Educational Exchanges & Scholarships

Educational Exchange and Scholarship Opportunities for Citizens of Afghanistan

The Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy Kabul offers Afghan citizens a variety of different educational exchange and scholarship opportunities, both in the United States and in Afghanistan.

Program Announcement, Fulbright Master’s Program for Citizens of Afghanistan

Fulbright Master’s Degree Fellowship

2019-2020 Fulbright Master’s Degree Fellowship Program Announcement

CURRENT STATUS: Closed

Early Deadline for Application Submission: January 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (Will receive early review and notification of any missing documents)

Final Deadline for Application Submission: February 28, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

Submit Your Application Package to KabulFulbright@state.gov

Download the MS Word Application and Instructions: Application (Microsoft Word 113 KB)

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 Fulbright Graduate Fellowship Program for citizens of Afghanistan to pursue a fully-funded Master’s degree in the United States. The Fulbright Graduate Fellowship pays for up to two years of graduate study in the United States to earn an MA, MS, MBA/MPA, LLM or similar graduate degree. Fellows receive a tuition grants for their coursework and a monthly stipend to cover living expenses at their host institution. Fellows also receive roundtrip transportation and health benefits. In addition, Fellows may also attend special enrichment activities throughout their program. These activities are excellent opportunities to network with Fulbrighters from other countries and to interact with prominent Americans across a range of professional fields. For more information about J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Program, please visit http://eca.state.gov/Fulbright.

2019-2020 Cycle

Early Deadline for Application: January 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (Kabul time) Applicants who submit applications by this date will receive early review and notification of missing documents.

Final Deadline for applications: February 28, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (Kabul time)

Interviews: Late March and early April 2018

Fulbright finalists notified: May 2018

Visa interviews: June-July 2019

Travel to United States: August 2019. (Note that certain candidates may be required to travel to the United States as early as January 2019 for a pre-academic Intensive English Program.)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be citizens of Afghanistan and currently residing in Afghanistan.
  • Applicants must have a four-year bachelor’s degree (first university) by Spring 2018 and a strong academic background as demonstrated by their academic transcripts. Please note that if you have a three-year bachelor’s degree from any country, you are required to have at least a one-year Master’s/post-baccalaureate diploma in order to qualify. Applicants graduating in Fall 2017 or earlier who make it to the interview stage will be required to bring attested transcripts and diplomas to the interview; applicants graduating in Spring 2018 will be required to bring transcripts and a letter from their Registrar confirming that they are expected to graduate by May 2018.
  • Applicants must score a minimum of 75 on the Internet-based TOEFL exam and submit their score with their Fulbright application.
  • Applicants must submit two application essays (a Personal Statement and a Statement about Study Research Objectives) with clear goals, well-reasoned statements describing why they selected the academic field of study, and how their academic plans contribute to their long-term professional goals.
  • Applicants must present three letters of recommendation, usually two academic and one from an employer.

Evaluation Criteria

Applicants must be committed to returning to Afghanistan and demonstrate a specific plan for using their Fulbright experience in their professional lives and in service to their country. Strong preference will be given to applicants who have not had extensive recent experience in the United States. Note: All grantees are required to return to Afghanistan for at least two years at the conclusion of their grant in compliance with the J-visa requirements, to promote mutual understanding, and serve as future leaders in the public and private sectors of Afghanistan. After grantees return to Afghanistan and establish themselves in their careers, it is still possible to apply for a visa to the United States to allow travel for business or tourism purposes.

Applicants should demonstrate leadership qualities, including volunteer experience and involvement in their communities. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul encourages students from all academic backgrounds to apply.

Ineligibility Factors

  • Persons who will not have graduated in Spring 2018
  • Persons with a dual U.S./Afghan nationality or those having a spouse, parent, fiancé or child over 18 years of age who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Employees of U.S. government agencies such as the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development.
  • Persons who have a pending application for immigration to any country (this includes Special Immigrant Visas).

No Dependents

The Fulbright Graduate Fellowship Program in Afghanistan is provided for the recipient only.  Dependents, including spouses (Maharam) and children, are not eligible to receive a visa. There are no exceptions.

How to Apply

STEP 1: Determine eligibility. Read the instructions carefully. Before you apply, be sure that you qualify.

STEP 2: Submit the application. You must submit the completed application package and supporting documents by the deadline; late applications will not be accepted.

