LankaCorps is a unique opportunity for young leaders of Sri Lankan heritage to professionally engage in social, cultural, and economic development activities in Sri Lanka. The program aims to foster the involvement and understanding of young members of the expatriate Sri Lankan community who have limited in-depth experience with the country of their heritage. Each year, The Asia Foundation selects an outstanding group of LankaCorps Fellows to live and work for six months in Sri Lanka, granting them the unique chance to "explore their roots while giving back." Learn more about past LankaCorps Fellows.
Announcing LankaCorps Fellowships: July 1 - December 31, 2014. (Extended) deadline for applications (including letters of reference) was
January 28, 2014 February 14, 2014.
LankaCorps is an exciting new opportunity for North Americans of Sri Lankan background to "explore their roots while giving back" to the country of their heritage. The Asia Foundation is pleased to announce that a new group of young leaders will once again be selected for the 2014 fellowship year to live and work for six months in Sri Lanka.
Background and Purpose
The recent settlement agreement between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE follows decades of conflict. Attention has now turned to rebuilding a cohesive state that restores critical institutions. The Asia Foundation Representative Office, present in Sri Lanka since 1954, is a vital partner in the ongoing rehabilitation of this dynamic and multi-ethnic nation. As part of this effort, the Foundation has created LankaCorps: (1) to help members of the expatriate Sri Lankan community engage with post-conflict Sri Lanka; and (2) to enhance understanding of contemporary Sri Lanka within the expatriate community and the broader public. The program's intent is to foster identification with Sri Lanka among the young members of the expatriate community who have limited in-depth experience with the country.
LankaCorps Fellows will be placed with host organizations identified by The Asia Foundation in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. These individual affiliations may be augmented by an orientation program, language training and, periodic activities with other young leaders. Asia Foundation staff will offer in-country advisory and logistical support for the Fellows during the six-month internship. Read more about previous Fellows and their placements.
The fellowship will provide roundtrip international airfare, in-country expenses (including a monthly stipend), and health insurance coverage.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
- Be at least 21 of age, and not over 30, on the projected start date;
- Have at least a bachelor's degree with high academic achievement;
- Have demonstrable leadership skills and civic engagement;
- Be in excellent physical health;
- Be of Sri Lankan heritage; and
- Have U.S. or Canadian citizenship.
Candidates in all fields will be considered; however, preference will be given to those whose background and interests are likely to contribute to Sri Lanka's development.
The online application form and supporting documentation must be received by January 28, 2014 February 14, 2014 (extended deadline). A select committee will review applications and invite finalists to be interviewed for the 2014 program.
To complete the online application, you must provide the following:
- Personal Statement (maximum 700 words): Discuss any professional, academic and personal experiences and achievements that you think have helped to prepare you to be a LankaCorps Fellow. How might your participation in such a fellowship contribute to your career ambitions and/or plans for future study? What is your understanding of leadership and how have you exercised it to influence a group or organization in the past?
- Statement of Purpose (maximum 500 words): In what sector -- public, private/business, or community development/nonprofit -- and kind of agency or organization would like to work? Are there specific skills or areas of expertise that you would bring to the table?
- Two letters of recommendation: Letters must attest to both professional and academic qualifications. Letters submitted directly from the applicant are acceptable. You will be able to upload your letters to the online application form. If preferable, references may also send their letters directly to firstname.lastname@example.org with the applicant's full name in the subject line.
- Current and detailed C.V. or Resume (for upload)
- Proof of U.S. or Canadian Citizenship (scanned copy of passport face page for upload)
Once you have prepared the above components, you may proceed to the online application.
Make A Contribution
To donate to the LankaCorps Program and help ensure its continued success, please contact Nicola Burt at email@example.com, or make a contribution here.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information and to learn how you can support the LankaCorps program, please contact Oliver Petzold at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Davey M. Kim
Program Associate, Asian American Exchange