Programs for Professionals and Academics

Fulbright Program promotes linkages between U.S. Scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas.  The program awards grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative four month (two-to-six weeks) projects at eligible institutions in Belize.  Rolling nominations can be submitted throughout the year.

The Program offers more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants. The Fulbright Program is governed by policy and procedures established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB), the 12-member board appointed by the President of the United States.

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Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) is the premier exchange program in the hemisphere. Launched in 2016, YLAI provides fully funded five- weeks long fellowships to enable Belizeans to develop joint business and civil society initiatives with their counterparts in the U.S. YLAI empowers innovative business and social entrepreneurs who have demonstrated a record of successfully growing their own business or social venture for two years.

  • Four-week Fellowship: With U.S. fellowship hosts in their fields of expertise, YLAI Professional Fellows gain valuable professional development skills at entrepreneurial organizations or companies across the United States and work jointly on an action plan to be implemented upon Fellows’ return to their home countries.
  • Washington, D.C. Closing Forum: YLAI Professional Fellows participate in a closing conference and networking event with top U.S. government officials as well as global public, private, and nonprofit leaders.
  • YLAI Entrepreneurship Institute: YLAI Professional Fellows expand their leadership, entrepreneurial, and management skills and knowledge through online and in-person trainings that complement their U.S. Fellowship.

Selection Critiria:

Participants must: be between the ages of 21 and 35; be eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa; have at least 2 years of entrepreneurial/leadership experience; and be proficient in reading, writing and speaking English. Participants cannot be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident or be government employees.

Who is eligible to apply?

Candidates will be considered without respect to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexuality, national origin, disability or any other protected characteristic as established by U.S. law. Applicants with disabilities are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Financial provisions:

There is no fee to apply to become a YLAI Professional Fellow. All YLAI Professional Fellows Program expenses are covered by the U.S. government.

The mission of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is to support U.S. foreign policy goals by enhancing mutual understanding between the United States and other nations. It does this by introducing emerging leaders to U.S. society and values and connecting them to a broad range of Americans who share their professional concerns and interests.

The IVLP offers participants a short-term opportunity to experience the richness and diversity of American political, economic, social, and cultural life through carefully designed exchanges that reflect participants’ professional interests and the public diplomacy and foreign policy objectives of the Department of State. International Visitor Leadership Program projects include professional meetings, site visits, consultations, hands-on activities, volunteer opportunities, home hospitality, and cultural events. There are several project options under the IVLP. Most projects last three weeks.

Each year nearly 5,000 exchange participants go to the U.S. on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). More than 200,000 International Visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP, including more than 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government.

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