We bring exceptional rising leaders from Central Asia, Mongolia, the Caucasus and Afghanistan (CAMCA) to the U.S. for a high-level, intensive exchange experience designed to forge enduring personal and professional connections among its participants. The Fellowship aims to encourage intraregional cooperation among the program countries as well as to foster stronger relations between the U.S. and the CAMCA region, and serves as a starting point for continued collaboration among the innovative regional leaders that comprise its alumni network.
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Each spring and fall, 10-13 applicants are selected to participate in the 6-week Fellowship Program. The Fellowship consists of a series of high-level meetings with top policy-makers, journalists, academics, military personnel, business leaders, non-governmental organizations and regional experts through which Fellows are exposed to inside perspectives on how the public and private sectors work in the U.S. The program also incorporates opportunities for professional development and networking. As an additional part of the Fellowship, participants spend one week traveling to two major U.S. cities for meetings with local businesses and government representatives in order to gain insights into the United States beyond the nation's capital. In the final weeks of the program, Fellows collaborate on and deliver a group presentation on a topic of their choice at a Central Asia-Caucasus Institute public forum, which serves as a platform for the Fellows to present their thoughts and engage with representatives from locally-based embassies, companies, universities, media outlets and others interested in the region. After completing the Fellowship, alumni are encouraged to remain actively involved as members of the CAMCA Network.
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"When I think about my experience in the program, I realize how lucky I am to have come to know so many bright and talented people from around the world and my own region. This new network has enriched my knowledge, experience and friendships and I use the contacts I have made constantly. "
The alumni from each of the ten countries annually select a National Coordinator, a representative whose role is to organize alumni meetings and activities within their country. Each National Coordinator also serves on the Board of the CAMCA Network. Board members are responsible for guiding the Network’s broader regional agenda and initiatives. View the CAMCA Network Board members here.
After five years of successful Fellowship sessions, in 2012 the Foundation began hosting yearly alumni gatherings in the region. Since 2014, these annual CAMCA Network meetings have taken place alongside the CAMCA Regional Forum.
The CAMCA (Central Asia-Mongolia-Caucasus-Afghanistan) Regional Forum was established in 2014 by Fellowship alumni in collaboration with the Foundation and the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute to create a platform for the alumni to engage with a broader international audience invested in the future of the region. Read more about the CAMCA Forum.