Cultural Exchange Programs

U.S. Mission Uganda is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. This ten month fellowship program is offered to mid-career professionals working at the policy level who have a record of leadership and a commitment to public service. Read more

The U.S. Mission is now accepting applications for the 2018 Fulbright African Research Scholar Program. This award funds African university lecturers and professors to conduct postdoctoral research or curriculum development and research at a U.S. academic or research institution. Programs involving dissertation research or general professional travel are not eligible under this program. Curriculum Development grants contribute to the development of new courses, curricula, or programs upon the participant’s return to her/his home institution.

Applications are accepted for either of the following programs:
• Research Grants (awards of three – nine months’ duration). Applicants should have a productive scholarly record and a specific project statement directly related to their on-going teaching and/or research responsibilities. Funding is normally for one term /semester of about four months. Longer grants may be possible if the research project requires more time as clearly demonstrated in the research proposal. Applicants must have a Ph.D.
• Program and Curriculum Development Grants (awards of three to five months’ duration).
• Applicants will conduct reading and research of benefit to both the scholar and his/her home institution. Proposals should be linked to the applicant’s professional duties (classroom instruction, student advising, and university outreach) and should provide specific details to demonstrate how the scholar would use the knowledge gained to update and improve classroom instruction at the home institution.

Application and Selection
• Awards are open without regard to academic discipline, faculty rank, sex, or age;
• Preference will be given to those proposals that best promote the spirit and goals of the Fulbright Program: to increase and enhance mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through inter-personal contact and the sharing of professional/academic experience and expertise among the widest possible audience.
• The competition also includes a special category for scholars with proposals in HIV/AIDS-related research;
• Preference is given to individuals who have not visited the United States for any appreciable period within the past five years;
• Applicants must have a strong command of the English language;
• For research applicants, preference is given to individuals who have at least three years of university teaching experience;

Applicants must be Ugandan citizens.
All applications should be submitted using the on-line application that can be found at

Applications are reviewed by a local selection panel.
Final nominations are reviewed in the United States and selections made by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Whenever possible, scholars should plan to travel beginning August 2018 or January 2019 so as to coincide with U.S. university schedules.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Deadline for applications is July 6, 2017.

For more information
U.S. Mission Uganda
Cultural Affairs Section
P. O. Box 7007
Plot 1577 Ggaba Road, Nsambya, Kampala
Telephone: (256)-0414-259-791/5
Ext. 6313

Call for applications

The U.S. Mission is now accepting applications for the 2018 Fulbright Foreign Student Program. This program awards grants to Ugandan university faculty and others to pursue advanced degree, non-degree, or research programs in the United States. The program is designed primarily to strengthen African universities through higher degree training. Although core exchanges are with
universities, candidates who are affiliated with other educational, cultural, or professional institutions may apply.

Eligibility Requirements
Successful applicants for this program must meet all of the following criteria:

    • Be citizens of Uganda;
    • Have a minimum of three years of teaching experience at a university or comparable institution of higher learning and be committed to work at an educational institution in Uganda upon completion of the designated program;
    • Possess at least a bachelor’s degree;
    • Be fluent in English;
    • Have outstanding academic records, references and preparation in their chosen field;
    • Have satisfactory required test scores (GRE or GMAT, TOEFL);
    • Have high motivation and serious commitment to completing the program within a specific time-frame;

Applications must detail the applicant’s specific area of intended academic emphasis within the broader discipline;
Applicants seeking to pursue a Ph.D. must detail their intended research area and be prepared to submit a writing sample

Application/Selection Process
All applications must be submitted using the on-line
application forms at

Copies of certificates, transcripts and letters of recommendation should be uploaded onto each applicant’s online application.

Only final nominees will be required to take the TOEFL and GRE/GMAT tests after screening and interviews.

Applicants are free to attach score reports if they have them. Applications are reviewed by a local
selection panel. Final nominations are reviewed in the United States and selections made by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. While applicants can specify where they would like to study in the U.S., ultimate institutional placement for successful candidates is made by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted after review of the applications.