Fulbright Selection Process Announcement

Stage 1: Technical Eligibility Review

For the complete Fulbright Scholarship Program Selection Criteria, please click here. An applicant may be considered technically eligible for consideration as a Fulbright candidate if he or she meets the following minimum requirements:

  • Completed a four-year Bachelor’s Degree, or a three-year Bachelor’s Degree with one additional year of undergraduate or graduate studies in a related field by Spring 2018.
  • Has an official TOEFL iBT test score of at least 75.
  • Holds Afghan citizenship.
  • Does not hold U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residency.
  • Maintains a permanent residence in Afghanistan.
  • Does not have a pending application to immigrate to any country.
  • The following persons are ineligible for grants during and for a period ending one year following the termination of such employment, association, or service:
  1. Employees of U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development. This provision includes all employees, paid or unpaid (including part-time or temporary employees, consultants, externs, fellows and contract employees). This provision does not apply to interns.
  2. Board members or staff of a Fulbright Commission.
  3. Officers of an organization, in the United States or abroad, including members of boards of trustees or similar governing bodies, and individuals otherwise associated with the organization, wherein the organization and the individuals are responsible for nominating or selecting individuals for participation in any exchange program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
  4. Immediate families (spouses and dependent children) of individuals described in paragraphs a-c. This provision does not disqualify self-supporting children who live apart from their parents.
  5. For purposes of this section, the one-year period of ineligibility is calculated from the date of termination of employment, service, or association until the due date for submission of applications for programs under this chapter.

Application Requirements

Interested applicants must submit a complete application by February 28, 2018 at 11:59 PM (Kabul local time). The complete application package must be attached in one single e-mail message to KabulFulbright@state.gov.

  • One Word editable version of the application.
  • Three academic or professional letters of recommendation; two academic and one from an employer is recommended.
  • Two application essays (a Personal Statement and Study Research Objectives).
  • One PDF file that includes the entire application and the aforementioned supporting documents.

Stage 2: Application Review and Interview Selection

The application materials of any applicant who is found technically eligible will then be thoroughly reviewed by a review panel from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. The panel will evaluate and rank applicants on the following areas:

  1. Quality of academic proposal and relevance of proposed study to achieving professional goals
  2. Demonstrated leadership qualities and leadership potential
  3. Volunteer experience and/or community involvement
  4. Work experience
  5. Educational experience
  6. Writing ability and content
  7. Commitment to helping Afghanistan
  8. TOEFL iBT Score

Those who receive the highest ratings on this review will be invited to the interview phase.

Stage 3: Interview and Essay

Applicants who are found technically eligible and who pass the application review phase will be invited to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul for an interview, and to write an additional essay.

Interview: During the interview, applicants will be asked detailed questions about their proposed course of academic study, motivations for study in the United States, experience and qualifications, and will be evaluated on their English speaking and comprehension, as well as their ability to speak clearly, broadly, and intelligently on the following main topics:

  1. The applicant’s goals (professional, academic, and personal).
  2. How the Fulbright experience will support the applicant’s goals.
  3. How the applicant’s Fulbright experience will help Afghanistan.
  4. How the applicant’s prior experience has prepared him/her for Fulbright.

Essay: While at the Embassy, the applicant will be asked to write a short essay on a topic chosen on the day of the interview. The applicant will have 30 minutes to complete this handwritten essay, without dictionaries or other assistance. The interview panel will review the essay for English writing ability and for content.

Stage 4: Finalist Fulbright Candidate Selection

All applicants will be ranked by the total scores they received during the Application Review, Interview, and Essay stages. The highest ranked applicants for the Master’s program applicants will be nominated by the U.S. Embassy as finalist candidates. The Embassy will also choose alternate candidates. Finalist and alternate candidates will be notified of their status at this stage. Nomination as a finalist does not guarantee that a candidate will be accepted at a U.S. university or participate in the Fulbright program. A candidate may also be dropped at any time for failure to fulfill the requirements of the program or for failure to be admitted to a U.S. university.

Stage 5: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and TOEFL Testing

Once notified, finalists and alternates will be required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) in order to be admitted into a U.S. university. Applicants who are unable to achieve a high enough score on the exam may be unable to gain acceptance at a U.S. university. The Embassy will offer finalists and alternates a voucher to take the exam free of charge at the registered Test Centers in Kabul, Herat, or Mazar-e-Sharif. Finalists and alternates will also receive one voucher to re-take the TOEFL test for free in order to achieve a higher score and help their chances of being accepted into a U.S. university.

