Educational Exchange

The U.S. Embassy in Belarus is happy to announce that the application window for the next generation of Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (#YTILI) Fellows is now open!

The 2019 Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) Fellowship Program application period closes on January 4, 2019 at 5:00 EST.

To access the YTILI application, please follow the directions in the online portal: https://share.america.gov/ytili/#fellowship

Overview

Launched in 2016, the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) of the U.S. Department of State and is supported in its implementation by The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF).

YTILI empowers young European and Eurasian entrepreneurs and innovators with the tools, networks, and resources they need to grow their enterprises and contribute more fully to economic development and job creation, security, and good governance in the region. YTILI is also a vehicle for building a transatlantic network of innovators that can contribute to an ongoing policy dialogue that strengthens the transatlantic relationship.

In 2019, the YTILI Fellowship will engage young European and Eurasian leaders in a series of professional development and leadership activities that are designed to support the growth and development of commercial and social business ventures in their home communities. The following document provides detailed information on the fellowship program elements, fellowship expectations, selection process, and timeline.

Program Elements

The 2019 YTILI Fellowship year will commence on April 1, 2019 and conclude on October 31, 2019. The cohort of fellows will engage in a robust program of in-person and virtual engagement during this time, including travel to the United States, which is the centerpiece of the fellowship experience. The full 2019 YTILI cohort will be connected virtually in pre-departure activities, an online platform, and at the opening summit in the Netherlands. Additional pre-departure and post-fellowship activities may be offered by individual U.S. embassies and consulates in the fellows’ current countries of residence. The following section outlines the main elements of the YTILI fellowship administered by GMF and its partners.

  • Orientation Webinar: All fellows will be required to participate in an orientation webinar to review the expectations of the program, launch the online platform, and begin the process of building a unified YTILI cohort. (Online; April 2019)
  • Opening European Summit: From June 1-6, 2019, YTILI Fellows will convene in Europe for an Opening Summit where they will meet their U.S. mentor teams and plan for their fellowship experience. Programming will also include additional professional development, networking, and peer-to-peer learning. U.S. and European experts in entrepreneurship and innovation will participate in the summit. (The Netherlands; June 1-6, 2019)
  • One-Week Immersive U.S. Experience: Fellows will be sent to selected U.S. cities with established or emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems for a one-week (7 business day) experience. During this period, fellows are expected to: (1) participate in activities outlined by the local mentor teams, which will vary by city, but may include individual appointments and/or events set up by the fellow, business advising with mentors, and group cultural activities; (2) explore the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the U.S. city to understand the policy context, institutional and financial landscape, and local networks that support innovation; (3) complete a revised pitch presentation and reflections of U.S. experience blog post. (September 7—14, 2019)
  • Washington, DC, Program: Fellows will conclude their experience in the United States with a program in Washington, DC. This concluding program will focus on three elements: (1) building the YTILI cohort and peer learning exchange; (2) networking with top U.S. government officials, as well as, global public, private, and non-profit leaders; (3) engaging in a transatlantic dialogue around issues of entrepreneurship and innovation. (Washington, DC; September 15—18, 2019)
  • Online Platform: As part of the fellowship experience, GMF and U.S. Department of State will offer an online platform for internal exchange and knowledge sharing. The platform will also provide an opportunity for additional training and skills development that complement the U.S. experience. (Online; Fellowship Year)
  • Additional Activities: Fellows and a mentor may jointly apply for a Transatlantic Dialogue (TAD) mini-grant to support travel and exchange after the U.S. Experience in the fellow’s home city. A limit number of TAD and other programs offered by U.S. missions abroad (conferences, alumni events and regional programs) may also be available to fellows in good standing. Additional information on these activities will be provided at the start of the program. (Various; Fellowship Year)

Financial Provisions of the Fellowship

There is no fee to apply to the YTILI Fellowship. The Fellowship does not cover salary while fellows are participating in the program. If selected as an YTILI fellow, the U.S. government will cover the following costs:

  • J-1 visa support;
  • Round-trip air travel from participant’s current city of residence to the United States and all required program travel;
  • All activities related to the fellowship program for the European opening summit, one-week immersive experience in a U.S. city, and Washington, DC closing conference;
  • Online platform and related trainings;
  • Housing throughout the program (opening summit, one-week U.S. city experience, closing conference);
  • Meals and local transportation throughout European opening summit and Washington, DC program; meals and transportation stipend during U.S. immersive experience;
  • Accident and sickness benefit plan.

