EF Programs

Every spring, Eisenhower brings 25 Fellows from selected countries around the world to the United States; another group of 20 Fellows from one country or region arrives each fall. Fellows of both programs spend two months following individualized agendas that take them to an average of 10–12 cities for 60–80 meetings with NGO leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, journalists, opinion makers, and government officials.

The USA Program, which draws Fellows from Philadelphia, the Research Triangle in North Carolina, New England, and one agricultural Fellow, sends 10 to 15 Americans abroad annually for four to eight-week programs of similar professional enrichment.

These travels expose Fellows to different ideas and innovations in their fields of interest. Representing a rich cross-section of politics and professions. Fellows also encounter a wide range of international perspectives. They end their trips connected to a network of leaders throughout the world.

Multi Nation Program Fellows

Under the Multi Nation Program(MNP), the largest of the three programs run by the EF, 19 Sri Lankans had been selected for this wonderful opportunity starting with Chitra Fernando elected back in 1958, (formerly a member of the Chitra Lanka Information Agency and an Officer in the Sri Lankan Foreign Service, now deceased), to the most current in 2011, Harsha de Silva, Ph.D., lead economist, lirneasia. www.lirneasia.net.

Single Region Program Fellows

The Single Region (SRP)or Nation Program, like the Multi Nation program, sends Fellows around the United States to share ideas and information with high achieving people in their fields, but it focuses on a particular world region or country. The last of such programs was in 2004 where 4 Sri Lankans, Ms. Kala Peiris De Costa, Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Mr. Jayasuriya Weliamuna, Mr. Eran Wickramaratne, together with working professionals and potential leaders from India and Pakistan, took part in the South Asia Single Region Program. To share the experience of these professionals in the EF program, please click on the links below.


Eisenhower Fellowships seeks to identify emerging leaders in fields important to the development of their countries who would benefit significantly from a seven-week professional and leadership development travel program in the United States. Eisenhower Fellow applicants must meet the following criteria: