Public Diplomacy Fellowship

The Council of American Ambassadors' Public Diplomacy Fellowship combines on-the-job training with academic study and mentoring by former United States ambassadors, public diplomacy/ public affairs officers and media/communications executives. Its purpose is to enhance the conduct and practice of U.S. public diplomacy through the provision of specialized training and mentoring opportunities for junior Public Diplomacy officers.

The Fellowship is integrated into a Washington-based Foreign Service public diplomacy/public affairs position at the Department of State. Activities are spread out over a one-year period and include participation in an intensive two-week seminar at the Center on Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California (USC), regular mentoring sessions with members of the Council of American Ambassadors, the Public Diplomacy Council and Meridian International Center and structured networking opportunities with representatives from the media and cultural institutions, including the Smithsonian, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the National Endowment for the Arts. At the conclusion of the program, Fellows prepare an article for the Council's publication, The Ambassadors REVIEW. The article will discuss ways to strengthen U.S. public diplomacy. (The topic will be further defined following consultation between the Fellow and his/her ambassador-mentor).