Exchanges for Professionals
Every year, the Embassy of the United States offers Moroccan 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.
Details on Professionals Exchange Opportunities:
Atlas Corps Fellowship Program - Applications closed!
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 apply.atlascorps.org to learn more and start your application.
Professional Fellows Program (PFP) - Applications closed!
The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) is a two-way, exchange program designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, as well as build lasting, sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States.
PFP participants are placed in intensive 5-6 week fellowships in non-profit organizations, private sector businesses, and government offices across the United States for an individually tailored professional development experience. They build a broad network with American and other program participant colleagues as they develop a deeper understanding of U.S. society.
The PFP is a two-way exchange, with American participants who have hosted foreign fellows traveling overseas for participant-driven reciprocal programs.
The call for applications will be announced in Fall 2021.
TechWomen - Applications open Spring 2021!
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 Morocco.
- 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.
To apply for the TechWomen program, please complete the online application before May 5, 2021 at https://www.techwomen.org/participants/eligibility-and-application
Community Solutions Program - Applications closed!
The Community Solutions Program (CSP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by IREX, provides community leaders from around the world with an intensive professional development exchange program in the United States from August to December 2021. CSP fellows gain valuable experience in community work and strengthen their capacity for leadership and development in their home countries
· Applicants must be between the ages of 25-38 as of January 1, 2021
· Applicants must have at least two years of experience working on community development, either as a full-time or part-time employee or volunteer
· Applicants must Moroccan residing in Morocco
· Applicants must have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written English
To know more about the CSP program, visit: https://www.irex.org/program/community-solutions-program-application-information
MEPI Leadership Development Fellowship Program (LDF) - Applications closed!
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
For me information about the program, visit: https://ldf.secure-platform.com
American Council for Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) - Applications closed!
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 RabatExchanges@state.gov
Fulbright Exchanges - Fulbright Study Grant open!
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) 5220.127.116.11
Details on all Fulbright Programs for Moroccans are listed under the “Grants/Grants for Moroccans” tab on MACECE webpage.
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All U.S. government-funded exchange programs are highly competitive. The Exchange Programs 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
- Professional experience
- 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 Programs 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.
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