Professionals

International Writing Program Women’s Creative Mentorship
Pairs emerging women writers with alumni of the International Writing Program’s Fall Residency in a mentorship project to strengthen and promote creative writing skills. The project begins with a conference in the U.S. that includes master classes, manuscript consultations, one-on-one meetings between mentors and mentees, and seminars with creative professionals, and then continues with a six month distance mentoring.
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Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships:
Provides 10 months of professional enrichment and non-degree graduate-level study in the U.S. for accomplished mid-level professionals.
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International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP):
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. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.
IVLP participants are nominated by U.S. Embassy officers.  The program is not open to application
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US Department of Agriculture: Cochran Fellowship Program
The Cochran Fellowship Program provides short-term training opportunities to agricultural professionals from middle income countries, emerging markets and emerging democracies.  Cochran fellows come to the United States, generally for 2-3 weeks, to work with U.S. universities, government agencies and private companies. They receive hands-on training to enhance their technical knowledge and skills in areas related to agricultural trade, agribusiness development, management, policy and marketing.
For more information, contact agpretoria@fas.usda.gov or +27-12-431-4057

US Department of Agriculture: Borlaug Fellowship Program
The Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program promotes food security and economic growth by providing training and collaborative research opportunities to fellows from developing and middle-income countries. Borlaug fellows are generally scientists, researchers or policymakers who are in the early or middle stages of their careers. Each fellow works one-on-one with a mentor at a U.S. university, research center or government agency, usually for 6-12 weeks. The U.S. mentor will later visit the fellow’s home institution to continue collaboration.
For more information, contact agpretoria@fas.usda.gov or +27-12-431-4057

Voluntary Visitor Program:
The U.S. Department of State will arrange two to seven days of meetings in the U.S. for South African professionals already traveling to U.S. at their own expense. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.

African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program:
Approximately 30 women entrepreneurs from across Africa travel to the U.S. each year to attend professional development meetings and network with U.S. policy makers, companies, industry associations, nonprofit groups, and multilateral development organizations. The three-week program allows the AWEP participants to share best practices, discuss common challenges and learn about the global economy and factors that lead to long-term business growth.
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Fortune 500/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership Program:
Connects talented, emerging women leaders between the ages of 25-43 with members of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Leaders for a month-long internship program in the U.S.
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American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL):
Provides in-depth exploration of the governance, politics, policy-making, bilateral relations, culture, and geographic diversity of the U.S. Participants are provided opportunities to strengthen their personal leadership skills and enhance their understanding of international relations. The program is designed to promote mutual understanding, respect, and friendship with the goal of cultivating long-lasting relationships among young people who are poised to become tomorrow’s global leaders and policy makers.
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International Writing Program Fall Residency:
Brings outstanding authors from every continent to the University of Iowa. The goal of the Fall Residency is to provide authors with the setting for cultural exchange and also with the time and space to write, read, translate, study, and to become part of the vibrant literary and academic community at the University of Iowa.
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One Beat
An international music exchange that celebrates musical collaboration and social engagement through innovative people-to-people diplomacy. Musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world come together in the U.S. for four weeks to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop ways that music can make a positive impact on our local and global communities.
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TechWomen:
Empowers the next generation of women leaders in the technology field by bringing together women in Northern California with their counterparts in the Middle East, North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa for a professional mentorship and exchange program at leading technology companies. Participants are women in professional careers that require significant knowledge of, and skill in technology.
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U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program:
The flagship component of the State Department’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative, this program provides international participants with unique opportunities across all aspects of sports to develop relevant management and business skills, gain exposure to the U.S. sports business, media, and non-profit environments, and establish lasting relationships and a global network of leaders in the sports sector. Up to 20 international female participants are matched with leading female executives from America’s most prestigious sports organizations for a month-long mentorship program in the U.S.
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Sports Visitor Program:
Young non-elite athletes and coaches visit the U.S. for a fast-paced two week exchange program. These sports-themed programs offer participants the opportunity to interact with Americans and experience American society, culture, and values firsthand. The activities include sessions on nutrition, strength and conditioning, gender equity in sport, Title IX, sport and disability, and team building. Specific program offerings vary by year.
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Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellowship:
YALI is a long-term effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders and strengthen partnerships between the U.S. and Africa. The Washington Fellowship brings young leaders, between the ages of 25-35, to U.S. universities and colleges each year for academic and leadership training. Fellows will receive world-class training and mentoring in three vital areas: business and entrepreneurship; civic leadership; and public administration.
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For more information on any of the above programs please click “more information” after the program’s description.  Programs currently open for application are listed in the right hand column on this page in the “OPEN FOR APPLICATION” box.  Please follow the instructions provided to submit an application.  If you need assistance with an application or more information on a particular program, please contact the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section at 012 431 4189 or PretoriaCulturalSection@state.gov