Professional Development Fellowship Program for Roma Applicants – September 15 – November 15, 2016

The Embassy of the United States of America in Budapest is pleased to announce this year’s Professional Development Fellowship Program for exceptional university students and recent graduates from the Roma community.   The program offers participants general professional training and intensive English language instruction in order to develop skills that are essential for tomorrow’s leaders in business and public service. Fellows will have the option to participate in a one-month internship with the Hungarian Ministry of Human Capacities (EMMI) as an extension of the program.

Applicants for this full-time program must be recent university graduates or students in their final year of university degree studies.  Applicants must be Hungarian citizens of Roma origin.  Mid-level oral and written English knowledge is required.

The program aims at better preparing Roma college graduates to transition from higher education to the professional work place by providing participants with invaluable linguistic and professional experiences. Serving as an “introductory professionalization course”, the fellowship develops basic skills that potential employers would consider beneficial.

Elements of the fellowship program include the following: a general orientation on the U.S. State Department and the Embassy’s policies and operations; professional networking opportunities and employment-related counseling; attending Embassy functions; public affairs and public speaking training; English language instruction; research and composition practice and organizational tasks that contribute to the work of the Embassy.

The Embassy will provide free housing, a public transportation pass, and a stipend of $250 a month to those participating in the fellowship program.

Application Requirements

General Requirements:

  • Must be a Hungarian Citizen of Roma origin who recently received a college or university degree, or who is a student in his/her final year at college or university and is expected to receive his/her degree before starting the program.
  • Have a mid-level knowledge of the English language.
  • Can commit to full working day (8 hours per day, 5 days a week) for the entire two-month period of the Fellowship Program.  Because of the intensive pace of the program, fellows will not be granted leave during the fellowship except in exceptional circumstances.

If you meet the above requirements, please submit in English the following documents electronically to

  • A one-page CV,
  • A Statement of Purpose detailing your professional aims and your goals for the Fellowship (maximum length is two pages).

All offers will be conditional on the completion of a security background check, which usually takes three weeks.

Application deadline: April 11, 2016

Selected participants will start their fellowship in mid-September, 2016.