Educational & Professional Exchange Programs

Applications now accepted for:

  • Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
  • Fulbright Foreign Student Program

For more information please click on the programs below. The Public Affairs Section arranges a variety of U.S.-government sponsored exchange programs that link Zambians and Americans. These programs 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 their American colleagues. Educational and cultural exchanges create human bonds and enduring relationships that build bridges of cooperation and understanding between peoples. Among the thousands of distinguished individuals who have participated in U.S. government exchange programs over the past five decades are more than 200 current and former Chiefs of State, 1,500 cabinet-level ministers, and many, many other distinguished leaders from the public and private sectors.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides ten (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 in either the public or the private sector. Approximately 200 Fellowships are awarded annually. Eighteen major universities in the United States host Humphrey Fellows.

Program Fields:

  • Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Communications/Journalism
  • Economic Development
  • Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
  • Finance and Banking
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Wildlife Management
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Technology Policy and Management
  • Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Undergraduate degree
  2. A minimum of five years of substantial, full-time, professional experience
  3. Limited or no prior experience in the United States
  4. Demonstrated leadership qualities
  5. A record of public service in the community
  6. Strong English skills

For more information about the Humphrey program, visit the website:
http://www.humphreyfellowship.org

All applicants must apply at:
https://iie.embark.com/apply/humphreyfellowship2019

Application deadline is Friday, June 29, 2018.

For more information, please contact Cultural Affairs Assistant at extension 7426 or by email: LusakaExchanges@state.gov.

Deadline: Friday, April 27, 2018

The Fulbright Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for Master’s degree or Ph.D. study at U.S. universities. The program has brought some of the world’s finest minds to U.S. campuses and offers program participants’ insight into U.S. society and values. More than 1,800 new Foreign Fulbright Fellows enter U.S. academic programs each year. Designed to strengthen African universities by providing grantees with a U.S. higher education degree, the program provides up to two years of full support for graduate programs, including Master’s and Ph.D. programs.

Program Fields:

  • Agricultural development/Agricultural economics
  • Communications/Journalism
  • Economic development
  • Education, including educational planning, administration, curriculum development
  • Law and human rights
  • Natural resources and environmental management
  • Public policy analysis and public administration

Minimum Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Undergraduate degree
  2. Minimum of five years of professional experience (university staff development fellows are encouraged to apply)
  3. Must have excellent English language skills
  4. Must have outstanding academic records, references, and preparation in chosen fields
  5. Must have satisfactory TOEFL and GRE or GMAT test scores as a part of the final selection process by the Fulbright Scholarship Board in the U.S.
  6. Preference will be given to those applicants who have not had extensive recent experience in the United States
  7. Applicants should have high motivation and a serious commitment to completing the program and returning home to serve in their field of study

All applicants must apply at:
https://iie.embark.com/auth/login

For more details about Fulbright, visit the website at:
www.foreign.fulbrightonline.org

Deadline for applications is Friday, April 27, 2018.
All applications must be submitted online.

For more information, please contact Cultural Affairs Assistant 0211-357 426 or by email: LusakaExchanges@state.gov.

The Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program is a three-week exchange program for high school students from Zambia aged 15-18 years old. The program provides an opportunity for high school students from Zambia and other African countries to participate in leadership programs when they travel to the United States. The program targets African countries in a bid to support the U.S. government goals of fostering regional cooperation on the continent in addition to nurturing young leaders. During the exchanges, participants engage in workshops on leadership and service, community site visits related to the program themes and subthemes, interactive training, presentations, visits to high schools, local cultural activities, and homestays with local American families. Follow-on activities with the participants are an integral part of the program, as the students apply the knowledge and skills they acquired by planning service projects in their home communities.

Profile of the Ideal candidate

The ideal participant in the Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program is a high school student aged between 15 and 18 years old at the start of the exchange program. The candidate should demonstrate leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.

Eligibility Requirements
To qualify, a student must:

  • Be proficient in English;
  • Attend at least one semester of high school in their home country following completion of the program; i.e. in grade 11 or 12 as at January 2016
  • Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States
  • Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their school or community
  • Have a high level of academic achievement, as indicated by academic grades, awards, and teacher recommendations
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community service and extracurricular activities
  • Have had little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country
  • Be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful and inquisitive
  • Be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive program, community service, and active educational travel program during the exchange, as well as in follow-up activities afterward in their home countries.

This program opens for applications in October through November.

For further questions call +260 211 357000 or email LusakaExchanges@state.gov

The SUSI Student Leader on Women’s Leadership Program is an intensive short term academic program which provides groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. The five-week Institute program consists of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. Coursework and classroom activities are complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community. The Institute also includes an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week. During the academic residency, participants have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.

Candidate Description and Qualifications:

  • Female undergraduate students between the ages of 18-25
  • Should be interested in the topic of Women’s Leadership
  • Have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and therefore committed to return to their home universities following completion of the program
  • Highly motivated and demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community
  • Speak English fluently (participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to be full and active participants in all seminar and panel discussions)
  • Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States
  • Mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful and inquisitive
  • Willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel
  • Comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country.

This program opens for applications in November.

For further questions call +260 211 357000 or email LusakaExchanges@state.gov

The Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) Scholars program is an intensive post-graduate level academic program with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of American society, culture, and institutions. The six weeks program aims at strengthening curricula and improving the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.

Candidate Description and Qualifications:

  • Mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced professionals from institutions of higher education.
  • Must have a graduate degree and have substantial knowledge of the thematic area of the Institute.
  • Experienced professional with little or no prior experience in the United States, whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into its curricula, to develop new courses in the subject of the institute, to enhance and update existing courses on the United States, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for professionals in U.S. studies areas related to the program theme.
  • Should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour.
  • Should demonstrate English language fluency (participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to be full and active participants in all seminar and panel discussions).
  • Have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component.
  • Have special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.

This program opens for applications in November.

For further questions call +260 211 357000 or email LusakaExchanges@state.gov

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship!

The deadline is October 11, 2017.  Please send your questions to WFZambia@state.gov and we will respond. Mandela Washington Fellowship The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. The program brings young leaders to the United States each year for a six-week academic and leadership intense training program and in Business & Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership and Public Management. Follow-on platforms in each country create unique opportunities in Africa for these young leaders to put their new skills to practical use in propelling economic growth and prosperity, and strengthening democratic institutions. YALI Mandela Washington Fellow Tracks

  • Business & Entrepreneurship – Business and Entrepreneurship Institutes caters to the range of aspiring entrepreneurs who hope to take on leadership roles within the private sector or start their own business ventures on the continent.
  • Civic Leadership – Civic Leadership Institutes is oriented to young Africans who are civically engaged and serving the public through non-governmental organizations, community based organizations, or volunteerism.
  • Public Management – Public Management Institutes are tailored to young Africans who work or aspire to work in all levels of government agencies, regional organizations such as the African Union, international organizations such as the United Nations, or other publicly-minded organizations or think tanks.

Application Criteria

  • Be a citizen of and reside in a sub-Saharan African country, such as Zambia (persons holding U.S. citizenship or permanent residency are ineligible)
  • Speak and write proficiently in English
  • Be between 25 – 35 years of age at the time of application submission, although exceptional candidates younger than 25 will be considered

This program opens for applications in September through October every year. For further questions call +260 211 357000 or email LusakaExchanges@state.gov.

 ABOUT THE COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS PROGRAM

The Community Solutions Program is now open to young Zambian leaders between the ages of 25-38.  The Community Solutions Program (CSP) is a professional development program for the best and brightest community leaders from around the world.   It includes an intensive, four-month U.S.-based, professional development program with substantive hands-on learning experience in the United States. Community Solutions leaders work in one of four technical areas: Environmental Issues, Tolerance and Conflict Resolution, Transparency and Accountability, and Women and Gender Issues. Through tailored fellowships and the Community Leadership Institute (CLI), leaders gain valuable experience in U.S.-based community work, increase skills and knowledge, strengthen their capacity for leadership and development in their home countries, bring years of experience to community development in the United States, and create action plans for community-based initiatives back home.

FINANCIAL PROVISIONS OF THE FELLOWSHIP

  • J-1 visa support
  • Round-trip travel from participant’s home city to the United States
  • Accident and sickness insurance
  • Living allowance to cover housing, meals and incidentals

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 25-38
  • Applicants must have at least two years of experience working on community development, either as a full-time or part-time employee or volunteer
  • Applicants must be living and working in their home country (individuals with refugee status working on behalf of their home community may be given special consideration)
  • Applicants must have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written English

 CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS PROGRAM

 

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TechCamp Lusaka

April 26-29, 2017

You are invited to apply for a TechCamp on enhancing democracy and transparency through ICTs!  We are seeking participants who are not necessarily savvy in technology but who are already working on democracy and transparency issues and who want to learn how to use technology to meet their objectives.  Please find below more information about the TechCamp. On behalf of the United States Department of State, including the YALI Network and U.S. Embassy Zambia, and our Zambian NGO partner YALI Zambia, it is a privilege to invite you to apply for “Enhancing Democracy and Transparency TechCamp” hosted April 26-29 in Lusaka, Zambia. What:              YALI (United States YALI program) TechCamp on Enhancing Democracy and Transparency. Where:            Lusaka, Zambia When:             April 26-29 Cost:               Free! Your travel, accommodation, and lodging expenses will be covered. What to Prepare:

  • A project or challenge you face in your work promoting democracy and transparency, and an open mind.