Deadline for applications is April 6, 2017.

U.S. Mission Uganda is pleased to announce the 2017 International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP), which is a semester-long training program for practicing secondary school teachers sponsored by the U.S. Government. This program begins in January 2018 and ends in May 2018.

ILEP provides teachers from Uganda with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. The program consists of a semester-long academic program at a university in the United States, which will include coursework and intensive training in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, teaching strategies for the home environment, and leadership development. This program also includes an eight-week internship at a U.S. secondary school to actively engage participants with American teachers and students. Visits to U.S. cultural sites and academic support will also be provided for participants throughout the program.

Grant Provisions include: Round-trip airfare to and within the United States; academic program fees; housing; accident and health insurance; a daily allowance for meals and incidentals and a book/professional development allowance.


    • be a secondary-level, full-time teacher with five or more years of classroom experience teaching in the following disciplines: English as a Foreign Language, Social Sciences (social studies, civics, history or geography), Mathematics and Science. Note: Science based applicants will be given preference this year.
    • be a citizen of Uganda
    • be proficient in written and spoken English. The program requires English language skills adequate to live and function independently in the U.S. and ability to express ideas clearly and effectively; and
    • have submitted a complete application which includes a completed application form, CV and completed recommendation and institutional support form, and a copy of the biographic page of your passport.

Ministry of Education officials, school administrators, full-time teacher trainers, university faculty, and private English language tutors are not eligible.

Application/Selection Process
Deadline for applications is February 28, 2017 extended to March 24, 2017. Interested applicants should find and submit their application forms online using the following link

This is a worldwide competition a nd the candidates will have to go through a rigorous screening process. After the application review, short-listed candidates will be called for an interview. Finalists will be notified at the end of August 2017.
For any further information on this program, please contact the Cultural Affairs Specialist (Phone: 0414-306313) or email

Note: Due to the popularity of this program, only short-listed candidates will be notified.
Deadline: February 28, 2017 extended to March 24, 2017

U.S. Mission Uganda is now accepting applications for the competitive Summer 2017 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars. The Study of the United States Institutes for Scholars is an intensive post-graduate level academic program with integrated study tours. The program provides foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the United States’ society, culture, and institutions. The ultimate goal is to strengthen curricula and to improve the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.

Institute Themes:

Contemporary American Literature
Journalism and Media
Religious Pluralism in the United States
U.S. Culture and Society
U.S. Foreign Policy
American Politics and Political Thought

Prospective candidates should be mid-career (between 30-50 years old), highly-motivated and experienced professionals from institutions focused on higher education or research. The ideal candidate is an experienced professional with excellent scholarly and professional credentials with little or no prior experience in the United States. Potential candidates should be able to describe how participation in the Institute will enhance course offerings in U.S. studies at the nominee’s home institution.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the Institute’s website for more information.

How To Apply: Interested applicants should email their curriculum vitae plus a one page statement to Applicant’s statements should describe their involvement in teaching and how taking part in the Summer 2017 Institute will assist with introducing aspects of U.S. Studies into their curricula, developing new courses on the United States in their home institutions, or offering specialized seminars/workshops for professionals in U.S. Studies areas related to the program theme.

Application deadline: January 6, 2017

U.S. Mission Uganda is now accepting applications for the summer 2017 Study of the United States Institutes for Secondary School Educators (teachers and administrators) to take place over the course of six weeks beginning in mid-June, 2017. Secondary Educators include classroom teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, and ministry of education officials, among others.
The Study of the United States Institutes for Secondary School Educators will provide a four week academic residency and a one week study tour to a multinational group of experienced secondary school educators in order to provide a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture, past and present. The Institute will provide materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States, organized around a central theme or themes related to the United States history, institutions and values, and contemporary political, social, and economic issues. The study tour will showcase the rich cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States.

