Youth Programs

Youth Exchanges

Every year, the Embassy of the United States offers young Moroccans the opportunity to engage in first-hand cultural exchange with their American peers through our diverse educational and cultural 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 High School or University Students (see details below): 

  • Community Engagement Exchange Program (CEE)
  • Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD)
  • Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES)
  • TechGirls
  • MEPI Student Leaders Program
  • Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Social Entrepreneurship
  • Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership
  • MEPI Tomorrow’s Leaders (TL)
  • Between the Lines: Peace and the Writing Experience
  • 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 Youth Exchanges Opportunities:

The U.S. Department of State’s U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) is pleased to announce this year’s recruitment for the Tomorrow’s Leaders (TL) Undergraduate Program. The TL Program is an innovative opportunity that offers degree-granting, university-level undergraduate scholarships at select U.S. accredited institutions of higher education in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): The American University of Beirut (AUB), The Lebanese American University (LAU) in Lebanon, and The American University in Cairo (AUC) in Egypt.

Eligible candidates include students who have the potential to become leaders, represent the region’s cultural, religious, and geographic diversity, are from socio-economically deserving backgrounds, and are unable to afford four years of college enrollment at an American university in the MENA region.

The primary objective of the TL program is to build a cadre of university-aged leaders who are civic-minded, intellectually able, and professionally skilled, who will become community, business, and national leaders in the future. The program intends to nurture leadership skills and the spirit of civic engagement and volunteerism. Selected students will join the over 600 Tomorrow’s Leaders who have already participated in this program.

Tomorrow’s Leaders may pursue an eligible undergraduate degree in a selected field at one of the three host institutions and should be prepared to begin the program in the Fall 2023 term. Participants are expected to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, engage in community service activities, and participate in career-relevant internships. Students may also have an opportunity for a study abroad semester in the U.S. Students are expected to have strong English language skills; limited English- language training will be provided for some participants.

Participation in the program includes: full tuition coverage (for a maximum period of four academic years) at one of the participating universities, health insurance, housing, monthly living allowance, two yearly round trip tickets from and to your home country, civic leadership and career-oriented workshops, internship opportunities, and faculty mentorship and guidance.

Eligibility:

· Current high school senior or applicant who graduated from high school in 2022;

· A citizen or, national of Morocco and those qualified to hold a valid Moroccan passport;

· Strong academic credentials;

· Proficiency in written and spoken English with a minimum of 55 for the TOEFL iBT that is less than two years old;

· Students who qualify may be eligible for up to one year of intensive English Language training;

· Maturity, flexibility and leadership potential;

· Must maintain a high GPA and pass high school leaving exam in final year;

· Ability to start the program in August of 2023.

Note: U.S. Citizens or U.S. Legal Permanent Residents are not eligible to apply.

Deadline : December 5, 2022

Further information is available online at https://www.tomorrowsleadersprogram.org/

For questions, please contact help@tomorrowsleadersprogram.org

The CEE Program is a dynamic global network of innovators working with communities to address critical 21st Century issues. CEE equips dedicated visionaries with the expertise, skills, and resources to develop multisector approaches and build healthy and engaged communities in over 100 countries.

A transformational leadership development experience, CEE is a year-long program designed to enable civil society leaders, ages 21-28, to harness the power of networks, relationships, and information for the public good, specifically on issues related to civic dialogue and peacebuilding, open and participatory government, women and gender, resilience and sustainable development, and youth engagement.

Fellowship components include:

·         Three-month Practicum in the United States: IREX matches CEE fellows to civil society organizations throughout the United States. Designated supervisors and peers support the fellows through a three-month, hands-on professional practicum.

·         Leadership and Civic Engagement Academy: CEE Fellows explore the program themes through interactive curriculum that includes service learning, face-to-face trainings, mentorship, professional coaching, and inclusion in a global network.

·         Community Engagement Project (CEP): With the help of their U.S. host organization and mentors, CEE fellows design and plan a community engagement project to carry out after they return home. Once the fellows depart the U.S., they put these projects into action in their home communities.

·         Community Engagement Project (CEP) Exchange: Select U.S. hosts and CEE Specialists will travel to a CEE Alumnus’ country and work collaboratively to support the fellow’s project implementation and bring back what they learn to strengthen communities across the United States or their home country.

Application Information

Deadline : November 30, 2022

Eligibility Requirements

Competition for the CEE Program is merit-based and open to emerging civil society and community leaders who meet the criteria below. Applications that do not meet these eligibility requirements will be disqualified and will not be reviewed by the selection committee.

·         You are between the ages of 21-28 at the time of application

·         You are a citizen of one of the eligible countries listed below

·         You have a minimum of two years of professional or volunteer experience at the time of application

·         You are living and working in your home country

o    Individuals with refugee status working on behalf of their home community may be given special consideration

o    You are working on a community engagement initiative in your home country, either in a professional or volunteer capacity, with a vision to pursue a career working to support civil society

o   You have a high level of proficiency in spoken and written English at the time of application

o    Semifinalists will be required to take or submit recent scores for a TOEFL or IELTS English language test

o    You are available to travel to the U.S. for three months

o    You are committed to returning to your home country to complete a Community Engagement Project (CEP)

o    You are not a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. and have not applied for U.S. permanent residency within the past three years

o    You are eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa

o    Applicants who have participated in an exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government must have fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement by the time of application

o    You are committed to returning to your home country for a minimum of two years after completing the program and

o    You are not a current IREX employee or consultant, or their immediate family member

Follow the link to submit your application: https://www.irex.org/project/community-engagement-exchange

The Student Leaders Program (SLP) is a rigorous leadership and civic engagement program for up to 60 competitively selected undergraduate and graduate students between the ages of 20 and 24 from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Students are placed in U.S. universities where they complete academic coursework, develop leadership and project management skills, and expand their understanding of civil society and participatory governance processes in the United States and MENA region. The cornerstone of the program is the development of Community Engagement Plans (CEP), where each student identifies an issue/opportunity that they would like to improve in their communities. During the program, students will have the opportunity to meet their American peers, engage in community service activities, and meet civil society organizations.

The Student Leaders Program (SLP) is a yearlong three-part program: pre-summer, summer, and post-summer with the most intensive part taking place during the summer. The summer program is an intensive 4-week program, and is tentatively scheduled to take place from June 28 until July 26, 2023. The summer program will either be a virtual, hybrid, or in-person program. Upon completion of the summer program, students will implement their Community Engagement Plans and receive follow-on support, training, and professional networking opportunities, including joining the 2,000 strong MEPI Alumni network.  A competitive follow-on Accelerator Workshop may be held in the MENA region.

Who is Eligible?

This program is open to Moroccan students (undergraduate and graduate) between the ages of 20 and 24 (birth dates falling between July 26, 1998 and June 28, 2003). We seek a gender-balanced pool of candidates and give preference to traditionally under-served participants. Applicants should demonstrate sufficient English-language skills to participate in U.S. university-level classes and must be enrolled in and attending a university in their home countries. Students from low-income backgrounds and limited travel experience are highly encouraged to apply. While nominees may be undergraduate or graduate students in any field of academic specialization, it is critical that they exhibit a serious interest in pursuing leadership opportunities in their home countries and demonstrate a desire to deepen their civic engagement. SLP does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical challenge or social status.

Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously traveled to the United States. At the time of application and while participating in the program, participants cannot hold U.S. citizenship or be a U.S. Legal Permanent Resident.

 

How do participants apply?

Participants apply for the program online at  https://studentleaders-apply.smapply.io/ and are then interviewed and nominated by U.S. Embassies.

Deadline

The application for the 2023-2024 Student Leaders Program will close on December 19, 2022, at 23:59 GMT.

TechGirls is an international summer exchange program designed to empower and inspire young women from around the world to pursue careers in science and technology.

Since 2012, TechGirls has trained and mentored 528 teenage girls (ages 15-17). The program began supporting girls from the Middle East and North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen). In 2019, the program expanded to include young women from Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan). In 2022, the program underwent a global expansion to begin serving girls in six world regions (Western Hemisphere, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and Eurasia, East Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, and South and Central Asia).

The core of the program is a 25-day experience in the United States in partnership with Virginia Tech, a public research university. These plans are tentative and subject to adjustment pending review of evolving best practices, including COVID-19 guidelines. The TechGirls programming yields a multiplier effect as participants return home to educate their peers and create community based projects.

TechGirls is packed with skill-development workshops and interactions with America’s most innovative tech professionals as well as 40 hours of study at a Tech Camp with our partner the Center for Enhancement in Engineering Diversity at Virginia Tech.  The TechGirls program offers a rich cultural immersion experience, improves the participants’ ability to enter tech fields and encourages them to pursue higher education in fields where women are underrepresented.

Requirements:

Girls eligible to apply are those who:

  • Are between the ages of 15 and 17 at the start of the exchange July 8th, 2023 (Born on or between July 9, 2005 and July 8, 2008)
  • Have demonstrated interest in STEM fields and intend to pursue higher education or career in technology.
  • Are committed to completing a follow-on project
  • Have strong English language skills
  • Have at least one semester of secondary school remaining after the program

Follow this link to submit your application https://techgirlsglobal.org

Deadline: December 16, 2022

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is a fully funded academic and cultural exchange program designed to increase participants’ knowledge and global connectivity. Global UGRAD participants come from 60+ countries and study for a semester at universities across the United States. After the program, participants are higher-achieving students, stronger leaders, and more actively engaged in their communities.

What Students Gain from Global UGRAD:

Leadership Skills | Intercultural Understanding | Networking Opportunities Professional Development | Exchange Experience | New Friendships | Community Service

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • The applicant must be a Moroccan citizen residing in Morocco
  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of the program’s start
  • Be enrolled as a full time undergraduate student
  • Have completed at least one semester of college by August 2023.
  • Have at least one semester remaining upon program end.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Demonstrated academic excellence, cross-cultural interest, and leadership potential

*Global Ugrad is a non-degree program*Priority will be given to candidates with no/limited travel abroad

Application Deadline: December 15, 2022

https://www.worldlearning.org/program/global-undergraduate-exchange-program/

  exchangeprograms@worldlearning.org

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program provides scholarships for high school students to study for one academic year in the United States. YES students live with a host family, attend an American high school, acquire leadership skills, and engage in activities to learn about U.S. society and values; they also help educate Americans about their home country and culture. The program supports students with disabilities and encourages their participation.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the YES program was established by the U.S. Congress in 2003 to improve understanding between countries with significant Muslim populations and the United States. YES students serve as “youth ambassadors” of their home country, forming a cultural bridge of understanding by forming lasting relationships with their host families and communities.

After their year in the United States, YES alumni can look forward to participating in the active Moroccan YES alumni network.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Be between the ages of 15 and 17 (be born between August 15, 2006 and August 15, 20078) by the start of program (August 15, 2023);
  • Be enrolled in a secondary school at the time of application;
  • Be entering 10th or 11th grade in Fall 2022;
  • Have the equivalent of a B average or better without failing grades and have a record of high academic achievement;
  • Demonstrate flexibility and commitment to promoting cross-cultural understanding;
  • Meet a minimum English proficiency requirement;
  • Not be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and was not born in the U.S.
  • Be a citizen of Morocco;
  • Meet U.S. J-1 visa eligibility requirements (for instance, U.S. citizens are not eligible for J-1 visa).

HOW TO APPLY

  • Fill out the Kennedy-Lugar YES application completely.
  • Provide official school grades for the last three years.
  • Provide one current photo
  • Provide a birth certificate

Applicants can submit the application online to MoroccoYES@amideast.org, deliver it in person to Amideast, or mail the application to the following address:

Kennedy-Lugar YES ProgramAmideast 35, Rue Oukaimeden, Agdal, Rabat

 

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

The program can support students with disabilities and encourages their participation. The Department of State and the YES program work with Mobility International (MIUSA) to provide students with disabilities leadership-building workshops, appropriate information and support as needed to enhance their year in America. Students with disabilities must also meet the above eligibility requirements

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION IS NOVEMBER 1ST, 2022

The five-week program is scheduled to take place beginning June 2023 at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. *IMPORTANT: Travel of the finalists to the U.S. depends on the progress of the COVID-19 epidemiological situation. Should health, safety, and travel conditions continue to pose significant challenges, the program will pivot to a modified virtual format.

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.  Each Institute hosts 20 participants.  The Institutes consist of a four-week academic residency with a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations and lectures.  Site visits, leadership development, cultural activities, and community service complement the coursework and academic sessions.  If conditions allow, the Institutes will include a one-week integrated study tour in the United States.  Note that if the program must take place virtually, participants will engage in similar activities but online from their home countries.

The SUSI on Economic Empowerment will enhance participants’ knowledge of U.S. history, government, institutions, society, and culture within the context of the theme.  Participants will receive an overview of the U.S. economic system and structures while exploring sub-themes such as economic prosperity and opportunity; building sustainable economies; inequities within economies; financial access and inclusion; entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial ecosystems; social entrepreneurship; social capital development; financial literacy; organizational development and management; and adapting to the future of work.  The Institute will incorporate a focus on U.S. historical events as well as contemporary American life, including current political, social, and economic debates in a pluralistic society.  Participants will learn about economic empowerment through foundational discussion on entrepreneurship and social capital as well as capacity building workshops.  These practical sessions will address financial literacy, business modeling, and leadership and management skills.  Meetings will be arranged with businesses, such as the nationally known Yankee Candle Company, and local entrepreneurs.  The Institute also includes a trip to Boston to visit the Federal Reserve Bank and Harvard University.  Participants will be guided through a self-designed start-up project to practically apply their new knowledge and skills throughout the program, ending with a pitch presentation.

 

CANDIDATE DESCRIPTION AND QUALIFICATIONS:

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.

  •  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 be committed to returning 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;

Follow this link to submit your application: Apply here

The new deadline to submit your application is Sunday, December 18, 2022

This particular institute is open ONLY to Moroccan female applicants.

The five-week program is scheduled to take place beginning June 2023. *IMPORTANT: Travel of the finalists to the U.S. depends on the progress of the COVID-19 epidemiological situation. Should health, safety, and travel conditions continue to pose significant challenges, the program will pivot to a modified virtual format.

The Study of the U.S. Branch (ECA/A/E/USS) is pleased to invite candidate nominations from Morocco on the following theme: Public Policy.

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 Institutes consist of a four-week academic residency with a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  Site visits, leadership development, cultural activities, and community service complement the coursework and academic sessions.

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Young Women Leaders enhance participants’ knowledge of U.S. history, government, institutions, society, and culture while developing their leadership skills.  The Institutes will incorporate a focus on American historical events as well as contemporary American life including current political, social, and economic debates in a pluralistic society.  The Institutes will examine how government policies, business and private sector practices, and socio-cultural norms engage and affect women through the four thematic lenses presented below.  The Institutes will also provide participants with opportunities to discuss current U.S. and global women’s issues such as: progress and opportunities for women’s leadership, combatting violence against women, addressing income disparity and other challenges to women in the workplace, women’s health issues, and the ways in which women can contribute to global peace, security, and stability.

The SUSI for Young Women Leaders on Public Policy will examine topics including, but are not limited to, women in public service, the roles of government, private sector, civil society, and media in the policymaking process, and public policy as it relates education, public health, economic issues, technology and privacy, and diversity and inclusion, among others.2

CANDIDATE DESCRIPTION AND QUALIFICATIONS:

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.

  •  be female;
  •  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 be committed to returning 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;

Follow this link to submit your application: 2023 SUSI for YWL

The new deadline to submit your application is Sunday, December 11, 2022

Between the Lines is a two-week writing workshop residency program at the University of Iowa with two additional days of programs in Chicago. Young writers who are interested in sharpening their writing skills, deepening their understanding of American culture and sharing their experience with young American writers, will be immersed in the creative writing culture of the U.S.

For more information, please contact RabatExchanges@state.gov

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: https://macece.ma/

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

Tomorrow’s Leaders Graduate (TLG) program is a MEPI initiative aiming at offering students from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) a unique opportunity to pursue higher education and earn a master’s degree through leading American University with U.S. accreditation in the MENA region. TLG equips graduate students with professional experience needed to advance knowledge and contribute to the achievement of socially relevant outcomes through research that furthers the professionalization of emerging leaders while supporting and increasing scholars’ knowledge in gender issues in specific in the various fields of study.

Graduate Students work closely with leading faculty in their field on research agendas crafted in line with the MEPI-TLG goals. Starting as graduate research assistants while taking their graduate courses, students gain solid research skills that prepare them to conceptualize and conduct their own full-fledged research.

Grounded in common foundational principles such as gender and intersectionality , as well as community service and leadership, the program provides participants with opportunities to engage in related extra-curricular activities. These activities create a sense of belonging and connections to an elite group of humanist and social entrepreneurs, with common concerns and leading roles. Those connections are expected to live beyond the span of the program study years as the participants become alumni of both, the TLG program, and the University. Over the whole path, students and graduates are treated as fellows of the program.

Note: Degrees in medicine or law are not supported under this program.

What Does the TLG program cover?

  • Full coverage of all applicable charges for enrollment, tuition and fees;
  • Medical insurance coverage;
  • A monthly living allowance;
  • Student housing;
  • One laptop for the duration of the program;
  • A yearly book allowance;
  • Two round-trip tickets from and to home country, where applicable;
  • Exposure to and engagement in different community development projects and/or internships in host country, and/or their home countries to learn about different forms of intervention and apply such learning back in their respective countries;
  • Academic advising, mentoring services, and learning services;
  • Professional training on leadership and gender.

Who Can Apply?

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  1. To be eligible to apply, you must:
    1. Be committed to complete your Master’s degree within two-years;
    2. Be committed to pursue hands-on public policy research and work as part of your Master’s program;
    3. Demonstrate academic excellence;
    4. Be a citizen/national of: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Syria, Yemen, and Iraq, and West Bank and Gaza (including Palestinians residing outside of the West Bank and Gaza)Note: American citizens or U.S. Legal Permanent Residents are noteligible to apply.
    5. Ability to start the program in August/September of 2023.

Application Process: 

Applications for the TLG program close on December 5, 2022. To apply, please visit www. tomorrowsleadersprogram.org