Call for Applications, 2018 Taiwan-US Policy Program

This ambitious program educates and informs mid-level experts (age 28-43) about Taiwan and U.S.-Taiwan relations. TUPP consists of two consecutive programs, including seminars in Washington, D.C. and a research trip to Taiwan. The first year of the program was conducted from August 16-29, 2017. More information about TUPP, including information for next year’s program, and how to apply, can be found on this page.

TUPP is a groundbreaking two-week program that enhances the understanding of Taiwan among future American policy leaders. It provides a unique opportunity for America’s emerging leaders to gain the necessary personal experiences in Taiwan that will enable them to appreciate Taiwanese perspectives on cross-Strait matters, Taiwan’s role in the world, and the importance of U.S.-Taiwan relations.

In 2018, TUPP is expected to be held in June. The program will begin with 2-3 days in Washington, D.C. where the delegation will be briefed by U.S. officials, academics, and think tank experts. This will be followed by the Taiwan leg of the trip, where TUPP fellows will visit several cities and meet with a range of individuals from government, business, non-governmental organizations, and academia. The trip will involve exposure to Taiwan’s culture, history, and politics.

TUPP fellows are expected to have a demonstrated history of professional achievement and interest in policy. Applicants should range in age from 28 to 43 years old and have functional as well as regional expertise. Stipends are not provided, but all program related expenses are covered.

The program offers an unparalleled opportunity for America’s future policy leaders to benefit from exposure to Taiwan. Each participant will gain transformative in-country knowledge that will empower them to analyze future challenges involving Taiwan and undertake informed policy decisions and analysis.

Funding for TUPP in 2017 was provided by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation, the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, the Global Taiwan Institute, the London School of Economics Alumni Association, as well as a few private donors.


  • Minimum of a master’s degree
  • Minimum of three years of work experience in a think tank, government agency, or university
  • Individuals do not need to be specifically China/Taiwan or regional experts
  • Should have either never been to Taiwan or only traveled to Taiwan on vacation or to attend a conference
  • Do not need to reside in Washington, D.C.
  • All participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents


Fellows will be expected to commit two weeks (June 2018) in Washington and Taiwan. All fellows will be required to write a short article on a topic related to U.S. policy toward Taiwan upon conclusion of the program.


In order to apply, register HERE.

The official web-page.

2018 American Express NGen Fellowship nominations are open


Are you eager to grow as a leader, but unsure whether you have the right preparation and network to get you there? Is there something stopping you from making the change you want to see in your organization, or in the world?

If these are familiar questions to you or someone you know, we have good news. Independent Sector is now accepting nominations for the 2018 American Express NGen Fellows program. Now in its ninth year, the program has served more than 100 exceptional leaders, age 40 and under, with the tools and networking opportunities they needed to grow personally and professionally.

But you don’t have to take our word for it. Here’s what some previous fellows have said about their experience:

“I am a better, stronger, more self-aware leader with a more competent and comprehensive grasp of capacity building, cross-sector collaboration, and adaptive leadership.”

“[The NGen Fellows program] was instrumental in me obtaining my new role. The board of trustees were impressed that I was selected, talked to me a great deal about my experiences and believed that the networking and leadership work I conducted as a fellow would be an asset to my new organization.”

Nominating yourself or somebody you know only takes a few seconds. We’ll follow up with nominees via email with information about the program application process. The deadline for nominations and applications is 11:59 PM PT on Monday, March 5, 2018.

If you have questions or concerns, send us an email at

Harvard’s Abrams Nieman Fellowship for Local Investigative Journalism

The Abrams Nieman Fellowship for Local Investigative Journalism

The Abrams Nieman Fellowship for Local Investigative Journalism was created to bolster deeply reported local and regional news stories in underserved communities throughout the United States.

Funded by the Abrams Foundation, the fellowship in the 2018-19 academic year will fund up to three Nieman Fellowships for U.S. journalists who cover news in areas of the United States where resources are scarce. The fellowship additionally will fund up to nine months of fieldwork at the fellow’s home news organization after two semesters at Harvard – or in the case of freelance journalists, a newsroom partner. During the fieldwork period, the Abrams Nieman Fellows may expand or develop an investigative project that will provide better, more in-depth coverage of issues important to the communities they serve.

