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.

Download Application FAQ (PDF)

Download YTILI 2019 Overview (PDF)

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

Application period for Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is now open!

The United States Embassy in Belarus is pleased to announce the competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for the academic year of 2021-2022. This one-year Fellowship program is offered to young and mid-career professionals who have a proven track record of leadership, a public service commitment, and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent non-degree study at a leading U.S. university. The program awards a certificate from the U.S. Government; it is not designed to deliver an advanced degree.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished professionals from designated countries around the world to the United States at a midpoint in their careers for a year of graduate-level academic course work and professional development activities. The Humphrey Program was initiated in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late Senator and Vice President, Hubert H. Humphrey. Fellows are selected on their potential for leadership and commitment to public service.

The program provides a basis for establishing lasting ties between citizens of the United States and their professional counterparts in other countries, fostering an exchange of knowledge and mutual understanding throughout the world.

Fellowships are granted competitively to professional candidates with a commitment to public service in either the public or private sector.

Eligible Fields/Sectors:

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
  • International Religious Freedom
  • 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

• Contagious and Infectious Diseases

Application Process:

Interested applicants must apply online and include all supporting documents.
On-line applications must be submitted by 23.59 (Minsk time) on September 1, 2020.

The online application form and additional instructions are available at https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey

After national selection, final nominations are reviewed in the United States by independent review committees. These review committees make recommendations to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Awards will be announced in February-March of 2021.

To be eligible for a Humphrey Fellowship, applicants must be Belarusian citizens and must have:

• A first university degree
• At least five years of full-time professional experience
• Demonstrated leadership qualities and a record of public service
• Demonstrated English language ability
• Limited prior experience in the U.S.

Terms and Conditions:

The Humphrey Fellowship provides: international travel, tuition and university fees, accident/sickness coverage, monthly maintenance allowance and funding for books and professional activities. The Humphrey Program does not provide financial support for accompanying dependents.

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

The Humphrey Program is also on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/HumphreyFellowship), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/humphreyfellowship/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/humphreyprogram), YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/HumphreyFellowship) and LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Hubert-H-Humphrey-Fellowship-Program-4060066?trk=myg_ugrp_ovr).

For additional questions, please email the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy at belarusprogram@gmail.com

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk announces the application season for the 2020 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute.

The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship is an intensive short-term exchange program, created to foster relationships among young Europeans and Americans to build strong linkages and awareness of shared values.  The four-week program will enable teenagers, ages 16-18, to explore U.S. foreign policy priorities such as youth engagement, support for democracy and civil society, and economic prosperity.  The program will consist of a series of lectures, seminar discussions and presentations, and a broad assortment of practical, faculty- and mentor-led workshops.  The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by community service activities, site visits, social and cultural activities, and homestays with American families to deepen participants’ experience of U.S. society during their exchange.

During the academic residency, participants also will have the opportunity to discuss other topics such as democratic practices, conflict resolution, problem solving, communication skills, critical thinking, tolerance and respect for diversity, youth leadership, team building, and the media.  The institute will explore how freedom of expression provides rights to and imposes responsibilities on citizens.  Upon their return home, participants will implement service projects in their communities and present an alumni project plan to a youth-serving or youth-centered organization in their home country.  These organizations may include the U.S. Mission Youth Councils, American Corners or American Spaces, and exchange alumni associations.

The program will take place in June and July of 2020. The institute will be hosted by Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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

Deadline for applications is January 12, 2020.

Download application form (doc).

Please send your completed application form to belarusprogram@state.gov with the subject line “BFTF” by 23:59 (Minsk time) on January 12, 2020.

  

Program Description:

The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship is an intensive short-term exchange program, created to foster relationships among young Europeans and Americans to build strong linkages and awareness of shared values.  The four-week program will enable teenagers, ages 16-18, to explore U.S. foreign policy priorities such as youth engagement, support for democracy and civil society, and economic prosperity.  The program will consist of a series of lectures, seminar discussions and presentations, and a broad assortment of practical, faculty- and mentor-led workshops.  The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by community service activities, site visits, social and cultural activities, and homestays with American families to deepen participants’ experience of U.S. society during their exchange.

During the academic residency, participants also will have the opportunity to discuss other topics such as democratic practices, conflict resolution, problem solving, communication skills, critical thinking, tolerance and respect for diversity, youth leadership, team building, and the media.  The institute will explore how freedom of expression provides rights to and imposes responsibilities on citizens.  Upon their return home, participants will implement service projects in their communities and present an alumni project plan to a youth-serving or youth-centered organization in their home country.  These organizations may include the U.S. Mission Youth Councils, American Corners or American Spaces, and exchange alumni associations.