Stage 6: University Placement

The Institute of International Education (IIE), the U.S. Embassy’s implementing partner for the Fulbright program, will submit applications to U.S. universities on behalf of the Fulbright finalists and alternates. Fulbright candidates must not apply to universities on their own, and must notify the Embassy about any prior contact they have had with a U.S. university. IIE selects universities that offer academic programs that match a candidate’s study objectives and academic preferences. Fulbright candidates who have higher TOEFL and GRE scores and better academic records are more likely to be accepted to a university. The minimum TOEFL scores are insufficient to gain acceptance at well-known universities in the United States.

Stage 7: Visa Interview

In order to participate in the Fulbright program, all Fulbright finalists must qualify for a non-immigrant visa by attending an in-person, scheduled interview. The Public Affairs Section has no influence on the decision of the Consular Section. At this stage, applicants will be disqualified from the Fulbright program if they are found ineligible for a non-immigrant J1 (exchange visitor) visa. Common factors that would make a person ineligible for a visa include, but are not limited to: unclear study or post-program plans, fraud or misrepresentation, current or past applications for an immigrant visa, previous violations of U.S. visa or immigration law, prior criminal acts, terrorist affiliation, violations of drug or alcohol-related laws, and past or current drug use.

Stage 8: Study at a U.S. University as a Fulbright Student

Once Fulbright finalists are issued visas, they can travel to the United States to begin their studies. At that point, they officially become Fulbright students, or “Fulbrighters.” Fulbright Master’s programs typically last one to two years. Afghan Fulbrighters are typically issued one-year multiple-entry visas, so they may return to Afghanistan (at their own expense) during school breaks. The initial flight to the United States and the return flight to Afghanistan at the conclusion of the study program are covered under the Fulbright grant award. The Fulbright grant also includes orientation and enrichment seminars designed to enhance the Fulbright student’s academic experience and understanding of U.S. society and culture.

Stage 9: Return to Afghanistan and Make a Difference

Once Fulbrighters earn their degree, they must return to Afghanistan for a period of at least two years. Applicants unable to fulfill this requirement will be considered ineligible for the Fulbright program. Once Fulbrighters return to Afghanistan, they officially becomes a Fulbright Alumni and may be invited to participate in Embassy events and activities that are only open to exchange program alumni. Fulbrighters are strongly encouraged to use their new skills and knowledge to become successful leaders in their institutions and to implement improvements and innovations in their professional field. Fulbrighters are also encouraged to share their experiences with friends, family, and colleagues in order to expand the positive impact of the program on Afghanistan.

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for up to a year of graduate-level non-degree academic coursework and professional development activities.

CURRENT STATUS: Closed

Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship Program

The FLTA Program is a nine-month, non-degree program that provides young teachers of English an opportunity to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the society and culture of the United States, while teaching their native language to U.S. students and strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities.

U.S. Embassy Kabul also offers Exchange Opportunities Other than Fulbright, Specifically Designed for Afghan citizens.

Afghan Junior Faculty Development Program

The Afghan Junior Faculty Development Program (AJFDP) provides intensive professional training hosted by a U.S. university in India for public and private Afghan university junior faculty.

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary School Educators 2019 program.

The Embassy of the United States of America is proud to announce the Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary School Educators 2019 program.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary Educators are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary educators and administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.  The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad.  Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit our website page to obtain general information about the Institutes.  You can find more information about SUSI at http://exchanges.state.gov/susi.

The SUSI Secondary Educators program will take place over the course of five weeks in June 2019.  Three Institutes for Secondary Educators will be offered: two with a focus on classroom teachers and the third with a focus on administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, and ministry of education officials, among others.  Each Institute will have 20 participants and will include a four-week academic residency component and a one-week integrated study tour.

INSTITUTE DESCRIPTION:

SUSI for Secondary Educators will provide three multinational groups of 20 experienced secondary school educators (including teachers, administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, and others) with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture – past and present.  The focus of the Institutes will be on providing content and materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States.  To this end, the Institutes are organized around central themes in U.S. civilization.  Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, program content will examine the history and evolution of U.S. institutions and values, broadly defined.  The programs will also serve to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society.  The four-week academic residencies will take place at U.S. universities, colleges, or other academic institutions and will consist of a balanced series of lectures, panels, seminar discussions, readings, workshops, site visits, meetings with practitioners in the field, and cultural activities.  One-week study tours to a different region of the United States will complement the four-week academic residencies.  One goal of the study tours is to showcase the cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States.

