Program Announcements

Review and apply for the exchange programs below.

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Cameroon announces an open competition to recruit qualified scholars to participate in the Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSI) which will take place at various colleges, universities, and academic institutions throughout the United States over the course of six weeks beginning in or after June 2020.  Each Institute includes a four-week academic residency and up to two weeks of an integrated study tour to another region of the United States.  To obtain general information about the Institutes, prospective applicants are encouraged to visit this website:  http://exchanges.state.gov/susi.  The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars will be on the following themes in U.S. Studies:  American Culture and Values; Journalism and Media; Religious Freedom and Pluralism; U.S. Economics and Business; U.S. Foreign Policy; and Youth, Workforce Development, and Closing the Skills Gap.

Institute Themes:                                                                                                                                                          The Institute on American Culture and Values will provide a deeper understanding of U.S. society, civil society institutions, democratic principles, human rights, and the rule of law.  The Institute will examine the concepts of American exceptionalism and American resilience through social, economic, political, and religious contexts in which, historically, various cultures have manifested and shaped contemporary U.S. culture, values, and society.

The Institute on Journalism and Media will provide a deeper understanding of the roles that journalism and the media play in U.S. society.  The Institute will examine the role of journalists in recognizing and preventing disinformation and will explore strategies for media and information literacy to counter disinformation.  Additionally, the Institute will examine best practices in journalism by discussing the rights and responsibilities of the media in a democratic society, including editorial independence, journalistic ethics, legal constraints, and international journalism.  The Institute will also examine pedagogical strategies for teaching students of journalism the basics of the tradecraft: researching, critical thinking, reporting, interviewing, writing, and editing.  The program will also highlight the impact of technology in journalism, including the influence of the Internet, globalization of the news media, and other changes that are transforming the profession.

The Institute on Religious Freedom and Pluralism will provide a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of religious freedom as a foundational American value.  The program will include a survey of the religious landscape of the United States, including major and minor religious groups, historic religious traditions and contemporary American religious groups. The Institute will explore both the historical and contemporary relationship between church and state in the United States; examine interfaith understanding and dialogue, religious pluralism, freedom of religion as a fundamental unalienable human right and source of stability; and discuss ways in which religious freedom is protected.

The Institute on U.S. Economics and Business will provide a deeper understanding of key components and structures of the U.S. economy as the world’s largest economy.  The program will explore how financial institutions, investors, and businesses interact to support growth and employment and the institutional backdrop that is required to sustain a competitive and strong private sector, including but not limited to corporate governance structures, monetary policy, and the legal and regulatory framework of the business sector.

The Institute on U.S. Foreign Policy will provide a deeper understanding of new approaches to U.S. foreign policy and how U.S. foreign policy is formulated and implemented.  The Institute will include a historical review of significant events, individuals, and philosophies that have shaped U.S. foreign policy. The Institute will explain the role of key players in U.S. foreign policy including the executive and legislative branches of government, the media, the U.S. public, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral institutions.  The program will also examine the current U.S. foreign policymaking and the new trends that are shaping policy.

The Institute on Youth, Workforce Development, and Closing the Skills Gap will provide a deeper understanding of how new socioeconomic trends have changed the concept of work, workforce development, and career paths in the United States.  The academic program will include a thorough discussion of the role of U.S. educational institutions, particularly community colleges, in preparing Americans with the skills needed to succeed in multiple industries including business, technology, science, the creative arts, and other emerging fields.

Candidate description and qualifications:

Priority will be given to candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component; who have no prior or limited experience in the United States; and who have special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.  Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly motivated, experienced scholars and professionals generally from institutions of higher education or research focused organizations.

Candidates must demonstrate English language fluency.  Institutes are rigorous and demanding programs.  Participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to fully and actively participate in all seminar and panel discussions.

