An­nounc­ing Op­por­tu­ni­ties for Study and Travel to the United States

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL -

The U.S. Mis­sion to Iraq is pleased to an­nounce that it is ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for two U.S. Gov­ern­ment-spon­sored ex­change pro­grams fo­cused on de­vel­op­ing lead­er­ship, pub­lic ser­vice, and English teach­ing skills. The pro­grams pro­vide Iraqi pro­fes­sion­als and young teach­ers of English the op­por­tu­nity to travel to the United States for up to one year to im­prove their pro­fes­sional skills, re­fine their teach­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, in­crease their English­language pro­fi­ciency, and ex­tend their knowl­edge of Amer­i­can cul­ture and cus­toms. Th­ese pro­grams are de­signed to build ties of mu­tual un­der­stand­ing be­tween the United States and Iraq in sup­port of the U.S.-Iraq Strate­gic Frame­work Agree­ment.

The Hu­bert H. Humphrey Fel­low­ship Pro­gram is a Ful­bright pro­gram that brings ac­com­plished young and mid-ca­reer pro­fes­sion­als with demon­strated lead­er­ship po­ten­tial to the United States for one year of non-de­gree grad­u­ate- level study, lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment, and pro­fes­sional en­rich­ment. The pro­gram’s goal is to pro­vide fu­ture lead­ers and pol­icy mak­ers in Iraq with an un­der­stand­ing of U.S. so­ci­ety and cul­ture, as well as pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence that will pro­vide a ba­sis for last­ing, pro­duc­tive ties be­tween Iraqis and their pro­fes­sional col­leagues in the United States. Mid-ca­reer pro­fes­sion­als with a min­i­mum of a Bach­e­lor’s de­gree, at least five years of pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence, and a com­mit­ment to pub­lic ser­vice in the pub­lic or pri­vate sec­tor are en­cour­aged to ap­ply.

The Ful­bright For­eign Lan­guage Teach­ing As­sis­tant (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 ex­pand their knowl­edge of Amer­i­can so­ci­ety and cul­ture, while help­ing to strengthen for­eign lan­guage in­struc­tion at U.S. col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties by work­ing as Ara­bi­clan­guage teach­ing as­sis­tants. Ap­pli­cants must be be­tween 21 and 29 years of age, be cur­rent teach­ers of English, and pos­sess a Bach­e­lor’s de­gree at the time of ap­pli­ca­tion.

All ap­pli­cants must be flu­ent in English, with no or lim­ited prior U.S. ex­pe­ri­ence, and be Iraqi cit­i­zens re­sid­ing in Iraq. Fam­ily mem­bers can­not ac­com­pany par­tic­i­pants. There is no cost to ap­ply. The U.S. Depart­ment of State will fully fund par­tic­i­pants’ travel, ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram costs, health insurance, hous­ing, and a mod­est liv­ing stipend.

Prospec­tive ap­pli­cants are en­cour­aged to re­view the pro­gram in­for­ma­tion and el­i­gi­bil­ity guide­lines avail­able on our web­site, http:// iraq.usem­bassy.gov/ex­change­spro­grams.html. The dead­line for sub­mit­ting ap­pli­ca­tions to both pro­grams is July 18, 2013. For more in­for­ma­tion, ap­pli­cants may email Ful­brightIraq@state.gov.

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