The following items are not paid for by the Fellowship program:

  • Airport transfers in country of residence;
  • Changes made to airfare already booked by GMF, including any airline fees associated with flight changes;
  • Additional food and beverages outside of planned meals of the European opening summit and Washington, DC closing conference;
  • Additional food and beverages outside of the meals and transportation stipend provided during the travel days of the U.S. immersive experience period; stipend will be based on U.S. government guidelines for meals and incidental expenses by U.S. city;
  • Leisure activities not offered by the program;
  • Personal purchases and gifts.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or any other protected characteristic as established by U.S. Law. Please review the following eligibility requirements for the YTILI fellowship:

  • Are between the ages of 24 and 35 by November 15, 2018 (the launch date of the application);
  • Are a citizen of one of the participating countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom;
  • Currently resides in one of the participating countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom;
  • Are eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 Visa. For more information on the J1 Visa program, please visit: https://j1visa.state.gov/participants/common-questions/;
  • Have at least two (2) years of entrepreneurial/leadership experience with a startup business or social venture;
  • Are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States;
  • Are not a U.S. government employee;
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.

Please note: Fellows are not allowed to have dependents (including spouses and children) accompany them during the fellowship, including the U.S. experience and the European Summit.

The U.S. Department of State and The German Marshall Fund of the United States reserve the right to verify all of the information included in the application. In the event that there is a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible.

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The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is pleased to announce a new application season for the Fulbright Specialist Program.

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) provides Belarusian academic institutions (universities, colleges, trade schools); government institutions (ministries); cultural Institutions (museums, conservatories, theaters); non-governmental organizations (NGOs, think tanks), and public health-related institutions (public health organizations, teaching hospitals) the opportunity to draw on the expertise of U.S. scholars and professionals and develop linkages with American institutions.

The Specialist Program funds American academic experts who wish to undertake two to six-week long projects in Belarusian academic institutions.

Specialists, who represent a wide range of professional and academic disciplines, partner with their host institution to conduct project activities in support of the host institution’s priorities and goals.

Activities may include:

  • Delivering a seminar or workshop
  • Consulting on faculty or workforce development
  • Developing academic or training curricula and materials
  • Lecturing at the graduate or undergraduate level
  • Conducting needs assessments or evaluations for a program or institution
  • Participating in academic programs, conferences, seminars
  • Conducting teacher training

 

As a rule, Belarusian universities interested in hosting U.S. Specialists are willing to provide in-country transportation, meals and lodging. The Fulbright Program funds international transportation and provides a stipend to the Specialist.

Additional information: Fulbright Specialist Program Overview 
Host Institution One Pager

For more information, please see http://fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org/

The Application Form can be found here 

For additional information, please, contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, at belarusprogram@state.gov

The United States Embassy in Belarus is pleased to announce the competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for the academic year of 2019-2020.

Interested applicants must apply online before August 15, 2018.

Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Humphrey Fellowship Program provides young and mid‐career professionals from Belarus with an opportunity to enhance their professional capacities through participation in specialized 10‐month non degree programs developed specifically for small clusters of Humphrey Fellows at selected U.S. universities.

The Humphrey Program was launched in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late U.S. Senator and Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey.

Program Objective

During their year‐long stay at a host American university, Humphrey Fellows are invited to take graduate courses relevant to their professional interests. However, as the Humphrey Fellowship is not a degree program, 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.

General Information

Fields of Study

The Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy in Belarus offers to qualified candidates Humphrey Fellowship opportunities in the following fields:

Sustainable Development

  • Agricultural and rural development
  • Economic development/Finance and banking
  • Natural resources, environmental policy, and climate change
  • Urban and regional planning

Democratic Institution Building

  • Communications/journalism
  • Law and human rights
  • Public policy analysis and public administration
  • Trafficking in persons policy and prevention
  • Technology policy and management
  • Human resource management

Education

  • Educational administration, planning and policy
  • Higher education administration
  • Teaching of English as a foreign language

Public Health

  • Public health policy and management
  • HIV/AIDS policy and prevention
  • Substance abuse education, treatment and prevention

General Fellowship Requirements:

  • Candidates must hold at least a first‐level university degree (equivalent to a B.A. or B.S.) to enable them to undertake graduate level study in the U.S.;
  • Candidates must be proficient in English as measured by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with a minimum score of 525 in the PBT version or 71 iBT;
  • Humphrey Fellows are expected to be resourceful and display initiative. Their applications should indicate how they and their home institutions and countries could benefit from experiences to be acquired under the program.

Specific Eligibility Requirements

Prospective applicants must:

  • be residents and citizens of Belarus;
  • be a graduate of an accredited university or college and hold a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent;
  • have five years of substantial professional experience;
  • show leadership ability and broadly defined commitment to public service;
  • be proficient in English;
  • be committed to returning to home country after completing the program.

Those Ineligible for Consideration Include:

 recent university graduates (even if they hold significant positions);

  • university teachers with no management or policy responsibilities, except for teachers of English as a Foreign Language and specialists in drug abuse prevention and treatment;
  • individuals who have attended a graduate school in the U.S. for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to the date of application;
  • individuals with recent U.S. educational or work experience (more than six months during the five years prior to the date of application).