Submitting Candidatures:   Interested applicants must submit in English a curriculum vitae and a statement/personal essay of two pages conveying why the applicant is interested in participating in the selected Institute, what s/he expects to gain from the experience, what s/he will bring to the program, and how s/he will leverage the experience to achieve any of these other potential outcomes :

  • Update existing course
  • create new course
  • create new degree program
  • school/university curriculum redesign
  • national curriculum redesign
  • new publication
  • government or ministry policy
  • new professional organization
  • new institutional linkages
  • professional promotion
  • new research project
  • raise institutional profile.

Please send applications electronically to ExchangesYaounde@state.gov, no later than midnight Cameroonian time on January 5, 2020.  Late applications will not be considered.

 

The Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Cameroon announces an open competition to recruit experienced secondary school educators to participate in the Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary Educators.  The SUSIs for Secondary Educators will take place over the course of five weeks beginning in late May or early June 2020.  The goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools in Cameroon.  Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit this website http://exchanges.state.gov/susi to obtain general information about the Institutes.  Three Institutes for Secondary Educators will be offered, two with a focus on classroom teachers and the third with a focus on administrators including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, and ministry of education officials.  Each Institute will include a four-week academic residency and a one-week integrated study tour.

Program description:

The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators will provide experienced secondary school educators (including teachers, administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, and others) with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture – past and present.  The focus of the Institutes will be on providing content and materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States.  Two of the Institutes are tailored for secondary school teachers; please note that the Institutes for Teachers focus on content and materials about the United States rather than teaching methods and pedagogy.  The third Institute is tailored for experienced administrators including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials.  Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, program content will examine the history and evolution of U.S. institutions and values, broadly defined.  The programs will also serve to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society.  The four-week academic residencies will take place at U.S. universities and colleges campuses and will consist of a balanced series of lectures, panels, seminar discussions, readings, workshops, site visits, meetings with practitioners in the field, and cultural activities.

Candidate description and qualifications:

Study of the U.S. Institutes are highly competitive.  Priority will be given to candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component, who have no or limited prior experience in the United States, and who have a special interest and experience in the field of secondary education as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.

Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly motivated and

experienced secondary school teachers and administrators.  Ideal candidates are individuals who are seeking to introduce or enhance aspects of U.S. studies into their curricula or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies or related fields.

Candidates must demonstrate English language fluency.  All participants must be fully proficient in English; throughout the Institute they will need to fully understand lectures, actively participate in discussions, and read and write assignments in English.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and strong candidate statement/personal essay of about two pages that should convey why the candidate is interested in participating in the chosen Institute, what s/he expects to gain from the experience, what s/he will bring to the program, and how s/he will leverage the experience to achieve “other potential outcomes” selected from this list:

  • update existing course
  • create new course
  • create new degree program
  • school/university curriculum redesign
  • national curriculum redesign
  • new publication
  • government or ministry policy
  • new professional organization
  • new institutional linkages
  • professional promotion
  • new research project
  • raise institutional profile.

Please send applications electronically to ExchangesYaounde@state.gov, no later than midnight Cameroonian time on January 5, 2020.  Late applications will not be considered.

The U.S. Embassy in Cameroon is seeking qualified candidates for the 2022 Fulbright African Research Scholar Program (ARSP).

Eligibilities: Fulbright African Research Scholar Program applicant must:

  • hold an M.A. or Ph.D. degree
  • be Cameroonian citizen
  • be proficient in English

Applicants should be university faculty, government officials, private sector professionals, work at a think tank, or occupy similar occupations. Applicants will be expected to have a significant record of scholarly or professional accomplishment. Applicants must reside in Cameroon throughout the nomination and selection process, and they must return to Cameroon upon completion of their U.S. stay.

Applicants are ineligible to apply if:

  1. They are currently teaching, studying, or conducting research in the U.S., or who have received a Fulbright grant within the past five years.
  2. They have been to the U.S. as a J-1 Exchange Visitor in the category of Professor or Research Scholar within the past two years.

Grant Length: Applicant may choose a grant for a semester (5 months) or full academic year (9 months)

  • A-semester grant (5 months) must begin in September 2022 or January 2023
  • One academic year grant (9 months) must begin in September 2022

The following materials comprise a complete application:

  • Application
  • Project proposal
  • Bibliography
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation (three are required)
  • Letter of invitation (preferred, but not required)

PLAGIARISM POLICY:

When submitting applications, candidates will be required to read, accept, and adhere to the following information pertaining to plagiarism:

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program seeks applicants whose writing achieves highest academic standards of original research, writing, and citation.  The program application includes the opportunity to describe your academic work and research.  Application materials will be processed using software to help identify any instance of plagiarism.  Plagiarism in any part of your application will result in your disqualification from participation in the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.  ECA and IIE will follow the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition of plagiarism:  Plagiarism is the wrongful appropriation or purloining and publication as one’s own, of the ideas, or the expression of the ideas, of another.  It is expected that your project proposal will be your own work and writing, clearly citing secondary sources when describing the academic work and writing of others (including one’s own previously published work).  Any sources used in the construction of your responses must be clearly cited in your project statement and bibliography.

The preliminary application is available here.  Completed applications must be sent electronically to ExchangesYaounde@state.gov

Grant activity:

  • Research
  • Program and curriculum development

Fields of study: Applicants of various disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, science, and technology are welcome to apply.
Affiliation in the U.S.: Any appropriate and accredited institution in the United States
Deadline: Sunday, May 16, 2021.
 (Cameroon time zone)

Point of contact: Fulbright Program Coordinator
Phone: (237) 22222-1500 x 4565
Email: ExchangesYaounde@state.gov
https://cm.usembassy.gov/

The U.S. Embassy in Cameroon is pleased to announce the open competition for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program (FFSP) for academic year 2022-2023.

Established in 1946 and funded by the U.S. government, the Fulbright Program aims to achieve mutual understanding through academic and cultural exchange.  The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is a competitive, merit-based scholarship program which recruits and nominates young Cameroonian professionals for graduate level studies at U.S. universities.  Each year approximately 3-5 Cameroonians are granted fully-funded scholarships.

Awards are contingent upon approval by the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board, availability of funds, and successful academic placement.

WHAT does the FFSP Scholarship provide?

  • The FFSP is for candidates interested in graduate study in the United States. Priority is given to candidates pursuing a master’s degree over Ph.D. degree.  Grantees receive funding for a maximum of two years of degree study.
  • Successful candidates will receive a full scholarship which covers fees related to tuition, round-trip airfare to the United States, a monthly stipend, and health insurance to pursue a graduate degree program that begins in the academic year 2022-2023.
  • Students accepted to degree programs less than two years are only eligible to receive funding through the designated period of degree completion – as stipulated by the host institution. Candidates in non-degree research (i.e., visiting student researchers) will participate in an academic year (9-10 months) non-degree research program.

WHO can apply?

Competition is open to people who meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a Cameroonian citizen, or a permanent resident holding a valid Cameroonian passport.
  2. Have at least the equivalent of four (4) years of university study and the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Applicants that have three (3) years of tertiary study should have the equivalent of thirteen (13) years of primary and secondary school and their undergraduate degree should allow them to be eligible to pursue higher education in Cameroon.  Please note that final equivalency decisions will be determined by each U.S. university and not all institutions will accept a three (3) year undergraduate degree.
  3. Have a level of English proficiency that is sufficient to engage in full-time graduate level study in the United States. However, there is an option to do long-term English (LTE) language study for candidates with moderate English language skills for a period of up to eight months. Participation in LTE will be determined based on English language ability and test scores.
  4. Special accommodations are available for students with disabilities. The Department of State has provided previous grantees with a screen reader and note taking software, laptops, cell phones, canes, and/or wheelchairs to assist them while on their grant in the United States.

