Educational & Professional Exchange Programs

Applications now accepted for:

  • Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program
  • Community Solutions 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.

EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

2020 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership 

Application Deadline:  Friday, December 27, 2019

The U.S. Embassy seeks qualified Zambian women to apply for the Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership.  SUSI Student Leader programs are intensive short term academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.

The five-week Institute will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community. The Institute will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week.  During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.  The program is tentatively scheduled to begin June 2020.

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.

HOW TO APPLY:

  1. A) Provide a personal statement (one page); Tell us about yourself and your goals including the following: What about your background and/or interests makes you competitive for the SUSI program? What will you contribute to the program? How will the program affect you personally and professionally? what makes you a strong candidate, and what you expect to get out of the experience?  (Max 500 words)
  1. Attach CV with the following information:

A. Title of Institute:  SUSI Student Leader on Women’s Leadership

B. Full names (should match the ones in your passport and should be presented in the following order: Prefix (Dr., Mr., Mrs., Ms., Miss), Last Name(s), First Name, Middle Name)

C. Gender

D. Date of Birth (please spell out Month, Day, Year)

E. Birth City

F. Birth Country

G. Country of Citizenship: Primary and, if applicable, secondary country

H. Country of Residence

I. Medical, Physical, Dietary or other Personal Considerations

J. Contact Information: Home Address, City, Home State/Province, Home Country, E-mail, and Telephone

K. Academic Major, Name of Institution, and Country

L. Work and Volunteer Experience

M. Year in School

N. Memberships in Associations, Clubs, etc

O. Previous experience in the United States:  Yes/No?

P. If yes, please list all trips made to the United States and include approximate dates and the reason for travel.

Q. Family Residing in the United States: Please list any immediate family members who currently are residing in the United States, including city and state.

Application Deadline:  Friday, December 27, 2019

Submit applications via email at LusakaExchanges@state.gov or contact the Public Affairs Office at 0211-357426 if you have any questions.

EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

2019 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary Educators

Application deadline:  Friday, December 28, 2019

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. The program will take place over the course of five weeks beginning in June 2019.

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.

HOW TO APPLY:

  1. Provide a short personal statement (one page) indicating why you are interested in participating in the program and what you expect to get out of the experience.
  1. Attach CV with the following information:

A. Title of Institute (Teacher/Administrator):  SUSI Secondary Educator

B. Full names (should match the ones in your passport and should be presented in the following order: Prefix (Dr., Mr., Mrs., Ms., Miss), Last Name(s), First Name, Middle Name)

C. Gender

D. Date of Birth (please spell out Month, Day, Year)

E. Birth City

F. Birth Country

G. Country of Citizenship: Primary and, if applicable, secondary country

H. Country of Residence

I. Medical, Physical, Dietary or other Personal Considerations

J. Contact Information: Home Address, City, Home State/Province, Home Country, E-mail, and Telephone

K. Current Position/Title, Institutional Name, and Country

L. Work Experience, including previous positions and titles

M. Education, and Academic and Professional Training, including degree earned and fields of specialization. Degrees listed should reflect the closest U.S. equivalent

N. Active Professional Memberships

O. Publications: Publications should include the publication year, type of publication, title, and publisher

P. Previous Experience in the United States: Please list all trips made to the United States and include approximate dates and the reason for travel.

Q. Family Residing in the United States: Please list any immediate family members who currently are residing in the United States, including city and state.

R. Evidence of English Fluency (e.g. personal interview, test score, etc.)

Application deadline:  Friday, December 28, 2018

Submit applications via email at LusakaExchanges@state.gov and for more information please contact the Public Affairs Office on 0211-357426 and via email at LusakaExchanges@state.gov

EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

2020 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars

Application deadline:  Friday, December 27, 2019

The U.S. Embassy seeks qualified Zambian nationals to apply for the Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars programs. SUSI Scholars programs are intensive post-graduate level academic programs 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.  This program takes place over the course of six weeks, commencing in June 2020, and aims to strengthen curricula and to improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad. A description of each Institute can be found below.

CANDIDATE DESCRIPTION AND QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars are highly competitive.  Priority will be given to candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component; who have no prior or limited experience in the United States; and who have special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.
  • 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.

HOW TO APPLY:

        1. Provide a short personal statement (one page) indicating why you are interested in participating in the program, what makes you a strong candidate, and what you expect to get out of the experience (please review carefully the list of themes below).

