Professional Exchanges

Exchanges for Professionals

Every year, the Embassy of the United States offers Moroccans professionals the opportunity to engage in first-hand cultural exchange with their American counterparts through our diverse exchange programs.  These programs are overseen within the U.S. Department of State by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and are managed by the U.S. Embassy and through local partners, MACECE and AMIDEAST.  These educational and leadership focused exchange programs range from short visit programs not exceeding one week to long-term postgraduate degrees.

U.S. Exchange Opportunities for Professionals (see details below):
  • Community Solutions Program (PDF – 296 KB)
  • 2016 U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring.
  • TechWomen
  • Professional Fellows Program
  • Community Solutions
  • Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Leaders for Democracy Fellowship Program (LDF) : Apply Now !!
  • Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Leaders for Democracy Fellowship Arabic Program (LDF) : Apply Now !!
  • American Council for Young Political Leaders (ACYPL)
  • Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars
  • Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary School Educators / Administrators
  • Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women-US Department of State Entrepreneurship Program for Women
  • Fulbright Exchanges

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All the U.S. government-funded exchange programs are highly competitive. The Exchange Program Committee at the U.S. Embassy first screens all applications thoughtfully and objectively for technical eligibility based on requirements that are specific to each program. Priority is given to candidates who have no or very little prior study or travel experience in the United States.  Candidates are selected based on a variety of criteria that may include (but are not limited to):

  • Academic excellence
  • Cross-cultural interest
  • Personal leadership ability
  • English language ability
  • Commitment to returning to Morocco to share new skills and expertise with others

Accepted applications are then ranked according to criteria established by the U.S. Department of State and top candidates are interviewed by the Exchange Program Committee.  The applications of the leading candidates are then evaluated by a panel convened in the United State by the U.S. State Department or its partner organization.

Details on Professionals Exchange Opportunities:

“The Atlas Corps Fellowship: MENA Entrepreneurship Initiative (MENA Entrepreneurship Initiative), a special initiative within the Atlas Corps Fellowship, is supported by the U.S. Government and is specifically looking to recruit emerging business professionals from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia for a 12-month professional fellowship in the United States.

Fellows will increase their business acumen while serving in leading corporations, private companies, b-corps, and organizations that promote entrepreneurship through hands-on experience while developing person-to-person connections to learn effective business practices. This prestigious fellowship includes health insurance, enrollment in Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab, travel costs, and a living stipend.


— Two or more years of relevant experience
— Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
— English proficiency (oral, writing, reading)
— Age 35 or younger

Visit to learn more and start your application.”


Program Dates in the U.S.: April 18-May 29, 2020

The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) for the Middle East and North Africa with Legacy International is a fully funded 6-week program (including a 4-week fellowship placement) in the U.S. for young professionals committed to empowering their communities through innovation and entrepreneurship, socially responsible businesses, and workforce development.

Who Should Apply?

  • Entrepreneurs and Social Innovators.
  • Small & medium business Owners and Managerswho are investing in innovative socially conscious products and programs.
  • Individuals working in Civil Society/NGOsworking on youth workforce training and development, increasing the role of marginalized populations in the economy, building financial literacy, training in technology use and IT development, and other efforts around economic empowerment.
  • Individuals working in University incubators, accelerators, and job-readiness programs, and programs focusing on business development, financial literacy, sustainable tourism, or economic development.
  • Individuals working in Government Agencies/Ministries, national policy offices,think-tanks, and offices working to increase the presence of underrepresented citizens in the economy.


  • 25 – 38 years old
  • A current citizen and resident of Morocco
  • Speak fluent English
  • Have at least two years‘ work experience in their field
  • Currently employed
  • Interest in hosting reciprocal program for Americans in your country
  • Have demonstrated strong leadership skills and commitment to community
  • Demonstrates initiative, teamwork, and openness
  • Preference will be given to those who have not previously traveled on a U.S. government funded program.

Apply before November 30 at

Program Dates in the U.S.: April 21-May 29, 2020

The Institute for Training and Development (ITD) is seeking applicants for the Professional Fellows Program (PFP) on Civic Engagement with Morocco. This program will involve young professionals who work in non-governmental organizations that advocate citizen participation, the legislature, government offices focusing on citizen access, or the judiciary system and are committed to citizen access to rule of law. This will be an opportunity to exchange knowledge with professionals from other countries and to participate in fellowships with U.S. partners. Selected participants will spend 6 weeks in Massachusetts, and will host U.S. counterparts later in the year in their organizations.


