Fellows in the News
Two of the current LFP Fellows have already been featured in local news reports! To see their on-camera interviews, visit the following sites:
Ekaterina Lebedeva, from Russia, is interviewed by the NBC affiliate in Bismarck, ND: http://www.kfyrtv.com/news_stories.asp?news=43721&c=y
Giorgi Ivaniadze from Georgia is interviewed by the NBC affiliate in Prosser, WA: http://www.kndu.com/global/video/flash/popupplayer.asp?ClipID1=5182467&h1=Georgia+councilman+visits+Prosser&vt1=v&at1=News&d1=134500&LaunchPageAdTag=Homepage&activePane=info&rnd=73505152++++
Fellows from Georiga, Russia, and Ukraine Visit Denver, CO for LFP Orientation
October 3-6, 2010
Young professionals from Georgia, Russia, and Ukraine arrived in Denver, October 4th for their orientation of NCSL’s Legislative Fellows Program (LFP), which is organized in partnership with American Councils for International Education, and funded through the U.S. Department of State.
The goal of the orientation was to further familiarize the fellows with the inner workings of the U.S. political system. Fellows discussed fiscal federalism and government budgets, party politics and the two-party system, corruption, conflicts of interest, and ethics. Fellows also learned the role of lobbyists and stakeholders in the legislative process, and received background on the upcoming mid-term elections.
On the last day of orientation the fellows toured the Colorado State Capitol where they met with Colorado Senate President Brandon Shaffer and Governor Bill Ritter. The group participated in a question and answer session at the Capitol with legislative staff. Following the orientation, the Fellows traveled to their placements throughout the U.S., including many state capitols and Washington, D.C. In their fellowship placements they will be immersing themselves in the daily operations of state governance, campaigning, government oversight, and citizen participation.
LFP affords approximately 50 promising young professionals from Georgia, Russia, and Ukraine the opportunity to gain practical experience in, and exposure to, the U.S. legislative process. The knowledge and interest of these young Eurasian professionals in the U.S. political processes will be expanded through short term fellowships in state legislatures and local governments across the U.S., as well as on Capitol Hill.
Before departing the U.S., each fellow will submit a proposed project in which their supervisor would travel to the fellow’s home city or region. Of the proposals, 25 will be selected, and U.S. participants will complete the exchange in spring 2011.
NCSL is pleased to thank all the experts that presented at the LFP orientation, especially Senate President Brandon Shaffer and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter.
Legislative Fellowship Program (LFP) Supervisors
NCSL is pleased to announce the Legislative Fellowship Program (LFP)!
NCSL is currently accepting applications from legislators and legislative staff to act as supervisors for fellows from Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia. The successful supervisor applicants will supervise two fellows for a month beginning in mid October.
Supervisors of LFP fellows may have the opportunity to travel to the home country of their fellows!
There are a limited number of opportunities, so please respond quickly to begin your participation in this inspiring, culture-enriching legislative program. Please send a completed response form to Maggie Lamborn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-737-1069 202-737-1069 .
For more information on the program, see the program description. For more information on what occurred during this program this past spring, please view the web summary.
LFP is a program sponsored by the U .S. State Department and administered by the NCSL and American Councils for International Education. It affords promising young professionals from several countries in Eastern Europe who are pursuing careers in government the opportunity to gain comparative experience in the U.S. at no cost to you or to your state.