AMIDEAST is pleased to announce the launch of the recruitment process of the U.S. Department of State sponsored Legislative Fellows program (LFP), a 1-month professional training opportunity that is designed to strengthen mutual understanding of policymaking processes in the U.S. and Gulf region countries.  It is also designed to enhance appreciation of the role of civil society.  The LFP is fully funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and is administered by Legacy International in cooperation with AMIDEAST.  Interested applicants may submit their applications online via the Legacy International website on the website link listed below. 

The LFP for 2010 Program year will allow approximately seven Kuwaiti professionals, who are mainly involved in the public service or civil society work, to travel to the United States for a 3-week training to gain practical experience in the Legislative Institutions, including U.S. Congressional offices and other sectors involved in the US political process (eg. campaign, lobbying, NGOs, etc.).     

Please note that we are currently accepting applications from interested candidates to take part in this open competition.  THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 31, 2010.  Applications will be reviewed by AMIDEAST and Legacy International, and semi-finalists will be interviewed in February 2010.

 Kindly please note that the eligibility requirements for the LFP include the following:

1.          Applicant must be a Kuwaiti citizen

2.          Applicant must be 25-40 years of age

3.          Applicant must be a college graduate (Bachelor’s degree or higher)

4.          Applicant must possess proficiency to function fully and professionally in an English-speaking work environment, as demonstrated on application and during interview

5.          Applicant must demonstrate leadership abilities and relevant experience in and commitment to a career in the public sector such as participation in civic education activities, citizen advocacy groups, campaigns, or service organizations. 

6.          Applicant must have a minimum of 3 years of professional experience, and current employment, in relevant field.

7.          Applicant must currently be established with a potentially interested audience — or in a position to secure one—having the ability to convene 20 or more colleagues for post-trip briefings, presentations, and project work

The LFP program provides:

§         Domestic, international and U.S. domestic travel

§         Visa fee and processing costs

§         Modest stipend

§         Housing and Meals

§         Health and accident insurance,

§         Professional and educational enhancement opportunities, and

§         Professional mentoring support during the fellowship

Participants will be selected on the basis of their applications and interviews with a selection panel.  Applicants may complete the LFP application form online on the following website link: http://apps.legacyintl.org/apply/

For more information, you are welcome to attend the LFP Information Session held at our AMIDEAST office on: Thursday – December 17, 2009 [4:00 pm – 5:00 pm].  Our office address is as follows:


BL.#3, BLDG. #15



PHONE: 2575-0670 (EXT. 6815, 6819, 6820, 6821)    

FAX: 2575-0671




6 thoughts on “2009-2010 LEGISLATIVE FELLOWS PROGRAM (LFP)

  1. Hello Everyone:

    First, I would like to thank all those who are posting information about our offered programs. I highly appreciate it.

    Regarding the Legislative Fellows Program (LFP) posted above, this is a 3-week training program for Kuwaiti Professionals. LFP is fully funded by the US State Department.

    The targeted audience for this program include the following:

    – Individuals that hold a degree in Law, Political Science, International Studies or any related field.

    – Individuals who hold a degree in a different field must either be:

    (A) an individual working in a public/governmental sector and is involved in one way or another in the legislative/governmental/political processes that are implemented in that particular sector…(eg. professionals working in the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kuwaiti National Assembly, Audit Bureau of the Governmental Department, Kuwait Diplomatic Institute,….etc.)

    (B) an individual who is highly interested in the legislative and political processes and is an active member in the community through one of Kuwait’s public organizations,societies, etc. (eg. Kuwait Graduate Society, Kuwait Law Associaton, Kuwait Human Rights Association, Election Campaigns, Law-related blogspots, Kuwait Voice Organization, etc.)

    So, I just wanted to clarify that this fellowship is not tailored to individuals who have a degree in Law, but open to people who are working or active in the community on a voluntary basis.

    Also, eligible applicants must fullfill the age requirement: (25 – 40 years old).

    I hope this has helped clarify the picture. The rest of the program information is stated in the post above.

    If you have any further inquiries, please email me on: rzalzala@amideast.org.

    Once again, thank you for all your support and efforts put into releasing our program information to the public through your website.

    Kind Regards,

    Eng. Rasha Zalzala
    Senior Educational Adviser
    EducationUSA Advising Center
    Tel (965) 2575-0670 Ext. 6815
    Fax (965) 2575-0671
    E-mail: rzalzala@amideast.org
    Website: http://www.amideast.org

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