  • 25 – 40 years old
  • A current citizen and resident of Morocco
  • Speak fluent English
  • Have at least two years‘ work experience in their field
  • Currently employed
  • Interest in hosting reciprocal program for Americans in your country
  • Have demonstrated strong leadership skills and commitment to community
  • Demonstrates initiative, teamwork, and openness
  • Preference will be given to those who have not previously traveled on a U.S. government funded program.


Program Overview

The PEER Women in Science Mentorship Program consists of groups of women in senior and junior faculty positions. Each group will have one senior faculty mentor and two to four more junior faculty from the same university. For one year, these small groups will build personal and career development goals in topics such as networking, research proposal writing, and research paper publication. Mentees and mentors will receive a three-day professional training to provide cohorts with tools to improve their mentorship experience as well as kick off the year. The program will end with a competitive, $10,000 research grant opportunity for the junior faculty members.

How to Apply

To learn more about the program, please visit

TechWomen brings emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East together with their professional American counterparts for a mentorship and exchange program.

TechWomen provides participants access to networks, resources, and knowledge to empower them to reach their full potential. During the five-week program, participants engage in project-based mentorships at leading companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley, participate in professional development workshops and networking events, and travel to Washington, D.C. for targeted meetings and special events to conclude the program.


TechWomen participants are selected based on the eligibility requirements below. Applications are reviewed by independent selection committees composed of industry leaders and regional experts. Semifinalists will be interviewed by United States Embassy personnel in Moroccoo.

  • Be women with a minimum of two years full-time professional experience in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) and/or a career requiring significant expertise/knowledge/application of technology.
  • Have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree/four-year university degree or equivalent.
  • Be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Be citizens and permanent residents of Morocco
  • Have a record of voluntary or public service in their communities
  • Have demonstrated entrepreneurialism and commitment to innovation
  • Have limited or no prior experience in the United States

TechWomen encourages people with diverse backgrounds and skills to apply, including individuals with disabilities.



The Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for the best and brightest global community leaders working in the fields of transparency and accountability, tolerance and conflict resolution, environmental issues and women’s issues. Community Solutions provides four-month-long fellowships at U.S. community-based non-profit or other organizations, government offices or legislative bodies. Fellows will work with community leaders to enhance their practical expertise, leadership skills and professional contacts to address societal issues in their home communities.


  • Be community leaders, ages 25-38, currently working on a community engagement initiative in Morocco
  • Have at least two years of professional experience in this capacity at the time of application
  • Be proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application

For more information, please contact  or visit IREX’s website.


The Leadership Development Fellowship (LDF), funded by the U.S. Department of State’s U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and implemented by World Learning. The LDF Fellowship engages emerging leaders across sectors in the Middle East and North Africa in five stages over one-year of an application-based leadership development fellowship to advance civic engagement and social entrepreneurship by providing skills, resources, and support networks to analyze complex challenges, re-examine interventions, and to seek inventive ways to make positive social and economic changes in local communities.

The LDF Fellowship seeks emerging leaders who are innovators and problem-solvers, currently engaged in civic engagement or social entrepreneurship, can work in a cross-cultural setting, have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and will commit to applying the learning and skills built during the LDF Fellowship. Emerging leaders with an established track record in civic engagement or social entrepreneurship are encouraged to apply.

The LDF Fellowship will take place over 12 months and include 5 stages:

  1. Stage One: Fellowship begins with two weeks of in-person workshops and trainings with World Learning and Duke University focused on: studying the systems that contribute to societal challenges; building effective partnerships for social change; and developing inclusive and equitable interventions.
  2. Stage Two:Fellows refine interventions and complete exercises that provide local focus on systems analysis, inclusive interventions, building partnerships, and other acquired tools and knowledge from Stage One.
  3. Stage Three:Fellows spend three weeks in the United States as part of the English Track (for high-proficiency English speakers), or in Lebanon as part of the Arabic Track (for high-proficiency Arabic speakers), to gain academic and local insights into civic engagement and social entrepreneurship and to report and reflect on the findings of their Stage Two activities.
  4. Stage Four: Over six months, Fellows apply the lessons of the LDF Fellowship and report on results to strengthen their ongoing civic and social entrepreneurial activities. During this stage, Fellows may apply for small grants or technical assistance.
  5. Stage Five:In the twelfth month, the Fellows reconvene for three days to learn and share the impact of their LDF experience.


