The Community Solutions Program

The application deadline for Academic Year 2017-2018 has expired.

The Community Solutions Program (CSP), sponsored by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and implemented by IREX , provides the best and brightest community leaders from around the world with an intensive, four-month U.S.-based, professional development program that includes a substantive hands-on learning experience in the United States.

Community Solutions leaders work in one of four technical areas:

  • Environmental Issues
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Women and Gender Issues.

For 2017–2018, up to 100 community activists will be selected to participate in the program, which includes:

  • Fellowship in the United States: Fellows are matched to host organizations throughout the US where they complete a four-month hands-on professional experience.
  • Community Leadership Institute: Fellows participate in the Community Leadership Institute, a leadership training program designed to strengthen their leadership and management skills. The Institute includes face-to-face trainings, online courses, professional coaching, and networking.
  • Community-based initiatives: While in the US and with the help of their US host organization, fellows design and plan a community development initiative or project to carry out after they return home. Once the fellows depart the US, they put these projects into action in their home communities.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 25-38 as of January 1, 2017
  • Applicants must have at least two years of experience working on community development, either as a full-time or part-time employee or volunteer
  • Applicants must have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written English

The Community Solutions Program Includes

  • a fully funded hands-on professional experience at a community-based organization in the U.S.
  • Online and face-to-face training in leadership and management skills
  • Personal coaching

Applications must be submitted online at

For additional information, please, visit:

For more information about the program, please contact Ingrīda Bodniece at the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section at 6710 7209 or e-mail to: