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Educational Exchange

Educational Exchange Opportunities through the U.S. Embassy in Maputo

The U.S. Embassy in Mozambique offers a number of academic and professional opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals throughout Mozambique. For more information about our exchange programs, e-mail us at MaputoExchangePrograms@state.gov or visit https://mz.usembassy.gov/education-culture/educational-exchange/, or the program sites listed below.

Student Exchanges

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES)

(Application Period: September – October)

The YES Program was established by the U.S. Congress in October, 2002 in response to the events of September 11, 2001. It provides scholarships for high school students (15-17 years) from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend up to one academic year in the U.S. Students live with host families, attend high school, engage in activities to learn about American society and values, acquire leadership skills, and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures. Non-Muslim students are also eligible. For more information, visit http://www.yesprograms.org/http://www.afs.org.za/ or e-mail: info-southafrica@afs.org.

Pan-African Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP)

(Application Period: January)

This dynamic youth leadership program brings together students (15-18 years) from across Africa with adult mentors for a three week U.S.-based training and cultural exchange. The program strengthens the students’ understanding of civic rights and responsibilities, respect for diversity, and the importance of community engagement. Also included in the PAYLP design is a series of workshops on social entrepreneurship and two weeks of living with American host families. For more information, visit https://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/youth-leadership-programs.

Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD)

Application Period: (Application period: November-January)

Global UGRAD provides academic scholarships of one to two semesters for undergraduate non-degree study at American universities. The goal of the program is to provide a diverse group of emerging student leaders (18-25 years) with a substantive exchange experience at a U.S. college or university. Global UGRAD participants live on campus with American students and enroll full-time in undergraduate course work chosen from the host institution’s existing curriculum. Host institutions offer tailored instruction on various academic topics and facilitate community service projects, cultural exchange activities, and professional internships for Global UGRAD participants. Visit https://mz.usembassy.gov/education-culture/educational-exchange/global-undergraduate-exchange-program-ugrad/ for more information.

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders

(Application Period: September – October)

The Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders Program is an intensive academic program whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders (18-25 years) with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. Institutes include a four week academic residency and a one-week study tour to a different part of the country. Leadership sessions and community service activities, as well as getting to know Americans, are also integral components of the Institutes. For more information, visit: http://exchanges.state.gov/susi.

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

(Application Period: February- May)

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program provides financial assistance for a maximum of two years of study toward a graduate degree in a U.S. university. Fulbright Foreign Student grants can also fund non-degree research at a U.S. university. The Foreign Student Program is designed primarily to strengthen African universities through higher degree training for faculty members. Applications are also accepted from candidates in public and private educational and cultural institutions, independent research institutes, and professional institutions. Please visit http://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/ for more information.

Teacher/Scholar Exchanges

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators

(Application Period: November-December)

SUSIs for Secondary Educators are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary educators (30-50 years) the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad. For more information, visit: http://exchanges.state.gov/susi.

Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (Fulbright TEA) Program

(Application Period: January – April)

Fulbright TEA brings outstanding secondary school teachers from Mozambique and other nations around the globe to the United States for six weeks to further develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. International alumni are eligible to apply for small grants to implement self-designed projects that benefit their home schools and communities. Please visit http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/teaching-excellence-and-achievement-program for more information.

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars

(Application Period: November-December)

SUSIs for Scholars are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars (30-50 years) the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad. SUSI Scholar Institutes take place at various colleges, universities, and institutions throughout the United States over the course of six weeks beginning in or after June. Each Institute includes a four week academic residency component and up to two weeks of an integrated study tour. To obtain general information about the Institutes, please visit the website: http://exchanges.state.gov/susi.

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program (Fulbright African Research Scholar Program – ARSP)

(Application Period: February – May)

The Fulbright African Research Scholar Program provides an opportunity for senior academicians and scholars who already have their PhD degree (or equivalent) to conduct postdoctoral research and lecturing at U.S. universities and colleges for between three and nine months. Preference is given to applicants who provide strong justification for undertaking their research in the United States, i.e., the need for access to research facilities or materials not readily available elsewhere. Awards are offered in the physical sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. Visit http://fulbright.state.gov/participating-countries/fulbright-commissions for more information.

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award in Heritage Science Fellowship

(Application Period: July – October)

The Fulbright National Archives award is made possible through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Fulbright Program and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) which was signed on January 19, 2021, to support international scholarly exchange in archival science education, conservation, and research.  NARA is an independent federal agency that serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our government so people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage.  NARA carries out the mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, Presidential Libraries and online sources.

