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— Pre-departure and onsite training
— Emergency medical and evacuation insurance
— Living and housing stipend (based on local cost of living)
— Intra-Asia travel (from training to your post and wrap-up conference)
— Language grants for lessons, tutors, or online / self-study resources
Fellows are responsible for the cost of:
— Vaccinations and costs associated with mandatory quarantines
— Initial visa costs ($150-$300, depending on country)
— Roundtrip airfare to/from Asia (usually around $2,000)
— Meals and optional activities during training, if in-person ($300-$500)
— Personal travel while at post or after fellowship has ended
The Global Community Fellowship is a 13-15 month program for recent university graduates and starting as well as experienced professionals. Fellows work at NGOs, schools, universities, and social enterprises across Asia to support community development, capacity-building, and education. By working directly with communities, fellows get hands-on experience learning how organizations in Asia are using creative and innovative methods to address critical social challenges.
NOTICE REGARDING COVID-19 IMPACT ON THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP: Available posts and start dates may change throughout the application and selection cycle, depending on the severity of the pandemic in different regions. We ask for applicants’ patience and understanding as we navigate an uncertain fellowship cycle.
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- Education — Fellows advance student development in critical thinking and cross-cultural communication.
- Training & Capacity-building — Fellows develop training resources and curricula for partners to enhance their organizational operations and optimize for impact.
- Community Development — Fellows support community development and international communication efforts by facilitating access resources, networks, and collaboration opportunities.
- Professional Network — Fellows join a cohort of peers who inspire and support each other, and become members of a 58-year strong community of VIA alumni around the world.
Fellows must have at least a 4-year undergraduate (bachelor's) degree by the time they start their fellowship, so typically that means the minimum age is 21. There is no maximum age limit.