Two of the Institutes will be tailored for secondary school teachers; please note that the main focus of the Institutes for teachers is on content and materials about the United States rather than teaching methods and pedagogy.  The third Institute will be tailored for experienced administrators including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, and others.  All three Institutes are being openly competed this fall and will be administered under one award; the selected recipient and sub-recipients will be announced in April 2019.

OTHER ESSENTIAL PROGRAM INFORMATION:

Program Funding: The State Department will cover all participant costs including: program administration; travel and ground transportation in the United States; housing and subsistence; and book, cultural, mailing, and incidental allowances.

Housing and Meal Arrangements: Participants may be asked to share living quarters with a person of the same gender during the four-week residency portion of the Institute.  During the one-week study tour, participants may share a hotel room with a participant of the same gender.  During the residency, housing will typically be in college- or university-owned housing.  Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own.  The host institution will provide full details in pre-institute communications to participants at least six weeks in advance of the Institute.

Health Benefits: All participants will receive the Department of State’s coverage of up to $100,000, with a $25 co-pay per medical visit and a $75 co-pay per emergency room visit, for the duration of the program.  Pre-existing conditions are not covered.  Information on the health benefit program may be found online at https://www.sevencorners.com/gov/usdos.

Program Requirements and Restrictions: All applicants are expected to participate fully in the program.  Selected participants must attend all lectures and organized activities and complete assigned readings.  Family members and/or friends cannot accompany participants on any part of the program.  This is an intensive Institute and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.  The Institute is not a research program.

CANDIDATE DESCRIPTION AND QUALIFICATIONS:

The SUSI programs 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 or limited prior experience in the United States, and who have special interest in the secondary education as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.

Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced secondary school teachers and administrators.  Ideal candidates are individuals who are seeking to introduce or enhance aspects of U.S. studies into their curricula or to offer specialized seminars or workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies or related fields.  While the nominee’s scholarly and professional credentials are an important consideration, the potential impact and multiplier effect of the Institute is equally important.

Candidates must demonstrate English language fluency.  Institutes are rigorous and demanding programs; participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to fully and actively participate in all seminar and panel discussions.  English fluency is vital to a successful experience in the Institute.

Candidates should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive postgraduate-level academic program and study tour.

Application procedure:

The complete application should include the following components:

  • Completed application form in Microsoft Word (.doc 55 KB)
  • Completed application packet in one PDF document (not to exceed 5MB file size)
  • Copy of recommendation letter preferably from the Principal of the school
  • Updated CV
  • Copy of Diploma attested by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Higher Education

Please submit your application to Kabulsusischolars@state.gov

Deadline: Friday November 30, 2018 at 11:59 PM Kabul time.

The subject line on your application email must include your full name and program name

 

 

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership Program, 2019

The Embassy of the United States of America is proud to announce the Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership Program, 2019

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders 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 program 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.  Each Institute will have 20 female participants and will include a four-week academic residency component and a one-week integrated study tour.  During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.  During the Women’s Leadership Conference, more than 80 SUSI participants will have opportunities to network with one another and to meet with inspiring U.S. women leaders.  The conference location will be communicated at a later date.

The SUSI program for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership will examine the history and participation of women in public life in the United States.  The Institute will focus on two major areas: developing participants’ leadership skills in areas such as critical thinking, communication, decision-making, and managerial abilities; and, placing these abilities in the context of the history and participation of women in U.S. politics, economics, culture, and society.  The program will also examine the historical domestic progress towards women’s equality in the United States, the current domestic successes and challenges to women in a variety of fields, and current challenges in global women’s issues.

OTHER ESSENTIAL PROGRAM INFORMATION:

Program Funding: All participant costs, including program administration, international and domestic travel and ground transportation, books, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances, along with housing and meals will be covered by the U.S. Department of State.

Housing and Meal Arrangements: Housing will be in university dorms or a full service hotel.  Participants may be expected to share a room and bathroom with another student of the same gender.  Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own.

Health Benefits: All participants will receive the Department of State’s coverage of $100,000 with a $25 co-pay per medical visit and a $75 co-pay per emergency room visit, for the duration of the program.  Pre-existing conditions are not covered.  Information on the health benefit program may be found online at https://www.sevencorners.com/gov/usdos

Program Requirements and Restrictions: Participants are expected to fully participate in the academic program.  They should attend all lectures and organized activities, and complete assigned readings.  Candidates should be made aware that the Institute is very intensive and that there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.

