High School and University Educational Exchange Programs

Provide opportunities for intercultural dialogue between Turkey and America’s youth

The YES Program, established post-9/11, provides scholarships for high school students to spend up to one academic year in the United States. Since 2003, over 300 students from Turkey have participated in YES, living with host families, attending American high schools, engaging in activities to learn about American society and values, acquiring leadership skills, and helping educate Americans about Turkey. In 2007, YES Abroad was established to provide a similar experience for U.S. students; in 2011 the first YES Abroad students were hosted in Turkey. During the 2012-2013 academic year 50 Turkish YES students will go to the U.S., and seven American YES Abroad students will study in Turkey.

Improve Americans’ ability to communicate on an international level

Launched in 2006, the NSLI-Y program aims to improve Americans’ ability to communicate on an international level. The six-week long Turkish summer program began in 2008; it offers U.S. citizen high school and recently graduated students the opportunity to increase their Turkish language skills through intensive language classes and experiential learning opportunities.  Classes focus on improving speaking, listening, reading and writing in Turkish. Cultural activities, excursions and host family stays complement the language classes and provide opportunities for conversational practice and in-depth cultural learning. In 2012, 40 students will be hosted in Ankara, Bursa and Izmir from late June to mid August.

Improve Americans’ ability to communicate on an international level

Launched in 2006, Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes offer intensive summer language programs overseas in thirteen critical need foreign languages, including Turkish. In Turkey, U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. students spend seven to ten weeks in Bursa, Izmir or Ankara in intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences. The CLS Turkish institute covers approximately one academic year of university-level Turkish. Classes range from beginner to advanced levels. Extracurricular activities include regular one-on-one meetings with peer tutors for conversational practice, as well as cultural activities and excursions. Students also live with host families.  In 2012, 60 CLS students will be hosted in Turkey.

Empower Turkish students to turn ideas into action

Since 2009, Turkish students have been joining Vermont teenagers and other students from around the world to study current Issues and youth activism at the Governor’s Institute of Vermont. The GV is a 12-day, accelerated learning residency on a college campus. Students are empowered as they focus on pressing social and political issues in 2012 from a state, national and global perspective.  Students learn about leadership, activism, communication and organizing skills to get involved and create real change on any issue. In 2012, 14 Turkish students will participate. 

Encourage Turkey’s youth to pursue careers in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Launched in 2007, YIEP nurtures creativity among Turkish high school students by helping these aspiring business leaders acquire entrepreneurship skills. Currently YIEP operates in 21 provinces throughout Turkey in over 60 schools with over 2000 students. YIEP offers Turkish and American teachers educational materials and courses on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Through an on-line component, Turkish and American students also share ideas and foster mutual understanding. Once trained, the teachers pass this knowledge onto their students who establish virtual companies, develop innovative business ideas, and prepare business plans. These students showcase their innovative business ideas at product fairs, earning virtual “investment checks” from local business leader judges. The two winning teams announced at the fair earn a U.S. study tour.

Deepen the entrepreneurial skills of student leaders in Turkey to address social issues

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders are five-to-six-week academic programs designed for foreign undergraduate students between the ages of 18 and 25 to improve their understanding of the United States and to develop their leadership skills. Institutes include a four-week academic residency consisting of interactive classroom activities, discussions, lectures, readings, site visits, and workshops; a one week educational study tour to a different region of the United States; leadership skills building activities; community service; and opportunities to interact with their American peers on a college campus. Each Institute includes approximately 20 participants from selected countries.

Foster relationships and advance shared values between youth from Europe, Eurasia, and the United States

In its seventh year, the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute is an intensive academic institute hosted at Wake Forest University. It is designed to foster relationships among youth from Europe, Eurasia, and the United States in order to advance links and awareness of shared values and encounter principles of freedom and cooperation as challenges of the global 21st Century. Furthermore, students learn about leadership and community service. Since 2008, Turkish students have participated. Inspiring the Institutes is American statesman and diplomat, Benjamin Franklin, who prized religious tolerance over intolerance, social mobility over class privilege, and was a firm believer in free speech. The Institute seeks an environment that encourages individual expression, communications, and information sharing in an effort to advance positive relationships among the various ethnic, religious, and national groups.

The below information is for your reference only. Kindly keep checking the website for notification of the 2019-2020 announcement as updates to grants occur every year.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a non-degree program designed for young and mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement. The program has academic and professional components. Humphrey fellows pursue tailored study programs at participating host institutions as well as having professional enrichment activities including professional visits, conferences, training programs and a minimum 6-week long professional affiliation (work attachment).

Humphrey Program provides Grants for the following fields:

Sustainable Development
a. Agricultural and Rural Development
b. Economic Development/Finance and Banking
c. Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
d. Urban and Regional Planning

Democratic Institution Building
a. Communications/Journalism
b. Law and Human Rights
c. Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
d. Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
e. Technology Policy and Management
f. Human Resource Management

a. Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
b. Higher Education Administration
c. Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

Public Health
a. Public Health Policy and Management
b. HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
c. Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment

This Fellowship Program will start in August 2018 and continue for one academic year. Before the Program start date, participants may be required to attend an intensive 20-25 week long pre-academic program to improve their English language skills before transitioning to their academic-year Humphrey campuses.

The Humphrey Fellowship Program Grantees will be provided a round-trip plane ticket in addition to health insurance and financial support which will cover educational and living expenses in the U.S.A.

Grants do not require mandatory service, but after completion of the Program in the United States, grantees are required to return to Turkey pursuant to the U.S.A. J-1 visa rule.

Questions regarding the program can be directed to the Fulbright Commission in Ankara:
E-mail: trprog@fulbright.org.tr
Telephone: 312-427-1360