Cultural and Educational exchange programs are one of the essential components of American public diplomacy. The U.S. Embassy/Public Affairs Section (PAS) administers a variety of U.S. government sponsored exchange programs which build cultural ties and bridges of understanding between Malians and Americans. They are intended to introduce participants to the United States and American people and culture, as well as provide them with a chance to exchange ideas with Americans. The list of programs below is not exhaustive, but it does reflect programs in which Mali has had recent participants.
African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP)
AWEP is a State Department initiative to identify and build networks of women entrepreneurs across Sub-Saharan Africa who are poised to transform their communities by owning; running; and operating small and medium businesses, and to drive social and economic progress in their communities and countries.
Edward R. Murrow Program
Each year, the U.S. Department of State’s Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists brings more than 100 emerging international journalists from around the world to examine journalistic practices in the United States.
English Access Microscholarship Program
The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 13-20 year-olds from economically disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and intensive sessions.
E-Teacher Scholarship Program
The E-Teacher Scholarship Program offers English teaching professionals living outside of the United States the opportunity to take one of seven innovative, online graduate level classes through the University of Oregon.
Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA)
The Fulbright FLTA Program provides young teachers of English as a Foreign Language the opportunity to refine their teaching skills and broaden their knowledge of American cultures and customs while strengthening the instruction of foreign languages at colleges and universities in the United States.
Fulbright Foreign Student Program
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program will provide a scholarship for students to obtain a Master’s degree from an accredited U.S. university. We accept candidates in all fields of study.
Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program
The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program provides grants to approximately 850 foreign scholars from over 100 countries to conduct post-doctoral research at U.S. institutions from an academic semester to a full academic year.
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides 10 months of professional enrichment and non-degree graduate-level study in the United States for accomplished mid-level professionals from designated countries in eligible fields
International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)
Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.
Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES)
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) program allows high school students from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend up to one U.S. academic year studying at an American High School. Approximately 900 students travel to the United States each year.
NICER Mali (iEARN-MALI) in collaboration with U.S. Embassy in Mali is seeking to recruit qualified Malian students for YES program for the academic year 2019-2020. This program provides scholarships for high school students (ages 15-17 years) to spend up to one academic year as an exchange student in the United States. Students live with host families, attend high school, engage in activities to learn about American society and values, acquire leadership skills, and educate Americans about their countries and cultures.
Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI)
The YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship includes six weeks of academic and leadership training hosted by U.S. universities with a focus on one of three tracks: Business and Entrepreneurship; Civic Leadership; or Public Management. Please note: a strong command of English is required for this program.
For more information about the application process and timeline, visit mwfellows.info/apply
Study of the United States Institutes for Scholars
Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars is designed to strengthen curricula and improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions overseas. Foreign university faculty, secondary educators and other scholars spend approximately four weeks at host universities where they take part in a series of lectures, seminar discussions and site visits related to each institute’s theme.
How do qualified student leaders apply?
This is a very competitive program. After a screening of applications, a small number of applicants will be interviewed by the U.S. Embassy. Interviews will be conducted in English.
*Please note that the two-week in-person U.S. component will be organized taking into consideration all necessary COVID-19 safety guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, local, and campus authorities.
Study of the United States Institutes for Student Leaders
Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders is five-to-six-week academic programs for foreign undergraduate leaders. Hosted by U.S. academic institutions throughout the United States, the Student Leader Institutes include an intensive academic residency, leadership development, an educational study tour, local community service activities and a unique opportunity for participants to get to know their American peers.
Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program
The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) provides outstanding secondary school teachers of English, social studies, math and science with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills and increase their knowledge about the United States.
Youth Leadership Programs
Students from various countries study topics that include civic education, leadership development, and community service. Upon their return home, the students apply what they have learned to implement projects that serve needs in their communities.