This pilot fellowship program grows out of a shared belief by the Nieman Foundation and the Abrams Foundation that public service fact-based local and regional investigative journalism is a vital component in a healthy democracy and is in need of new and creative means of support.

At Harvard, the Abrams Nieman Fellows will acquire new knowledge and skills, broaden their understanding of issues important to their communities, build leadership potential and develop an extensive network of expert contacts and potential collaborators in preparation of their fieldwork. The fellowship in broader terms is designed to strengthen journalism in some newsrooms that lack the means to support deep investigations important to local communities.

During their fieldwork, the Abrams Nieman Fellows will work on a public service reporting project for their home news organization and participate in specialized journalism education. During this time, the Abrams Nieman Fellows will return to Harvard University periodically and may create materials and content for Nieman Foundation publications. The fellows may also learn new skills such as audience development and engagement; database journalism; digital storytelling; FOIA requests and research, narrative reporting; and investigative tools and techniques.

The Abrams Nieman Fellowship additionally will provide opportunities for the fellows to build a support network of local journalists looking to collaborate on long-term reporting projects. Journalists who apply for the fellowship may be working on a project they wish to expand in some new way, or make plans to develop a new project during their fieldwork. Nieman alumni, many of whom have produced award-winning investigative work in small markets, will serve as advisors to the Abrams Nieman Fellows.

Candidates for the fellowship must be working journalists with at least five years of full-time media experience. Print, radio, TV and online editors and journalists are all eligible, as are freelancers. The application deadline for the 2018-19 Abrams Nieman Fellowships is Feb. 15, 2018. Information about the application process is available on the How to Apply webpage.

Applicants for the Abrams Nieman Fellowship will be required to provide a short (no more than 500 words) fieldwork proposal.

Those who work within a news organization must request a letter of support for the fieldwork project from their employer. The employer also must state the intent of the news organization to permit the applicant to work on the project for the duration of the fieldwork period. If the immediate supervisor who is writing one of the three letters of recommendation will also submit the letter of support, that person may do so within a single letter.

Freelance applicants are not required to have a letter of support but will be asked to indicate potential partner organizations for their fieldwork project.

US Dept of State’s Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP): Open Now

We are accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP) in our Springfield, VA location.

Visit USAJOBS to start the online application process and view the following vacancy announcement numbers.

Please note the cutoff point for these positions: These vacancy announcements will be open from December 13 to December 19, 2017 or when the application cutoff limit has been reached for each position. Each vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions is met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages. Veterans’ preference regulations apply.

Vacancy USAJOBS Links Cutoff
Office Automation
(Student Trainee)
GS-0399-04:HRSC/PATH-2018-0027 100

Student Trainees work closely with the U.S. diplomats and Civil Service professionals who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives. To witness and participate in U.S. foreign policy formulation and implementation, consider a Pathways internship with the U.S. Department of State.

The Internship Experience Program (IEP) allows for non-temporary appointments that are expected to last the length of the academic program for which the intern is enrolled. IEP participants, while in the program, are eligible for noncompetitive promotions. This program allows for noncompetitive conversion into the competitive service following successful completion of all program requirements. Conversion to the competitive service is not guaranteed.

U.S. citizenship is required for all positions. If you have any questions or would like to search for topics of interest, please contact or visit our forums or FAQs at

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.

Call for Applications, International Development Youth Forum 2018

Deadline:  17 December 2017
Open to: young people between 18 and 28 years old from all over the world
Venue: 11– 18 March 2018 in Tokyo, Japan


Applications are now invited from youth worldwide to participate in the International Development Youth Forum (IDYF) 2018 taking place from March 11th to 18th, 2018 at the Youth education National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo, Japan. The forum focused especially on “How could the use/advancement of ICT contribute to achieving inclusiveness within society?” as a theme by using three specific case studies (1.Introducing ICT into working style reform in Japan, 2.ICT application into Agriculture in Vietnam, and 3.Role of ICT in post-conflict reconciliation in Colombia), you can discuss the nature of development, including its goals and the roles of multinational corporations, in order to create a new vision for ‘development’ that addresses the limitations of our current economic system with 40 selected participants from diverse nationalities.