 

  1. Candidates should submit CV with the following information:

A. Title of Institute:  (See below for institute themes)

B. Nominees Full Name: should match his/her passport and should be presented in the following order: Prefix (Dr., Mr., Mrs., Ms., Miss), Last Name(s), First Name, Middle Name.

C. Gender

D. Date of Birth (please spell out Month, Day, Year)

E. Birth City

F. Birth Country

G. Country of Citizenship: Primary and, if applicable, secondary country

H. Country of Residence

I.  Medical, Physical, Dietary or other Personal Considerations

J.  Contact Information: Home Address, City, Home Province, Home Country, E-mail, and Telephone.

K. Current position/title, institutional name, and country

L. Work Experience, including previous positions and titles

M. Education, and Academic and Professional Training, including degree earned and fields of specialization.  Degrees listed should reflect the closest U.S. equivalent.

N.  Active Professional Memberships: Active Professional Memberships independent of current professional responsibilities. These should not include university committee work or other professional duties directly related to current employment.

O. Publications: Publications should include the publication year, type of publication, title, and publisher.  (Please list no more than 10.)

P.  Previous Experience in the United States: Please list all trips you have made to the United States and include approximate dates and the reason for travel.

Q. Family Residing in the United States: Please list any immediate family members who currently are residing in the United States, including city and state.

R. Evidence of English Fluency: Explain how you are fluent you are in written and spoken English

S. Professional Responsibilities: (i) Candidate should discuss professional responsibilities in greater detail, including research interests, administrative responsibilities (e.g. curriculum design), and/or other pertinent information. (ii) Current courses taught: Should include course title, level of students, classroom hours per semester, # of students, U.S. studies content. (iii) Current student advising: Advising is not the same as teaching. Indicate the number of students, their level, and hours candidate spends providing assistance in helping students clarifying personal and career goals, and evaluating progress towards those goals. This section can also include Candidates that supervise PhD and graduate students. (iv) Other Potential Outcomes: Please select any likely potential professional outcomes of this program; (you can select by highlighting or bolding the text)

  • Update Existing Course
  • University Curriculum Redesign
  • New Publication
  • New Professional Organization
  • Create New Course
  • National Curriculum Redesign
  • Professional Promotion
  • New Institute Linkages
  • Create New Degree Program
  • New Research Project
  • Government or Ministry Policy
  • Raise Institutional Profile

T. Personal Statement:  In an essay not exceeding 250 words, describe why you wish to participate in a Study of the U.S. Institute. The essay should convey why you are interested in participating in this institute, what you expect to gain, and what you will contribute to institute. The essay should address how you will leverage the experience to achieve ‘other potential outcomes’ checked in the above section. In addition, the essay should describe the nominee’s capacity to amplify the impact of the program beyond your research interest and knowledge.

Application deadline:  Friday, December 27, 2019

Submit applications via email at LusakaExchanges@state.gov and for more information please contact the Public Affairs Office on 0211-357426 and via email at LusakaExchanges@state.gov

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INSTITUTE THEMES: 

  1. The Institute on American Culture and Values will promote American culture, leadership, and values by providing a multinational group of 18 experienced and highly motivated foreign university faculty and other specialists with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, civil society institutions, democratic principles, human rights, and the rule of law.  The Institute will examine the concepts of American exceptionalism and American resilience through social, economic, political, and religious contexts in which, historically, various cultures have manifested and shaped contemporary U.S. culture, values, and society.  The Institute will include an integrated study tour to New Mexico and Washington D.C.  Pending final ECA grant approval, the University of Montana in Missoula, MT will oversee and administer this program and New York University in New York, NY will host the Institute from June 6 until July 18, 2020.

 

  1. The Institute on Journalism and Media will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced and highly motivated foreign journalism instructors and other related specialists with a deeper understanding of the roles that journalism and the media play in U.S. society.  The Institute will examine the role of journalists in recognizing and preventing disinformation and will explore strategies for media and information literacy to counter disinformation.  Additionally, the Institute will examine best practices in journalism by discussing the rights and responsibilities of the media in a democratic society, including editorial independence, journalistic ethics, legal constraints, and international journalism.  In addition, the Institute will examine pedagogical strategies for teaching students of journalism the basics of the tradecraft: researching, critical thinking, reporting, interviewing, writing, and editing.  The program will also highlight the impact of technology in journalism, including the influence of the Internet, globalization of the news media, and other changes that are transforming the profession.  The Institute will include an integrated study tour to Alabama, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.  Pending final ECA grant approval, the University of Montana in Missoula, MT will oversee and administer this program and Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ will host the Institute from June 7 until July 19, 2020.

