since 2009


The Fellows Program, an extension of the internship and academic exchange program InteRDom, was developed in 2009 to respond to the  desire of GFDD and FUNGLODE to develop a community of scholars that contributes to the Foundations’ growing body of research on matters of international concern that directly impact the Dominican Republic, complementing the overall mission of GFDD and FUNGLODE to promote academic exchange, generate scholarship, and influence the creation of public policy related to economic and social development both at the national and international level.


Through The Fellows Program, GFDD and FUNGLODE seek to generate scholarship on issues at the forefront of the United Nations’ agenda in order to give voice to national and regional concerns and offer viable solutions to domestic and international challenges.

The Fellows Program provides opportunities for M.S., M.A. and Ph.D. candidates interested in conducting high-level research in the Dominican Republic on issues related to sustainable development. The final output of the investigation is a comprehensive report which includes empirical data. Fellows realize research in coordination with GFDD and FUNGLODE staff, National Adviser and their university professors.

Fellows that carry-out exemplary work have the opportunity to present their findings before the United Nations community on behalf of GFDD and FUNGLODE.


  • Establish critical links with universities, professors, M.S., M.A. and Ph.D. candidates.
  • Generate and disseminate research on topics related to social and economic development within the context of the Dominican Republic.
  • Create a community of scholars that will contribute to the expansion of academic research related to issues pertaining to social and economic development, the environment and global governance.
  • Present the perspectives of GFDD and FUNGLODE before the commissions and committees of the United Nations.
  • Provide opportunities for personal and professional growth, academic exchange and cross-cultural understanding.


  • Ability to work directly with a National Adviser
  • Contact with a multitude of other national stakeholders that contribute to the investigation
  • Operational and logistical support, which includes access to interpretation and translation services if required and other support
  • Guidance in terms of the content and scope of their research
  • Complementary housing
  • Access to FUNGLODE's Juan Bosch Library
  • Option to participate in the Fellows Program's cultural activities and excursions
  • Opportunity to present findings during commission meetings of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
  • Opportunity to publish findings in GFDD/FUNGLODE publications


The Fellows Program is dedicated to developing research on the Dominican Republic's achievement of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Below you will find a sample of some of the topics on the UN's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) agenda. However, the program accepts and encourages proposals on a wide range of topics not necessarily found on this list.

  • Education
  • Sustainable Development
  • Climate Change
  • Financing for Development
  • Gender Equality
  • Human Rights
  • International Trade
  • Population and Development


Each fellow is paired with a National Adviser specializing in the topic of research. National Adviser are experts, professors and private sector professionals interested in influencing the generation of high-level research on topics critical to the sustainable development of the Dominican Republic and the region.

The Adviser works closely with the fellow, providing support in the following capacities:

- Advise fellow regarding the scope and viability of the investigation.

- Help define the objectives of the research and the outline of the report.

- Recommend and facilitate access to documents and related laws.

- Lead discussions concerning documents and other relevant topics so as to assist in the analysis of information.

- Present alternatives perhaps not considered by the fellow.

- Aid in the coordination of the plan of research.

- Provide a list of influential professional contacts in the field that the fellow could interview.

- Inform the fellow of conferences, gatherings and other activities that could enrich his or her study.

- Review final draft of report and provide feedback.

The commitment of the Adviser in terms of time consists of between 6 to 9 hours per month for an established period divided in weekly or biweekly meetings determined based on availability.


Duration (in weeks) 10 12
Start and end dates


June to August
September to December
January to April


  1. Click on the “Apply” button on the Fellows Program homepage and fill out the application form, being sure to attach an updated copy of your resume, a cover letter, a writing sample demonstrative of your research and writing capacity, and your funding plan for your time overseas.  A Fellows Program admissions representative will contact you within a week to answer any questions you have about the program and to schedule an initial exploratory telephone interview.
  1. After you begin the interview process with a Fellows Program admissions representative, you should begin gathering the documentation listed below (original copies only — no scanned, faxed or copied documents will be accepted) and send it to our administrative offices in New York at:

    The Fellows Program
    Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD)
    780 Third Avenue, Suite 1903
    New York, NY 10017

  2. A Fellows Program admissions representative will inform you of your admissions decision within two weeks of receiving the completed application, and will contact you to discuss to development of your individualized fellowship plan.