Process and Selection Criteria

Humphrey Fellowships are highly competitive, and applicants must fulfill the eligibility criteria outlined above. After a pre‐selection process by the Selection Committee, which is composed of Embassy Officials, the names of selected applicants are sent to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) in Washington, D.C for final approval.

Candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, status as a parent, protected genetic information, or sexual orientation.

Interested applicants must apply online and include all supporting documents.

The online application form and additional instructions are available at https://iie.embark.com/apply/humphreyfellowship2019

On-line applications must be submitted by August 15, 2018.

Benefits

The Humphrey Fellowship program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and coordinated by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

The Humphrey Fellowship Program provides the following benefits:

  • Costs of standardized tests required for admission at those universities;
  • Pre‐departure Orientation;
  • Assistance in obtaining the J‐1 visa (Exchange Program Visa);
  • Economy class round‐trip airline ticket;
  • Medical Insurance provided by the Government of the United States, which fulfills the minimum requirements established by the J‐1 visa and by the Fulbright Program;
  • Living expenses, which vary depending on city of destination. The Fellowship does not cover the expenses of the grantee’s accompanying family members;
  • Pre‐academic orientation program in the U.S.

Visas

In order to make sure that the country continues to receive the benefits of this exchange program and meet U.S. visa requirements, visitors under an exchange program return to and remain in the CITIZENSHIP COUNTRY FOR A MINIMUM PERIOD OF TWO YEARS AFTER COMPLETION OF THEIR PROGRAMS. The embassy will assist grantees in obtaining visas for their spouses and minor children, though the grantees are responsible for their living expenses.

Additional Information

To learn more about the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, please visit the program’s website: https://humphreyfellowship.org/

For additional questions, please call the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy at 375-17-210-12-83 /ext. 5612 or email us at Belarusprogram@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk announces the application season for the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute, an intensive four-week exchange program for young people aged 16-18 years that focuses on the global issues faced by European and American youth on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Deadline for applications is January 31, 2019.

The initiative is named after the legendary American statesman and diplomat Benjamin Franklin. His interests, studies and life took him back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean, bringing Americans and Europeans closer in understanding. Even 300 years after his birth, Franklin’s life offers inspiration to young citizens of today in the effort to bridge the Atlantic. As a diplomat and a printer, he leveraged the powers of diplomacy and of the media to explore how Americans and Europeans see each other and the world.

The goals of the Institute are to develop a commitment to transatlantic cooperation, to foster relationships between American and European youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups, and to develop a cadre of youth leaders who will share their knowledge and skills with their peers through positive action.

The four-week Institute, offered in June and July of 2019, will accommodate up to 45 Fellows. It will be hosted by Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

One principal and one alternate candidate will be chosen from Belarus.

The Institute will focus primarily on an exploration of issues through interactive activities, practical experiences, and other hands-on opportunities.  Participants will learn more about volunteer service, conflict resolution, problem solving, communication skills, critical thinking, tolerance and respect for diversity, youth leadership, team building, and the media.  The Institute will also explore how freedom of expression both provides rights to and imposes responsibilities on citizens.  Fellows will participate in a variety of activities such as training sessions, workshops, community-based programs, study tours, and cultural events.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates nominated for this Fellowship will:

– be born between June 22, 2000, and June 22, 2003 (i.e., be 16, 17, or 18 years of age at the time of the program start);
– be highly proficient in English, as demonstrated in a personal interview or the results of a standardized test;
– be committed to enrolling in high school or university in their home countries in fall 2019, following completion of the institute;
– demonstrate strong leadership potential and interest in transatlantic relations and diplomacy;
– indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;
– demonstrate  a high level of academic achievement, as indicated by academic grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;
– demonstrate a commitment to community and extracurricular activities;
– have had little or no prior U.S. study or travel experience in the United States;
– be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful and inquisitive;
– be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive summer program, with community service and educational travel;
– be comfortable with campus life, shared living accommodations, travel and interaction with a multinational, co-ed group of participants from across Europe and the United States;
– be comfortable engaging with the Americans they meet in the host communities; and
– be able to adjust to cultural and social practices different from those of their home countries.

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Please send your completed application form to belarusprogram@state.gov with the subject line “BFTF” by 23:59 (Minsk time) on January 31, 2019.

The U.S. Embassy Minsk is pleased to announce a competition for the 2019 Study of the United States Institute on U.S. National Security Policymaking.

 This program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and will cover all participant costs. The Institute will take place from January 3 to February 15, 2019 at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE.

The SUSI for Scholars on U.S. National Security Policymaking will provide a group of 18 scholars and professionals from different countries with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the foundations of U.S. national security policy and current threats facing the United States.  The Institute focuses on the formulation of U.S. foreign and national security policy and the role of the federal government, think-tanks, media, and public opinion in shaping that policy. The Institute will be hosted by the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.

The program will examine U.S. national security policy continuities and changes throughout different presidential administrations.  The Institute will encourage intellectual engagement, reflection, and interaction with U.S.-based experts to deepen scholar knowledge of the foundations and formulation of U.S. national security policy.