Under no circumstances are participants allowed to arrive in the United States prior to the start date of the Institute or remain after its end date.  Similarly, participants will not be permitted to leave the Institute to visit relatives or friends while in the United States.  If a relative or friend wishes to visit them, it will be addressed on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the ECA program officer and the host institution.  Participants are required to return to their home countries immediately following the end of the Institute.

English Language Ability: All candidates must be proficient in English so that they can actively participate in the academic program.

CANDIDATE DESCRIPTION AND QUALIFICATIONS:

Candidates nominated for this program will:

 

  • Be Afghan citizen residing in Afghanistan
  • be female
  • be proficient in English
  • be interested in the topic of Women’s Leadership
  • be between 18 and 25 years of age
  • have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies upon participating in the program, and therefore be committed to return to their home universities following completion of the program
  • demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university and community activities
  • indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States
  • have a sustained high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and teacher recommendations
  • demonstrate commitment to community and extracurricular university activities
  • be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive
  • have little or no prior study or travel experiences in the United State or elsewhere outside of Afghanistan
  • be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel
  • be 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.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

The complete application should include the following components:

  • Completed application form in Microsoft Word  (doc 76 KB)
  • Completed application packet in one PDF document (not to exceed 5MB file size)
  • Copy of recommendation letter preferably from the Rector/Dean/Head of Department of the university
  • Updated CV

Please submit your application to KabulSUSIWomen@state.gov

Application Deadline: Friday November 30, 2018  11:59 PM Kabul time.

The subject line on your application email must include your full name and program name

 

STUDY OF THE U.S. INSTITUTES FOR SCHOLARS 2019

The Embassy of the United States of America is proud to announce the Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars 2019 program.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSIs) 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 U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.  The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad. You can find more information about SUSI at http://exchanges.state.gov/susi.

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars will take place at various colleges, universities, and academic institutions throughout the United States over the course of six weeks beginning in or after June 2019.  Each Institute includes a four-week academic residency component and up to two weeks of an integrated study tour to another region of the United States.  SUSIs for Scholars will be on the following themes in U.S. Studies: American Culture and Values, American Politics and Political Thought, Contemporary American Literature, Journalism and Media, Religious Freedom and Pluralism, U.S. Foreign Policy, and Youth, Workforce Development, and Closing the Skills Gap.

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 program will draw from a diverse disciplinary base and should itself provide a model of how a foreign university might approach the study of U.S. culture and values.  The program will take place during the June to August timeframe in 2019.

 

  1. The Institute on American Politics and Political Thought will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty and practitioners insight into how intellectual and political movements have influenced modern American political institutions and a deeper understanding of major currents in U.S. political thought from the colonial period to the present. Drawing upon the American Political Development approach, the Institute will provide a full and diverse understanding of U.S. political thought and its connection to U.S. politics, public policy, and institutions by linking contemporary issues with historical and social debates.  The Institute will explore particular themes including self-rule and limited government, liberty and freedom, individualism and identity, equality and inequality, and the American Dream.  The Institute will conclude with an integrated two-week study tour to New York City; Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Shepherdstown, West Virginia; Charlottesville, Virginia; and Washington, D.C.

 

  1. The Institute on Contemporary American Literature will provide a multinational group of up to 18 foreign university faculty and scholars with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of contemporary American (U.S.) literature. Its purpose is twofold: to explore contemporary American writers and writing in a variety of genres; and to suggest how the themes explored in those works reflect larger currents within contemporary U.S. society and culture.  The program will explore the diversity of the American literary landscape, examining how major contemporary writers, schools, and movements reflect the traditions of the U.S. literary canon.  At the same time, the program will expose participants to writers who represent a departure from that tradition, and who are establishing new directions for American literature.

 

  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.  Also, 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.

 

  1. The Institute on Religious Freedom and Pluralism will provide a multinational group of up to 18 foreign university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of religious pluralism in the United States and its intersection with American democracy. Employing a multi-disciplinary approach and drawing on fields such as history, political science, anthropology and sociology, law, and others, the program will explore both the historical and contemporary relationship between religion and state in the United States.  Participants will examine the ways in which religious thought and practice have influenced, and been influenced by the development of American-style democracy. Study will also include a survey of the diversity of contemporary religious beliefs in relation to the first amendment to the U.S. constitution, elections, public policy, and the demography of the United States.  Interfaith dialogue in the American context will be practiced in the context of the group itself as well as site visits to a diversity of religious communities.

