VIA: Fellowships in Asia and the United States

VIA is a fellowship program that offers groundbreaking experiential learning initiatives in both Asia and the United States, fostering cross-cultural comprehension, establishing collaborative relationships, and delivering life-changing encounters to our participants and the communities they engage with.

VIA has programs in four different areas of interest, catering to a wide range of student interests. The programs are listed below:

Global Community Fellowship

The Global Community Fellowship is a 13-15 month fellowship position for
recent university graduates and starting as well as experienced
professionals. Fellows work at NGOs, schools, universities, and social
enterprises across Asia to support community development,
capacity-building, and education. By working directly with communities,
fellows gain hands-on experience learning how organizations in Asia are
using creative and innovative methods to address critical social challenges.

Eligibility: Fellowship positions are open to starting and experienced
professionals who have completed at least a 4-year undergraduate degree by
the start date of their post. Due to certain visa/work permit restrictions
and the needs of our partner organizations, fellowship posts are often
limited to US citizens/residents, or individuals who have received their
bachelor’s degree from a US university. We will review the eligibility of
non US citizens on a case-by-case basis.

Priority Application Deadline: October 29, 2023 @ 11:59 PM US Pacific Time
Learn more and apply:

Social Innovation Education Fellowship

Supports the planning and implementation of VIA’s Exploring Social
Innovation (ESI) program ( for university students and
starting professionals from around the world (primarily from Japan,
Thailand, and Myanmar). This program will be held on-site in the San
Francisco Bay Area. Travel to the Bay Area, local transportation, lodging,
and meals during the on-site prep and program dates are covered for fellows.

– Application Deadline: Oct 15
– Remote Program Planning & Prep: Nov 2023 – Jan 2024
– On-Site Training & Prep: February 4-6, 2024
– Program Facilitation: February 7-17, 2024

Global Health Fellowship

Supports the planning and implementation of VIA’s virtual Exploring Health
Care (EHC) program ( for health care students around
the world (primarily from Japan and Myanmar, and more recently Zambia).
Fellows receive a per diem for training and program facilitation dates.

– Application Deadline: November 5, 2023
– Program Planning & Preparation: Nov 2023 – Mar 2024
– Program Facilitation: March 20-26, 2024 (US Time)

Learn more and apply:

Program Development Fellowship

Supports the planning and implementation of VIA’s Social Impact Leadership
Accelerator (, a 4-month team-based training and
project development course for social impact leaders who are looking for
tools, structure, and support to turn their big ideas into a sustainable
project. Each cohort includes 5-7 teams primarily based in Southeast Asia.
This program is entirely online. Fellows receive a per diem for training
and program facilitation dates.

– Application Deadline: January 14, 2024
– Program Training & Prep Calls: February 23 & March 8
– Program Facilitation: March 15 – June 14, 2024 (includes weekly to
bi-weekly all-cohort calls Friday evenings US time + meetings as needed
with designated teams)