Student 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.

2015 – 2016 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Application Form

The American Embassy 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 is intended for professional development.

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

Eligible Fields/Sectors:

Sustainable Development

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

Democratic Institution Building

  • Communications/Journalism
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
  • Technology Policy and Management
  • Human Resource Management

Education

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

Public Health

  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment

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;
  • Have demonstrated leadership qualities and a record of public service;
  • Be mid-career professionals in leadership positions;
  • Have at least five years of substantive professional experience;
  • 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;
  • Have a high level of English proficiency;
  • Have outstanding academic records, references and preparation in their chosen field;
  • Have high motivation and a serious commitment to completing the program and to returning home.

There is no fixed age limit for fellows.  However, appropriate candidates are young and mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement.  Candidates under 30 must demonstrate clearly 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 are not appropriate candidates for this program.

Application Instructions:

  • Applications must be completed and submitted online before Friday, May 30, 2014 at here.
  • In addition to the completed application forms, applicants must provide certified copies of university transcripts and diplomas, and two letters of reference.

A committee will screen applications and only short-listed candidates will be called for personal interviews.

For further information, please contact the American Embassy, tel. 23 480 00 ext. 2210 or 2282 or email harivelol@state.gov or raharijaf@state.gov.

2017 -2018 Fulbright Visiting Junior Staff Development Program

The American Embassy is pleased to offer an award that will be granted for full-time study towards one degree at an academic institution in the United States for 2017-2018. Fulbright funding is limited to TWO years. Applicants at the Master’s level will be given priority.

The Fulbright Visiting Student Junior Staff Development Program is designed primarily to strengthen African universities and other institutions through higher-degree training.

To be eligible for the Fulbright Visiting Student Junior Staff Development Program, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of and currently residing in Madagascar or in the Union of the Comoros.
  • Hold a “Maîtrise” degree, or an equivalent degree of an official four-year university level, or the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree in the field of specialization; please note a 4-year level certificate will not be accepted.
  • Have a high level of English proficiency to realistically accomplish full-time graduate-level study in the U.S.;
    • Have outstanding academic records, references and preparation in the chosen field;
    • Have high motivation and serious commitment to completing the program and to returning home.

Ÿ Nominees with no extensive or recent U.S. experience will be given preference.

Application Procedures

Applications must be completed and submitted online before Friday, March 18, 2016. The application can be found at https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/international/20/

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 academics who can attest to the quality of the candidate’s university study and academic potential. If degrees and transcripts are not in English, translations must be provided.
 
Applicants should also have investigated the programs offered in their fields by the American universities and clearly have in mind the type of study program desired.

Required Standard Examinations

Only Fulbright finalists are to take the TOEFL, GRE and GMAT tests. Finalists and non-selected applicants will be notified after the U.S. Embassy has reviewed all applications.

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. TOEFL and GRE are administered in Madagascar, and the cost for these tests will be covered by the U.S. Embassy.

Management students are usually required to take the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) instead of the GRE. Since the GMAT is not offered in Madagascar, candidates selected for degree study requiring GMAT must seek personal or alternative funding to allow them to take it overseas.

For further information, please contact the American Embassy by telephone at 23-480-00, ext. 2282 or 2210, or by email at harivelol@state.gov or raharijaf@state.gov.