Since 2012, International Development Youth Forum has been held annually and many highly motivated youths, who are willing to make a contribution for International Development have gotten together from all over the world and each time we have designed our future by proposing innovative and local-oriented solutions for developing issues in the world. Don’t miss this great chance to get life-changing and “WORLD-CHANGING” experience at this outstanding conference!.


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • Those who are around 18 to 28 years old
  • Those who have not participated in previous IDYFs
  • Fluency in English for discussion and presentation
  • Must be able to attend all programs during the forum

Costs & Scholarships

If you are selected to participate in IDYF 2018, you will be required to pay 36,000 JPY, which covers your accommodation, meals, and transportation fees during the forum (Sun. 11 March to Sun. 18 March 2018).

  • It doesn’t include transportation fees from the airport to the venue, accommodation fee before / after the program, or insurance.
  • Optional tour on 18th is not covered.
  • Payment details will be announced after the results of the selection.

IDYF 2018 has two separate application forms, one for self-funded candidates, and another for scholarship candidates. Note that you cannot apply for both.

This year, scholarships will be given to up to three applicants who show extraordinary skills, experiences or knowledge on each of the case studies but have financial difficulties to cover ONLY participation costs.

  • Applicants who wish to apply for the scholarship must submit the application form for scholarship applicants. Only those who passed the document screening will be invited to Skype interview
  • Applicants who wish to apply for the scholarship must submit the application form for scholarship applicants, not the one for the self-funded applicants.  Those who passed the document screening will be invited to Skype interview.


Please submit online application form by 17th December 2017, 23:59 JST (GMT/UTC +09:00)


If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or write to:

The official web-page.

International Cultural Internship in Shandong, China

Are you looking for a unique summer internship that won’t keep you tied to a desk doing meaningless projects?

Are you someone that loves bringing new ideas to the conversation?

Do you have an itch to see the world from a different view?

ReSource Pro is providing a unique opportunity to students pursing an active degree program (Business Management, International Business, Communication or other similar arts and sciences), giving them the opportunity to spend the summer of 2018 learning about our workplace culture and international operations in one of three offices located in China (Qingdao, Jinan or Huangdao)!

We expect you to:

  • Use your excellent English communication skills
  • Learn about our evolving global business needs
  • Develop your talent for creative problem solving that bridges the gaps between our clients and service delivery teams
  • Participate in work groups to support the development of unique solutions for our clients
  • Create and deliver a presentation at the end of the program to senior management that highlights your work efforts and observations, including recommendations for improving  ReSource Pro business practices

What you can expect from us:

  • Half of your airfare expense
  • Housing (apartment setting to be shared with similarly situated interns)
  • Stipend for living expenses
  • Supportive and engaged teams
  • Did we mention…this internship is in China and an opportunity that you’ll never forget?!

What’s in it for you?

With ReSource Pro, you are in a growing organization, with global opportunities and cross-cultural experiences.  We recognize, compensate and promote performance excellence and talent (yes, we actually do this!).  While there are no guarantees, we can tell you that we’re hoping that we find amazing talent that we simply can’t live without.

We want to give you a unique, challenging and rewarding cultural experience by being a part of ReSource Pro and the future of insurance processing.

Desired Skills and Experience

If you have a desire to learn and experience an international business culture by expanding your already tremendous communication skills, we want to speak to you!

Requirements for this internship include:

  • Time commitment of approximately three (3) months – end of spring term through the summer (it will end prior to the beginning of the fall semester);
  • U.S. Passport, or the ability to obtain one prior to travel;
  • An active student, in a business, liberal arts or comparable program.

