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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 Liberians and Americans. They are intended to introduce Liberians to the United States and provide them with a chance to exchange ideas and experience with Americans. Active exchange programs administered in Liberia through the Public Affairs Section include:

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.

See more at: http://eca.state.gov/highlight/edward-r-murrow-program-journalists

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Overview:

U.S. Embassy Liberia is pleased to announce the annual competition for the 2024-2025 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.

This is a one-year Fellowship program, a Fulbright exchange that enhances leadership among international professionals who collaborate to address local and global challenges and foster change for our collective good. Through academic study and professional development with U.S. counterparts, this growing global network shares best practices and builds expertise in fields of critical importance to advance societal and institutional capacity, promote human rights and freedoms, ensure sustainable lands, and develop thriving communities. The Humphrey Program was initiated in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late Senator and Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey. The program provides a basis for establishing lasting ties between citizens of the United States and their professional counterparts in other countries, by providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U.S. higher education, society, culture, and professional organizations. Fellowships are granted competitively to professional candidates with a commitment to public service in either the public or private sector.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must have a first university degree
  • Must have at least five years of full-time professional experience beyond the attainment of a first university/undergraduate degree, and prior to August 2024 in the relevant field and should be interested in the policy aspects of their field of specialization.
  • Must be a Liberian citizen and resident of Liberia
  • Limited or no experience in the United States
  • Demonstrated leadership and broadly defined commitment to public service
  • English language ability

Nominees in the following fields will be the most competitive:

Human and Institutional Capacity:

  • Economic Development
  • Finance & Banking
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Technology Policy and Management

Rights and Freedoms:

  • Communications and Journalism
  • Law and Human Rights

Sustainable Lands:

  • Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Thriving Communities:

  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention
  • Educational Administration, Planning, and Policy

Testing of English language:

Application finalists will be required to take the TOEFL exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language). All applicants are expected to study for the TOEFL exam before, during, and after submitting the application. Finalists must be prepared to take the TOEFL exam between May and September 2023 . The exam fees will be paid for by the program for finalists only.

How to apply:

Online applications must be submitted via the following: https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey

Applicants are asked to respond to questions related to leadership, goals and program plan, public service, and a professional challenge they have overcome.

Responses should provide detailed information specific to each question.

No applications will be accepted after August 12, 2023.

All applications received will be screened, but only short-listed applicants will be contacted and invited for an interview.

Women, individuals from rural areas, under-represented groups including individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply (reasonable accommodation will be provided for individuals with disabilities interested in applying). Please direct questions to MonroviaPD@state.gov for more information.

More information:

Learn more about the Humphrey Fellowship Program at: https://www.humphreyfellowship.org/

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.

See more at: http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/international-visitor-leadership-program-ivlp

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES)

The YES program allows students from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend up to one academic year in the United States.

See more at: http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/kennedy-lugar-youth-exchange-study-yes

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

The Mandela Washington Fellowship brings young leaders from sub-Saharan African countries to the United States each year for academic coursework and leadership training with the goal of creating unique opportunities in Africa for Fellows to put new skills to practical use in leading organizations, communities, and countries.

See more about the Mandela Washington Fellowship: http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/mandela-washington-fellowship-young-african-leaders

The 2023 Fellowship Recruitment has begun. The application will be open August 16 – September 13.

Apply now

Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program

The Pan Africa Youth Leadership Program supports long-range U.S. foreign policy priorities by offering secondary school youth (ages 15-18) and adult educators the opportunity to explore themes through three-week, intensive exchanges in the United States. A key component of the program is to develop community-based projects in their home communities to affect change upon their return home.

See more at: http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/youth-leadership-programs

Sports Visitor Program

Sports Visitors are young non-elite athletes and coaches chosen by U.S. missions overseas to visit the United States for a fast-paced two week exchange program.

See more at: http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/sports-visitor-program

Study of the United States Institutes

The Study of the U.S. Institutes are five-to-six week academic programs for small groups of foreign undergraduate students, scholars, and teachers which aim to promote a better understanding of American people and institutions; explore the diversity and culture of the United States; and develop or expand curricula on U.S. studies in colleges and universities overseas. Focusing on themes in U.S. studies, Institutes are hosted by universities and colleges throughout the United States and are designed to offer a balance between academic and experiential learning though an intensive academic program, site and cultural visits, an educational study tour, and opportunities to engage with American peers through homestays, community service, and research.

