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.

Requirement:

— 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.”

Application deadline is November 30, 2019.

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.

Eligibility:

  • 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 https://www.legacyintl.org/pfp/apply-now/

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.

Eligibility:

  • 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.

Apply before December 1st at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/profellows2020

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 www.nas.edu/peer.

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.

Requirements:

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.

To apply for the TechWomen program, please complete the online application before January 15, 2020 at https://www.techwomen.org/participants/eligibility-and-application

 

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.

Requirements:

  • 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 communitysolutions@irex.org  or visit IREX’s website.

To apply, visit: http://bit.ly/csp2020apply before October 30th, 2019

The Leaders for Democracy Fellowship program is a leadership development program to advance civic engagement and social innovation by providing emerging leaders across sectors in the Middle East and North Africa an in-depth academic and practical opportunity to analyze complex challenges, re-examine interventions to address these challenges, and to seek ways to make positive social and economic changes in societies and communities by advancing existing activities or launching new initiatives. To promote program sustainability and create a multiplier effect for civic engagement and social innovation, participants will be required to end the program with targeted leadership objectives and civic engagement plans in their home communities. These civic engagement and social innovation activities will be finalized throughout the course of the program.

The LDF program has two mirrored tracks:

  • The Arabic track in Lebanon is designed for emerging leaders, who have advanced Arabic language proficiency, both written and spoken. This track is implemented in collaboration with the American University of Beirut’s Regional External Programs (AUB-REP).
  • The English track in the United States is designed for emerging leaders, who have advanced English language proficiency, both written and spoken. This track is implemented in collaboration with Duke Center for International Development (DCID).

 

Requirements:

  • Age: Applicants should be between 28 and 35 years of age.
  • Professional Experience: Applicants should have at least five years of professional work experience in a relevant field.
  • Civic Engagement and/or Social Innovation Experience: Applicants should have more than three to five years of experience working on civic and/or social innovation projects, or activism with NGOs in a professional capacity. Volunteer experience will be considered.
  • Academic Background: Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Post Program: Have the capacity and commitment to apply the leadership development experience gained through the Fellowship program upon returning to home country.

 

For questions, check the FAQs page https://mepi.state.gov/education/ldf/

To apply, https://www.worldlearning.org/program/ldf_apply

Call for applications: will open soon!!!

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.

Requirements:

  • 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

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.

Requirements:

  • 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.

Closed for 2019

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
E-mail: info@macece.ma
Website: http://www.macece.org

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