Exchanges Programs

YALI 2019 Alumni

the educational and cultural exchange Programs give Burkinabè the opportunity to go to the United States for professional development and studies. The Public Affairs Section oversees the Fulbright and Hubert H. Humphrey educational exchange programs, the International Visitor program, and provides links to other exchange programs.

The YALI, Young African Leaders Initiative is an initiative of the US State Department. It began in 2010 under the patronage of President Obama. President Obama has always believed in the potential of African youth and decided to set up a platform for them to demonstrate their talent. The objective of this program is to support young African leaders in their efforts to promote growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, improve peace and security on the African continent. The YALI is divided into 3 major programs;

  • The Mandela Washington Fellowship which is a 6 weeks program in the United States. It empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.
  • The Regional YALI which is a program of 4 weeks or more in regional centers in Senegal, Kenya, South Africa, and Ghana with a satellite center in Nigeria. The RLCs serve as a place for regional collaboration driven by young leaders by providing in-person and online training, networking, and professional development opportunities.
  • The YALI network is a platform that offers free online training, online conversations, in person connection in order to develop the qualities of young leaders. It provides members with invaluable opportunities to connect with other leaders in their community and to learn from experts in their field

The registration conditions differ depending on each program.

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2020 Application Instructions Recruitment Flyer – ENGLISH

For mid-level professionals who are moving up into leadership positions in the public or private sector. This program offers an opportunity to develop one’s leadership skills and learn the latest in their particular field. Fellows spend approximately nine months in the U.S. taking graduate-level courses at a U.S. university, participating in long term leadership development programs and engaging with professional peers from around the world in non-academic professional development activities. This is not an academic degree program. The goal is general professional development. Candidates must already have an undergraduate university degree, at least five years of professional experience, and be proficient in English (with a TOEFL score of at least 500).The funding covers the cost of tuition and university fees, a monthly maintenance allowance, a book and supplies allowance, round-trip transportation from Burkina Faso to the host university in the U.S., and transportation to Washington, D.C. for a special seminar.

This is a program for graduating 4th-year university students, scholars and professionals to spend up to two years in a study program, research program, or professional development program in the United States. This program is designed primarily to strengthen African universities through higher degree training for faculty members. A secondary purpose is to strengthen other educational, cultural, and professional institutions (such as museums, libraries, independent research institutes, and ministries of education, planning, or science and technology). Awards are available for the following types of programs: (1) up to two years in a study program at a university in the U.S. for a Masters (MA) degree or a doctorate (PH.D) degree; (2) up to one year of independent research at a U.S. university under the guidance of an American professor; or (3) up to one year of professional development in the U.S. in professional fields (such as medicine or law) or creative fields (such as fine arts, the performing arts, music, and literature). Funding is provided by the Government of the United States of America through the U.S. Department of State and varies depending on the program.

This is a program specially designed for graduating 4th year university students or recent university graduates who have good English skills but who are not sufficiently fluent in English to pursue full-time graduate study in the U.S.  The program allows such students to go to the U.S. for up to eight (8) months of intensive English language training and to then seek admission to a Masters (MA) degree program in the United States under the Fulbright Visiting Student Program (FVSP). If admitted to a graduate degree program, the student has up to two years to obtain his or her Masters degree. Funding for both the intensive English language training and the Masters Degree program is provided by the Government of the United States of America through the U.S. Department of State.

This is a program for faculty at Sub-Saharan African universities and for scholars at Sub-Saharan African research centers, museums or other cultural institutions to conduct three to nine months of research at an academic or research institution in the U.S. Funding is provided by the Government of the United States of America through the U.S. Department of State.

The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program is designed to provide short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals. Shorter grant lengths give specialists greater flexibility to pursue a grant that works best with their current academic or professional commitments. Applications for the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program are accepted on a rolling basis, and peer review of applications is conducted eight times per year. Program Goals are:

  • To increase the participation of leading U.S. scholars and professionals in Fulbright academic exchanges
  • To encourage new activities that goes beyond the traditional Fulbright activities of lecturing and research
  • To promote increased connections between U.S. and non-U.S. post-secondary academic institutions

These are intensive six-week seminars held in the U.S. each summer primarily for university faculty in other countries who teach about the U.S. in various fields of the humanities and social sciences in their home countries. Only candidates who are fluent in written and spoken English can be considered. The subjects of the Institutes are announced around mid-November and nominations are normally due in mid-March. The subjects of the Institutes change every year, but the subjects are always from the humanities and social sciences (and not from the sciences).  Often one of the Institutes is for Foreign Secondary Educators and is intended for secondary school educators who are involved in program development and who have a responsibility for curriculum and management. This can include secondary school teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, education ministry officials, or textbook writers in the fields of English language, American literature, government, history, American studies, or other relevant subject areas that include significant content about the United States. The Institutes occur at U.S. universities during the summer months (generally in June, July and August). If you are interested in these programs contact Yolande Kaboré at the American Cultural Center in mid-November to learn the subjects of the Institutes and whether or not the Embassy is considering nominating candidates for one or more institutes. The competition for attending these Institutes is very tough and there is clearly a preference for candidates who have not previously had an opportunity to participate in any educational or cultural exchange program in the U.S.

This is a professional development program for secondary school administrators of English language programs in Burkina Faso.  The program allows selected applicants to attend a six-week summer program in the U.S. Interested persons can apply for this program in January of each year.

Each year the Embassy selects and sends about 10 Burkinabe to the U.S. for a three-week program that allows them to meet professional counterparts and to experience the U.S. first hand by traveling to several American cities.  Programs are conducted English and French. It is not possible to apply for this program. The Embassy selects the participants itself among established or potential leaders in government, politics, media, education, science, civil society, and other fields. The purpose of the IVP is to increase mutual understanding between Burkina Faso and the U.S. by bringing people with similar interests and professions together to share experiences and ideas.

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (FTEA) Program provides international teachers with a unique opportunity to develop greater expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. The TEA Program is a six-week non-degree, non-credit customized academic program including seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, and instructional technology. Participants also take part in a practicum in a U.S. secondary school near their host university where they work closely with U.S. teachers and teach, co-teach and present information about their home countries to U.S. students. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support are provided throughout the program. The international participants will travel to the United States for one of two six-week professional development programs in either spring of 2019 or fall of 2019.

**Note: applicants for all the scholarships must be Burkinabe citizens.