Next generation of Haitian leaders, American-Haitian Diaspora

If you are an enterprising youth with hopes of a future as a leader in Haiti, a new scholarship program, put on by the American-Haitian Diaspora through the Embassy of Haiti in Washington, D.C., will be just right for you. The planned annual scholarship program will give the opportunity to young professionals and college students to visit Haiti and receive first hand mentorship and experience working within Haiti's key governmental departments.


The scholarship is unpaid, so candidates will be expected to bear responsibility for their travel, lodging, transportation and all personal expenses, expected to cost as much as $4,500 USD for their stay. Candidates are expected to provide evidence of their academic ability, have excellent oral and written communication skills in French and, preferably, also Creole, the ability to solve problems, work well with others, and work on initiative.

The program stems from a promise to the Diaspora made by the government to allow it greater participation in the country's future. For 8 to 10 weeks, from June to August of 2014, 6 bright minds will be placed at the Prime Minister's Office and the National Palace, among other central departments. Designated as "Antenor Firmin Fellows," the group will have the chance to see, first-hand, how senior government officials work and will gain experience in various policies for development and public administration.

Interested candidates are urged to submit, before March 7, 2014, a letter of interest, resume, transcript, writing sample and two letters of recommendation to the Haitian embassy in Washington, D.C. with the subject, "USA-Haiti Fellowship".

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