The program focuses on four interconnected modules:

1) The U.S. view of the world and its place in the global system;

2) Terrorism and national security in the U.S. and abroad;

3) U.S. immigration and refugee policies;

4) The search for the right balance between unilateralism and multilateralism.

Each week, scholars will participate in academic sessions, roundtable discussions with U.S. national security experts, and conversations with the broader Newark, Delaware community on key thematic topics. The Institute participants will also travel to San Antonio and Austin, Texas; New York City, New York; Washington, D.C.; and other regional locales.

Study of the U.S. Institutes is a highly competitive global program.  As a general rule, no more than one participant per country will be selected. 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, highly-motivated and 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.

Candidates must demonstrate English language fluency.  The Study of the United States Institute on

U.S. National Security Policymaking is rigorous and demanding program; participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to fully and actively participate in all seminar and panel discussions.

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

Deadline for applications is Monday, October 1, 2018.

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Institutes for Secondary Educators will take place over the course of five weeks beginning in early 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.

Please email completed applications with a Subject line “SUSI for Secondary Educators” to belarusprogram@state.gov

Application deadline: 31 December 2018

 

Program Overview

The Study of the U.S. Institutes 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.
The website address is http://exchanges.state.gov/susi

 

Institute Description

The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators will provide three multinational groups of 20 experienced secondary school educators (including teachers, administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, the 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.  Two of the Institutes are tailored for secondary school teachers. Please note that the Institutes for Teachers focus on content and materials about the United States rather than teaching methods and pedagogy.  The third Institute is tailored for experienced administrators including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, the ministry of education officials, and others.

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 four-week academic residencies will take place at U.S. universities and colleges campuses 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 academic residencies. One goal of the study tours is to showcase the cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States. The program features a curriculum based on the study of how America’s foundations and historical development have shaped and continue to inform U.S. politics, economics, and society.  A key cultural component of the program involves community service activities, which will provide participants with a first-hand experience of how volunteerism plays a vital role in U.S. civil society.

Program Funding
All participant costs will be covered; travel and ground transportation in the United States; cultural, housing, subsistence, mailing, books, and incidental allowances.

Housing and Meal Arrangements
Participants may be asked to share living quarters during the residency portion (four weeks) of the Institute.  During the study tour (up to one week), 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 institutions will provide full details to participants in pre-institute communications via email and several webinars 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 benefits 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.  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 Qualifications
Study of the U.S. Institutes is highly competitive.  Priority will be given to candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with U.S. studies focus or component, who have no prior or limited experience in the United States, and who have special interest in the field of secondary education as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.

Candidates should be mid-career, 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/workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies or related fields.

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, both for the participant and participants from other countries.

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

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What degree of English proficiency should a nominee have?All participants must be fully proficient in English; throughout the Institute they will need to fully understand lectures, actively participate in discussions, and read and write assignments in English.
  • To what extent do the Institutes for Secondary Educators cover teaching methods and pedagogy?SUSIs for Secondary Educators focus primarily on content, materials, and education related to the United States.  The Institutes for teachers typically include a handful of sessions on teaching methodologies; however, these sessions are supplemental to the focus of the Institute.  Teachers more interested in teaching methods and pedagogy rather than U.S. content may wish to apply for the Teaching Excellence in Achievement (TEA) program.
  • Can a nominee who is a dual citizen (U.S. and country of origin) participate in Study of the U.S. Institutes?  U.S. citizens and permanent residents (green card holders) are NOT eligible to participate in this program.
  • If an applicant has been to the U.S. before, would he/she be disqualified?  Applicants with some experience in the United States can be considered for the program.  They should clearly indicate the purpose of their prior visit(s) to the United States, the year, and the length of his/her stay.  Preference will be given to applicants with little or no experience in the United States.
  • Can family members of U.S. Embassy employees apply for the program?Immediate family members of U.S. Embassy employees are ineligible for this program.
  • How much free time/time for independent research will a participant have during the program?There will be some free time during the program as well as some time designated for independent research.  However, nominees must understand that this is an intensive academic program and they are expected to participate in all lectures, activities, and scheduled events.  Participants in Secondary Educator Institutes may, at their own expense, opt to extend their stay in the U.S. after the close of their program to the extent allowed by visa regulations.
  • If a nominee has relatives in the United States, would he/she have time to see them?Because of the intensive nature of the Institutes, participants will not be able to leave the Institute to visit relatives or friends.  Participants in Secondary Educator Institutes may, at their own expense, opt to extend their stay in the United States after the close of their program to the extent allowed by visa regulations.
  • Can a relative travel and stay with the participant during the Institute?  Relatives are not permitted to travel or stay with a participant during the program.  There are no exceptions to this rule. Participants in Secondary Educator Institutes may, at their own expense, opt to extend their stay in the U.S. after the close of their program to the extent allowed by visa regulations.
  • Can a participant arrive early/late for the Institute?The University of Montana (UM) will arrange flight itineraries so that participants arrive on the Institute start date.  Occasionally, flight schedules necessitate that a participant to arrive a day early. These situations will be addressed on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the ECA program officer and post.  Participants will have an opportunity to review their flight itinerary before it is booked. Once UM has booked the itinerary, the participant is responsible for making and paying for any itinerary changes, the participant choose to change their plans.
  • Can a participant stay after the end of the Institute?  Under the terms of their J-1 visas, participants generally have up to 30 days after the end of the program to depart from the U.S.  However, the participant must be aware that he/she is responsible for all arrangements and expenses after the end of the Institute and will no longer have ECA-sponsored health benefits.
  • Can a participant miss one part or component of the Institute?  All participants are expected to participate in all scheduled lectures, events, site visits, trips, and activities.
  • How much money will participants need to bring for the program?The Study of the U.S. Institutes cover all costs of an individual’s participation including transportation, lodging, and meals.  Generally, host institutions provide for meals through a combination of a cafeteria meal plan and a cash allowance to permit participants to cook or eat at local restaurants.  Information on housing and meal arrangements will be provided by the host institution six weeks prior to the start of the Institute. Participants should bring their own spending money if they wish to purchase souvenirs or other items during their time in the United States.  Participants will receive a stipend to purchase books and research materials while in the United States.
  • Will applicants with disabilities be considered?Yes, the Study of the U.S. Branch welcomes nominations for individuals with disabilities.  We are committed to working with our Institute hosts to arrange reasonable accommodations for all participants.

