Community Solutions Program 2023-2024 – U.S. Embassy in Lebanon

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The Community Solutions Program (CSP) is a professional leadership development program for individuals who strive to improve their communities by addressing issues related to the environment, peace and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, women and gender. Community leaders will be selected to participate in the program which includes:

  • Four-month internship in the United States: Community Solutions Fellows are matched with host organizations across the United States where they complete four months of hands-on work experience
  • Community Leadership Institute: Community Solutions Fellows participate in the Community Leadership Institute, a leadership training program designed to strengthen their leadership and management skills. The Institute includes face-to-face training, online courses, professional coaching and networking
  • Community initiatives: While in the United States and with the support of their US host organization, Community Solutions Fellows design and plan a community development initiative or project to be carried out after they return home. Once Fellows leave the United States, they put these projects into action in their home communities.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the Community Solutions Program, applicants must meet the requirements listed below. Applications that do not meet these eligibility criteria will be disqualified and will not be considered by the selection committee:

  • You are between 25 and 38 years old on January 1, 2023
  • You are a citizen of one of the eligible countries listed here
  • You live and work in your home country
  • People with refugee status working on behalf of their home community may receive special consideration
  • You have at least two years of experience in the field of community development, as a full-time or part-time employee or volunteer
  • You are not currently participating in an academic, training, or research program in the United States
  • You have a high level of spoken and written English proficiency at the time of application
  • Semi-finalists will be required to pass or submit recent scores for a TOEFL or IELTS English test
  • You are available to travel to the United States for four months from August to December 2023
  • You are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and have not applied for permanent residence in the United States within the last three years
  • You are eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa
  • Applicants who have participated in a U.S. government-sponsored exchange program must have met their two-year residency requirement
  • You agree to return to your home country for at least two years after completing the program and
  • You are not a current IREX employee or consultant, or their immediate family member

Financial aid

The program covers the cost of most expenses associated with:

  • J-1 visa support
  • Round-trip travel from participants’ hometown in the United States
  • Monthly stipend to cover housing, meals, and other living expenses in the United States and
  • Health cover in the event of accident and illness

To apply for the CSP program, click on here.
Deadline: Wednesday, November 2, 2022

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