The program seeks to strengthen curricula and improve the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad. The ideal candidate should be an experienced professional with little or no prior experience in the United States, whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into its curricula, enhance and update existing courses that include information about the United States, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies or related fields.

Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced secondary school educators with responsibility for secondary education who is seeking to introduce or enhance aspects of U.S. studies into his/her curricula. More information on the program can be found at

How To Apply: Interested applicants should email their curriculum vitae plus a one page statement (in one attached document) to Applicant’s statements should describe their involvement in teaching U.S. studies and how taking part in the Summer 2017 will assist in introducting new U.S. studies courses, enhance and update existing courses, or offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies or related fields. .

Application deadline: January 6, 2017

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Kampala, Uganda, announces an open competition for grant proposals for the administration of the English Access Microscholarship Program (Access), which provides English-language instruction to 13 to 20 year-old disadvantaged students.

The Access Program is expected to fund two years of after-school classes and enhancement activities at a total cost of more than $30,000.  Local and international non-governmental organizations and educational institutions registered in Uganda may submit grant proposals to design, implement, and administer the Access Program.

Please submit grant proposals according to the following templates:

Narrative Template

Budget Template

Access Dictionary

Program Information

Background:  The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) is designed to increase English language skills and capabilities among economically disadvantaged youth.  It is also designed to introduce students to American culture and ideals.

The Access Program provides a foundation of English language skills to 13-20 year-old students from economically disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and enhancement activities.  Access students gain an appreciation for American culture and democratic ideals, increase their ability to participate successfully in the socio-economic development of their country, and gain the ability to compete for and participate in future U.S. exchange and study programs.

Project Overview:  Grantee organizations will be expected to provide selected groups of students with two years of after-school English language instruction and enhancement activities aimed at improving students’ overall English language proficiency in the four basic skills of speaking, listening, writing, and reading.  Implementation must include at least 180 hours of instruction per year or a minimum of 360 hours.  In addition to providing quality instruction in the English language to Access students, grantee organizations will be encouraged to conduct enhancement activities with content that gives the participants insights into, and an appreciation for, U.S. culture and democratic ideals.  These activities could involve such things as public speaking or debate clubs; lessons on U.S. society and culture, including celebrations of American holidays; community awareness activities, such as civic education classes; community service and advocacy discussions and activities, including Global Youth Service Day; and English-language summer camps.  Enhancement activities should be designed to help students better understand U.S. society and ideals, especially the U.S. values of volunteerism and community service.

Objectives:  The overall objective of the Access Program is to enhance the English-language skills of disadvantaged youth and thereby develop increased self-confidence, stronger critical thinking skills, and opportunities to study or obtain jobs.

Specific objectives include:

  • Providing students from socially disadvantaged families with English language classes at no cost;
  • Enabling these students to develop leadership and interpersonal skills through various enhancement activities;
  • Increasing students’ understanding of U.S. culture and ideals through enrichment activities;
  • Enabling students with improved English language skills to successfully participate in U.S. government-funded academic exchange programs and other public diplomacy initiatives.

Administration:  Grantee organizations are expected to keep administration costs to a minimum.  Please note that administration costs may not exceed 10 percent of the total budget.  Grantee organizations are also encouraged to consider cost-sharing.

Program Coordination

The Access Program will be administered by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy. For questions or to submit your grant proposals, please email

Program Deadline

Please submit your grant proposals electronically to by close of business Wednesday, February 10, 2016.  The proposals should consist of the completed narrative and budget proposals which can be downloaded from this webpage.

Please note that incomplete proposals will not be taken into consideration.

United States Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation

In 2001, the Congress of the United States of America established the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) as a tool through which the people of the United States could help less developed countries to preserve their cultural heritage. Through the Ambassador’s Fund, American embassies around the globe are helping eligible countries to preserve historic sites and manuscripts, museum collections, and traditional forms of music, dance, and language.

