IREX Community Solutions Program for Leadership Development (Fully Funded to the United States)

IREX Community Solutions Program 2022: Applications are invited from interested candidates for the Community Solutions Program (CSP) a professional leadership development program for people who are working to improve their communities.

The program comprises a four-month fellowship in the United States where candidates will complete hands-on professional experience and leadership training to enhance managerial and leadership skills.

IREX Community Solutions Program 2022 | DETAILS

The program aims to develop the leadership potentials of individuals working to improve their communities by addressing issues related to the environment, peace and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, and women and gender. The program will afford the candidate the opportunity to design and plan a community development initiative or project to carry out after they return home and lots of other opportunities. The program comes with financial support to assist the successful candidates.

Financial Support

The program covers the cost of expenses to include:

  • J-1 visa support
  • Round-trip travel from participants’ home city to the U.S.
  • Monthly allowance to cover housing, meals, and other living expenses while in the U.S.
  • Accident and sickness insurance.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the IREX Community Solutions Program 2022, applicants must meet the following requirements listed (below):

  • Must be between the ages of 25 and 38 as of January 1, 2022
  • Citizen of an eligible country.
  • Living and working in your home country. Individuals with refugee status working on behalf of their home community may be given special consideration.
  • Possess at least two years of experience working in community development, either as a full-time or part-time employee or volunteer.
  • Possess high level of proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Not currently participating in an academic, training, or research program in the U.S.
  • Available to travel to the U.S. for four months from August to December 2022.
  • Not a citizen or permanent resident within the past three years.
  • Eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa.
  • Committed to return to your home country for a minimum of two years after program completion.
  • Not currently an IREX employee or consultant, or their immediate family member.

Eligible Countries

  • Africa: Botswana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
  • East Asia and the Pacific: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam
  • Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey, and Ukraine
  • Middle East and North Africa: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank/Palestinian Territories
  • South and Central Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan
  • Western Hemisphere: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: Interested applicants for the IREX Community Solutions Program 2022 are to ensure that they complete the online application on or before the application deadline. For further questions can be emailed to

Application Deadline: 27 October 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Visit the Official Website for Further Details