U.S. – Uganda Exchange Programs

Programs for Ugandan Citizens

Fulbright Foreign Student Program (FSP) provides an opportunity to Ugandans to pursue an advanced degree, non-degree, or research program in the United States in all fields except clinical medicine. The FSP 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 are eligible.

  • Applications are usually open between February and May each year. Please stay tuned for annual announcements on the U.S. Embassy Website and Social Media.


Fulbright African Research Scholars program (ARSP)
Provides African university lecturers and professors an opportunity to conduct postdoctoral research or undertake a planned program of reading and research at a U.S. academic or research institution. Ideal programs contribute to the development of new courses, curricula, or programs upon the participant’s return to her/his home institution. https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/fulbright-visiting-scholar-program

Fulbright Scholars in Residence (SIR) assists institutions historically
Underrepresented in international academic exchange and allows scholars outside the United States to gain experience in U.S. higher education. U.S. Institutions request foreign scholars to teach for one semester or one academic year. Institution requests and proposals are sent to targeted departments through bi-national commissions and embassies. https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/fulbright-scholar-residence-program

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program for U.S. Teachers (Fulbright DAST)
Schools, teacher training colleges, government ministries, or educational non-governmental organizations can apply to host highly qualified U.S. educators to engage in collaborative projects.https://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/fulbright-programs-us-k-12-teachers

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
Brings young and mid-career professionals from developing countries to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate level study, leadership development, and professional enrichment.

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers (Fulbright DAI).
Fulbright DAI brings outstanding international primary and secondary educators to the United States for an academic semester to complete an individual or group project, take courses for professional development at a host university, observe, collaborate and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in public, private, secular, and religious schools.https://www.irex.org/project/fulbright-distinguished-awards-teaching-program-        international-teachers-fulbright-dai

The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI)
(SUSI)are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary educators, administrators and university faculty the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.

Professional Fellows Program
This is a professional exchange program that brings emerging leaders from around the world to the United States for intensive month-long fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise. Participants are placed in non-profit organizations, private sector businesses, and government offices across the country to learn first-hand how issues in their fields are addressed in the United States. Program involves a component of U.S. counterparts visiting Uganda in exchange.  The current PFP program focuses on Inclusive Civic Engagement.  Topics can change annually.

Community Engagement Exchange Program
The CEE Program equips emerging civil society leaders with the expertise, resources, and skills to support resilient communities around the world.  The CEE Program is a multi-tiered professional exchange designed for civil society actors and influencers aged 21-28 in over 100 countries, working in five broad themes: Civic Dialogue and Peace Building, Open and Participatory Government, Women and Gender Issues, Resilience and Sustainable Development, and Youth Engagement.https://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/community-engagement-exchange-cee

Community Solutions Program
Brings the best and brightest global community leaders working in Transparency & Accountability, Tolerance & Conflict Resolution, Environmental Issues, and Women & Gender Issues from around the world to the U.S. for an intensive four month long professional development program. Leaders gain hands-on experience in community work; collaborate and learn best practices through an online leadership institute; and create act.  Community Solutions | IREX

The Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program
(PAYLP) is a three-week exchange in the United States for high school students aged 15-18 years old and adult educators. Exchange activities focus on civic education, youth leadership development, community engagement, and respect for diversity, along with entrepreneurship and employment. Follow-on activities with the participants are an integral part of the program, as the students apply the knowledge and skills, they have acquired by planning service projects in their home communities. https://www.meridian.org/programs/paylp/

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
(MWF) that began in 2014 is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. 38 young Ugandan leaders have benefited from the program to date.  Applications are open in August/September each year.  https://www.mandelawashingtonfellowship.org/

Global Sports Mentoring Program: (S4C):
This is a month-long, immersive mentorship where international emerging leaders in sports are matched with leading professionals from some of America’s top sports organizations, companies, and universities. S4C supports the U.S. foreign policy goal of promoting human rights and removing barriers to create a world in which people with disabilities enjoy dignity and full inclusion.

International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP):
The IVLP gives emerging leaders a three-week in-depth exposure to U.S. institutions, society, and culture. The purpose of the IV program is to introduce the United States and its people to participants from all over the world at a time in their careers when they have already established their potential and are still young enough to use their experience to maximum benefit.  Candidates for the IVLP program are nominated by the Embassy.
International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) | Exchange Programs (state.gov)

Programs for American Citizens

The English Language Fellow (ELF)
Program involves bringing U.S. educators in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language. These are primarily classroom teachers hosted at institutions overseas to promote language learning and enhance English teaching capacity abroad. This program was first initiated at Uganda Christian University, Mukono in 2013 but has since moved to Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST). Nkumba University and currently renewed at Kyambogo University.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program
Places recent college graduates and young professionals as English teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools or universities overseas to
improving foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States.
https://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/fulbright-english-teaching-assistant- program

U.S. Scholar program
Enables Ugandan universities to host U.S. Scholars to lecture and conduct research. Grants are awarded for one semester or one academic year.

U.S. Student program
Brings graduating university seniors from the U.S. to apply and conduct research in their country of choice. Universities chosen for these U.S. students may offer Research Associateship to the students. Some students are affiliated to non-profit organizations or other institutions of their choice.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Abroad
Program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.   https://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/fulbright-hays-program

U.S. Specialist program
Provides an opportunity for Ugandan Universities and institutions to host an American specialist for 2 -.6weeks to work on a specific project. https://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/fulbright-specialist-program

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