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) - CLOSED
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 - CLOSED
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 - CLOSED
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 - CLOSED
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) - CLOSED
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 - OPEN UNTIL FEBRUARY 29, 2024
This program funds two years of graduate study in the United States towards the completion of a master’s degree. Applicants must have (maîtrise) degree (four years of a university study) or a degree equivalent to the American bachelor’s degree and a TOEFL score of at least 575 (PBT) or 90 (iBT) points. They must also take the GRE and/or GMAT test and achieve the requisite score for university acceptance. For disadvantaged applicants, the FFSP provides intensive English language training for up to eight months before the academic program begins. On the initial application, applicants may submit an ELAT or equivalent test score in place of the TOEFL. Interested candidates should review the selection criteria and complete the online application at https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2025 by February 29, 2024.
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 - OPEN UNTIL FEBRUARY 29, 2024
This program is intended for college professors with a Ph.D. or doctorate degree who would like to conduct research or participate in a professional program at an academic institution in the United States. The duration of the program varies between four to nine months. Applicants must have a TOEFL score of 550 (PBT) or 90 (iBT). On the initial application, applicants may submit an ELAT or equivalent test score in place of the TOEFL. Interested candidates should review the selection criteria and complete the application online at https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2025 by February 29, 2024.
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 - OPEN UNTIL FEBRUARY 29, 2024
This program, which combines university studies and vocational training, is intended for executives from the public or private sector who have at least a master’s degree and five years of experience promoting the economic and social development of Mali. They should be interested in policy-making and design in areas like agriculture, health, educational planning, finance, banking, human rights, law, human resource management, urban and regional planning, prevention of human trafficking, civil society, HIV / AIDS policy and treatment, or communication. This program lasts nine months at a U.S. university but does not lead to a diploma. Applicants should have an excellent command of English. Interested applicants should review the selection criteria and download an application form here by February 29, 2024.
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) - CLOSED
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) - CLOSED
NICER Mali in collaboration with U.S. Embassy in Mali is seeking to recruit qualified Malian students for Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program for the academic year 2023-2024. This program provides scholarships to Malian students of 9th 10th and 11th grades to spend up to one academic year as an exchange student in the United States. Students live with host families, attend high schools, 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) - CLOSED
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 - CLOSED
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.
Study of the United States Institutes for Student Leaders - CLOSED
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 - CLOSED
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 - CLOSED
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.