The Embassy of Haiti in Washington, D.C. is pleased to announce the 2017 Haiti’s Future Leaders Fellowship (HFLF). The fellowship was launched in 2014, and targets graduate students and young professionals of Haitian descent in the United States on the one hand, and university students in Haiti on the other. An initiative of the Embassy of Haiti to the United States, the fellowship is part of the Haitian Government’s commitment to the involvement of its diaspora in the country’s development process.
As a two way exchange program, the Embassy will select a handful, both from Haiti and the United States, each with a demonstrated commitment to the development of Haiti. The program is scheduled to start in the summer and serve for approximately eight week assignment at key Government institutions. Fellows will be given the opportunity to work with government officials and gain experience in public administration and policy making, while applying their qualifications to the benefit of Haiti. The program is geared toward candidates with a minimum of bachelor’s degree, with a preference to candidates already possessing a graduate degree. Candidates from all disciplines are encouraged to apply, particularly applicants with knowledge and experience in law, political science, statistics, economics, public administration, business and international development.
Each year, the class of fellows is named after a Haitian historical figure who has demonstrated a dedication and commitment to public service. The 2017 class will be known as the Philippe Hannibal Price Fellows. Philippe Hannibal Price (1841-1892) was the advisor to the provisional government of Haiti after the depart of President Michel Dominigue in 1875. He also served as the Ambassador of Haiti to the United States from 1891 to 1893, author of “De la Rehabilitation de la Race Noir par la Republique d’Haiti/The Rehabilitation of the Black Race of the Republic of Haiti.”
Selection criteria for the fellowship program include:
- Proof of academic standing (bachelor’s and/or master’s degree transcript).
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills. Written and/or verbal proficiency in French and/or Creole preferred.
- Excellent interpersonal abilities, including problem solving, working independently and in groups.
- Outstanding research and analytical skills.
- Strong attention to detail, organizational skills and basic administrative capabilities.
- Demonstrated maturity to work in high-pressure situations with good humor, grace and a positive attitude.
- Capacity to adapt to new environments.
More information to follow in the upcoming days.
Interested candidates should send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Haiti’s Fellowship” in the subject line.