Ineligibility factors:

The following persons are ineligible to apply for the FFSP:

  1. Candidates who already received a Fulbright Foreign Student Program grant.
  2. Candidates who already received a Humphrey Scholar
  3. Candidates who are currently living or studying in the United States.
  4. Candidates who have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a U.S. college or university within the last three years.
  5. Candidates who have received any scholarship for graduate study outside of Cameroon within the past five years or are scheduled to receive any scholarship for graduate study outside of Cameroon.
  6. Local employees of the U.S. Mission in Cameroon employed by the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are ineligible for grants during the period of their employment and for one year following the termination of employment.

WHICH fields of study are supported?

The program supports study in all disciplines, with one exception—proposals for medical study involving patient contact cannot be approved under the Fulbright Program.

HOW to apply?

Deadline for application submission: 9:00 PM (Cameroon time), Sunday, May 16, 2021.

  1. Read the applications guidelines carefully.
  2. Complete the application form available here.
  3. Submit your completed application electronically to ExchangesYaounde@state.gov before the deadline.
  4. Candidates MUST attach a copy of bachelor’s degree diploma, certificate, license or equivalent.
  5. DO NOT ATTACH TRANSCRIPTS OR LETTERS OF REFERENCE.
  6. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program has a zero-tolerance plagiarism policy. Application materials will be processed using software to help identify any instance of plagiarism.  If plagiarism appears in any part of the application, it may result in the nominee’s disqualification from participation in the program.  The Fulbright program will follow the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition of plagiarism: Plagiarism is the wrongful appropriation or purloining and publication as one’s own, of the ideas, or the expression of the ideas of another.

Selection Criteria:

Competition is based on academic and professional merits, without regards to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  Preference is given to those without extensive or recent experience in the United States.  A successful applicant is someone who can:

  • Demonstrate a serious commitment to completing the program as scheduled and to returning to Cameroon.
  • Demonstrate a clear and detailed description of the study objectives and show a clear connection between their study objectives and future goals through a compelling set of essays.
  • Have a depth and breadth of work experience in their intended field of study, and a full understanding of the field.
  • Demonstrate leadership potential based on participation in academic, extra-curricular, community and professional development activities, and personal attributes.
  • Show dedication to Cameroon and potential to make a positive impact upon return.
  • Contribute to promoting mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Cameroon through educational and cultural exchange activities.
  • Be willing to be a cultural ambassador of Cameroon.
  • Have demonstrated academic excellence and strong English proficiency.

Additional selection criteria for applicants in the Long-Term English (LTE) training component

  • Applicants accepted for long term English training must be candidates for a master’s degree in their current field. Individuals seeking D., MBA, Law, or non-degree programs are not eligible for the long-term English component.
  • Applicants in this category must be available to begin their LTE training either in January or March 2022.

Timeline

February 2021 | Grant announced and application materials available
May 16, 2021 | Deadline for submission of application
June 2021 | Application review and semi-final selection, interviews, and final selection
August 2021 | Finalists complete the online application and prepare for testing
September – October 2021 | Finalists take GRE/GMAT/TOEFL iBT/IELTS
November – March 2022 | Submission of applications to U.S. universities

December – January and March | Long term English language participants travel to the United States
April – May 2022 | University placements confirmed
May/June 2022 | Pre-departure orientation
June – July 2022 | Medical check-up and visa application
July – August 2022 | Departure to the United States

Contact
For further information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF-446KB) or email: ExchangesYaounde@state.gov

The Embassy of the United States of America in Cameroon announces an open competition to recruit qualified candidates for the 2022-2023 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program (HHH).  Please carefully follow all instructions below.

Program Information

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished professionals from designated countries around the world to the United States at a mid-point in their careers for a year of practical, professional development experiences and non-degree academic study.  Fellows are placed at designated host universities to take advantage of academic, professional, and leadership enhancement activities offered by the campus setting.  Candidates should understand that the program is non-degree in nature and cannot transfer from the Humphrey Program to degree status in any program.  Applicants should be aware that they will not be able to become degree candidates after they arrive in the U.S.

Field of Study Categories

Candidates may choose any of the eligible fields in the four study categories below.

  • Sustainable Development (Agricultural and Rural Development, Economic Development, Finance and Banking, Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change, Urban and Regional Planning)
  • Democratic Institution Building (Communications/Journalism, Law and Human Rights, Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration, Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention, Technology Policy and Management, Human Resource Management
  • Education (Educational Administration, Planning and Policy, Higher Education Administration, Teaching of English as a Foreign Language)
  • Public Health (Public Health Policy and Management, HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention, Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Cameroonian nationality or permanent residency in Cameroon, with a valid Cameroonian passport
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Five years professional experience
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • A record of public service in the community
  • English language proficiency. The Embassy will consider highly qualified candidates with moderate English language skills.  Such candidates will be required to take up to four months of intensive English training prior to the start of the fellowship if selected.

Application Submission

  • The preliminary application is available here.
  • Candidates MUST attach a copy of the bachelor’s degree diploma certificate, license or equivalent.
  • DO NOT ATTACH TRANSCRIPTS AND LETTERS OF REFERENCE.

Completed applications must be sent electronically to ExchangesYaounde@state.gov

The Embassy of the United States in Cameroon is seeking highly qualified Cameroonian secondary school teachers to participate in the 2020-21 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Program Components

Teachers who are selected to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program will:

1) Participate in advanced undergraduate or graduate level classes at a U.S. host university;

2) Observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in U.S. secondary schools;

3) Participate in an online professional learning community with other participants to share best practices and other elements of host and home country educational systems; and

4) Take part in other educational and cultural activities while in the United States.

Upon returning home, teachers will be expected to share the knowledge and experience gained on the program with teachers and students in their home schools and within their communities.

University Coursework

Weekly Seminars:   Teachers will participate in weekly seminars at their host university featuring presentations and discussions led by university staff, faculty members, and invited educational experts.  The academic seminars will focus on new teaching methodologies, content-based instruction, project-based learning, infusing thematic topics into curriculum, lesson planning, and instructional technology training for teachers.

U.S. School Placements: Teachers will be placed in a U.S. secondary school during the program, where they will observe classes, co-teach, and share information about their home countries and schools.  Each Fulbright teacher will be paired with a U.S. partner educator at his/her assigned school to facilitate sharing of best practices between the teachers.  Host university staff will identify schools and partner teachers near the university campus that are appropriate to each grantee’s teaching discipline(s).

Online Professional Learning Community:   Each Fulbright teacher will participate in a virtual community with other international educators to collaborate and share best practices about education and leadership in the participating countries.

Eligibility Criteria

1) Current secondary-level, full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), math, science, or social studies, including special education teachers in those subjects at institutions serving primarily a local population are eligible for the program.

2) Applicants must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent and have completed at least five years of full-time teaching by the start of the program.

3) Secondary-level teachers include both middle and high school teachers serving students between approximately 12 and 18 years of age.

4) Applicants must reside in the country of citizenship at the time of application and of program participation.

Please note that this is an upper level university or graduate level academic program for practicing teachers.  Educational administrators (such as representatives or officials of the Ministry of Education) and school administrators who do not teach at least fifty percent of their time, full-time teacher trainers, university faculty, private English Language tutors, and teachers from schools primarily serving expatriates are not eligible.

Applicants who have in the past five to eight years traveled to the U.S. for exchange programs such as Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) or International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) or to other Western countries for professional development must provide strong justification as to why they should be selected to go to the U.S. for the Fulbright TEA program.

How to Apply

Application deadline: March 8, 2020

The online application is available at: https://www.fulbrightteacherexchanges.org/ and https://www.irex.org/fulbright-tea.

A paper application is available by contacting the Public Affairs Section at ExchangesYaounde@state.gov.