Candidate Description and Qualifications:  All candidates are expected to have a strong interest in learning about diplomacy, the transatlantic relationship, the role of a free press in a democratic society, and public or community service.  They should have a strong demonstrated interest in communications, advocacy, debate, and/or civic participation.  They should have the academic aptitude for a program of this intensity and the personal qualities needed to be successful, including maturity, strong social skills, flexibility, and open-mindedness.

Candidates nominated for this Fellowship will:

– be born between June 22, 2002, and June 22, 2004 (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 2020, 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.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

  1. What degree of English proficiency should a nominee have? All participants must be highly proficient in English; throughout the institute they will need to fully understand lectures, actively participate in discussions, and read and write assignments in English.
  2. The nominee has been to the U.S. before; would he/she be disqualified? No.  Nominees with very minimal experience in the United States may be considered for the program.  However, priority should be given to nominees with no previous experience in the United States.
  3. How much free time will a participant have during the program? There will be some limited free time during the program.  However, nominees MUST understand that this is an intensive academic program and they are expected to fully participate in all lectures, activities, site visits, and scheduled events.
  4. If a nominee has relatives in the U.S., would he/she have time to see them? Participants will NOT be allowed to leave the institute to visit relatives or friends. Occasionally it is possible for a pre-approved visit on a specific day designated by the host institution, if the schedule permits.  These situations will be addressed on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the ECA program officer and the host institution.
  5. Can a participant arrive early/late or stay after the Institute? No.  Participants who choose to travel to the United States on a Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship are required to abide by the J-1 visa rules.  Participants may NOT arrive in the United States before the program start date or remain in the country after the close of the institute.
  6. Can a participant miss one part or component of the Institute? No.  All participants are expected to participate in all scheduled lectures, events, site visits, trips, and activities.
  7. How much money will participants need to bring for the program? ECA will cover all basic costs of an individual’s participation in the U.S. based exchange.  Generally, the host institution will provide meals through a combination of a cafeteria meal plan and a pre-loaded debit card for use at local restaurants.  Information on housing and meal arrangements will be provided by the host institution prior to the start of the institute.  Participants should not expect to receive any spending money from 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.
  8. One of BFTF alumni has a sibling who would like to apply for the BFTF program. Can he/she apply? Priority will be given to nominees who are unrelated to past BFTF participants.
  9. Will applicants with disabilities be considered? Yes, the Youth Programs Division welcomes nominations for individuals with disabilities.  We are committed to working with Purdue University to arrange reasonable accommodations for all participants.

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.

Download application (PDF)

Institutes for Secondary Educators will take place over the course of five weeks beginning in in late May/early June 2020.  Three Institutes for Secondary Educators will be offered, two with a focus on classroom teachers and the third with a focus on administrators including 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: 1 January 2020

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 school 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. You can read more about the program at 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, 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, 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 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 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 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.  The program will offer multiple opportunities for follow-on engagement through alumni webinars, grant-funded follow-on projects, social media, and an alumni workshop at the end of the three-year award period in 2021.

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 approximately 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.  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.  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.  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.  Candidates should be made aware that 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, 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/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, both for your 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.

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The United States Embassy in Belarus invites Belarusian students to participate in two summer 2019 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders on two themes: Civic Engagement and Education and the Future of Work. Deadline for applications is January 5, 2020.

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 on Civic Engagement, hosted by the University of South Carolina, Columbia, will provide participants with an overview of how citizens have shaped U.S. history, government, and society both as individuals and 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, and volunteerism. The Institute also includes workshop sessions that will allow participants to develop skills for journalism, storytelling, and media literacy. Study tours to Charleston, South Carolina; Williamsburg, Virginia; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will explore civic engagement through the unique perspective of different communities in the U.S.  The program will end in Washington, D.C. where participants from all four Institutes will come together for a closing forum.

The Study of the U.S. Institute on Education and the Future of Work, hosted by the University of Massachusetts-Boston, will explore how technology, the job economy, and skill-based education are interconnected in the United States.  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 will include, but are not limited to, communication, entrepreneurship, globalization and urbanization, innovation and technology, organizational development and management, skills development, and reskilling and retraining.  The program will also provide opportunities for participants to engage with educational and industry leaders through site visits around the greater Boston metropolitan area.  A study tour to a different region in the United States will explore the theme from a different perspective.  The Institute will end in Washington, D.C. where participants from all four Institutes will come together for a closing forum.