 

The United States Embassy in Belarus invites Belarusian students to participate in the two summer 2019 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders programs on two themes: Civic Engagement; and Youth, Education, and Closing the Skills Gap. Deadline for applications is January 21, 2019.

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) 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 Institutes 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 participants and will include a four-week academic residency component and a one-week integrated study tour to another region of the United States.  During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.

The Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Europe on Civic Engagement will provide participants with an overview of how citizens have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and as groups.  The academic program will define civic engagement, examine its development in the United States, and explore topics such as citizenship, community building, economic development, grassroots activism, political leadership, and volunteerism.  In order to enhance the academic experience, the Institute may focus on a specific theme or sub-themes such as civil rights and protections, public health, education, entrepreneurship, ethics, leadership, or media.  To the extent possible, academic sessions will be complemented with hands-on sessions or workshops designed to build skills in the topics mentioned above.

The Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders from Europe on Youth, Education, and Closing the Skills Gap will explore how advances in technologies such as artificial intelligence, automation, and robotics are shaping how we work, where we work, and the skills and education required to work.  The Institute will expose participants to global issues in the context of the future of work by examining educational, social and economic trends.  Using an interdisciplinary approach, the academic program will examine the role of U.S. educational institutions, particularly community colleges, in preparing Americans with the skills needed to succeed in multiple industries and sectors including business, technology, science, higher education, the creative arts and other fields.  Topics may include, but are not limited to, communication, entrepreneurship and the gig economy, globalization and urbanization, innovation and technology, organizational development and management, skills development, and reskilling and retraining.  The Institute will also provide opportunities for participants to engage with educational and industry leaders, policy makers, trade associations and other key actors.

The participants are expected to be highly motivated first through third year undergraduate students from colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education, who demonstrate leadership through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.  Their fields of study will be varied and may include the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, business, and other professional fields.

Candidates nominated for this program will:

  • be proficient in English;
  • be interested in the Institute topic;
  • be between 18 and 25 years of age;
  • have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, 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;
  • have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States or elsewhere outside of their home country;
  • be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive;
  • be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel; and,
  • 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.

Additional Information:

Housing and Meal Arrangements: Housing will be in shared university dorms on campus with common bathrooms.  Male participants will be housed on one floor and female participants on a separate floor.  Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own.  It is important that nominees are aware of these arrangements and that they are comfortable with such accommodations. Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied.

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: 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.

English Language Ability: All candidates must be proficient in English so that they can actively participate in the academic program.  Host institutions will take into account that the level of comprehension and speaking ability of students may vary and will prepare lectures and discussions that meet the highest academic standards while using language appropriate for students where English is their second or third language.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit program website to obtain general information about the Institutes.  The website address is: http://exchanges.state.gov/susi .

The deadline for submitting applications is January 21, 2019.  Please submit your applications to: belarusprogram@state.gov .

Application Form can be found here (word document).

Should you have any questions, please write to belarusprogram@state.gov.

The United States Embassy in Minsk invites Belarusian Scholars to participate in the Study of the U.S. Summer Institutes (SUSI) Program 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. Deadline for applications is January 21, 2019.

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.

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.  Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the program website to obtain general information about the Institutes.  The website address is: http://exchanges.state.gov/susi .

