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Programs for Professionals and Academics

Fulbright Specialist and Scholar Program

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.

For more information visit: https://awards.cies.org/

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

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.

International Visitor Leadership Program

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.

To find out more please visit: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

U.S. Embassy Welcomes Applicants for the 2022-2023 Hubert H. Humphrey Program

The U.S. Embassy invites suitably qualified persons to compete for participation in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.  This distinguished program brings accomplished mid-level professionals to the United States for a year of combined academic (but non-degree) and professional work. Fellows are selected based on potential for leadership and commitment to public service. Fellowships are granted competitively to both public and private sector candidates with strong leadership potential and a commitment to public service in these fields.

For more information on the program please visit: https://www.humphreyfellowship.org/frequently-asked-questions


  • Candidates must hold at least a first-level university degree (equivalent to a B.A. or B.Sc.)
  • Humphrey Fellows are expected to be resourceful and display initiative. The individual’s application should indicate how his/her organization and the country could benefit from experiences to be acquired under the program


  • Belizean citizenship and permanent employment in Belize;
  • Be between the ages of 30-50 years old.

(Note carefully that applicants should be no older than 50 years old at the beginning of the program on August 1, 2022)

  • Demonstrate leadership ability and commitment to public service
  • A minimum of five years of substantial full-time professional experience and must be policy rather than research or technically oriented.
  • Candidates should be proficient in both written and spoken English.


  • Recent graduates (even if they have significant positions)
  • University teachers or researchers with no management or policy responsibilities (except in the fields of drug abuse prevention)
  • Individuals with less than five years of full-time professional work experience and with recent academic or professional U.S. experience (more than 6 months within the last 5 years prior to the date of application)
  • Individuals who have attended a graduate school in the U.S. for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2022
  • Individuals with dual Belizean and U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status
  • Applicants with distinguished records but who do not have a compelling need for the Humphrey experience


Only electronic submission of applications will be accepted.  The online application is available at https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey

Applications close at midnight on September 17.  For further details on eligibility and other program requirements, interested persons may contact U.S. Embassy, Belmopan via email (BelmopanPA@state.gov) or visit the official Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program website.


Please note that selection for this program is competitive. The review panel is looking for candidates who meet all program requirements, including demonstrated leadership ability/ potential, a commitment to public service, and a well-developed program plan. Following a technical review, short-listed candidates will be advised and invited for an interview.