For Graduate Students

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is the largest Fulbright program with Africa, designed primarily to strengthen African universities through higher degree training.  This is a fully funded program that offers Mauritanian student the chance to complete a Master degree at U.S. colleges or universities over two years.  More than 63 Mauritanian students have benefitted from this program since 2005.

Selection Criteria

  1. Applicant must be citizens of Mauritania;
  2. Applicant must have at least the “License” or the equivalent of three (3) years of university study or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree;
  3. Applicant should have a sufficient level of English proficiency to enable them to engage in full-time graduate level study in the U.S.;
  4. Applicant must meet the minimum scores on the TOEFL (80 on TOEFL iBT);
  5. Applicant should have a high motivation and a serious commitment to completing the program as scheduled and to returning home;
  6. Applicant with no extensive or recent U.S. experience will be given preference;
  7. No applicant may receive more than one Fulbright Student grant, including Humphrey Scholar alumni. This does not apply to the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program alumni;
  8. Local employees staff (LES) abroad employed by the State Department/United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are ineligible for grants during the period of their employment and for one year following the termination of employment; and
  9. Must be residing in their home country throughout the nomination and selection process.

For more information, please see:  https://eca.state.gov/fulbright/fulbright-programs

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (Fulbright FLTA)

The Fulbright FLTA Program is a nine-month, non-degree program that provides young teachers of English an opportunity to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the society and culture of the United States, while teaching Arabic to U.S. students and strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities.  Fulbright FLTA participants also interact with their host communities in conversation groups, extracurricular activities, and community outreach projects.  Twenty (20) Mauritanians have participated in this program since 2005.

Selection Criteria

  1. Must be citizen of Mauritania
  2. Must be fluent in Arabic and able to teach the language to American college students.
  3. At minimum must possess the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree (“License” or “Maitrise”)
  4. Fluency in English is mandatory, demonstrated by a score of no less than 79-80 (internet based TOEFL – IBT).
  5. Must demonstrate maturity, dependability, integrity, and professionalism.
  6. Must be a Mauritanian citizen residing in Mauritania throughout the nomination and selection process.

For more information, please see:  https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/fulbright-foreign-language-teaching-assistant-flta

Only applications submitted online at: https://iie.embark.com/apply/flta will be considered.

Humphrey Program

The Humphrey Program brings accomplished mid-level professionals to the United States for a year of academic study and professional work in a non-degree program that involves a combination of academic study and professional development.  Participants will design their own program, and discuss with the academic advisor on how to achieve the objectives they set for themselves.  Eleven (11) Mauritanians have participated in this program since 2005.

Selection Criteria

  1. Be a permanent legal resident of Mauritania;
  2. Have a university degree awarded after at least three years of full-time study (License);
  3. A minimum of five years of substantial professional experience;
  4. Limited or no prior experience in the United States;
  5. Have demonstrated leadership qualities;
  6. A record of public service in the community;
  7. Have the potential for advancement in his or her field; and
  8. Be proficient in both written and spoken English.

For more information, please see: https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/hubert-h-humphrey-fellowship-program

Only applications submitted online at https://iie.embark.com/apply/humphreyfellowship2019 will be considered.

Young African Leaders (YALI) Mandela-Washington Fellowship (MWF)

YALI MWF is a key part of the White House commitment to invest in the future of Africa.  The White House created this initiative out of recognition of the critical and increasing role that young Africans are playing in strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.  20 Mauritanians have already participated in this program.  The entirety of this program is conducted in English language.

For more information, please see:  https://yali.state.gov/washington-fellowship/

YALI Regional Leadership Center (YALI RLC) or “YALI Dakar”

YALI Regional Leadership Center is located in Dakar and offers leadership training programs to young francophone leaders between the ages of 18 and 35.  The RLC serves as a place for regional collaboration driven by young leaders by providing in-person and online training, networking, and professional development opportunities.  The RLCs are a project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in close partnership with The MasterCard Foundation and other private sector partners. Each center is managed as a public-private partnership.  The entirety of this program is conducted in French language.

For more information, please see:  http://www.yaliafriquedelouest.org/