The U.S. Summer Institutes is a highly competitive program and the U.S. Embassy will nominate only one candidate per institute.

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 Institute themed subjects, 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, both for you and participants from other countries.

Participants are expected to attend all institute working sessions and non-optional organized activities and complete assigned readings. Family members and/or friends may not accompany participants on any part of the program. The institute is very intensive and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program. The institutes will take place at various colleges and universities throughout the United States.

The 2019 Summer Program includes seven (7) Institutes for university faculty:

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.

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.  The University of Massachusetts, Donahue Institute in Amherst, MA will host this Institute.

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.  Seattle University in Washington will host this Institute.

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.  The program will take place during the June to August timeframe in 2019.

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.  The Dialogue Institute at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA will host this Institute.

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 program will take place during the June to August timeframe in 2019.

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.  The program will take place during the June to August timeframe in 2019.

The deadline for submitting applications is January 21, 2019.  Please submit your applications to: belarusprogram@state.gov .

Application Form can be found here (word document).

Should you have any questions, please write to belarusprogram@state.gov.

The U.S. Embassy in Belarus is pleased to announce a competition for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program scholarships in the 2019-2020 academic year for graduate students or young professionals from Belarus who have already obtained a bachelor’s degree.

The program enables its participants to research and study for up to two years at U.S. universities to pursue master’s degrees in the fields of Business Administration, Economics, Education, Environmental Policy and Management, International Affairs, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Library and Information Science, Public Administration, Public Health and Public Policy. Participants are selected through an open, merit-based competition.

The Fulbright program provides funding for the duration of the study. The grant funds tuition, airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance.

In addition to these scholarships, internships will be available on a competitive basis. This competition will take place in the U.S., once participants have initiated their studies there.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Belarusian citizenship and current residence in Belarus
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Completed undergraduate education and a degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree.

On-line applications must be submitted by October 1, 2018.  Applications are available at: https://iie.embark.com/apply/ffsp

For additional questions, please email to belarusprogram@state.gov

The selection of candidates for the Program is carried out by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Minsk. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed in early October.

Candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, status as a parent, protected genetic information, or sexual orientation.

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is pleased to announce the competition for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program (FFDP).

This non-degree professional development program provides promising junior university faculty with the opportunity to:

  • develop new courses and ideas for curriculum reform at their home institutions
  • cultivate teaching skills and techniques based on personal observation of U.S. educational methods
  • expand the information base in their fields of study
  • become a vehicle for on-going contact and exchange between their home and host institutions.

Eligibility

Interested candidates also must:

  • have Belarusian citizenship and permanent residence in the country
  • hold a university degree
  • be currently teaching at an institution of higher education
  • have at least two years of teaching experience at an institution of higher education by the time of application
  • demonstrate proficiency in oral and written English (selected finalists will be required to take TOEFL test.)

Fulbright Grantees enter the United States on an Exchange Visitor (J-1) visa under the Department of State program and are subject to the 2-year home-country residence requirement associated with the J-1 visa.

The Fulbright Faculty Development Program offers a one-semester, non-degree program. Program activities include observing courses, developing curricula, gathering resource materials, attending conferences, collaborating with U.S. colleagues, giving presentations.  The Fulbright Faculty Development Program offers scholarships in any academic field.

One of the important components of the Fulbright Faculty Development Program is a formal affiliation at a U.S. university. When determining which institutions to contact, do not limit yourself to the most well-known U.S. universities.  Though many U.S. institutions may not have an international reputation, they often do have appropriate facilities for scholars to conduct research.  Scholars placed in these smaller and less renowned institutions often are given greater attention than their colleagues who are affiliated with larger and more well-known universities. If you have studied previously in the United States, you should avoid seeking affiliation at your U.S. alma mater. This is to ensure that you expand your contacts within the U.S. academic community.

Program Funding

The Fulbright Faculty Development Program provides round-trip international and domestic transportation, medical insurance, monthly stipends.  Since the Fulbright Faculty Development Program is a non-degree program, Fellows are not required or permitted to receive transcripts, grades or credit.

Application Process

The application process for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program must be completed online at https://iie.embark.com/apply/ffsp. The submission deadline for the online application is October 1, 2018.

The applicants for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program in Belarus will need to fill in the on-line application for Fulbright Foreign Student Program. It is designed for foreign students but is applicable to junior researchers as well.

The selection of candidates for the Program is carried out by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Minsk. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed in early October.

The program offers equal opportunities to all applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, native language, handicap or disability.

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is pleased to announce the annual Fulbright competition for Belarusian scholars for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is a non-degree, post-doctoral award program for researchers, university lecturers and experts from academic institutions in Belarus who wish to conduct post-doctoral research, lecture, or pursue combined lecturing and research in the United States. Program length is 3-6 months.