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 5, 2020.  Please submit your applications to: belarusprogram@state.gov.

Application Form can be found here.

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; Journalism and Media; Religious Freedom and Pluralism; U.S. Economics and Business; U.S. Foreign Policy; and Youth, Workforce Development, and Closing the Skills Gap. Deadline for applications is January 8, 2020.

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 2020.  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.  Posts and prospective applicants are encouraged to visit our website page to obtain general information about the Institutes. The website address is: http://exchanges.state.gov/susi

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.

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.

Participants are expected to attend all institute working sessions and non-optional organized activities and to 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 Institute will include an integrated study tour to New Mexico and Washington D.C.  New York University in New York, NY will host the Institute from June 6 until July 18, 2020.

 

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.  In addition, 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 Institute will include an integrated study tour to Alabama, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ will host the Institute from June 7 until July 19, 2020.

The Institute on Religious Freedom and Pluralism will provide a multinational group of up to 18 experienced foreign university faculty, scholars, researchers and religious leaders with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of religious freedom as a foundational American value.  The program will include a survey of the religious landscape of the United States, including major and minor religious groups; historic religious traditions and contemporary American religious groups will also be included.  The Institute will explore both the historical and contemporary relationship between church and state in the United States; examine interfaith understanding and dialogue, religious pluralism, freedom of religion as a fundamental unalienable human right and source of stability; and discuss ways in which religious freedom is protected.  In addition, the Institute will examine the intersections of religion and politics in the United States, especially in U.S. foreign policy.  Participants will have opportunities to meet with U.S. community leaders of different faiths who advocate for collaboration and tolerance among religious groups.  The program will take place during the June to August timeframe in 2020.

The Institute on U.S. Economics and Business will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty, researchers, experts and policymakers with a deeper understanding of key components and structures of the U.S. economy as the world’s largest economy.  Using a multidisciplinary approach, the program will explore 1) how financial institutions, investors, and businesses interact to support growth and employment and 2) the institutional backdrop that is required to sustain a competitive and strong private sector, including but not limited to corporate governance structures, monetary policy, and the legal and regulatory framework of the business sector.  The program will also discuss how the United States, as the leading nation for global trade, influences industries, free markets and financial sectors around the world and advances trade, investment, and capital flows.  Participants should have a firsthand look at key institutions and stakeholders in U.S. economy and the opportunity to meet with business and corporate leaders, Wall Street executives and board members, and small business owners, among others.  The program will take place during the June to August timeframe in 2020.

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 Institute will include an integrated study tour to New York City, Philadelphia, Texas and Washington, D.C.  University of Delaware in Newark, DE will host the Institute from June 11 until July 24, 2020.

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 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 Institute will include an integrated study tour to Georgia, Oklahoma and Washington D.C.  University of Montana in Missoula, MT will host this Institute from July 6 until August 17, 2020.

Additional Information:

Housing and Meal Arrangements: When possible, each participant will have a private room with a shared bathroom during the residency portion (four weeks) of the Institute.  However, private room accommodations are not guaranteed.  During the study tour (up to two weeks), participants will likely share a hotel room with another 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. Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied.

Travel Arrangements:  For all Institutes, the implementing partner will arrange and pay for international and visa travel.  The implementing partner will also provide each participant with a $100 travel allowance.  In all Institutes, the host institutions will cover all travel within the United States during the Institute.

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.  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.  Candidates should be made aware that they are applying for an intensive program and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.  The Institute is not a research program.  Participants must attend all lectures and organized activities and complete assigned readings.  Family members and/or friends may not accompany participants on any part of the program.  Please note that Institute curriculum will not formally address teaching methodology and pedagogical methods.

The deadline for submitting applications is January 8, 2020.  Please submit your applications to: belarusprogram@state.gov .

Application Form can be found here.

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 2021-2022 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 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 covers 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.

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.

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 September 1, 2020.  Applications and instructions are available at: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2021/ . Please do NOT send paper copies to the Embassy as all applications are submitted online ONLY.

For additional questions, please send an email to the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy at belarusprogram@gmail.com

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 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 must:

  • have Belarusian citizenship and permanent residence in the country
  • hold a university degree
  • be currently teaching at a Belarusian 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)

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. 

