Since 1953

Since 1953 Eisenhower Fellowships have identified about 2000 men and women, who are now in positions of national and regional leadership and provided them with opportunities for professional, intellectual or personal growth. Each Eisenhower Fellow pursues an individualized national itinerary of visits and consultation with leaders in his or her field, aimed at deepening professional insights and contacts and a broadened international perspective. Dialogue works both ways; the people with whom Fellow engage often learn as much as they impart, and there are numerous examples of productive long-term professional relationships that started with a Fellow's office call.

Dwight Eisenhower's vision was that informed individuals create international trust, cooperation, and peace mindedness. By establishing, maintaining, and nurturing networks among these leaders, EF continues to advance professionals who have made an impact in their field and are rising to higher leadership roles in their countries and regions. Over 100 Fellows have reached cabinet rank, and well over 250 are CEO's. Recognizing that top positions are not the only measure of impact, many less titled Fellows contribute equally importantly to prosperity, justice, and peace at many other levels and in many other ways.

The world is turning into a complex place. The need for a bigger understanding of the challenges that lay ahead is important; citizens of tomorrow will need to have the capacity of fostering dialogue and tolerance among each other" (2006 Argentine Fellow)

Ongoing alumni engagement and networking underscore that Eisenhower Felloships is more than a one-time exchange program. EF's global network nurtures life-long dialogue, action, and results.Operating nationally and across borders, Fellows are sharing their personal experiences in transforming the ways their nations do business, govern, and respond to poverty and other major societal challenges.

I came from a small country behind the Iron Courtain. In the Usa, I was exposed to a completely different open world... I could no longer live with the difference when I returned to my country. I became a dissident... lost my position... was banned from all political and intellectual activity... but this helped me on the other side to become one of the leading actors in the overthrow of the Communist regime in 1990... and first President of a newly democratic parliament. Without the Eisenhower experience, i doubt I could have coped with that task. (1959 Slovenian Fellow)

Within the past several years, under the chairmanship of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former President George H.W. Bush, and now of former Secretary of State Gen. (ret.) Colin L. Powell, Eisenhower Fellowships has built up a new generation of young, internationally-minded leaders. They have sustained Dwight Eisenhower's insistence that there is no substitute for face-to-face contact in overcoming mistrust, in strengthening knowledge, and in promoting collaboration.


Eisenhower Fellowships accomplishes its mission through four major programs: 

The Multi Nation Program (MNP) provides intensive two-month fellowships in the U.S. for Fellows from each of 25 countries. During the course of their fellowships, leaders from business, government, and non-profits create relationships with their colleagues in the U.S. and throughout the world. 
For the 2015 MNP, see ahead. 

The Single Nation/Single Region Program (SNP/SRP) provides two-month U.S. fellowships for 20-25 Fellows representing a range of professions from a single region, generally selected at critical historical junctures - for example, in the Philippines and Argentina after new democratic governments were installed in the 1980s, in Poland and the Czech Republic after the fall of communism in the early 1990s and in South Africa at the time apartheid was lifted in 1994. Recent programs have focused on large regions, notably Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Arab Middle East, and, for 2006, Northeast Asia with the idea that a concentration of Fellows facilitates their collaboration in making significant future impacts.

The USA Program sends 10 to 15 Americans abroad for 4 - 8 weeks to countries where their professional growth is enriched by selected contacts with individuals and institutions in their fields of interest, and their global perspective is expanded by exposure to other cultures and ways of viewing the world. In recent years, the program has focused its recruitments on high-caliber leaders from the Philadelphia, North Carolina Research Triangle, and New England regions.

The Eisenhower Fellowships Alumni Network is an effective intersection of past and present Fellows. Currently comprised of some 1500 alumni who collaborate on projects with another as well as with Trustees and corporate sponsors, the EF network's ability to keep abreast of ongoing accomplishments and to share information improves yearly. Once a Fellow, always a Fellow. The Network includes heads of government, legislators, governors, ambassadors, CEO's, university rectors, and leaders in fields ranging from engineering, information technology, and public administration to journalism, social services, human resources, the environment, and arts and culture.


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Eisenhower Fellowships

Eisenhower Fellowships exists to inspire leaders around the world to challenge themselves, to think beyond their current scope, to engage others, including outside of their current networks, and to leverage their own talents to better the world around them. 

Chaired by General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), EF brings two groups, each composed of some two dozen outstanding mid-career Fellows (aged 32 - 54), drawn from 47 different countries to the U.S. annually. There, over a seven week period, they receive an intensive, individually-designed program in the Fellow's professional field. Fellows are identified by high-level in-country nominating committees and selected by a committee at Eisenhower Fellowships headquarters in Philadelphia. For more detailed information on EF, visit To learn more about our Alumni Network activities, visit our Facebook page. 

Criteria for selection

Successful candidates will demonstrate in their application that they think strategically and have demonstrated the leadership and managements skills needed to realize their goals. We seek Fellows who have the creativity required to take full advantage of this unparalleled opportunity; the ability to articulate clear goals for their program; and a vision of how they might use the experience undertake consequential outcomes which better their world.

Other features and requirements

A unique feature of an Eisenhower Fellowship is that we support participation of spouses/partners. A spouse/partner may accompany a Fellow for up to three weeks the length of the program under EF sponsorship.

Profile of successful candidates:
- Are in the 32 - 45 age range and proficient in spoken and written English

- Are outstanding leaders in their field who have demonstrated significant professional and community accomplishments and show substantial promise for even higher achievement

- Are visionaries who will tackle big challenges in order to better the world around them

- Can clearly articulate achievable goals for their fellowship program and explain how their proposed program design will help them reach these goals

- Embrace the lifelong nature of an Eisenhower Fellowship

Candidates less likely to be selected:

- Candidates who have not yet demonstrate substantial achievement

- Candidates who lead a small scale organization (or organizational unit) with limited prospects for substantial influence

- Candidates who do not clearly demonstrate how their stated goals would be advanced by the fellowship

- Candidates from academia whose goals are closely related to their scholars endeavors
- Candidates whose interests appear to be very narrowly focused 

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