Timeline & Finances

Fellowship Timeline

Application Timeline
Fellowship Timeline
  • September – Online applications open
  • Last Sunday of October – Priority application deadline
  • November-December – First-round interviews
  • January-February – Additional first-round interviews
  • Mid-February – second-round interviews
  • March-April – Finalist selection; placement confirmation
  • April-June – Pre-departure preparations
  • July – Summer start fellows depart to post
Summer Start Posts

  • March-June – Remote training
  • July – On-site orientation
  • August-December – work at post
  • January – mid-year conference
  • February-June – work at post
  • July – wrap-up conference

Spring Start Posts

  • August-December – Remote training
  • January – On-site orientation
  • February-June – work at post
  • July – mid-year conference
  • July-November – work at post
  • Mid-December – wrap-up conference


The fellowship is fully funded by VIA, with support from alumni, grants, and our partners.

Not Included:
  • Approximately three weeks of training, covering program management, cross-cultural communication, leadership development, local language lessons, and teacher training
  • Comprehensive emergency medical and evacuation insurance (fellows will be reimbursed for any add-ons they need to purchase directly when completing their enrollment)
  • Living and housing stipend (based on local cost of living) while working at your post
  • Intra-Asia travel (from training to your post and wrap-up conference)
  • Language study grants and tutors are available at some posts
  • Vaccinations (cost will depend on individual insurance)
  • Initial visa costs ($150-$300, depending on country)
  • Roundtrip airfare to/from Asia (usually around $2,000)
  • Meals and optional activities during training and conference ($300-$500)
  • Personal travel while at post or after fellowship has ended

Additional Funding

Participating in the Global Community Fellowship, as a year-long internship placement, makes fellows eligible for funding through several competitive scholarships and/or grants. We encourage GCF candidates to explore these opportunities on our scholarships page and through personal research.