Educational & Cultural Exchanges

The Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is an internationally recognized program, the goal of which is to promote greater understanding between the United States and other nations through academic, professional, and cultural exchange. The Fulbright Program in Ethiopia offers a variety of opportunities for both Americans and Ethiopians interested in graduate study, lecturing, and /or academic research.
The Fulbright program is sub-divided in to the following categories.
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Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Ethiopians: 

The Fulbright Senior Scholar Program is open to scholars who have established themselves in their fields and wish to take advantage of the opportunity to further their professional development through research or lecturing activity in the United States. The candidate must have M.A. degree (as a minimum requirement), a proven record of research activities and publications, and well-developed English skills. Applicants must be Ethiopian citizens permanently residing in Ethiopia.

Grantees are chosen in a competitive process which includes submission of an application and project proposal, peer review of the proposal and final selection by a reviewing panel. Applicants may submit project proposals for grants from 3 to 9 months.

Interested applicants for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program can apply through the online application system from mid-March through mid-July of every year. Please see the application announcement on our website during this period of time.

Fulbright Senior Scholar Program for Americans: 

American scholars are funded for research and/or lecturing throughout Ethiopia for ten months. For additional information and application materials, see

Fulbright Senior Specialist Program for Americans: 

As a complement to the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program, the Senior Specialist Program funds American academic experts who wish to undertake two to six-weeks projects in host country academic institutions. Activities may include presenting lectures; leading seminars and workshops; conducting needs assessments, surveys, research; participating in academic programs, conferences, seminars; consulting with administrators and faculty; assess and develop academic curricula or educational material; conduct teacher training.

Ethiopian universities interested in hosting Senior Specialists must be willing to provide in-country transportation, meals and lodging. The Fulbright Program funds international transportation and provides a stipend to the Senior Specialist.

Prior to submitting a project proposal for the first time, you must request a user account by clicking “New User” on the online application site

Then proceed to the online application site at  and use your new username and password provided in the email from World Learning to log into the Home Page.

Applications for Senior Specialist grants are accepted at any time of the year.

Fulbright Student Program for Americans: 

Grants for American college and university graduates fund ten months of study in Ethiopia in the humanities, social sciences, pure and applied sciences, and the creative and performing arts. Additional information and application procedures can be found at

Fulbright Junior Staff Development Program (JSD) and Fulbright Program for Foreign Students: 

These programs are not available for Ethiopian candidates at this time.  Please check this website for the listing of eligible countries:

Other Exchange Programs

Mandela Washington Fellowship

Mandela Washington Fellowship is a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.  President Obama initiated the program in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.  The Washington Fellowship brings young leaders to U.S. universities for leadership training.  The academic coursework will be focused on: business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management.  Formal university programming will be augmented with workshops, mentoring, and networking opportunities with leaders, as well as internships across the United States. Application for season for this program is between October and November of every year. Please visit the Embassy website announcement page during this time of the year for more information or visit anytime for YALI related programs.