Professional Development: Franklin Fellows Program (U.S. Department of State)

Deadline: May 23, 2016

President Obama has stated that “government does not have all the answers, and…public officials need to draw on what citizens know.” Therefore, he directed the Administration “to find new ways of tapping the knowledge and experience of ordinary Americans – scientists and civic leaders, educators and entrepreneurs – because the way to solve the problems of our time…is by involving the American people in shaping the policies that affect their lives.”

The Franklin Fellows Program is a unique and innovative executive development vehicle via which the government taps citizens’ knowledge and which enables approved organizations to promote public service by their professionals. Mid-career and more senior Franklin Fellows, both sponsored and self-nominated, work on global issues of vital importance to the United States, such as the environment; counterterrorism; human rights; consular matters; international development assistance; HIV/AIDS and other trans-national diseases; trade, energy and financial policy; and many others.

Franklin Fellows may interact via the interagency process with other government and international entities, such as the NSC, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, other Executive Branch agencies and the United Nations.  They will return to their home organizations and communities with a much-enhanced knowledge of foreign and development policy issues and government operations and culture. Particularly if your organization has an international focus or does projects abroad, the Franklin Fellows Program is an ideal way to position your organization to excel.

At this time, the Department is particularly interested in applicants with expertise in religion, regional issues, counterterrorism, economics, and Human Capital Management. We also are seeking Fellows to help launch the U.S. Diplomacy Center (USDC) – the first museum dedicated to telling the story of American diplomacy. USDC is seeking applicants with expertise in American diplomatic history, museum studies, exhibit design, business management, or educational outreach and program development.

For more information and to apply online, visit the State Department’s website here.