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What is the Franklin Fellows Program?

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Franklin Fellows and staff meet with Secretary of State John F Kerry. The Secretary heard about the contributions of the Fellows.


President Obama has stated that "government does not have all the answers, and…public officials need to draw on what citizens know." Therefore, he directed the Administration "to find new ways of tapping the knowledge and experience of ordinary Americans – scientists and civic leaders, educators and entrepreneurs – because the way to solve the problems of our time…is by involving the American people in shaping the policies that affect their lives."

The Franklin Fellows Program is a unique and innovative executive development vehicle via which the government taps citizens’ knowledge and which enables approved organizations to promote public service by their professionals. Mid-career and more senior Franklin Fellows, both sponsored and self-nominated, work on global issues of vital importance to the United States, such as the environment; counterterrorism; human rights; consular matters; international development assistance; HIV/AIDS and other trans-national diseases; trade, energy and financial policy; and many others.

Franklin Fellows may interact via the interagency process with other government and international entities, such as the NSC, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, other Executive Branch agencies and the United Nations.  They will return to their home organizations and communities with a much-enhanced knowledge of foreign and development policy issues and government operations and culture. Particularly if your organization has an international focus or does projects abroad, the Franklin Fellows Program is an ideal way to position your organization to excel.

Why Become a Franklin Fellow? +

You are invited to apply to serve as a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  The Franklin Fellows is a unique and innovative program via which you can grow professionally while doing public service.  If you are a U.S. citizen and have a minimum of five years of relevant, professional-level experience, you will have the opportunity to bring fresh thinking and best practices to the formulation and execution of U.S. foreign and development policy by working on global issues of vital importance to our country. These include the environment; counterterrorism; human rights; consular matters; HIV/AIDS and other trans-national diseases; trade, energy and financial policy; and many others.  Also, you may interact with other government and international entities, such as the National Security Council (NSC), the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, other Executive Branch departments and the United Nations.  You will return from your fellowship year with a much-enhanced knowledge of foreign and development policy issues and government operations and culture.

Please take a close look at the Franklin Fellows Program. It is not an entry-level program but, if you are a mid-career or more senior professional, this is a "win-win-win" for you, for your nominating organization and for our country!

How Will Franklin Fellows Benefit my Organization? +

The Franklin Fellows Program is a unique and innovative executive development vehicle which enables approved organizations to promote public service by their professionals.  Your organization’s Franklin Fellow will work on global issues of vital importance to the United States, such as the environment; counterterrorism; human rights; consular matters; HIV/AIDS and other trans-national diseases; trade, energy and financial policy; and many others.

Your Franklin Fellow may interact with other government entities, such as the NSC, Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, other Executive Branch departments and the United Nations.  He/she will return to the organization with a much-enhanced knowledge of foreign and development policy issues and government operations and culture.  Particularly if your organization has an international focus or does projects abroad, the Franklin Fellows Program is an ideal way to position your organization to excel.

Who Qualifies to be a Franklin Fellow? +

The Franklin Fellows Program is open to mid/upper-level professionals from both private-sector and non-profit entities (including NGOs, academia, foundations, associations and others).  Such professionals must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain a security clearance.  The clearance will be processed prior to the start of the Fellowship.  The Department or USAID will make the final selection and placement of Fellows but will take into account suggestions from the candidate and from the nominating/funding entity, if any.

The Fellows will contribute their knowledge and expertise to the strengthening of policy formulation and program implementation within the Department of State and USAID.  Further, Fellows may interact with other government and international entities, such as the NSC, Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, other Executive Branch agencies, and the United Nations, depending on their duties.  At the same time, Fellows will enhance their own knowledge of government and global issues.  Fellows will gain valuable professional experience and enrich their nominating organizations and communities upon their return.

Information for Organizations Interested in Funding/Nominating Fellows +

Approved, non-federal entities may participate in the Franklin Fellows Program as follows:

  • First, such entities, once approved by the Department of State or USAID, may continue the salaries and benefits of their nominees who are selected. Remuneration for Fellows who are being funded directly by their nominating organizations shall remain the sole jurisdiction of the Fellow and the home organization. These Fellows will serve in the Department or USAID as unpaid consultants/experts.
  • Second, approved, non-federal entities may donate funds as a gift to the Department of State for support of otherwise-unfunded State or USAID Fellows.
  • Third, approved, non-federal entities may nominate Fellows whom they fund partially or not at all. The Department of State and USAID would rely on donations, if available, to support unfunded or partially-funded fellows. At present, no such donated funds are available.

The Department of State or USAID will cover most costs associated with the security investigation and clearance. Once a Fellow has begun service, his/her host office may choose to send the Fellow on official domestic or international travel. If such official travel is directed, the host office will pay transportation, lodging and per diem necessary for the official travel.

Contact the Franklin Fellows Program +

Stacy Carter, Administrative Officer, CarterSS@state.gov, 202-261-8956

Christopher Lewis, Program Assistant, LewisCA2@state.gov, 202-261-8920

Robert Dry, Academic Liaison, DryRW@state.gov, 202-261-8949

Christopher Hoh, Senior Adviser, HohCJ@state.gov, 202-261-8909

Michael Wolfe, Division Chief, WolfeML@state.gov, 202-261-8924

You can also connect with the Franklin Fellows staff by visiting the Franklin Fellows forum.

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