Call for Proposals

The American Embassy is now accepting proposals for the 2016 Ambassador’s Fund. Successful proposals identify one-time of recurring projects that assist the people of Uganda in preserving their cultural heritage. Grants typically range from US$10,000-$200,000. Proposals may include preservation projects directed at:

  • A) Cultural Sites—Includes (but not limited to) historic buildings and sites, sacred places, monuments, and archaeological sites;
  • B) Cultural Objects and Collections from a museum, site, or similar institution and includes archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, photographic and film collections, and general museum conservation activities; and
  • C) Forms of Traditional Cultural Expression includes traditional music, rituals, knowledge, languages, dance, drama, and crafts

Proposal Assessment Criteria

Proposals must address all of the following criteria:

  • A description of the project and participants, including the time frame for completion.
  • An indication of the importance of the cultural or sacred site, object/collection, or
  • form of expression. All should be of relevance to Uganda.
  • An indication of the urgency of the project.
  • An assessment of the impact of the U.S. contribution to the preservation project.
  • A detailed budget showing expenditure of funds.
  • Recipient information including resumes of project director and professional staff
  • Official permission to undertake the project
  • An indication of other funding sources, if any. (Note: strong encouragement is given
  • to local cost-sharing including support in-kind.)
  • At least 3 digital images (JPEGs) or audiovisual files of the site, object, or form of
  • expression to be addressed in the proposed project

AFCP does NOT support the following activities or costs, and applications involving any of the activities or costs below may be deemed ineligible:

  • Preservation or purchase of privately or commercially owned cultural objects, collections, or real property, including those whose transfer from private or commercial to public ownership is envisioned, planned, or in process but not complete at the time of proposal submission;
  • Preservation of natural heritage (physical, biological, and geological formations, paleontological collections, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants, fossils, etc.);
  • Preservation of hominid or human remains;
  • Preservation of news media (newspapers, newsreels, radio and TV programs, etc.);
  • Preservation of published materials available elsewhere (books, periodicals, etc.);
  • Development of curricula or educational materials for classroom use;
  • Archaeological excavations or exploratory surveys for research purposes;
  • Historical research, except in cases where the research is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project;
  • Acquisition or creation of new collections for new or existing museums;
  • Construction of new buildings or permanent coverings (over archaeological sites, for example);
  • Commissions of new works of art or architecture for commemorative or economic development purposes;
  • Creation of new or the modern adaptation of existing traditional dances, songs, chants, musical compositions, plays, or other performances;
  • Creation of replicas or re-creation of cultural objects or sites that no longer exist;
  • Relocation of cultural sites from one physical location to another;
  • Removal of cultural objects or elements of cultural sites from the country for any reason;
  • Digitization of cultural objects or collections, unless part of a larger, clearly defined conservation effort;
  • Conservation plans or other studies, unless they are one component of a larger project to implement the results of those studies;
  • Cash reserves, endowments or revolving funds (funds must be expended within the award period [up to five years] and may not be used to create an endowment or revolving fund);
  • Costs of fund-raising campaigns;
  • Indirect costs or operating expenses, i.e. expenses incurred during the day-to-day operational activities of an organization, such as office rent, utilities, license fees, and other costs for administrative time, services, or materials not directly related to performing project work;
  • Contingency, unforeseen, or miscellaneous costs or fees;
  • Costs of work performed prior to announcement of the award;
  • International travel, except in cases where travel is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project;
  • Travel or study for professional development;
  • Individual projects costing less than $10,000;
  • Independent U.S. projects overseas.

Selection Process

All completed proposals must be received by the U.S. Embassy in Kampala, Uganda no later than December 10, 2015 for consideration under the 2016 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation competition. The U.S. Ambassador to Uganda will chair a panel to assess all proposals received. That panel may nominate only one to three proposals from Uganda for consideration in the worldwide competition.

Further Information

For further information regarding the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation or for information on previously funded projects, please visit


The Cultural Affairs Officer
U.S. Embassy
Plot 1577, Ggaba Road
Nsambya, Kampala


DECEMBER 21, 2015