Academic and Professional Exchanges

The doors of U.S. educational institutions are open to all qualified students from around the world. The United States is proud of an educational system that attracts students and scholars from across the globe.

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The U.S. Embassy in Kigali manages the J. William Fulbright program of educational exchange between Rwanda and the United States.

The Fulbright Program enables Rwandans to obtain advanced degrees and/or conduct research in the United States; at the same time, American scholars are awarded grants to study or conduct research in Rwanda.

This year, U.S. Embassy in Kigali is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program. This is the largest Fulbright program, designed primarily to strengthen African universities through higher degree training (master’s degree; master’s degree with enhancement or one-year non-degree research for graduate students).

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides ten months of non-degree academic study and related professional experiences in the United States. Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or the private sector.

Find the 2016 Call for Application (PDF 322.14 kb).

For more information on the program, visit Humphrey Fellowship Program website.

A Humphrey Facebook page was recently launched and has seen a great deal of activity from the current Humphrey Fellows. We welcome you to use this resource as an outreach and recruitment tool.

You may access the page by clicking on the link above or by typing “The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program” in Facebook’s search feature

Prospective candidates may access the page to gain a deeper understanding of the program. Accepted candidates can use the page as a way to connect with the program before arriving in the U.S. Finally, program alumni are encouraged to access the page, as alumni accomplishments and opportunities are often mentioned on our “wall”.

For questions related to the program, contact:

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program.

International Visitors travel to the U.S. for carefully designed programs that reflect their professional interests and U.S. foreign policy goals. They travel in a variety of thematic programs, either individually or in groups, for up to three weeks.

International Visitors are current or emerging leaders in government, politics, the media, education, the arts, business and other key fields.

In Rwanda a good number of distinguished individuals have participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program. Many current members of parliament, leading media editors, and cabinet level ministers of Rwanda have benefitted from the IVLP.
This program brings an average of 10-15 International Visitors to the U.S. yearly.

For questions related to the program, please contact

The U.S. Embassy in Kigali also manages many other professional exchanges including the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the TechWomen Program, Teacher Excellence and Achievement, Study of the US Institute (SUSI), Pan Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP). For more information, Contact