GAO will resume its in-person International Auditor Fellowship Program in 2023. The 2023 program will welcome the fellows accepted for the 2020 program but unable to attend due to the program’s cancellation resulting from the pandemic. We look forward to reopening our in-person program to all SAIs in 2024.
Accountability and transparency are key to advancing good governance, and supreme audit institutions (SAI) play a critical role in improving government performance.
GAO's annual International Auditor Fellowship Program is designed to strengthen the ability of SAIs to fulfill their missions and enhance accountability and governance worldwide.
As a member of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI), GAO initiated this program in 1979 in response to increased federal government expenditures abroad and the related need to strengthen accountability over these funds. Participants are nominated by their leadership with the expectation that they will transfer the knowledge and skills gained to their organizations.
During the 4-month intensive, multifaceted learning program, Fellows explore a variety of audit techniques and approaches with an emphasis on the skills required to conduct performance audits. Fellows develop strategies to implement change and transfer knowledge to their respective SAI.Over 610 middle- to-senior-level officials from the SAIs of 106 countries have graduated from the program. Many of them have since become Auditors General, Deputy Auditors General, or Government Ministers.
GAO’s Pathways, A Virtual International Auditor Fellowship Program, is a 5-week pilot program in which fellows will participate in live, virtual training; learn about U.S. intergovernmental auditing experiences; and develop strategies to implement change within their respective Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs). It is a condensed version of the 4-month, in-person program, and is entirely virtual. Pathways will include no travel to the United States and require no tuition or fees.
Pathways makes continuous learning and knowledge-sharing experiences reachable despite restricted travel. The program offers opportunities to cultivate professional networks among SAIs, donors, and other partners in the accountability community.
The pilot virtual program incorporates the same principal elements as the in-person program: auditing practices, personal and professional development, and cultural exchange. The interactive, virtual courses and panels led by GAO subject matter experts will cover technical and managerial aspects of performance audits, leadership skills, writing principles, team building, and more. Fellows will also complete a capstone project to introduce a plan or strategy for strengthening their SAIs by using what they learned during the program.
Middle- to senior-level professionals will gain knowledge and new perspectives they can pass on to their institutions. By participating in Pathways, fellows strengthen the capacity of their SAIs and support the enhancement of accountability and governance worldwide.
Watch the Feb 2022 Virtual Information Session below: