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 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.

Eligibility:

  • 25 – 40 years old
  • A current citizen and resident of Morocco
  • Speak fluent to English (enough to work full-time in a US fellowship)
  • Have at least two years‘ work experience in their field
  • Currently employed
  • Interest in hosting reciprocal program for Americans in your country
  • Able to convene 25 or more colleagues for post-trip briefings, presentations, and project work
  • 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.

Spring 2019 Program: 20 April  – 1 June.  Open to fellows from Morocco & Tunisia. Application deadline:   1 Dec.

To apply and for more information, please visit http://www.legacyintl.org/pfp/

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.

Deadline to Apply for the Spring: November 16, 2018

Spring Program Dates in the U.S.: April 23-May 31, 2019

To apply and for more information, please visit https://goo.gl/L34ahx

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 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:

  • 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

To apply for the TechWomen program, please complete the online application at http://bit.ly/1dveEnV.

Application deadline is January 16, 2018

For more information, please contact techwomen@iie.org

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

Application deadline:  The program is announced each Fall.

For more information, please contact communitysolutions@irex.org  or visit IREX’s website.

The MEPI Leaders for Democracy Fellowship (LDF) Program is a three-month program in the United States for young civic leaders from the Middle East and North Africa. The program begins with four weeks of academic coursework, during which fellows focus on leadership, civic engagement, participatory governance, conflict transformation, and effective communication. Fellows complete relevant seminars and workshops that address theoretical debates as well as active, practical skills-building sessions. After completing the academic portion of the program, participants engage in an eight-week professional assignment with a host organization of professional interest in Washington, DC. Through this program component, participants will gain a practical understanding of the interactions between government and civil society while also obtaining valuable knowledge, skills, and professional contacts to benefit their professional pursuits in their home countries.

 

Requirements:

  • Be a Moroccan citizen aged 25-35
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Have strong English fluency sufficient to function successfully in a high-level academic as well as professional environment;
  • Have at least 5 years of experience working as a professional in a field related to one of the program’s primary themes
  • Have little or no prior experience in the United States

 

For more information, please click here to read the full program announcement (PDF – 402 KB)

For questions, check the FAQs page https://mepi.state.gov/education/faqs/ or email us at RabatExchanges@state.gov

يهدف برنامج رواد الديمقراطية باللغة العربية الى دعم جهود الاصلاح السياسي في الشرق الأوسط وشمال افريقيا عبر اتاحة الفرصة لعدد من النشطاء المدنيين الشباب وقيادي الاصلاح من بلدان هذه المنطقة وتمكينهم من إكتساب مهارات ومعرفة علمية و خبرة عملية وكذلك التعرف على محترفين في مجال خبراتهم وهذا على مدى عشرة اسابيع في لبنان بالتعاون مع الجامعة الامريكية في بيروت. حيث سيتم اعطاء دراسة اكاديمية لمدة 4 أسابيع في مواضيع تتعلق بالمهارات القيادية, الريادة المطبّقة, الحوكمة التشاركية, النشاط المدني, مهارات الاتصال و التواصل, تسوية الصراعات ,إ دارة التغيير وغيرها. وبعد الجزء الاكاديمي من البرنامج ينخرط المشاركون في تجربة مهنية للعمل لمدة 8 أسابيع مع احدى المؤسسات الغير الحكومية او الاستشارية في لبنان. و هذا سيمكن المشاركين من اكتساب الخبرة العملية عن طريق التفاعل مع هذه المؤسسات المدنية و الحكومية و يمكن هذا البرنامج من اكتساب معرفة و مهارات و تكوين روابط و علاقات مهنية مهمة ومفيدة في المستقبل.

(إستعمل المذكر في الفقرة أسفله لأغراض تبسيطية فقط): للبرنامج التقدم شروط

تنبني المنافسة في برنامج رواد الديمقراطية على أساس الجدارة. على المترشح أن:

  • يكون مغربيا مقيما بالمغرب، عمره بين 25 و35 سنة؛
  • حاصل على شهادة الاجازة على الأقل وأظهر قدرته على النجاح في  المجال الأكاديمي ؛
  • لديه مستوى جيد في اللغة العربية يخول له العمل بنجاح في الجامعة الأمريكية وداخل بيئة مهنية؛
  • يكون لديه خبرة عملية 5 سنوات على الأقل في مجال مؤسسات المجتمع المدني، سيادة القانون، حقوق الإنسان، وتعزيز الديمقراطية؛

يتعين على المترشح ملأ إستمارة الترشح الألكترونية وإرسالها عبر الإنترنت على الموقع التالي https://wl.force.com/LDF

للمزيد من المعلومات حول البرنامج او لأستفسارات أخرى ,الرجاء المراسلة على البريد

الالكتوني rabatexchanges@state.gov

 (PDF-320KB)برنامج لرواد الديموقراطية الشباب باللغة العربية

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

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Scholars are designed to strengthen curricula and improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions in Morocco. Foreign university faculty, secondary educators and other scholars spend approximately four weeks at host universities where they take part in a series of lectures, seminar discussions and site visits related to each institute’s theme. They learn about American educational philosophies, explore new teaching methods and pursue related research interests.

Ideal candidate is an individual whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. Studies into its curricula, to develop new courses in American contemporary literature, to enhance and update existing courses on the U.S., or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for professionals in U.S. Studies areas.

Requirements:

  • Be between 30 and 50 years old
  • Demonstrate English language fluency
  • Hold a graduate degree (minimum a master’s or equivalent) and the demonstrated ability to succeed in an intensive academic environment
  • Have little or no prior experience in the United States

For more information and to obtain general information about the Institutes, please visit Program Detailsor contact RabatExchanges@state.gov

Application deadline: The program is announced in November/December each year and the program takes place in June.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary educators and administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions in Morocco.

Ideal candidate is an individual whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. Studies into its curricula, to develop new courses in American contemporary literature, to enhance and update existing courses on the U.S., or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for professionals in U.S. Studies areas.

Requirements:

  • Be between 30 and 50 years old
  • Demonstrate English language fluency
  • Hold a graduate degree (minimum a master’s or equivalent) and the demonstrated ability to succeed in an intensive academic environment
  • Have little or no prior experience in the United States

For more information, please visit Program Details to obtain general information about the Institutes or contact RabatExchanges@state.gov

Application deadline: The program is announced in November/December each year and the program takes place in June.

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.

Application deadline: The program is announced in November/December each year and the program takes place in the Spring.

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.

A Program Sponsored by U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Description:

The Global Women’s Sports Mentoring program (GSMP), a program for emerging women leaders in the sports world, will take place from October 4 to November 10, 2016. Up to 20 foreign participants will be selected to participate in the program. The 2016 program includes several days of orientation in Washington, D.C. and a three-week mentorship in the U.S.. The D.C. orientation will introduce the participants to U.S. government officials, high-level figures in the sports sector, and representatives of sports business associations. Participants will also learn about the United States, the American sports structure, and the history of women’s sports in the U.S. Following the orientation, the participants will travel individually to their mentorship location. Each participant will work with and shadow a female senior executive and her team and engage in activities specifically designed by the organization to meet the needs and interests of the participant.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Participants may include, but are not limited to, women from the following fields: sports management, coaching, sports journalism and mass communication, sports marketing, disability sports, social responsibility through sports, and/or sports medicine.
  • Must be women between the ages of 25 and 40 who demonstrate the drive and potential to make an even greater impact in their home country’s sports sector.
  • Moroccan citizens (preference is given to those candidates who have not traveled to the United States).
  • Have a very good command of English, including business-related terms; able to converse fluently in English with their fellow mentees and mentors.
  • Must have a minimum of three years of professional experience in a sports-related industry. Participants with higher education degrees in a sports-related field are welcome, although this is not mandatory.

Application Requirements: Application form (to be downloaded from this page: ……. and all required documents below must be sent via e-mail to Rabatexchanges@state.gov

Inquiries may be sent to the same email.

 Required Documents:

  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • Copy of valid passport
  • One or two recommendation letters