IREX Community Solutions Program (CSP) 2017-18: Addressing Issues related to Environment, Women and Gender

Deadline: Friday, November 18, 2016, at 12 p.m. EST.

The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) is inviting applicants for its Community Solutions Program (CSP) 2017–2018 with an aim to improve their communities by addressing issues related to the environment, tolerance and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, and women and gender.

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

  • Fellowship in the United States
  • Community Leadership Institute
  • Community-based initiatives


  • J-1 visa support
  • Round-trip travel from participant’s home city to the U.S
  • Monthly allowance to cover housing, meals and other living expenses while in the US
  • Accident and sickness insurance

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants aged 25 – 38 as of January 1, 2017;
  • Applicants are a citizen of and are living and working in one of the eligible countries (EECA: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia,  and Ukraine; Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan)
  • Individuals with refugee status working on behalf of their home community may be given special consideration.
  • Applicants have at least two years of experience working on community development, either as a full-time or part-time employee or volunteer;
  • Applicants have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written English at the time of application;
  • Semifinalists will be required to take or submit recent scores for a TOEFL or IELTS English language test.
  • Applicants are available to travel to the US for four months from August to December 2017;
  • Applicants are not a citizen or permanent resident of the US and have not applied for US permanent residency within the past three years;
  • Applicants are eligible to receive a US J-1 visa;
  • Applicants who have participated in an exchange program sponsored by the US Government must have fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement.
  • Applicants are not currently participating in an academic, training, or research program in the US;
  • Applicants are committed to returning to your home country for a minimum of two years after completing the program; and
  • Applicants are not a current IREX employee or consultant, or their immediate family member.

Applications must be submitted online at by Friday, November 18, 2016, at 12 p.m. EST. Applications that are mailed, faxed, or e-mailed will not be accepted.

Detailed application instructions can be downloaded here.

If you have additional questions after reviewing the application instructions, please e-mail

For more information, please visit Community Solutions Program.

Source: FundsForNGOs