Exchange Programs

The U.S. Mission arranges a variety of U.S.-government sponsored exchange programs that link Malagasy and Americans. These programs are intended to introduce participants to the United States and American people and culture, as well as provide them with a chance to exchange ideas with their American colleagues. Educational and cultural exchanges create human bonds and enduring relationships that build bridges of cooperation and understanding between peoples.

2022-2023 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar and Comoros is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program.  This one–year, full scholarship program is offered to mid-level professionals who have a proven record of leadership, commitment to public service, and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent study at a leading U.S. university.  This is not a degree-granting program, but rather is intended for professional development.

This program brings accomplished professionals from developing countries to the United States at a midpoint in their career for a year of study and related professional experiences.  Fellows are selected for their potential for national leadership and commitment to public service in either the public or private sector.

Eligible fields/Sectors:

Human and Institutional Capacity 

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

Rights and Freedoms

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

Sustainable Development

  • 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
  • Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

To be eligible for a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship, applicants must:

  • Be citizen of and currently residing in Madagascar or in the Union of the Comoros;
  • Be a holder of the “Maîtrise” degree, or an equivalent official four-year degree, or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in the field of specialization;
  • Be individuals working in either the public or private sector with demonstrated leadership ability and a demonstrated commitment to public service;
  • Be mid-career professionals in leadership positions;
  • Understand that the program is non-degree granting and be aware that they cannot transfer to degree status in any program and therefore will not be able to become degree candidates after arriving in the United States.
  • Have at least five years of substantive professional experience;
  • Have outstanding academic records, references, and preparation in their chosen field;
  • Have high motivation and a serious commitment to completing the program and returning home.

There is no fixed age limit for fellows.  However, appropriate candidates are mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have a commitment to public service and potential for professional advancement.  Candidates under 30 must clearly demonstrate the maturity and discipline needed to carry out a flexible, self-directed program.

Recent university graduates, faculty members with no management responsibilities, and individuals with recent U.S. experience over the past 7 years are not appropriate candidates for this program.

Application instructions:

  • Applications must be completed and submitted online before Friday, May 28, 2021
  • In addition to the completed application forms, applicants must provide certified copies of university transcripts and diplomas and two letters of reference (one from current employer).

A committee will screen applications and only short-listed candidates will be called for personal interviews.  Non–selected candidates will be notified as well.

The online application can be found here: https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey  For further information, please contact the U.S. Embassy at 033 44 322 10 or email at raharijaf@state.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar and Comoros is pleased to offer awards for a full-time study towards a master’s degree at a higher education institution in the United States for 2022-2023 academic year. The Fulbright funding is limited to TWO years.

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is designed primarily to strengthen African universities and other institutions through graduate-level training.

To be eligible for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, applicants must:

  • Be citizen or national of Madagascar or in the Union of the Comoros currently residing in their home country.
  • Hold a “Maîtrise” degree, M-1 with a degree, or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in the field of specialization. Please note a four-year degree is required; a certificate for completion of four university years will NOT be accepted.
  • Have an English proficiency sufficient to realistically accomplish full-time graduate-level study in the U.S.
  • Have outstanding academic records, references, and experience in the chosen field;
  • Be highly motivated and committed to completing the program and returning home.
  • Have no extensive or recent experience in the United States.

Application Procedures

Applications must be completed and submitted online before March 19, 2021.  The application can be found at https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2022

Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Candidates are advised to apply early and to ensure that all necessary documentation is received in a timely fashion.  This includes all transcripts of university studies showing grades, certified copies of all university diplomas, and four letters of reference.  At least three letters of reference should be from university faculty who can attest to the quality of the candidate’s university study and academic potential.  If degrees and transcripts are not in English, official translations must be provided.
 
Applicants should investigate the programs in their fields offered by U.S. universities and have a clear  idea of the type of program of study desired.

Required Standard Examinations

All applicants will be notified after the U.S. Embassy has reviewed all applications.  ONLY Fulbright finalists will take the TOEFL, GRE, and/or GMAT tests at the Embassy’s expense.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a language test required of all foreign students whose native language is not English.  The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a general ability test, which indicates a candidate’s aptitude for graduate-level study.  Both TOEFL and GRE are administered in Madagascar and the Embassy’s EducationUSA office will provide finalists with access to test preparation materials.

Management students are usually required to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).  Since the GMAT is not offered in Madagascar, finalists selected for a degree program requiring the GMAT will be asked to take the GRE instead.

For further information, please contact the U.S. Embassy by telephone at 033 44 321 10 or 033 44 322 82 or by email at raharijaF@state.gov or lalaharivonyMI@state.gov.