Professional Exchanges

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

(Application period: February – May)

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides 10 months of non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the United States. Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service. The Humphrey Program fosters a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the United States and the Fellow’s home country. The Program offers Fellows valuable opportunities for leadership development and professional engagement with Americans and their counterparts from many nations. Visit www.humphreyfellowship.org/ for more information.

International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP)

IVLP is the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ premier professional exchange program. Since 1940, nearly 200,000 International Visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP. The program seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through short-term visits to the United States. These visits provide an opportunity for International Visitors to: meet and confer with their professional counterparts; gain a greater understanding of U.S. society; and experience American culture firsthand. Each project is carefully designed to reflect the International Visitors’ professional interests and support U.S. foreign policy goals. IVLP participants are identified and nominated by U.S. Embassies. Applications for this program are not accepted. Visit http://exchanges.state.gov/ivlp for more information.

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI MWF)

(Application Period: August – September)

As part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), the Mandela Washington Fellowship brings hundreds of Africa’s most dynamic young leaders, ages 25-35, to the United States for six weeks of leadership training, networking, and mentoring at twenty top U.S. universities in three areas: business and entrepreneurship, civic engagement and public administration. In addition to university coursework, Fellows also attend a Fellowship Summit in Washington, D.C. featuring senior leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors. Selected Fellows remain in the United States for an additional eight weeks after their university program to participate in internships with organizations and corporations throughout the U.S. Upon returning to their home, the Fellows have access to professional development opportunities, mentoring, networking, training, and seed funding to support their ideas, business, and organizations. Visit https://mwfellows.info/apply for more information.

YALI Southern Africa Regional Leadership Center (RLC)

Application Period: Rolling

YALI Regional Leadership Centers (RLC) are located at African higher education institutions and offer leadership training programs to young leaders between the ages of 18 and 35. In the model of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, RLCs provide fully-paid, in-person and online training, networking, and professional development opportunities to participants in three tracks: business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management. The six week training is offered in English at the Southern Africa RLC hosted by the University of South Africa (UNISA)-Pretoria and in Portuguese at the RLC Satellite Hub at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo. Visit https://yalisouthernafrica.melimu.com/ for more information.

Cochran Fellowship Programs

(Application Period: September – October)

The Cochran Fellowship Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provides short-term U.S.-based food and agricultural training opportunities to senior and mid-level specialists in the public and private sector, working in agricultural trade, agribusiness development, management, policy, and marketing. The vision of the Cochran Program is to provide training and support to developing nations to improve their agricultural and food systems and to strengthen and enhance trade links with the United States. Since its inception in 1984, the program has provided U.S.-based training for over 13,000 international participants from more than 100 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.fas.usda.gov/programs/cochran-fellowship-program for more information.

Emerging Global Leaders Initiative-Atlas Corps (EGLI-Atlas Corps) Fellowship

(Application Period: Rolling)

The EGLI-Atlas Corps Fellowship is a new initiative to develop 100 future civil society leaders around the globe. The goals of the EGLI-Atlas Corps Fellowship are to: provide leadership development training for rising civil society leaders; develop the skills of nonprofit professionals, especially women, youth and leaders working on social issues that are priorities for the U.S. Government; share best practices of nonprofit management; and build ties between civil society leaders in the United States and countries around the world. Fellows participate in competitive internships and guided training, each ranging from 6-18 months, at leading organizations that address social issues. Visit http://www.apply.atlascorps.org for more information.

Community Solutions (CSP) Program

(Application Period: September – October)

The Community Solutions Program (CSP) provides the best and brightest community leaders, ages 25 to 38, from around the world with an intensive, professional development exchange program that includes a substantive hands-on learning experience in the United States from August to December. Community Solutions Fellows gain valuable experience in community work and strengthen their capacity for leadership and development in their home countries. For more information, visit www.irex.org/csp or https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/community-solutions.

Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program

(Application Period: November – December)

The Community Engagement Exchange Program is a transformational year-long leadership development program designed to enable civil society leaders, ages 20-27 from communities in over 100 countries to harness the power of networks, relationships, and information for the public good, specifically on issues related to civic dialogue and peacebuilding, open and participatory government, women and gender, resilience and sustainable development, and youth engagement. For more information visit: www.irex.org or https://cee.irex.org/.


(Application Period: January – February)

One Beat is a two-and-a-half-week music residency followed by a two-week tour for individual musicians between the ages of 19-35 from eligible countries, including Mozambique. OneBeat’s goals are to promote civil society and youth engagement, build mutual understanding, and encourage professional networks between the United States and other countries through multi-national musical collaboration. For more information, 111.1beat.org.

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