Exchanges Programs

YALI 2019 Alumni

the educational and cultural exchange Programs give Burkinabe 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.

To whom it may concern:

Greetings from USDA. We are pleased to send you the following 2020 Cochran Fellowship Program announcement.  Please see the attached letter as well as other documentation including details on the topics, program information such as eligibility and funding (i.e., what parts of the training are paid for by Cochran), and the application form.  The Cochran Fellowship Program offers short-term training opportunities, usually ranging from 2 to 3 weeks in length, depending on the objectives of the program.  English proficiency is required.

The topics for this year are:

  1. a) U.S. Cuisine and Culinary Arts for Chefs (Open to citizens from Burkina Faso, Mali, The Gambia, Senegal, and Guinea). This program is geared for private sector participants who work in the hotel, restaurant, and institutional (HRI) sector.


  1. b) U.S. Tourism and Hotel, Restaurant, Institutional Sector Management (Open to citizens from Senegal and The Gambia).

Applications are due on Friday, February 28, 2020. In your application form, please clearly note which topic you have chosen and are applying to. Please scan and email your completed application (including passport photos, recommendation letters, and passport copy) to and  Please also send the original hard copy to: US Embassy Dakar – Route des Almadies BP 49 Dakar (Senegal).

For further information on the program, please see this link: If you have further questions on the Cochran Program announcement and how to apply, please email: and  Moreover, if you know of other individuals who may be interested in the program, please feel free to forward this announcement.

Thank you for your interest!


The Office of Agricultural Affairs – US Embassy Dakar

2020 CFP Application Form (DOC 116 KB)

2020 CFP Brochure (PDF 131 KB)

English Invitation Letter_Cochran (PDF 35 KB)

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.

For more info, visit

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 field. Fellows spend approximately nine months in the United States 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 (TOEFL score of at least 550).

For students and professionals who would like to pursue a master’s degree or PhD in the United States (1-2 year grants). Candidates must have a high level of English – enough to successfully pursue full-time graduate-level study in the United States (i.e., a TOEFL score of at least 575).

This program is similar to the Fulbright Visiting Students Program, except that candidates can have English language training in the United States for up to eight months before their master’s degree program. The program is only available to candidates seeking a master’s degree and must have a TOEFL score of at least 550.

This program is intended for university faculty members or individuals working at independent research centers, museums, or other cultural institutions that have educational and research objectives. This program allows selected applicants to go to the United States to conduct research for three-to-nine months during the academic year. There is also a special program for persons who desire to do AIDS-related research or professional development in the United States. The disciplines eligible for the special AIDS program include: Sociology and social work, anthropology, education, economics, law, public administration, communications, art, theater, medical sciences, biological sciences, and psychology. A good command of English is essential, but no minimum TOEFL score is required.

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.

This Program brings international teachers to the United States for a six-week program to take academic seminars for professional development at a host university and to observe and share their expertise with teachers and students at the host university and at local primary and secondary schools. Applicants must be current secondary-level, full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), math, science, or social studies including special education teachers in those subjects at institutions serving primarily a local population. Applicants must hold at least a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent and have completed at least five years of full-time teaching by the start of the program. Applicants should be able to demonstrate English language proficiency by attaining a minimum score of 450 on the TOEFL.