Exchange Programs

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program – Application Closed

The Humphrey Fellowship is a mid-career professional development program established to enhance the capacity of professionals from designated countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe and Eurasia.  The fellowship is a 10‐month non-degree academic program developed specifically for small clusters of Humphrey Fellows at selected U.S. universities.

During their year‐long stay at a host American university, Humphrey Fellows are invited to take non-degree graduate courses relevant to their professional interests.  Participants spend a considerable portion of their time engaged in professional development activities including: consultations and affiliations with U.S. faculty and experts, field trips, workshops, research projects and the development of practical useful strategies that could be applied in the Fellows’ home countries.

Participants in the Humphrey program focus on specific fields of study including the following: Sustainable Development, Democratic Institution Building, Education, and Public Health.More details on the fields of study here: https://www.humphreyfellowship.org/program-fields

Basic Eligibility and Qualifications:

  • A graduate of an accredited university or college and hold a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent
  • Ghanaian citizen and resident of Ghana
  • A minimum of five years of full-time professional experience
  • Limited or no prior experience in the United States
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and broadly defined commitment to public service
  • English language ability

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 soon after interviews.  The exam fees will be paid for by the program for finalists only.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates must apply via the following:

1)      Click on: https://iie.embark.com/apply/humphreyfellowship2019

2)      Complete the Humphrey Information Form and email it to AccraExchange@state.gov with the Subject Line: Humphrey Application Form

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

Women, individuals from rural areas, and under-represented groups including individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply (reasonable accommodation will be provided for individuals with disabilities interested in applying.)  Send an email to AccraExchange@state.gov with the Subject Line: Assistance – Humphrey Program and indicate the nature of assistance needed in order to apply (for those with disabilities).

 

Fulbright Foreign Student Program (Fulbright FSP) – Application Closed

 In Ghana, the Fulbright Foreign Student Program (Fulbright FSP) focuses on the academic and professional development of staff, junior faculty, and administrators employed in the following types of institutions:  tertiary, research, or government.  This includes but is not limited to junior faculty, research assistants, assistant lecturers, technicians supporting classroom instruction, administrators, researchers, and lecturers. The Fulbright FSP grants up to two years of funding towards a master’s degree in the United States.  Preference is given to applicants applying for their first master’s degree.  National Service Personnel are not eligible.

 Basic Eligibility Criteria:

  • Faculty, staff, or administrator employed at a tertiary, research, or governmental institution
  • Ghanaian citizen and resident of Ghana
  • Limited or no prior experience in the United States
  • Bachelor’s degree holder (completed four years of first degree study)
  • English language ability
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • High motivation and serious commitment to completing the program and returning home to teach/work at the home institution
  • High prospects of receiving paid or non-paid study leave from applicant’s employer while studying in the U.S. (The program seeks for applicants to return to his/her position in Ghana after the program ends to apply the knowledge gained at his/her home institution.)

Graduate Exams:

All Fulbright FSP applicants are expected to study for the TOEFL and GRE or GMAT exams before, during, and after submitting the application.  Finalists must be prepared to take ALL applicable standardized tests soon after interviews.  The exam fees will be paid for by the program for finalists only.

How to Apply:

Click the link to complete the online application:  https://iie.embark.com/apply/ffsp

Complete the Fulbright FSP Information Form and email it to:  AccraExchange@state.gov

Use the email subject:  Fulbright FSP Information Form

Women, individuals from rural areas, and under-represented groups including individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply (reasonable accommodation will be provided for individuals with disabilities interested in applying.)  Send an email to AccraExchange@state.gov with the Subject Line:  Assistance – Fulbright Foreign Student Program and indicate the nature of assistance needed in order to apply (for those with disabilities).

 

Fulbright African Research Scholar (ARSP) – Application Deadline August 24

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Ghana is pleased to announce the annual  applications for the Fulbright African Research Scholar Program (ARSP) for the 2018/2019 academic year. The deadline for submitting online applications is August 24, 2018.

 

This program, funded by the United States Department of State and administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), offers senior faculty members from Ghanaian universities, the opportunity to conduct research at U.S. institutions for a minimum of three (3) months and a maximum of nine (9) months. The selection process and final award of grants are extremely competitive.

 

The Fulbright African Research Scholar Program offers two categories of grants: Research grants and program and curriculum development grants.

 

Research Grants:

Awards of 3 to 9 months are offered for African university faculty or research institute professionals to conduct research in any academic discipline at a U.S. academic or research institution beginning no earlier than August 2019 and no later than March 2020.  Applicants must hold a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in their fields.  Preference will be given to individuals who have at least three years of university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record. Applicants must hold a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in their fields to be eligible for research grants.