  • Copy of Passport
  • 4 passport-style photos
  • Criminal History Report
  • Medical History Form (to be distributed upon receipt of online application).
  • Official Academic Transcript
  • Recommendation letter from a professor


Participants of the Fellows Program have the option of residing in the apartment-style residences, located just steps from the Fellows Program office in the La Esperilla section of Santo Domingo. Each apartment is outfitted with wireless internet, basic television, a washing machine and a fully-equipped kitchen. Bedrooms and common areas are comfortable and spacious, and the Fellows Program provides a weekly cleaning service.

The residences are centrally-located in downtown Santo Domingo, within walking distance from many restaurants, shops, parks and major public transportation routes.


All students admitted to The Fellows Program should have valid internationa medical insurance during their stay in the Dominican Republic. This is essential to cover necessary costs in the case of an emergency, accident, medical consultation or return home if necessary.

Fellows have the option of applying for additional local health insurance that covers emergencies, tests and immediate medical attention at all medical centers in the country. To apply, submit a request to the Program 15 days prior to traveling: interdom@interdominternships.org


Each semester, the Fellows Program prepares a series of cultural excursions throughout the country designed to introduce participants to an up-close view of the history, ecology, culture and economy of the island.  These gatherings provide an opportunity for fellows to become involved with local communities.

The Fellows Program also organizes occasional “get-togethers” in the capital to provide students a chance to connect with one another and explore the city.

The excursions and get-togethers listed below are just a sampling of the many different activities that the Fellows Program promotes, and are subject to change seasonally.

  • Camping at Rancho Campeche
  • Hiking at Ebano Verde Ecological Reserve
  • Tours of the Centro Leon Cultural Center and the Mirabal Sisters Museum
  • Visit to Altos de Chavon artistic center and the Cave of Wonders
  • Tour of a cacao plantation and production center
  • Tour of the historic Santo Domingo Colonial Zone
  • Movie Night
  • Trip to the theater
  • Various educational activities, seminars and conferences at FUNGLODE
  • Merengue, bachata and salsa dancing classes
  • Visit to the botanical gardens
  • Beach clean-up



The Dominican Republic occupies two thirds of Hispaniola, making it the second largest archipelago in the Antilles. It is located to the west of Puerto Rico and to the east of Cuba and Jamaica, sharing the island with Haiti.

Dominicans refer to the island as “Quisqueya,” the name the indigenous used to refer to Hispaniola. For more information concerning the history, geography, and cultural activities of the Dominican Republic, as well as latest news stories, please visit: www.dominicanaonline.org


American Airlines, Jet Blue, Continental Airlines, Spirit, Delta, Iberia, Air France and Air Europa all have flights to the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic has 5 airports through which 2.5 million visitors enter the country each year. All fellows should fly into the Aeropuerto Internacional Los Américas (AILA).

Do I Need a Visa to Enter the Dominican Republic?

All United States citizens must present a valid passport and purchase a tourist card (US$10.00) upon arrival, which allows for a 60 day maximum stay.
For all other information pertaining to visas and tourists cards please refer to the official website of the Dominican Consulate.


From the Airport to Downtown Santo Domingo

A representative from the Fellows Program will meet you at the airport exit and bring you to the student residencies. When you fill-out your application form, make sure to specify that you will need this service.

How Does the Transportation System Work in the Dominican Republic?

There are many different transportation options available to Fellows Program participants. The best option for you will depend on your budget, the amount of time you desire to spend traveling, and the type of experience that you would like to have. The following list contains transportation options that vary by cost:

Public Transportation: In general, there are 4 types of public transportation available in almost all areas of the country.

Public Cars: Popularly known as conchos, these vehicles adhere to specific routes and transport between 4 and 6 passengers. The cost of a one-way trip is approximately 12 pesos (US$0.37). They do not have specified stops and drop passengers off at locations close to their destinations.

Buses: Also referred to as OMSAS, buses in the Dominican Republic are run by the Oficina Metropolitana de Servicios de Autobuses (OMSA – Metropolitan Office of Bus Services). Bus routes run throughout the capital. They have specific stops and do not circulate as frequently as the public cars do. The approximate cost of a one-way trip is between 12-30 pesos (between US$0.30 and US$1.00).

Motorbikes: Motorbikes accommodate one passenger, and can be rented to travel across short distances within urban zones of the city. The Fellows Program does not recommend that students rely upon this form of transportation, given the high risk of accident.

Metro: The rapid and modern metro system in Santo Domingo has 2 lines which alleviate transit problems in the most congested zones of the capital,and 4 additional lines are planned for the future. One ride costs DOP $20.00. Official website: www.metrosantodomingo.com