Apply for the VIA Global Community Fellowship 2018-2019 (fully-funded)

Apply for the VIA Global Community Fellowship 2018-2019 (fully-funded)

Deadline: November 12, 2017

The Volunteers in Asia (VIA) Global Community Fellowship is a 13-15 month program for graduating seniors and young/established professionals. Fellows work at NGOs and schools across Asia to support community development and youth education programs. By working directly with communities, fellows get hands-on experience learning how organizations in Asia are using creative and innovative methods to address critical social challenges.

Fellowship Duties include:

  • Education-focused Posts — As a teaching fellow, you’ll advance student development using critical thinking, peace and conflict resolution, and cross-cultural communication curriculum. You’ll also help students to access future education and professional opportunities.
  • NGO-focused Posts — As an NGO fellow, you’ll support community development and international communication efforts by supporting NGOs to access resources, networks, and collaboration opportunities.


The fellowship is fully funded by VIA, with support from alumni, grants, and their partners. The funding includes:

  • Approximately four weeks of training, covering program management, cross-cultural communication, leadership development, local language lessons, and teacher training;
  • Comprehensive emergency medical and evacuation insurance;
  • Living and housing stipend (ranging from $200-$1000 per month, depending on location) while working at your post or on a short-term VIA program;
  • Intra-Asia travel (from training to your post and wrap-up conference);
  • Language study grants and tutors are available at some posts.


  • Open to starting and experienced professionals with a BA or BS degree (must graduate June 2018).
  • Although the fellowship is primarily aimed towards US citizens, applications from international residents who have a previous connection to VIA or a substantial US connection will be accepted.


Application Timeline

  • Mid-September: Online applications open
  • November 12: Online application deadline
  • December/January 2018: Interviews
  • Late January: Short-listed candidates selected
  • February: Short-listed candidates confirmed
  • Spring: Prepare for departure

Fellowship Timeline

  • Mid-summer: Training in Asia
  • August-December: Work at post
  • January: Mid-year conference
  • January-May: Work at post
  • Mid-summer: Wrap-up conference and new fellow training
  • August: Fellowship transition

For more information, visit VIA Global Community Fellowship.