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://apply.iie.org/ffsp2021/. The submission deadline for the online application is November 10, 2020.

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 invited to an interview.

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.

For additional questions, please email the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy at belarusprogram@gmail.com

 

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is pleased to announce its annual Fulbright competition for Belarusian scholars for the 2021-2022 academic year.

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

Interested candidates also must:

  • be citizens and residents 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.

 

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 U.S. 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://apply.iie.org/fvsp2021/

 

Online application must include 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 December 15, 2020.

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 invited for an interview.

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.

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@gmail.com

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.

A program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX

2020-2021 PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Overview

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former United States Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Fulbright grants are awarded to students, scholars, teachers and other professionals from the United States and to foreign nationals to study, teach, or conduct research. Since its inception in 1946, more than 370,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Fulbright program.

The 2020-2021 program will mark the twenty-fourth year of the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (formerly the Teaching Excellence Awards program) and the third year the program will be known as the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program.

Teachers are nominated to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program based on their educational experience, academic training, leadership and professional experience. Final selection of Fulbright TEA teachers is made by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). The FFSB is an independent, presidentially appointed board that has oversight responsibility for all Fulbright academic exchange programs.

Program Components

Teachers who are selected to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program will:

1) Participate in advanced undergraduate or graduate level classes at a U.S. host university.

2) Observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in U.S. secondary schools.

3) Participate in an online professional learning community with other participants to share best practices and other elements of host and home country educational systems; and

4) Take part in other education and cultural activities while on program in the United States.

Upon returning home, teachers will be expected to share the knowledge and experience gained on the program with teachers and students in their home schools and within their communities.

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.

University Coursework:

Weekly Seminars: Teachers will participate in weekly seminars at their host university featuring presentations and discussions led by university staff, faculty members, and invited educational experts. The academic seminars will focus on new teaching methodologies, content-based instruction, project-based learning, infusing thematic topics into curriculum, lesson planning, and instructional technology training for teachers.

U.S. School Placements: Teachers will be placed in a U.S. secondary school during the U.S. program, where they will observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise and information about their home countries and schools. Each Fulbright teacher will be paired with a U.S. partner educator at their assigned school to facilitate sharing of best practices between the teachers. Host university staff will identify schools and partner teachers near the university campus that are appropriate to each grantee’s teaching discipline(s).

Online Professional Learning Community: Each Fulbright teacher will participate in a virtual community with other international educators to collaborate and share best practices about education and leadership in the participating countries.

Logistical Information

Travel: IREX will make international travel arrangements and provide all teachers with an international airline ticket. Fulbright teachers will also be reimbursed for round-trip travel expenses between their home city and the point of departure for the United States; however, participants are responsible for making these domestic travel arrangements to and from the international airport. Fulbright teachers may travel after the end of their program during the thirty-day grace period of the J-1 visa, provided that all conditions in the Terms and Conditions are met.

Housing: Participants will live on or near the host university campus in housing that is arranged for them. Dependents are not permitted to accompany the teachers on the program.

Finances: Each Fulbright teacher will receive a maintenance allowance during the program to cover expenses such as supplies for classes, household items, personal items, medical co-payments, and cultural and other activities. Also included in this total is a daily stipend to purchase groceries, meals at local restaurants, or food from on-campus dining services. Costs associated with housing, required program activities, and other program-related expenses are paid in advance by the Fulbright TEA Program and may vary by host university.

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

  • Commitment to secondary education;
  • 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 S. based training program;
  • Willingness and capacity to work and live collaboratively with international peers to foster a positive learning community for professional development;
  • Ideas for applying program experience to improving secondary education in Belarus 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.

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.

Program Dates

Spring 2021

November-December 2020: Pre-Departure Orientation: Prior to arrival in the United States, the U.S. Embassy will conduct a Pre-Departure Orientation for Spring 2020 teachers.

Late-January-mid-March 2021: Fulbright teachers take part in the program in the United States.

Fall 2021

June- July 2021: Pre-Program Departure Orientation: Prior to arrival in the United States, the U.S. Embassy will conduct a Pre-Departure Orientation for Fall 2020 teachers.

September-late October 2021: Fulbright teachers take part in their program in the United States.

How to Apply

Country Application deadline: April 12, 2020

The online application is available at: www.fulbrightteacherexchanges.org

and https://www.irex.org/fulbright-tea

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 2020-2021 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 2020 or in January 2021;
  • 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.

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, 2019  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.

Global UGRAD handout (PDF)