 

  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).

 

  1. 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 urbanization, globalization, 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.

 

OTHER ESSENTIAL PROGRAM INFORMATION:

Program Funding: The State Department will cover all participant costs including: program administration; travel and ground transportation in the United States; housing and subsistence; and book, cultural, mailing, and incidental allowances.

Housing and Meal Arrangements: Participants may be asked to share living quarters with a person of the same gender during the four-week residency portion of the Institute.  During the one-week study tour, participants may share a hotel room with a participant of the same gender.  During the residency, housing will typically be in college- or university-owned housing.  Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own.  The host institution will provide full details in pre-institute communications to participants at least six weeks in advance of the Institute. Please note that a portion of the program may take place during Ramadan.  While the host institution will make every effort to accommodate participants who are fasting, participants should be made aware of the rigorous nature of the Institute and the expectation that the success of the Institute depends on their full participation.

Health Benefits: All participants will receive the Department of State’s coverage of $100,000, with a $25 co-pay per medical visit and $75 co-pay per emergency room visit, for the duration of the program.  Pre-existing conditions are not covered.  Information on the health benefit program may be found online at https://www.sevencorners.com/gov/usdos.

Program Requirements and Restrictions: All participants are expected to participate fully in the program.  Selected participants must attend all lectures and organized activities and complete assigned readings.  Family members and/or friends cannot accompany participants on any part of the program.  This is an intensive Institute and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.  The Institute is not a research program and will not formally address teaching methodology and pedagogical methods.

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.

Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly motivated, experienced scholars and professionals generally from institutions of higher education or research focused organizations (not-for-profits, think tanks, etc.).  While the educational level of participants will likely vary, most should have graduate degrees and have substantial knowledge of the thematic area of the Institute or a related field.

Ideal candidates are individuals 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.  While the nominee’s scholarly and professional credentials are an important consideration, the potential impact and multiplier effect of the Institute is equally important.  Ideal candidates will have little or no prior experience in the United States.

Candidates must demonstrate English language fluency.  Institutes are rigorous and demanding programs. Participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to fully and actively participate in all seminar and panel discussions.  English fluency is vital to a successful experience in the Institute.

Candidates should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour.

Application procedure:

The complete application should include the following components:

  • Completed Application form in Microsoft Word (.doc 59 KB)
  • Completed application packet in one PDF document (not to exceed 5MB file size)
  • Copy of recommendation letter preferably from the Principal of the school
  • Updated CV
  • Copy of Diploma attested by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Higher Education

Please submit your application to Kabulsusischolars@state.gov

Deadline: Friday December 05, 2018 at 11:59 PM Kabul time.

The subject line on your application email must include your full name and program name

The EducationUSA Opportunity Scholarship

The EducationUSA Opportunity Scholarship provides small grants for students who are highly qualified and have been awarded substantial institutional financial aid, but would have difficulty paying for the cost of international airfare, books, supplies, and other required university expenses.  Applications are accepted throughout the year, but awards are not granted until an applicant has received his/her U.S. student visa.

The Embassy of the United States of America in Kabul, Afghanistan and the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) will offer a limited number of scholarships for qualified female applicants and for male and female alumni of U.S. Embassy exchange programs (the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES), the Youth Solidarity and English Language Program (YSEL), the Afghan University Students Exchange Program (AUSEP), Camp Future Stars (CFS), the Leadership and English Advancement Program (LEAP), Lincoln Learning Center English courses, and the English Access Microscholarship Program) to earn undergraduate degrees at AUAF. Click this link to download the file (PDF 203 KB) with information about dates and eligibility criteria.

Full Scholarships for Afghans to study at Al Akhawayn University (AUI) in Morocco

 

This U.S. government-funded scholarship is a partnership between U.S. Embassy Kabul and Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco (AUI). The scholarship offers full tuition, room, board, and transportation for up to 10 Afghan high school graduates. The scholarship will fund a full AUI undergraduate degree through graduation and will start Spring 2019. AUI is an accredited public Moroccan university following the American model of an English-based liberal arts curriculum. We are looking for bright, committed Afghans, preferably residing outside of Kabul, looking to pursue a bachelors degree in Morocco. Female students are strongly encouraged to apply.  Students should have the following criteria:

  1. Already completed high school,
  2. Good overall academic profile,
  3. Strong English skills, and
  4. Dedication to the development of Afghanistan.

To apply or for more information please visit: http://www.aui.ma/afghan-scholarship/