All candidates must currently be affiliated with one of the universities or research institutions in Belarus. Special preference will be given to candidates who have the capacity and commitment to take full advantage of a program of research or lecturing at a U.S. institution, and who are willing to share their experience and knowledge after returning to Belarus. The Fulbright experience should be of value not only to the scholar, but also to the scholar’s home university – its students and faculty – as well as to the host U.S. institution. Fulbright scholars serve as cultural ambassadors and should be prepared to speak about their country, culture, and research to academic and community groups.

Eligibility

The interested candidates also must:

  • be citizens of Belarus
  • hold a Ph.D. or a post-graduate academic degree of “Kandydat Nauk” or “Doctor Nauk” in the field of research/lecturing
  • be proficient in oral and written English
  • receive a satisfactory medical clearance

Fulbright Grantees enter the United States on an Exchange Visitor (J-1) visa under the Department of State program and are subject to the 2-year home-country residence requirement associated with the J-1 visa.

 Fields of study

  • Agriculture
  • American Studies
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Film Studies
  • History
  • Information Sciences
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public/Global Health
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Theater
  • Urban Planning

Program funding

The program is fully sponsored by the US Department of State and provides the following items during the grant period:

  • International airfare cost for return ticket
  • Monthly stipend for the whole grant period
  • Professional allowance
  • Settling-in allowance
  • Accompanying dependent monthly allowance
  • Health insurance

 Application Process

Interested applicants should complete an online application at: https://iie.embark.com/apply/visitingscholars

Online application includes the following:

  • Detailed project statement of proposed activity for research/lecturing in the U.S.
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae (resume)
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • Bibliography (research proposal) and/or course syllabus (lecturing proposal)
  • Letter of invitation from a preferred U.S. host institution
  • Photocopy of doctoral or kandidatskaya degree
  • Copy of passport

The submission deadline for the online application is November 16, 2018.

The selection of candidates for the Fulbright Visiting Scholars Program is carried out by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Minsk. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed in December.

The program offers equal opportunities to all applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, native language, handicap or disability.

The Professional Fellows Program is a two-way, global exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The program is designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, and build lasting and sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States. The defining element of the program for foreign participants is a substantive five- to six-week fellowship placement in a U.S. workplace complemented by a collaborative project in their home country. More about the program can be found at http://professionalfellows.americancouncils.org/.

Program description in Russian can be found here.

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is pleased to announce the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program for Belarusian secondary school teachers for the 2019 academic year.

Fulbright TEA brings international secondary school teachers to the United States for a six-week-long program to take courses for professional development at a host university, and observe, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues. Fulbright Teachers support people-to-people diplomacy throughout their time in the United States, in U.S. host classrooms and communities. All participants have opportunities to observe, co-teach, and share their expertise in U.S. secondary schools. You can see more info at https://by.usembassy.gov/education-culture/educational-exchange/.

Fulbright TEA:

  • Provides approximately 177 international secondary school teachers with professional development to enhance their expertise in their disciplines and provide them with a deeper understanding of best practices in education.
  • Contributes to improving education in participating countries and communities by preparing participants to serve as even stronger educational leaders who are equipped to apply and share their experience and skills with their colleagues and students upon returning home.
  • Promotes mutual understanding between educators, participants’ schools, and communities in the United States and abroad.

 Applicants must:

  • Be 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;
  • Have earned a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience;
  • Have five or more years of full-time teaching experience at the start of the program;
  • Be citizen of and resident in Belarus;
  • Earn a minimum score of 450 on the paper-based TOEFL;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program;
  • Submit a complete application.

The fellowship provides:

  • J-1 visa support
  • A Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) held in participant’s home country or territory
  • Round-trip airfare to and within the U.S.
  • An orientation workshop at the start of the program in the U.S.
  • Academic program fees (paid directly to the host institution)
  • Housing (generally shared with other participants) and meals
  • Accident and sickness medical coverage (does not cover pre-existing conditions)
  • Transportation to local schools (if necessary)
  • A daily allowance for incidentals during the university academic program
  • A baggage allowance

Fulbright TEA Selection Criteria

  • The opportunity to apply for alumni small grants for alumni in good standing.
  • Demonstrated commitment to secondary education;
  • Demonstrated leadership potential;
  • Professional and educational experience and achievements;
  • Potential for developing long-term linkages between U.S. and home country educational institutions and schools;
  • Preparedness (including maturity, flexibility, and ability to function independently) for an intensive U.S. based training program;
  • Willingness and capacity to work and live collaboratively with international peers to foster a positive learning community for professional development;
  • Articulated ideas for applying program experience to improving secondary education in home country upon return;
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively;
  • English language skills adequate to manage coursework, develop lesson plans, and team-teach in U.S. schools.