TechCamp is a U.S. Department of State initiative aimed to connect community leaders from across the YALI Network and civil society organizations with local and international technology experts and trainers to help you and your organization communicate most effectively with your network and your community. We are confident that you will leave the TechCamp better prepared to advance your efforts in enhancing democracy and promoting transparency. TechCamp Zambia will be a hands-on, highly interactive two-day event where you will interact with world-class trainers through a series of training and brainstorming sessions. These interactive sessions will also allow you to collaborate and share best practices and challenges with your peers in the YALI Network, civil society organizations, and experts from across Africa and around the world. Our expert trainers will work with you to discover and use new and exciting technological tools and concepts to address the issues your organization works on. You will be focusing on concrete steps to expand your technological capabilities to enhance democracy and transparency in governance. Our hope is that you will build lasting relationships with other YALI Network and civil society members to help you in your endeavors following this TechCamp. In this highly collaborative and interactive environment, we will explore ways that you can dig deeper into challenges and problems in promoting democracy and transparency including accessing information and officials, building online communities, and communicating with stakeholders through creative messaging and innovative technologies. When you apply for the program using the online application form below, we request that you provide information on your familiarity with online communication tools and strategy and share your thoughts. To apply online please complete the survey form  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WXQW72Z by March 8, 2017. Our TechCamp organizers will decide on our final participant list by March 17, 2017.  We will select 30 participants from Zambia, and 10 from each of the following countries:  Malawi, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. Some of our contacts get confused by the different YALI groups.  Please be advised that YALI Zambia is a Zambian NGO that is not affiliated with the United States.  They are a Zambian organization.  YALI Network and the YALI program are United States government youth leadership development programs with “YALI” being short for “Young African Leaders Initiative”.  The U.S. YALI program was created in 2010.

The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) offer qualified secondary school teachers from Zambia an opportunity to participate in a 6-week teacher academic program in the United States each year. The program provides international teachers with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the U.S. TEA consists of a six‐week non‐degree, non‐credit customized academic program, including seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, and instructional technology. Upon returning home, TEA program alumni are eligible to apply for small grants for essential teaching materials, follow‐on training for other teachers, collaborative projects between schools in their home country and the United States, and other activities that build on their U.S. experience. Profile of an Ideal TEA candidate An ideal TEA candidate is a full-time secondary school teachers with a minimum of five-years teaching experience. The candidate should demonstrate strong leadership potential and have the ability to function well in an intensive and collaborative learning environment with teachers from around the world. Eligibility Requirements  Current secondary-level full-time teachers with five or more years of experience in one of the following disciplines:

  1. English
  2. Social Studies
  3. Mathematics
  4. Sciences
  • Proficient in written and spoken English, with a TOEFL score of 450 or higher (TOEFL testing fees are paid by the U.S. Embassy)
  • Intent to continue teaching after program completion
  • Complete application form

This program opens for applications in March through April. For further questions call +260 211 357000 or email LusakaExchanges@state.gov

Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators Program The U.S. Embassy seeks qualified Zambian nationals to apply for the Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators program. The purpose of the SUSI Secondary School Educators program is to provide foreign secondary educators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The SUSI Secondary School Educators program further aims to strengthen curricula and to improve the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions. CANDIDATE DESCRIPTION AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced secondary school teachers or administrators.
  • Speak English fluently (participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to be full and active participants in all seminar and panel discussions).
  • Secondary teacher, teacher trainer, curriculum developer, textbook writer, ministry of education official, or other related professional with responsibility for secondary education who is seeking to introduce or enhance aspects of U.S. studies into his/her curricula.
  • Experienced professional with little or no prior experience in the United States, whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into its curricula, to develop new courses in the subject of the institute, to enhance and update existing courses on the United States, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies.
  • Willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour.

The program opens for application in December.  For more information, please email LusakaExchanges@state.gov or call 0211-357426.