 

  1. The Institute on Religious Freedom and Pluralism will provide a multinational group of up to 18 experienced foreign university faculty, scholars, researchers and religious leaders with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of religious freedom as a foundational American value.  The program will include a survey of the religious landscape of the United States, including major and minor religious groups; historic religious traditions and contemporary American religious groups will also be included.  The Institute will explore both the historical and contemporary relationship between church and state in the United States; examine interfaith understanding and dialogue, religious pluralism, freedom of religion as a fundamental unalienable human right and source of stability; and discuss ways in which religious freedom is protected.  In addition, the Institute will examine the intersections of religion and politics in the United States, especially in U.S. foreign policy.  Participants will have opportunities to meet with U.S. community leaders of different faiths who advocate for collaboration and tolerance among religious groups.  The program will take place during the June to August timeframe in 2020.  This Institute along with one other SUSI for scholars are currently being openly competed under one award; the recipient and implementing institutions will be known in April 2020.

 

  1. The Institute on U.S. Economics and Business will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty, researchers, experts and policymakers with a deeper understanding of key components and structures of the U.S. economy as the world’s largest economy.  Using a multidisciplinary approach, the program will explore 1) how financial institutions, investors, and businesses interact to support growth and employment and 2) the institutional backdrop that is required to sustain a competitive and strong private sector, including but not limited to corporate governance structures, monetary policy, and the legal and regulatory framework of the business sector.  The program will also discuss how the United States, as the leading nation for global trade, influences industries, free markets and financial sectors around the world and advances trade, investment, and capital flows.  Participants should have a firsthand look at key institutions and stakeholders in U.S. economy and the opportunity to meet with business and corporate leaders, Wall Street executives and board members, and small business owners, among others.  The program will take place during the June to August timeframe in 2020.  This Institute along with one other SUSI for scholars are currently being openly competed under one award; the recipient and implementing institutions will be known in April 2020.

 

  1. The Institute on U.S. Foreign Policy will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of new approaches to U.S. foreign policy and how U.S. foreign policy is formulated and implemented.  The Institute will include a historical review of significant events, individuals, and philosophies that have shaped U.S. foreign policy.  The Institute will explain the role of key players in U.S. foreign policy including the executive and legislative branches of government, the media, the U.S. public, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral institutions.  The program will also examine the current U.S. foreign policymaking and the new trends that are shaping policy.  Topics such as the concept of American sovereignty, shifting attitudes towards globalism, U.S. foreign aid, the monitoring of foreign investment in the United States, the efforts to combat terrorism and radicalization, new trade policies and agreements, immigration and border safety, and cybersecurity will be included.  The program will also discuss the reorganization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the new U.S. approaches to international organizations such as the United Nations (UN), the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  The Institute will include an integrated study tour to New York City, Philadelphia, Texas and Washington, D.C.  Pending final ECA grant approval, the University of Montana in Missoula, MT will oversee and administer this program and the University of Delaware in Newark, DE will host the Institute from June 11 until July 24, 2020.
  2. The Institute on Youth, Workforce Development, and Closing the Skills Gap will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of how new socioeconomic trends have changed the concept of work, workforce development, and career paths in the United States.  The academic program will include a thorough discussion of the role of U.S. educational institutions, particularly community colleges, in preparing Americans with the skills needed to succeed in multiple industries including business, technology, science, the creative arts, and other emerging fields.  Topics such as economic development and advances in technology such as automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence will also be included.  The Institute will offer opportunities for participants to research new ideas, in conjunction with American peers, to better understand the evolution of work, the changing demand for skills, and the advancements in workforce development through retraining, reskilling, and closing the skills gap.  The Institute will include an integrated study tour to Georgia, Oklahoma and Washington D.C.  Pending final ECA grant approval, University of Montana in Missoula, MT will administer, oversee and host this Institute from July 6 until August 17, 2020.

2020 Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program

To apply please click on the 2020 PAYLP application form.

 Application Deadline: November 29, 2019

The U.S. Embassy in Zambia is pleased to announce the 2020 Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP), a three-week exchange program in the United States for high school students aged 15-18 years old.

The Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program will target as many as 39 countries to support the U.S. government goals of fostering regional cooperation on the continent in addition to nurturing young leaders.  The program will provide an opportunity for high school students from Zambia to travel to the U.S. to participate in leadership programs.  The program will take place from April 4 to 25, 2020.

During the exchanges, participants will 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 have acquired by planning service projects in their home communities.

Profile of the ideal candidate:

The youth participants will be high school students aged 15 to 18 years old at the start of the exchange who demonstrate leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.

Eligibility Requirements:  Students must:

  1. Be a high school student who is 15, 16, 17, or 18 years of age by the start of the exchange;
  2. Be proficient in English;
  3. Attend at least one semester of high school in their home country following completion of the program;
  4. Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
  5. Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their school or community;
  6. Have a high level of academic achievement, as indicated by academic grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
  7. Demonstrate a commitment to community service and extracurricular activities;
  8. Have had little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country;
  9. Be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful and inquisitive;
  10. 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.

Candidates should complete and submit the attached application providing information about their leadership and community activities.  Please submit your applications to the following email address:  LusakaExchanges@state.gov indicating ‘2020 PAYLP Application’ in the subject line.

Community Solutions Program – Now Open For Applications

Applications due Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Are you working to improve your local community by addressing global challenges – from gender discrimination, to environmental conservation, to corruption, to youth employability? If so, apply now to the Community Solutions Program to work with other activists like yourself who are developing creative solutions to some of today’s biggest challenges. For additional information and how to apply, visit www.irex.org/csp.

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

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings Zambian students United States for Master’s degree or Ph.D. studies at various U.S. universities.  The program has brought some of the world’s finest minds to U.S. campuses and offers participants’ insight into U.S. society and values.  Over 1,800 new Foreign Fulbright Fellows enter U.S. academic programs each year.  The two year program is designed to strengthen African universities, public and private institutions and entrepreneurs by providing grantees with a U.S. higher education degree.

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

  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Five years professional experience (university staff development fellows are encouraged to apply)
  • Excellent English language skills
  • Outstanding academic records, references, and preparation in chosen fields
  • 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.
  • Preference will be given to those applicants who have not had extensive recent experience in the United States
  • Applicants should have high motivation and a serious commitment to completing the program and returning home to serve in their field of study

This program opens for applications in February through April.

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

The Fulbright African Research Scholar Program offers two categories of grants: Research Grants and Program and Curriculum Development Grants.

  1. Research Grants

 Research grants the open door for African University Faculties or research institute professionals to conduct research in any academic discipline at a U.S. academic or research institution for up to 9 months. The grants are primarily awarded to doctorate degree holders with at least three years of university teaching experience and a traceable productive scholarly record.

  1. Program and Curriculum Development Grants

 Program and Curriculum Development grants are designed for less experienced scholars who have not had access to recent research or instructional developments in their disciplines. The grants are offered to African University faculties or administrators for the purpose of conducting research in any academic discipline at a U.S. academic or research institution for up to 5 months. University faculties without doctorate degrees are also eligible for these grants.

  1. HIV/AIDS Grants

HIV/AIDS Grants are special grants under the ARSP program. These grants are awarded to scholars with proposals specifically on HIV/AIDS-related research. Scholars in all academic disciplines are invited to formulate proposals with an HIV/AIDS focus.  Candidates may apply either as research scholars or as program and curriculum development scholars.

Additional Information on Eligibility

  • Applicants must not have received a Fulbright grant for study, teaching, or research in the U.S. within the last five years.
  • Limited or no prior experience in the United States.
  • Applications for doctoral dissertation research, post-doctoral research immediately following completion of a doctorate degree, or general professional travel, are ineligible.
  • Proposals for clinical medical research involving physician training, patient care and contact cannot be approved under the Fulbright Program.
  • Must have excellent English language skills.
  • Each application must include three letters of reference.
  • Laboratory fees are not part of the standard benefits package for the ARSP and are awarded on a limited case-by-case, and only if funding is available.

This program opens for applications in May through June.

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

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

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

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

This program opens for applications in March through April.

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

Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program

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

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

The Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) Secondary School Educators Program aims to strengthen curricula and to improve the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions. The program will take place over the course of five weeks.

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.

This program opens for applications in 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

Trainers’ Biographies

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.