 

Fulbright TEA Academic Program Overview

Customized weekly seminars focused on topics such as:

  • Student-centered teaching methodologies
  • Curriculum development
  • Lesson planning
  • Instructional Technology
  • Classroom management
  • Student assessment
  • Teacher leadership
  • Differentiated instruction

 U.S. School Placements

Fulbright Teachers take part in a field experience opportunity at a local U.S. secondary school during which they:

  • Work one-on-one with a U.S. partner educator
  • Observe and co-teach classes
  • Share expertise with U.S. partner school teachers and administrators
  • Participate in extracurricular and staff professional development activities as available
  • Build a relationship with a U.S. educator and exchange and discuss teaching practices and school environments

How to Apply

Belarus application deadline: March 5, 2018

The online application is available at: irex.org/fulbright-tea 

Download Information Sheet (pdf)

For more information about Fulbright TEA please contact U.S. Embassy in Minsk at belarusprogram@state.gov or IREX at fulbrighttea@irex.org

We look forward to receiving your application!

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is pleased to announce the open competition for the 2019-2020 Global UGRAD Program. Global UGRAD provides Belarusian outstanding undergraduate students with one-semester scholarships for non-degree, full-time study in the United States. Students should be enrolled in the first two years of four-year Bachelor programs or the first three years of five-year Bachelor or Specialist programs at Belarusian universities.  Participants will be selected for academic excellence, leadership potential, and proficiency in written and spoken English. The program is sponsored by the U.S Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and aims to recruit participants from underrepresented, non-elite backgrounds, who have not had other opportunities to study in the United States. Successful applicants can expect an in-depth exposure to U.S. society, culture, and academic institutions, as well as opportunities to enhance their professional skills.

Program Design:

All participants will be enrolled in full-time, non-degree, undergraduate course work chosen from their host institution’s existing curriculum. Participants will be required to take one, 3-credit U.S. studies course to enhance their understanding of the United States. Participants will live in campus housing facilities with American peers, and will be required to participate in twenty hours of community service. There will also be a virtual arrival orientation and an in-person end-of-program workshop.

Host institutions will offer instruction on topics including academic research and writing, critical thinking, time management, note-taking, and studying for and taking tests. Participants will live on-campus with U.S. peers or homestays with American families.

Participants cannot choose their host institution and will be placed at the most appropriate college or university based on their academic interests. Students who are not enrolled in preACADEMIC English may indicate a preference for a fall or spring semester, but final placement will be made by the organizers.

All academic fields of study are eligible.

*Per J-1 visa regulations, interested applicants in medicine, nursing, veterinary medicine, pharmacology or other clinical fields of study, should be aware that direct patient care, including animal care, is not permitted, and therefore academic coursework and/or program activities at participating U.S. institutions may be limited.

The program is fully sponsored by the U.S. government, and includes:

  • international travel from home city to U.S. host university,
  • tuition at U.S. universities and living expenses,
  • pre-departure orientation,
  • virtual arrival orientation,
  • in-person end-of-program workshop.

Eligibility criteria:

Candidates should be highly motivated and demonstrate leadership through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.  They must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in Belarus and have at least one semester to complete at their home institutions upon completion of the Global UGRAD Program.  The UGRAD program cannot be the final academic term of a student’s undergraduate study.

The Global UGRAD Program is merit-based and is open to anyone who fits the eligibility criteria:

  • a citizen of Belarus, who is currently residing and studying in Belarus ;
  • at least 18 years of age at the start of the UGRAD Program in the United States;
  • enrolled as an undergraduate student in good standing at any university, public or private;
  • not enrolled in his/her final year of studies at the time of the program;
  • has a solid command of written and spoken English;
  • able to begin studies in the United States in the fall of 2019 or in January 2020;
  • eligible to receive and maintain U.S. student exchange visa (J-1) required for the program;
  • cleared by a physician to participate in the program;
  • have little or no prior experience in the U.S. or elsewhere outside of their home countries;
  • be committed to returning to his or her home country after the completion of the program in May 2020.

The following individuals are not eligible for the Global UGRAD Program:

  • S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States;
  • Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside of a participating country
  • Masters-level students;
  • Local employees of U.S. Embassies and Consulates; employees are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment;
  • Immediate family members (i.e. spouses and children) of U.S. Department of State employees; family members are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment;
  • Current World Learning employees and their immediate family members.

 

English language testing:

All nominated students must take the TOEFL test. Vouchers will be provided for nominated students to take the official TOEFL exam.

Application process:

The Global UGRAD Program application is available online from the the Global UGRAD website. Please read all instructions carefully before completing the application, and review all fields before making any submission online. The application can be saved and submitted at a later time. All forms in this application are to be completed in English.

Incomplete or incorrect applications will not be considered.

Deadline for Belarusian students to submit Global UGRAD 2019-2020 applications is December 31, 2018  5:00 pm EST.

A complete application package includes:

  • online application,
  • academic transcripts of university study (with English translations),
  • two letters of reference (with English translations),
  • copy of passport biographic information page

More information is available in the application instructions. If you have any questions about Global UGRAD recruitment, please contact Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Minsk at belarusprogram@state.gov.