Professional Fellows Program (PFP) Competition for Fall 2015 is Announced


American Councils is pleased to announce the open competition for the Fall 2015 Professional Fellows Program (PFP), a short-term professional development exchange in the United States. The 2015 on-line application for Armenia is open now. Eligible candidates must submit the online application by April 15, 2015. For more information click here.


Throw Back Thursday: Anna Hovakimyan

American Councils Armenia is launching a series of Throw Back Thursdays!
Every Thursday a senior FLEX alumnus/a will be featured on our page with his/her story.

Our first alumna to be featured is Anna Hovakimyan!

Anna, alumna of 2007-08, lived in Eagle, Idaho for her exchange year through FLEX program. She enjoyed her year playing in marching band and studying American History. Government and Calculus were her favorite subjects. Upon her return, she entered French University and successfully graduated the Management department in 2012.

Anna led the FLEX Alumni community as the Alumni Coordinator for two years, having organized many successful projects and empowering her fellow alumni friends.

Now she is employed by SFL LLC, one of the leading IT companies in Armenia, working as a Scrum Master (Project Manager). 
Besides the professional achievements she attributes to the FLEX experience, she also believes that it has helped her to choose her profession and has made in impact on many of her decisions.

“I can’t just call my year LIFECHANGING, it has truly shaped the person I am, especially life as an alumna”- Anna says the impact of the FLEX program is more visible when alumni come back from the US with a mindset of change, and a crave to change their community to a better place.

FLEX alumni community is happy to have such a wonderful member!


Professional Fellows Program (PFP) Alumni Presentation

American Councils Armenia invites young specialists interested in applying for the Professional Fellows Program (PFP) fellowship to attend a presentation about the application and selection procedures as well as the on-program activities. PFP 2012 and 2013 alumni Paruyr Jangulyan and Irene Danielyan will share their pre- and on-program experience with the interested applicants. PFP Coordinator Nane Abrahamian will answer the questions about the PFP administration and selection stages.


The presentation will take place on March 5 at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Please sign up in advance to attend the presentation by the following phone numbers 56-00-45, 54-40-15 (12). The registered participants will be informed about the presentation venue by e-mail on March 4 by 11:00am.

Congratulations, Petros!


We always feel proud for the achievements of our FLEX students and alumni and today we’d like to congratulate one of them, FLEX student from Gyumri Petros Mkheyan for this outstanding achievement.

Petros got a Varsity letter from his school!

Just for those who do not know-a varsity letter is an award earned in the United States for excellence in school activities. A varsity letter signifies that its winner was a qualified varsity team member, awarded after a certain standard was met.

The varsity letter is an award to recognize excellence; it is a cornerstone in any school award system. The presentation of letters originated in the mid 1880s—eventually becoming the most prestigious prize that any student could win.
A varsity letter represents long, hard days of practice and study.
Congratulations, Petros, all the best to you!

eTemp training on Proposal Writing

“Exchanges to Entrepreneurship Mentoring Program” (eTEMP) is a year-long program aiming to pair FLEX and US Government exchange programs alumni in order to promote entrepreneurship and business initiatives in Armenia. The Program also includes a series of trainings for mentees on various topics related to entrepreneurship.


The fifth training for mentees in the scopes of eTEMP took place at the American Councils Armenia office on January 24. The subject of the training was proposal writing. Karen Smith, the Country Director of American Councils Armenia was the speaker. Ms. Smith has over 10 years of experience working with civil society and government groups to develop successful proposals.


eTEMP mentees, as well as FLEX alumni interested in the topic were introduced to basic principles of writing effective proposals and had a chance to share their experiences with writing past proposals. Ms. Smith also shared her experiences and provided useful tips on engaging stakeholders, identifying community needs and learning from past projects. Moreover, participants learned the main steps of implementing social projects, such as, defining the problem, identifying solutions and making a plan.


Afterwards, participants were introduced to grant projects, applications of which are currently open. The session was followed by a discussion concerning the effective proposal writing and a Q&A session.