Academic & Professional Exchanges

Our programs foster the sharing of information on U.S. society, values and expertise with interested Haitian audiences through professional, academic and cultural exchange programs. These programs, which are at the heart of the section’s work, seek to promote the free exchange of information and ideas, capacity building, and to increase understanding between the citizens of the United States and Haiti.

Academic Exchanges

Learn more about quality higher-education opportunities in the U.S. and about our programs in Haiti.

The English Access Micro Scholarship Program (ACCESS) provides a foundation of English language and basic computer skills to bright, economically disadvantaged students primarily 13 to 21 years old in Port-au-Prince, Haiti through after-school classes and intensive sessions. The ACCESS program exposes students to U.S. culture and democratic values, improve the students’ potential to participate successfully in the socio-economic development of their countries, and increase their chances of competing for and participating in future U.S. exchange and study programs.

The students are participating in a two-year intensive English course, computer skills with enhancement activities to strengthen their leadership capacities. The courses are taught at Union School in Port-au-Prince and Université Laferrière Joseph in Cap-Haitian.

Program currently unavailable

Deadline: March 12 2020

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Application Deadline : May 1st, 2022

Established in 1946 by Congress, the Fulbright Program is named after former Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright.The Office of Public Diplomacy of the Embassy of the United States is pleased to announce its annual open competition scholarship program for the 2020- 2021 academic year. The Fulbright Foreign Student program was established by the Government of the United States of America with the objective of fostering mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other nations. The Fulbright program includes more than a dozen grant programs. Visit the Fulbright Program’s main website to determine which type of grant fits your needs. Those wishing to apply for the program must be Haitian nationals, hold a degree and have at least two years of work experience. Not all Fulbright programs are applicable in Haiti. Applications are accepted in the spring. Please visit the Embassy website and social media pages regularly for announcements.

Deadline: April 2, 2021

The Faculty Development Program is designed for professors and university administrators, currently teaching in Haiti. Applicants should intend to return to their position at their home institution upon completion of the program, continue their teaching responsibilities, and apply newly gained knowledge and experience. The goal of the program model is to introduce participants to best practices and theoretical approaches to curriculum development in the U.S. and provide them with concrete strategies on how to develop curriculum for a course, including an overview of academic and research resources. During the program, fellows will be expected to research and develop a course description, syllabus and outline specific teaching strategies for their proposed course.

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Application Deadline : January 6, 2022

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD Program) is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State that provides to a diverse group of emerging undergraduate student leaders, a substantive exchange experience for one semester or one academic year in a non-degree program.  Students will be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program in the United States and will live on the university campus. The students will have the opportunity to receive in-depth exposure of the U.S. society, culture and academic institutions. Students must complete at least one year of undergraduate study in Haiti before they begin the Global UGRAD program and they must return to their home country upon completion of the program. Scholarships are available for all academic fields and students aged 24 or younger may apply. Students must be proficient in English (minimum TOEFL score: 500).  English language training may be available for selected students. Once accepted students will travel to the U.S. in the fall or winter. They must return to Haiti after completing the program. Advertisements for this program are made through universities and we encourage universities with a four-year curriculum to name students.


1. Summary: The Office of Public Diplomacy of the Embassy of the United States is pleased to announce its annual open competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. This one-year, full scholarship program is offered to individuals working either in the public or private sector who have a proven track record of leadership, a public service commitment, and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent study at a leading university. Since 2002, women have comprised about 40 percent of the Humphrey class; therefore, qualified women are encouraged to apply.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, a Fulbright exchange, enhances leadership among international professionals who collaborate to address local and global challenges and foster change for our collective good. Through academic study and professional development with U.S. counterparts, this growing global network shares best practices and builds expertise in fields of critical importance to advance societal and institutional capacity, promote human rights and freedoms, ensure sustainable lands, and develop thriving communities. By providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U.S. higher education, society, culture, and professional organizations, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counterparts overseas. The application deadline is July 1st, 2022.

2. Program Description:
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program was established in 1978 as a Fulbright exchange that advances U.S. foreign policy goals through the exchange of mid-career professionals representing approximately 140 eligible countries from all world regions. Humphrey Fellows work in critical fields for collaboration, such as law and human rights, public health, including infectious diseases, climate change, and public policy. A recent evaluation found that 61 percent of Humphrey alumni return home and work in government in some capacity. Others are leaders in their fields driving policy, introducing new best practices, and implementing innovative management methods into their organizations. Additionally, 46 percent of alumni report having developed national policies, created national programs, served as national trainers, and/or advised government officials on legislation in their home countries. During their fellowship, Humphrey Fellows participate in non-degree study at approximately 13 host campuses across the United States and complete at least six weeks of a professional affiliation at a U.S.-based governmental, non-governmental, private sector, or international organization. Through their academic and professional experiences, they gain knowledge about the United States, deepen their professional expertise and experience in their field, and expand their networks to include U.S. and international counterparts.  Humphrey alumni are well positioned to serve as key interlocutors for posts around the world, helping achieve U.S. foreign policy goals and advance bilateral relationships. Alumni have lasting impacts on their communities, applying knowledge and skills acquired through their Fellowships to effect broad change across their organizations and fields of expertise.

3. Program Components:

a. Non-Degree Academic Study: Humphrey Fellows pursue tailored study programs at participating host institutions, where freedom from the requirements of a degree program gives each Fellow the flexibility to pursue a self-directed, individualized program at a host campus. Approximately 13 U.S. campuses have been selected through a competitive process based on their ability to offer institutional and professional resources to host cohorts of Fellows in designated fields of study. Humphrey Fellows may not request placement at a particular university. Each campus has at least one designated faculty coordinator for academic and administrative support. In addition, faculty advisors assist Fellows in pursuing balanced academic and professional programs. Even though Fellows will spend time in an academic setting and are able to enroll in classes, the Humphrey Fellowship Program is classified as a non-degree program by the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Humphrey Fellows cannot transfer from non-degree status to degree status under any circumstances during their program.

b. Leadership and Professional Development: Professional enrichment activities include professional visits, enhancement skills workshops, conferences, training programs, and a professional affiliation (placement). The professional affiliation provides firsthand exposure to a U.S. work environment on a full-time basis for a minimum period of six weeks. These professional affiliations strengthen Fellows’ connections with American colleagues and allow them to contribute directly to U.S. communities by bringing a global perspective to issues in their professional fields. Early in the academic year, each Fellow develops, with assistance from the local campus coordinator and faculty advisors, a detailed plan of practical professional activities geared to the Fellow’s program objectives.

4. Fields of Study:
Human and Institutional Capacity:

  • Economic Development
  • Finance & Banking
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Technology Policy and Management
  • Human Resource Management

Rights and Freedoms: 

  • Communications and Journalism
  • International Religious Freedom
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Trafficking in Persons Policy & Prevention

Sustainable Lands:

  • Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Thriving Communities:

  • Contagious and Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • HIV&AIDS, Policy, and Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention (see 4b)
  • Educational Administration, Planning, and Policy
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language

5. English Language Training

In an effort to engage with candidates from non-elite populations, rural areas, minority groups, and others who may be excellent candidates but are lacking the necessary language skills, English language training is available for nominees with lower TOEFL scores. Currently, two opportunities for English training in the United States are available to prepare Fellows to participate in the academic year Humphrey Fellowship: 1) Long-Term English (LTE) language training is an intensive 16-week program; and 2) Pre-Academic English (Pre-Ac) language training is an intensive eight-week course. English language training participants will train together in groups at different campuses and then transfer to their academic-year host campuses after completing LTE or Pre-Ac.

6. Eligibility Requirements:
a. Appropriate candidates are mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have demonstrated a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement.

b. Candidates should have both the need to participate in the program and the potential to benefit from it. Accordingly, they should demonstrate the required experience, skills, and commitment while also indicating how they can benefit from this program in ways that they have not experienced previously and are not likely to experience without the Humphrey Fellowship. Applicants with distinguished records and no compelling need for the Humphrey experience are not appropriate candidates.

c. Individuals must hold a passport (or be eligible to hold a passport) of the country nominating them.

d. Prospective Fellows should have a minimum of five years full-time professional experience (prior to August 2023) in the relevant field and should be interested in the policy aspects of their field of specialization. Please note that candidates must have completed a university degree program requiring at least four years of full-time study to qualify for participation in U.S. graduate study programs.

e. Candidates should generally be proficient in both written and spoken English as demonstrated by a minimum TOEFL score of 525 (paper based) or 71 (internet-based), although exceptionally promising candidates with lower scores may be nominated and will be considered for one of the two English training programs (LTE and Pre-Ac).

f. U.S. universities require current English language test scores for Humphrey candidates from all countries outside the English-speaking Caribbean.  All nominees should take the TOFEL.

7. Application Forms:
a. IIE utilizes Slate as its online application system. is the link for applicants.

Application deadline : N/A

Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) for Scholars on National Security Policymaking

The institute will take place from January 4 to February 16, 2019 at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE.

Program Overview

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Scholars are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.  The ultimate goal of these Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.  Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars will take place at various colleges, universities, and institutions throughout the United States over the course of six weeks.  Each Institute includes a four-week academic residency component and up to two weeks of an integrated study tour.  Posts and prospective applicants are encouraged to visit our website page to obtain general information about the Institutes.  The website address is:

Institute Description

The SUSI for Scholars on U.S. National Security Policymaking will provide a group of 18 scholars and professionals an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the foundations of U.S. national security policy and current threats facing the United States.  The institute focuses on the formulation of U.S. foreign, national security policy, and the role of the federal government, think tanks, media, and public opinion in shaping that policy. The University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware will host the Institute.

The program will examine the question of how we discern U.S. national security policy continuities and changes that shape the policies and conduct of presidential administrations. Against the backdrop of the 2016 presidential elections, the Institute will encourage intellectual engagement, reflection, and interaction with U.S.-based experts to deepen scholar knowledge of the foundations and formulation of U.S. national security policy. The program will focus on four interconnected modules; 1) The U.S. view of the world and its place in the global system; 2) Terrorism and national security in the U.S. and abroad; 3) U.S. immigration and refugee policies and 4) The search for the right balance between unilateralism and multilateralism in U.S. national security policy. Each week, scholars will participate in academic sessions, roundtable discussions with U.S. national security experts, and conversations with the broader Newark, Delaware community on key thematic topics. The Institute participants will also travel to San Antonio and Austin, Texas, as well as New York City, Washington D.C., and other regional locales.

Program Funding
All participant costs will be covered including program administration; travel and ground transportation in the United States; and book, cultural, housing, subsistence, mailing, and incidental allowances.

Housing and Meal Arrangements
When possible, each participant will have a private room with a shared bathroom during the residency portion (four weeks) of the Institute.  During the study tour (up to two weeks), participants will likely share a hotel room with another participant of the same gender.  During the residency, housing will typically be in college or university owned housing.  Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own.

Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied.  While the host institution will make every effort to accommodate all needs, participants should be made aware of the rigorous nature of the Institute and the expectation that the success of the Institute depends on their full participation.

Health Benefits
All participants will receive the Department of State’s coverage of $100,000, with a $25 co-pay per medical visit and $75 co-pay per emergency room visit, for the duration of the program.  Pre-existing conditions are not covered.

Program Requirements and Restrictions 
All participants are expected to participate fully in the program.  Selected participants must attend all lectures, organized activities, and complete assigned readings.  Family members and/or friends cannot accompany participants on any part of the program.  Please note that Institute curriculum will not formally address teaching methodology and pedagogical methods.  This is an intensive program and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.  The Institute is not a research program.

Candidate 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 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 (not-for-profits, think tanks, etc.). While the educational level of participants will likely vary, most should have graduate degrees and have substantial knowledge of the thematic area of the Institute or a related field.
  • Ideal candidates are individuals whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into its curricula, to develop new courses in the subject of the Institute, to enhance and update existing courses on the United States, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for professionals in U.S. studies areas related to the program theme. While the nominee’s scholarly and professional credentials are an important consideration, the potential impact and multiplier effect of the Institute is equally important. Ideal candidates will have little or no prior experience in the United States.
  • 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. English fluency is vital to a successful experience in the Institute, both for your participant and participants from other countries. Posts must indicate the level of English language fluency in Section R of the nomination form.
  • Candidates must be willing to participate fully in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour.
  • Participation in the program is contingent upon the applicant qualifying for a J-1 visa to the United States.
  • Individuals holding permanent residence status in the United States (including U.S. citizens and green card holders) are not eligible to participate in this program.

How to apply?

To apply for the program, applicants must:

  • Submit transcripts and diplomas for bachelor degree or higher ; signed letter of recommendation; Curriculum Vitae (English version) and; Identification Document (photocopy).

Please email completed applications to with email subject line: SUSI U.S. National Security Policymaking, or submit all documents and the form by Monday, October 1, 2018 in hard copy to:

Public Affairs Section
2018 SUSI/ U.S. Embassy
Tabarre 41, Boulevard 15 Octobre ; Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Tel: (509) 22 29 8000

After evaluation of the application and associated documents, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Application deadline : December 31, 2018

SUSI for Administrators

The SUSI for scholars are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign University faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.  Its purpose is to explore contemporary American writers and writing in a variety of genres; and to suggest how the themes explored in those works reflect larger current within contemporary U.S. society and culture.

This institute is divided into:

1– The institute on Journalism and Media

2– The institute on Religious Pluralism in the U.S.

3– The institute on U.S. Culture and Society

4– The institute on U.S. Foreign Policy

5– The institute on U.S. Political Thought

6- The institute on Contemporary American Literature

The program will expose participants to writers who represent a departure from the tradition for American Literature. This institute will take place at various colleges, universities and institutions throughout the United States over the course of six (6) weeks.

SUSI for Educators

The Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary Educator are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary educators the opportunity to deepen their understanding on the U.S. Society, culture, values, and institutions.

The ultimate goal is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the U.S. in secondary and other academic institutions abroad. Educators will learn how to develop high school level curricula about the United States through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches while illuminating contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society.

All participant costs, including program administration, international and domestic travel and ground transportation, book, cultural activities, mailing and incidental allowances, housing and subsistence are covered by the program.

NB: The institute for secondary educators includes secondary school teachers, teacher’s trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, secondary school administrators, or other related professionals with responsibility for secondary education.

Candidate Qualifications

Qualified candidate for this program will 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.   Candidates should have sufficient proficiency in English to allow them to participate in a university-level academic program.


Candidates should be:

  • Mid-career, between the ages of 30-50
  • English Language Fluency
  • Experienced Scholars or Professional from Institutions of Higher education or research focused organizations.
  • Have very little or no experience in the U.S.
  • Ideal candidates are individuals whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into its curricula, to develop new courses in the subject of the Institute, to enhance and update existing courses on the United States, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for professionals in U.S. studies areas related to the program theme.
  • Should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour and be comfortable with campus life and an active program schedule.


How to apply?

To apply for the program, applicants must:

And submit all documents and the form by midnight (EST) Saturday, December 31, 2018 to: or in hard copy to:

Public Affairs Section
2018 SUSI/ U.S. Embassy
Tabarre 41, Boulevard 15 Octobre ; Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Tel: (509) 22 29 8000

The 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.  The five-week Institutes will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.  The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community. The Institutes will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week.  During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.

The four-week academic residency will provide participants with an overview of how entrepreneurial skills can address social issues.  The Institute should review the development, history, challenges, and successes of social enterprises and community leaders, in the United States and globally.  The Institute should give participants a foundation in how to employ entrepreneurial skills to address social issues and will provide unique opportunities to meet with diverse community leaders and social entrepreneurs.  The Institute will address topics such as organizational development and management, business ethics, negotiations, emerging markets and risk analysis, microfinance, corporate social responsibility, strategic business planning and innovation, and women and minorities in entrepreneurship.  The academic residency will be complemented by an educational tour that will take participants to another area of the U.S.  Throughout the Institute, participants will meet with local, state, private, and not-for-profit organizations working in the field.  They will also be challenged to create follow up community projects to implement in their home communities upon returning to their countries of origin.


Candidate Qualifications

The 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.  Their fields of study will be varied and may include the sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, business, and other professional fields

  1. (U) Candidates nominated for this program must:
  • be proficient in SPANISH
  • be interested in the topic of Social Entrepreneurship;
  • be between 18 and 25 years of age;
  • have at least one semester left of their undergraduate studies, and therefore be committed to return 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;
  • be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful, and inquisitive;
  • be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and educational travel; and,
  • be comfortable with campus life, prepared to share living accommodations, and able to make adjustments to cultural and social practices different from those of their home country.


How to apply?

To apply for the program, applicants must:

  • Fill out the SUSI for Student Leaders on Social Entrepreneurship Form (PDF 111 KB);
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers/professors;
  • Official transcripts for years of university study (with notarized English translations)
  • First year students must submit official transcripts for years of high school study (with English translation)

And submit all documents and the form by 5 PM (EST) Thursday, January 11, 2018 to: or in hard copy to:

Public Affairs Section
2018 SUSI/ U.S. Embassy
Tabarre 41, Boulevard 15 Octobre ; Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Tel: (509) 22 29 8000

Application Deadline: April 15th, 2022

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program will bring international secondary-level teachers to the United States for a six-week program to take academic seminars for professional development at a host university and to observe and share their expertise with teachers and students at the host university and at local secondary schools.

N.B.: The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program will be conducted entirely in ENGLISH.


The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) gives enterprising women the knowledge, networks, and access they need to launch and scale successful businesses. By promoting women’s economic opportunities and ensuring that women have the capabilities and resources needed to participate in the economy, the AWE program directly supports the U.S. National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality.

AWE uses a hybrid model that combines the online platform DreamBuilder (developed through a partnership between Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management and global copper mining company Freeport-McMoRan) with in-class mentoring and facilitation. Through AWE, participants learn core business skills, then get together as a class to discuss the material with experienced implementers, local mentors, and U.S. Exchange Alumni. Partnerships with local NGOs, universities, and chambers of commerce offer women the opportunity to amplify their newly learned business skills and network with other businesspeople through speed mentoring, pitch competitions, and entrepreneurship fairs.

At a local level, AWE harnesses the power of public-private sponsors, local partnerships, and U.S. Exchange Alumni networks to help women and their businesses grow. A 2021 evaluation of the program showed that 74 percent of women who complete the AWE program increase their business earnings and 29 percent hire more staff. By giving women the tools and the confidence they need, the AWE program is generating income and creating jobs in women-led businesses, driving local prosperity in more than 80 countries worldwide.