Educational & Professional Exchange

About the Programs

The Cultural Affairs Section promotes bilateral understanding between Sierra Leone and the United States via a variety of educational and other exchanges both at the American Embassy and elsewhere.

  • It sponsors lectures by visiting American scholars.
  • It administers scholarship programs as follows:

Fulbright Programs

The Fulbright Program provides scholarships to Sierra Leonean graduate students to study in the United States as well as supporting U.S. students studying in Sierra Leone, and U.S. professors who spend a semester or a year teaching in Sierra Leone. For more information, Click Here.

Humphrey Fellowship Programs

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program permits senior employees in both the public and private sectors to spend up to a year in the United States for non-university studies combined with internships in companies or organizations in their professional field. Click Here for more information.

And it promotes professional development for Women in the Tech sector, Community Leaders, and the next generation of African Leaders through the following programs:

Young African Leaders Initiative Mandela Washington Fellowship (YALI)

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.  Nearly 1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60 percent of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35.  President Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders to spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.

The program provides outstanding young leaders with opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S university and, upon return, support their professional development.  Individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the public and private or non-profit sectors are ideal candidates for this program. Please Click Here for more information.

Community Solutions

The Community Solutions program brings the best and brightest global community leaders engaged in work that advances transparency and accountability, tolerance and conflict resolution, environmental issues and women’s and gender issues from around the world to the U.S. for an intensive internship program.  The program enables community leaders to strengthen their capacity for leadership and development in their home country. For more information, Click Here.

For further information, Please contact Cultural Affairs Assistant of the U.S. Embassy on 099-105-364 or send an email to if you need more information.