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Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)

The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) is a U.S. Department of State-sponsored program that supports the development of women entrepreneurs around the world. The AWE program empowers women entrepreneurs to develop their economic potential and create conditions for stability, security, and prosperity for all. The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo implements the AWE program in the Dominican Republic in collaboration with Pretty Busy Club and Fundación Innovati. AWE-DR is a 5-month virtual program that provides women entrepreneurs with the training, tools, and networks they need to turn their projects into successful companies.


Community College Initiative (CCI)

The Community College Initiative (CCI) Program provides a quality academic program at U.S. community colleges intended to build technical skills, enhance leadership capabilities, and strengthen English language proficiency. The program also provides opportunities for professional internships, service learning, and community engagement activities. Participants spend one academic year in the United States and may earn certificates in their fields of study. After completing the program, participants return home with new skills and expertise to help them contribute to the economic growth and development of their country.

Community Engagement and Exchange (CEE)

The Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program application currently closed. The next CEE application will open in the fall of 2023, pending funding.

A transformational leadership development experience, CEE is a year-long program designed to enable civil society leaders, ages 20-27, to harness the power of networks, relationships, and information for the public good, specifically on issues related to civic dialogue and peacebuilding, open and participatory government, women and gender, resilience and sustainable development, and youth engagement.

Upon return to their home countries after 3 months in the United States, CEE fellows design and plan a community engagement project to carry out in their home communities, with the help of their U.S. host organization and mentors.

Community Solutions Program (CSP)

The Community Solutions Program, a fully funded four-month fellowship, is an opportunity for community leaders to improve their management skills through face-to-face training, online coursework and hands-on experience. Participants are matched with non-profit organizations and government offices across the United States where they work with peer community leaders on initiatives related to transparency and accountability, tolerance and conflict resolution, environmental issues, and women and gender issues. Community Solutions offers you a unique opportunity to join a global network of leaders who are working to improve their communities, in conjunction with their new U.S. partners.


In September 1945, J. William Fulbright introduced a bill in the U.S. Congress that called for the use of proceeds from the sales of surplus war property to fund the “promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture and science.” One year later, President Harry S. Truman signed the Fulbright Act into law. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program offers citizens from over 140 countries the opportunity to pursue graduate study in the United States of America. Further, Fulbright is the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world, working with a multitude of universities, government agencies, and private organizations to actively seek out individuals of achievement and potential.  Globally, the program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study– to those that represent the full diversity of their respective societies– through open, merit-based competitions.

Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA)

Applications for the 2023 Fulbright Teacher Exchanges Programs are currently closed. For more information, visit: https://fulbright.irex.org/

Program Overview

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (Fulbright TEA) Program will bring international secondary-level teachers to the United States for a six-week program to participate in academic seminars for professional development at a host university and to observe and share their expertise with teachers and students at the host university and at local secondary schools.


  1. Take part in tailored graduate-level seminars at a U.S. host university
  2. Observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in U.S. secondary schools
  3. Engage in an online professional learning community with other participants to share best practices and other elements of host and home country educational systems
  4. Take part in other educational and cultural activities while on program in the United States

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Current secondary-level, full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), math, science, or social studies including special education teachers in those subjects at institutions
  • Serving primarily a local population
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Minimum of three years of experience of full-time teaching, with a preference for those who have completed at least five years of full-time teaching
  • Demonstrated oral and written English language proficiency
  • Citizen and resident of the Dominican Republic

What the program covers:

  • Travel: Teachers will receive an international airline ticket and a travel allowance to cover the cost of checked bags and incidental expenses for travel to their program.
  • Housing: Participants live on campus or close to campus in individual dorms or bedrooms as designated by the university.  Dependents cannot accompany teachers during the program.
  • Maintenance Allowance: Each Fulbright teacher will receive a maintenance allowance during the program to cover expenses such as supplies for classes, household items, personal items, and cultural and other activities.

The Fulbright Specialist Program

A program of the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Specialist Program is a unique opportunity for institutions across the globe to host U.S. academics and established professionals to engage in two- to six-week, project-based exchanges.

The Fulbright Specialist Program, part of the larger Fulbright Program, was established in 2001 by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

The program pairs host institutions abroad with highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals to share their expertise, strengthen institutional linkages, hone their skills, gain international experience, and learn about other cultures while building capacity at their overseas host institutions.

Specialists, who represent a wide range of professional and academic disciplines, are competitively selected to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster based on their knowledge, skill sets, and ability to make a significant contribution to projects overseas. Once abroad, Specialists partner with their host institution to conduct project activities in support of the host institution’s priorities and goals.

Global UGRAD

The Global UGRAD Program is a U.S. Department of State sponsored initiative that grants scholarships to undergraduate level students from over 60 countries. Students are placed at colleges and universities across the United States where they participate in one semester of undergraduate, non-degree study. Global UGRAD is administered by World Learning. The scholarship will cover international travel, tuition, room and board, accident/sickness insurance, a small monthly stipend, and funding for books. Global UGRAD is a substantive exchange program designed to expose students to the U.S. educational system, society, and culture. Students will live in university residence halls and will have the opportunity to participate in campus organizations and activities. Students leave the U.S. with the tools to become leaders in their professions and to promote mutual understanding between themselves and the people of the United States.

Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, a Fulbright exchange, enhances leadership among international professionals who collaborate to address local and global challenges and foster change for our collective good.  Through academic study and professional development with U.S. counterparts, this growing global network shares best practices and builds expertise in fields of critical importance to advance societal and institutional capacity, promote human rights and freedoms, ensure sustainable lands, and develop thriving communities. By providing future leaders and policy makers with experience in U.S. higher education, society, culture, and professional organizations, the program provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counterparts overseas.

Program Components:  

  • Non-Degree Academic Study: Humphrey Fellows pursue tailored study programs at participating host institutions, where freedom from the requirements of a degree program gives each Fellow the flexibility to pursue a self-directed, individualized program at a host campus.  Approximately 13 U.S. campuses have been selected through a competitive process based on their ability to offer institutional and professional resources to host cohorts of Fellows in designated fields of study.  Humphrey Fellows may not request placement at any particular university.  Each campus has at least one designated faculty coordinator for academic and administrative support.  In addition, faculty advisors assist Fellows in pursuing balanced academic and professional programs.
  • Leadership and Professional Development: Professional enrichment activities include professional visits, enhancement skills workshops, conferences, training programs, and a professional affiliation (placement).  The professional affiliation provides firsthand exposure to a U.S. work environment on a full-time basis for a minimum period of six weeks. Early in the academic year, each Fellow develops, with assistance from the local campus coordinator and faculty advisors, a detailed plan of practical professional activities geared to the Fellow’s program objectives.

Fields of Study:

  • Human and Institutional Capacity:
    • Economic Development
    • Finance & Banking
    • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
    • Technology Policy and Management
    • Human Resource Management
  • Rights and Freedoms: 
    • Communications and Journalism
    • International Religious Freedom
    • Law and Human Rights
    • Trafficking in Persons Policy & Prevention
  • Sustainable Lands:
    • Agricultural and Rural Development
    • Natural Resources, Environment 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 (see 4b)
    • Educational Administration, Planning, and Policy
    • Higher Education Administration
    • Teaching English as a Foreign Language

International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.

SUSI Student Leaders

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders is an intensive short-term academic program with the purpose of providing groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. The five week program will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community. Throughout the Institute, participants will meet with local, state, private, and not-for-profit organizations working in the field. They will also be challenged to create follow up community projects to implement in their home communities upon returning to their countries of origin.

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI)

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program aims to empower Latin American and Caribbean business and social entrepreneurs to transform their societies and contribute more fully to economic and social development. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by the Meridian International Center, the initiative will bring 250 young business and social entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean to the U.S. for a five-week fellowship which will include an opening program; an individualized Fellowship program with counterpart companies or organizations throughout the U.S.; and a closing program in Washington, D.C.  Participants will benefit from interaction with entrepreneurship experts, participation in skill building workshops.

Youth Ambassadors Program

The Youth Ambassadors Program sends high school students and adult mentors from the Dominican Republic to the United States, and vice versa, to promote mutual understanding, build leadership skills, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities. During a three week program, participants engage in workshops, community service activities, team building exercises, meet with community leaders, and have a homestay with American families. Upon their return the students apply what they have learned to implement projects in their communities.

Juan Pablo Adames and Maria Yamilet Fernandez, CCI 2019-2020

Juan Pablo Adames and Maria Yamilet Fernandez, CCI 2019-2020