 

Program and Curriculum Development Grants:

Awards of 3 to 5 months are offered for African university faculty or administrators to conduct research in any academic discipline at a U.S. academic or research institution beginning no earlier than August 2019 and no later than March 2020.  Proposals should be linked to professional duties and demonstrate how the scholar will use the knowledge gained to develop new courses, curricula, or other academic programs at the home institution.  These grants are designed for university faculty or administrators with less experience and who may not have had recent access to research or instructional developments in their disciplines. Applicants must hold a minimum of a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree to be eligible for program and curriculum development grants.

 

HIV/AIDS:

The ARSP includes a special group of grants for scholars with proposals in 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 program and curriculum development scholars using the guidelines stated above in each category of grants.

Grant Benefits:

The grant covers the candidate’s J-1 visa, round trip airfare to the U.S., a settling-in allowance, professional allowance, monthly stipend, housing allowance, books-and-supplies allowance, and computer allowance. The grant covers basic university health insurance as a primary insurance coverage and the Fulbright ASPE health benefit as secondary coverage. The grant covers travel of one dependent if he/she will stay with the grantee for at least 80% of the grant period. Moreover, it covers the dependent allowance.

Eligibility requirements:

 

  1. An intended applicant must be a citizen of Ghana or a permanent resident, and should hold a valid passport issued from the country in which the application is made.
  2. The ARSP is open to scholars in all disciplines and without regard to gender or age; however, proposals for clinical medical research involving patient contact cannot be approved under the Fulbright Program.
  3. Applicants for research grants must hold a doctorate degree or equivalent terminal degree in their fields.  Preference is given to individuals who have at least three years of university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record.
  4. Applicants without doctorate degrees but who hold a master’s or equivalent graduate degree are eligible in the program and curriculum development category.
  5. Applications for doctoral dissertation research, postdoctoral research immediately following the completion of a doctorate degree, or general professional travel, are ineligible
  6. Preference will be given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright scholar grant
  7. Preference will be given to candidates who have had no experience or limited experience in the U.S.
  8. Applicants must be in good health.  Successful candidates will be asked to submit a Medical History and Examination Report.
  9. Scholars must indicate the grant category for which they are applying (research or program and curriculum development).
  10. Each application must include three letters of reference.
  11. Letters of invitation from U.S. academic or research institution are strongly encouraged, but are not required.

 

How to apply:

 

Online applications must be submitted using the Embark Visiting Scholar system, accessible at: https://iie.embark.com/apply/visitingscholars

As new users, applicants must create new accounts and are advised to follow the steps for preparing the online application. Please also read the application instructions prior to filling the application form.

Complete and email the Application Information Form to the following: AccraExchange@state.gov

The form may be accessed on the U.S. Embassy Ghana website: https://gh.usembassy.gov/education-culture/exchange-programs/

We urge applicants to contact Fulbright alumni for guidance with the application process, if possible. Please send an email to AccraExchange@state.gov if you have any questions.

Women, individuals from rural areas, and under-represented groups including individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply (reasonable accommodation will be provided for individuals with disabilities interested in applying.)  Send an email to AccraExchange@state.gov with the Subject Line:  Assistance – Fulbright ARSP and indicate the nature of assistance needed in order to apply (for those with disabilities).

 

Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) – Application Closed

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) provides an opportunity for Host Institutions in Ghana to submit a proposal requesting the expertise of U.S. academics and professionals to carry out projects in the country.  Fulbright Specialists are highly qualified U.S. academics (such as professors and researchers) and U.S. professionals (such as attorneys, business professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, economists, security experts, and public administration professionals) whose qualifications and experience are at the faculty or full professional-level.  Fulbright Specialists build capacity and establish partnerships benefiting participants, institutions, and communities both in the United States and in Ghana.  FSP promotes long-term collaboration between U.S. and host institutions in Ghana.  Fulbright Specialists work with Host Institutions for a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of 42 days (including travel days and a brief U.S. Embassy Orientation).  Eligible Host Institutions include but are not limited to: academic institutions, government institutions, cultural institutions, non-governmental organizations, and public health-related institutions.  Learn more about hosting a Fulbright Specialist:  https://fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org/eligibility-host-institutions/

International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) – Application Closed

The International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) provides international teachers with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. ILEP consists of a semester-long non-degree, non-credit customized academic program at a U.S. university including seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, and instructional technology. Participants in the program audit two courses in the host university’s School or Department of Education. Participants participate in a practicum in a U.S. secondary school near the host university to work closely with U.S. teachers and teach and present to U.S. students. All participants in the program receive a technology allowance and instructional technology training. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support are provided throughout the program.

 

International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

This extremely popular and competitive program enhances understanding of the United States among current and future opinion leaders and policymakers. During a three-week, U.S.-based program, participants observe aspects of American social, economic, political, cultural and educational institutions and practices through meetings, workshops, seminars, site visits, and home hospitality. Additionally, participants visit historic sites and scenic areas and attend cultural events. Each year, more than 4,400 visitors from around the world participate in the IVLP program, including about 20 Ghanaians. Since its inception, 260 Ghanaians have participated, some in individual programs and others in single-country, regional, or multi-regional group projects. This program is by nomination only.