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Community Solutions Program 2023-2024 – U.S. Embassy in Lebanon

The Community Solutions Program (CSP) is a professional leadership development program for people working to improve their communities by addressing issues related to the environment, peace and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, and women and gender. Church leaders are selected to participate in the program, which includes:

  • Four-month fellowship in the United States: Community Solutions grantees are matched with host organizations in the United States, where they complete four months of hands-on work experience
  • Community Leadership Institutes: Community Solutions grantees participate in the Community Leadership Institute, a leadership training program designed to strengthen their leadership and management skills. The institute includes classroom training, online courses, professional coaching and networking
  • Community-based initiatives: During their stay in the United States, and with support from their US host organization, Community Solutions grantees conceptualize and plan a community development initiative or project to undertake upon their return home. Once grantees leave the United States, they implement these projects in their home communities

Admission Requirements

To qualify for the Community Solutions program, applicants must meet the requirements listed below. Applications that do not meet these eligibility requirements will be excluded and will not be reviewed by the selection committee:

  • They are between the ages of 25 and 38 on January 1, 2023
  • You are a citizen of one of the eligible countries listed here
  • You live and work in your home country
  • Special consideration may be given to persons with refugee status who work on behalf of their home community
  • Have at least two years of community development experience, either as a full-time or part-time employee or volunteer
  • You are not currently enrolled in an academic, training, or research program in the United States
  • At the time of application, you have very good knowledge of spoken and written English
  • Semi-finalists must take or submit recent results for a TOEFL or IELTS English language proficiency test
  • You can travel to the US for four months from August to December 2023
  • You are neither a citizen nor a permanent resident of the United States and have not applied for permanent residence in the United States in the past three years
  • You are eligible for a US J-1 visa
  • Applicants who have participated in a US government-sponsored exchange program must have completed their two-year residency requirement
  • You commit to returning to your home country for at least two years after completing the program
  • You are not a current employee or consultant of IREX or their immediate family member

Financial support

The program covers most expenses related to:

  • J-1 Visa Support
  • Round-trip travel from participants’ hometown to the United States
  • Monthly allowance to cover room, board and other living expenses during your stay in the US and
  • Health insurance for accidents and illness

To apply to the CSP program, click here.
Closing date: Wednesday 2 November 2022

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