During this internship, you will be involved in determining your individual development goals, which may include some of the following:

  • Understand ReSource Pro’s learning processes, business management and other areas
  • Support with application and understanding of the English language and western culture for ReSource Pro employees

When applying, please include a cover letter expressing your interest and why you believe you’re the right student to go to China with ReSource Pro!


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Call for Applications, Fully Funded Schwarzman Scholars Program

Deadline:  28 September 2017
Open to: Applicants between the ages of 18 and 29 years old
Scholarship: fully-funded


Schwarzman Scholars has opened their global application for the third cohort of young leaders. The highly selective, fully-funded scholarship program is designed to ensure that the next generation of business, political, and civil society leaders can effectively serve as bridges between China and the rest of the world. Anchored in an 11-month professional Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University, the Schwarzman Scholars experience encompasses unparalleled opportunities inside and outside the classroom, including extensive leadership training, a network of senior mentors, practical training/internships, and travel seminars around China. Scholars will learn about the emergence of China as an economic and political force from world‐class faculty from leading institutions and guest speakers at the state‐of‐the‐art Schwarzman College. The dynamic core curriculum offers the choice of concentrations in public policy, international studies, or business and economics.

The scholarship aims to build a professionally diverse cohort each year and welcomes undergraduates, graduates, and young professionals up to age 28 of any citizenship who are proficient in English and have obtained an undergraduate degree. A Schwarzman Scholar should demonstrate extraordinary leadership potential, the ability to anticipate paradigm changes, strong intellectual capacity, and exemplary character. Eligible applicants from any field are invited to apply.


Undergraduate degree or first degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent.
Applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must be on track to successfully complete all degree requirements by August 1, 2018 before orientation begins. There are no requirements for a specific field of undergraduate study; all fields are welcome, but it will be important for applicants, regardless of undergraduate major, to articulate how participating in Schwarzman Scholars will help develop their leadership potential within their field.
Age Requirement.
Candidates must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1, 2018.
English language proficiency.
Applicants must demonstrate strong English skills, as all teaching will be conducted in English. If the applicant’s native language is not English, official English proficiency test scores must be submitted with the application. This requirement is waived for applicants who studied at an undergraduate institution where the primary language of instruction was English for at least two years of the applicant’s academic program.  The requirement will also be waived for applicants who have studied in English for two or more years at a Master’s degree level or higher.Acceptable test options are:< >Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT)Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT)International English Language Testing System (IELTS)will still be required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score above the minimum requirements for Schwarzman Scholars before March 1 of 2018.

This requirement is waived for applicants who graduated from an undergraduate institution where the primary language of instruction was English for at least two years of the applicant’s academic program.


Marital status. Married applicants may apply and will be at no disadvantage in the application process. Spouses/partners may accompany Schwarzman Scholars to Beijing, but Scholars are expected to live in the dormitory and participate fully in the program like single students. Spouses/partners may not live in the dormitory, and no additional funding will be provided to support spouses/partners living off-campus.
There are no citizenship or nationality requirements.
Grade point average/class rank/pre-requisites. Academic excellence will be a requirement for successful applicants, but there is no minimum GPA or class rank required to apply. Applicants are expected to have demonstrated excellence in their academic studies, and the most competitive candidates will be among the top students in their graduating class. There are no course prerequisites for applicants to the program, although some individual classes at Tsinghua University may have prerequisites.


The extraordinary students selected to become Schwarzman Scholars will receive a comprehensive scholarship. It will include:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Room and board
  • Travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year
  • An in-country study tour
  • Required course books and supplies
  • Lenovo laptop and smartphone
  • Health insurance
  • A personal stipend of $3,500

With a $450 million endowment, Schwarzman Scholars will be the single largest philanthropic effort ever undertaken in China by largely international donors.


Interested candidates will participate in a rigorous and thorough selection process, designed to identify the most promising young leaders from around the world. The process includes an online application and credentials evaluation as well as in-person regional interviews. Those selected will have demonstrated their potential to not only benefit frombut also contribute to the Schwarzman Scholars program.

In order to apply, register HERE.

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section or write to:

The official web-page.