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IREX Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program 2023 for civil society leaders (Fully Funded to the United States)

IREX Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program 2023 for civil society leaders (Fully Funded to the United States)

A vibrant international network of innovators working with communities to address pressing 21st-century concerns makes up the IREX Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program. In more than 100 countries, CEE provides committed visionaries with the knowledge, abilities, and resources they need to create multisector strategies and create vibrant, active communities.

CEE, or the Civil Society Leadership Experience, is a one-year program that focuses on developing leaders through transformational experiences. Its goal is to empower civil society leaders, aged 21 to 28, to use networks, relationships, and information for the common good, particularly on issues pertaining to civic dialogue and peacebuilding, open and participatory government, women and gender, resilience and sustainable development, and youth engagement.

Fellowship components include:

  • Three-month Practicum in the United States: IREX matches CEE fellows to civil society organizations throughout the United States. Designated supervisors and peers support the fellows through a three-month, hands-on professional practicum.
  • Leadership and Civic Engagement Academy: CEE fellows explore the program themes through interactive curriculum that includes service learning, face-to-face trainings, mentorship, professional coaching, and inclusion in a global network.
  • Community Engagement Project (CEP): With the help of their U.S. host organization and mentors, CEE fellows design and plan a community engagement project to carry out after they return home. Once the fellows depart the U.S., they put these projects into action in their home communities.
  • Community Engagement Project (CEP) Exchange: Select U.S. hosts and CEE specialists will travel to a CEE alumnus’ country and work collaboratively to support the fellow’s project implementation and bring back what they learn to strengthen communities across the United States or their home country.

Eligibility Requirements for IREX Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program

Competition for the CEE Program is merit-based and open to emerging civil society and community leaders who meet the following criteria:

  • Age 21-28 at the time of application;
  • Citizen of one of the eligible countries listed below;
  • Currently living and working in their home country at the time of application;
  • Special consideration can be given to individuals living in another country who have refugee status and are working on behalf of their home community.
  • Has a minimum of two-years professional or volunteer experience, working on community or civil society issues, at the time of application;
  • Working on a community engagement initiative in their home country, either in a professional or volunteer capacity, with a demonstrated intent and vision to pursue a career working to support civil society or within the civil society sector;
  • Able to begin the CEE Program in the United States in 2024;
  • Able to receive a U.S. J-1 Visa;
  • Committed to returning to their home country after completion of the program and implementing a community-based project; and,
  • Proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application.
  • Semifinalists will be required to take a Duolingo English language test

Benefits of IREX Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program

The program covers the cost of most expenses associated with:

  • 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. and
  • Accident and sickness health benefits

Eligible countries for the IREX Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program

Africa: Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Middle East and North Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and West Bank/Palestinian Territories

IREX Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program Application Deadline

IREX Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program Application Deadline: November 30, 2022

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