See more at: http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/study-us-institutes

Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program

The OPEN Program offers free 8-week graduate-level, professional development courses developed by U.S. universities on topics such as English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI), TESOL Methodology, Professional Development for Teacher Trainers, and Integrating Critical Thinking into the Classroom (please see attached document: Spring 2023 Course Descriptions).

Submit your application (form attached) by Friday, 15 January 2023 to MonroviaPD@state.gov.  Certificates and digital badges are issued by the U.S. Department of State for all those who pass the course.

For more information about OPEN, please visit:
https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/OPEN-Program
https://www.openenglishprograms.org/

Fall 2023 Open Application and Course Description

Community Engagement Exchange Program

Applications are now being accepted till 14 January 2022 at bit.ly/CEE2021apply

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, please visit: https://www.irex.org/project/community-engagement-exchange

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.

See more at: http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/african-womens-entrepreneurship-program-awep

Community Solutions Program

The Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for the best and brightest global community leaders working in the fields of transparency and accountability, tolerance and conflict resolution, environmental issues and women’s issues. Community Solutions provides four-month-long fellowships at U.S. community-based non-profit or other organizations, government offices or legislative bodies. Fellows will work with community leaders to enhance their practical expertise, leadership skills and professional contacts to address societal issues in their home communities.

See more at: http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/community-solutions

FULLBRIGHT SPECIALIST PROGRAM

The Fulbright Specialist Program, a program of the U.S. Department of State offers opportunities for established U.S. professionals and academics to share expertise, gain international experience, develop institutional linkages and collaborative partnerships through short-term, project-based exchanges at institutions around the globe.

The program provides a unique opportunity for institutions across the globe to host a leading U.S. academic professional. The specialist and host institutions work together to implement a two-to-six-week project. The Host institution designs project goals and activities that will exchange knowledge and promote long-lasting collaboration between individuals and institutions in the United States and around the world.

Eligible Project Activities

The Fulbright Specialist Program encourages host institutions to tailor projects to their needs. However, all projects should have an education or training focus. Due to the short-term nature of the exchange, projects should have achievable, concrete objectives over the course of the Specialist’s visit.

Fulbright Specialists apply their expertise to a diverse array of activities including, but not limited to:

  • Delivering seminars,
  • Training or workshops
  • Consulting on faculty or workforce development
  • Developing academic or training curricula/materials
  • Providing lectures at the graduate or undergraduate level
  • Engaging in strategic or institutional planning
  • Conducting needs assessments or evaluations

Eligible Host Institutions

Institutions eligible to request a Fulbright Specialist include, but are not limited to:

  • Institutions of Higher Education
  • Government Institutions (ministries or agencies, courts, parliamentary or congressional bodies)
  • Cultural Institutions (conservatories, museums, etc.)
  • Non-Governmental Organizations including non-partisan, issue-centered institutions, and think tanks
  • Medical Institutions (public health organizations, teaching hospitals, etc.)

Eligible Disciplines 

Agriculture, American (U.S.) Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology Education, Business Administration, Chemistry Education, Communications & Journalism, Computer Science & Information Technology, Economics, Education, Engineering Education, Environmental Science, Law, Library Science, Math Education, Peace & Conflict Resolution Studies, Physics Education, Political Science, Public Administration, Public/Global Health, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Planning.

ECA Priority Discipline

Climate Change, Disaster Response (DEIA)-Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access)

Cyber Security & IT, Media Literacy/Countering Disinformation, Entrepreneurship, Mental Health, STEM, Public Administration, Public/Global Health.

HOW TO APPLY

Online applications must be submitted via Fulbright Specialist Program (worldlearning.org)

Please contact the U.S. Embassy Public Diplomacy Section to obtain country-specific information on application requirements, deadlines, and to access the application at MonroviaPD@state.gov.

More Information

Learn more about the Fulbright Program at: https://fulbrightprogram.org