For the English Track, which includes a visit to the U.S. as part of Stage Three, applicants must be able to function comfortably in English-speaking academic and professional environments.

  • Age: Applicants must be between 28 and 35 years of age.
  • Professional Experience: Applicants must have at least five years of professional work experience in a relevant field.
  • Civic Engagement and/or Social Entrepreneurship Experience: Applicants must have a minimum of five years of relevant Civic Engagement and/or Social Entrepreneurship experience.
  • Academic Background: Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree.
  • Arabic Fluency: Applicants in both tracks must able to function comfortably in Arabic-speaking academic and professional environments.
  • Full Participation:Applicants must be willing and able to participate fully in all five stages of the LDF Fellows will travel out of the MENA region for two weeks at the beginning of the LDF Fellowship, for three weeks to either the U.S. or Lebanon during Stage Three, and again for three days at the end of the LDF Fellowship.
  • Application: Applicants must have the capacity and ability to apply the knowledge and skills gained throughout the LDF

Application Process: The online application process for the LDF Fellowship is now open.  Application will be live from January 20, 2020 to February 24, 2020. 

The process includes completing an online application; recording a short video statement; and submitting a resume, a professional reference form, a certificate of graduation, and a passport copy (if available).

Application Link:

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page here for common questions:

This program is a United States Department of State-funded exchange designed to strengthen the knowledge, leadership capacity, and professional skills of political and policy professionals who are in a position to effect positive change in their institutions and communities. It is a two-way exchange program, each year alternating between a Moroccan and an American delegation visiting the other’s country.


  • Be a young Moroccan political leader (appointed or elected), ages 25 to 40
  • Have sufficient experience to carry on a substantive discussion with their American counterparts.
  • Have strong English language skills
  • Be a mid-level professionals with leadership potential in government, the private sector, or civil society with experience and current employment related to the legislative process and governance

For more information, please contact

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women – U.S. Department of State Entrepreneurship Program leverages the expertise of the public and private sectors to form a partnership that encourages inclusive economic growth in the Middle East and Northern Africa. This highly selective two-week exchange program focuses on developing the entrepreneurship skills of women by bringing approximately 30 emerging women leaders from the entrepreneurship field, including the business and nonprofit sectors, to cultivate their leadership potential and promote economic empowerment among women.


  • Run their own businesses and/or run business associations, foundations or non-governmental organizations focused on entrepreneurship development.
  • Between 25-43
  • Have 5-15 years of professional experience
  • Have very good command of English
  • Be Self-motivated and destined for exceptional success in their profession and committed to passing on lessons learned and helping others
  • May already be working to empower women and girls economically
  • Have not travelled frequently to the U.S.


Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for Moroccan professionals and academics to pursue educational opportunities in the U.S. Program funding is provided by the U.S. Congress through an annual appropriation to the U.S. Department of State. Foreign governments, colleges and universities and private foundations also provide direct and indirect support.

The competition for Fulbright Program grants is merit-based. The Fulbright Program’s application process is lengthy and rigorous, and prospective applicants are encouraged to consider carefully their intentions, goals, future plans and prospective projects before applying for a Fulbright grant.

Candidates are selected based on a variety of factors that may include (but are not limited to):

  • Academic qualifications
  • Academic or programs goals while in the U.S.
  • Personal leadership ability
  • English language abilities
  • Commitment to returning to Morocco to share new skills and expertise with others

In Morocco, the Fulbright Program is administered by MACECE, the official binational Fulbright Commission

Morocco American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE)
Address: 7 Rue Agadir Rabat, Morocco 10010
Tel: (+212) 537. 76.4 1.09 / 537.76.04.68
Fax: (+212) 537.76.88.52

Details on all Fulbright Programs for Moroccans are listed under the “Grants/Grants for Moroccans” tab on MACECE webpage.