may continue the salaries and benefits of their nominees who are selected. Remuneration for Fellows who are being funded directly by their nominating organizations shall remain the sole jurisdiction of the Fellow and the home organization. These Fellows will serve in the Department or USAID as "unpaid consultants."
* Second, approved, non-federal entities may donate funds as a gift to the Department of State for support of otherwise-unfunded Fellows.
* Third, approved, non-federal entities may nominate Fellows whom they fund partially or not at all. Because appropriated funds are not available to support the salaries and benefits of Franklin Fellows, the Department of State would rely on donations to support unfunded or partially funded Fellows.
The Department of State will cover costs associated with the security investigation and clearance, as well as transportation and per diem necessary for official travel, once the Fellow begins service. Applicants will cover costs for fingerprinting, document preparation and mailing.
For general questions regarding the Franklin Fellowship Program, receipt of your supporting documentation, or the status of your application, see the "How To Apply" and "Benefits & Other Info" tabs.
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens and able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
- Applicants must be mid/upper-level professionals from private- sector or non-profit entities (including NGO's, academia, foundations, associations, and others) with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.
- Applicants must submit a financial disclosure form AND receive an Ethics clearance, prior to serving.
- Submit a statement of funding support from a third-party, parent organization, or yourself prior to the discussion of placement in the Franklin Fellows Program.
On the online assessment questionnaire, applicants must identify the bureau(s) in which they wish to be considered. Click here
for a list of challenging positions for which the bureaus and offices of the U.S. Department of State and USAID wish to host Franklin Fellows. This list changes and is not necessarily fully inclusive, but it does represent most of the bureau requests. Please note that not every position may still be available at the moment a nominated Fellow and the Department are ready to begin discussion of assignments.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be evaluated by the Franklin Fellows Program staff. They may request additional data and conduct a personal interview.
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