Global Dialogue Fellowship Program


The deadline for applying for the 2018 Global Dialogue Fellowship Program has passed. Please check back in September 2018 to apply for the 2019 program.

NAFSA’s Global Dialogue Fellowship Program, launched in 2014, seeks to assist university leaders in several sub-Saharan African countries to help increase their institution’s international education capacity and bring their expertise to university leaders in the United States.

The program is designed to support academic leaders and faculty members in developing new and deeper international opportunities for students, scholars, faculty, and exchange visitors at their home institutions, and to create new channels of dialogue with academic leaders from around the world.


The 2018 NAFSA Global Dialogue Fellowship Program will provide support to five African higher education professionals who are working to:

  • Provide greater access to international study and research for their institution;
  • Increase international competence among their students, faculty members, and administrators;
  • Strengthen institutional relationships with higher education institutions in other countries.

Meet the new 2018 Global Dialogue Fellows

Features of the Program

The program pairs each Global Dialogue Fellow with a U.S.-based Global Dialogue Partner for ongoing conversation and provides support for each fellow to attend two consecutive NAFSA annual conferences in the United States. In turn, the fellows help representatives of potential partner institutions in other countries better understand African higher education and consider new partnerships in Africa.


Eligibility to apply for a Global Dialogue Fellowship is limited to:

  • Men and women in faculty or academic administration positions in higher education institutions in the following countries:
    • Benin
    • Burundi
    • Cameroon
    • Liberia
    • Malawi
    • Mozambique
    • Nigeria
    • Rwanda
    • Senegal
    • Tanzania
    • Uganda
    • Zambia
  • Individuals with advanced professional proficiency in English.
  • Individuals with a completed master’s or doctoral degree, and 3 or more years in teaching or academic leadership in an institution or institutions of higher education.
  • Individuals demonstrating evidence of previous efforts to increase university connections and partnerships with higher education institutions in other countries, or previous efforts to increase student or faculty exchanges with, or research collaborations with, higher education institutions in other countries.
  • Individuals with a concrete vision for increasing the capacity of their home institution to deepen connections with universities in other countries.

Program Benefits

The five individuals selected to participate in the Global Dialogue Fellowship Program will receive these benefits from NAFSA:

  • Complimentary registration to the NAFSA annual conferences in the United States, held in late May in 2018 and 2019, including access to the full week’s programs and access to the International Education Expo. In addition, at each of these conferences, the Global Dialogue Fellows will be invited to attend the Academic Leadership Reception and two of the following special programs:  
  • Participation in a pre-conference workshop exclusively for Global Dialogue Fellows and Global Dialogue Partners on navigating the annual conference and building successful international programs and institutional partnerships.
  • One-half economy-class travel costs to attend the annual conferences in 2018 and 2019.
  • An allowance for meals during the annual conference week, library visit, and travel days.
  • Complimentary housing during the annual conference in 2018 and 2019.
  • Partnership with a volunteer Global Dialogue Partner from among the NAFSA membership who will maintain contact with their Global Dialogue Fellow throughout the two-year program and offer advice and information about programs and benefits available at the annual conference and about building international programs and institutional partnerships.
  • Periodic conference calls among the Global Dialogue Fellows and Global Dialogue Partners to discuss topics of importance.
  • Complimentary NAFSA membership for 2018 and 2019, with membership benefits including a digital subscription to the association’s International Educator magazine.
  • The choice of a NAFSA publication free of charge each of the two years, to build the Global Dialogue Fellows’ libraries on internationalization.
  • Assistance to the Global Dialogue Fellow in planning the 2018 conference presentation and the Global Dialogue Fellows and Partners workshop.

Program Requirements

Each Global Dialogue Fellow selected is expected to fulfill these requirements. Failure to complete these requirements can result in early termination of the fellowship.

  • Participate fully in the NAFSA annual conferences in 2018 and 2019 and actively collaborate with the assigned Global Dialogue Partner.
  • Participate in a pre-conference group workshop with Global Dialogue Partners to share information about programs and challenges, and plan for a successful conference experience and year-round collaboration.
  • Following the 2018 and 2019 annual conferences, complete post-conference surveys.
  • At the 2019 annual conference, serve on a NAFSA annual conference panel to present his or her vision for change at their home institution and a progress report on the institution’s developments in international education programs and services.
  • In 2018 and 2019, help plan the pre-conference workshop for the new cohort of Global Dialogue Fellows and Global Dialogue Partners.
  • Before completing the fellowship program in 2019, create and share a personal action plan about international education and partnership strategies with faculty members and administrators in the Global Dialogue Fellow’s home country, through presentations at institutional, regional, or national meetings or publications.
  • At the end of 2019, submit a report on the two-year fellowship experience, using a format provided by NAFSA. 
  • Hold a passport valid until 2020 or later.
  • Secure an entry visa for the United States in 2018 and 2019.
  • Be in good health and be able to participate fully in Global Dialogue Fellowship Program activities.
  • Have reliable Internet and Skype access.
  • Be available to travel to the United States for the periods May 25-June 3, 2018 and May 24-June 2, 2019.
  • Secure funding for one-half of the economy-class air travel costs to the United States.
  • Provide a deposit of $150 to NAFSA by credit card payment or bank transfer by February 28, 2018. This deposit will be used by NAFSA towards the Fellow’s half of the cost of travel to Philadelphia in 2018. A similar deposit of $150 will be required toward the Fellow’s share of travel costs in 2019.

How to Apply

In order to be considered, applicants must complete an online application form and submit supporting materials by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. All materials must be submitted in English.

A complete application includes:

  • A completed online application form
  • A résumé or curriculum vitae sent via email to or via fax to the Global Dialogue Fellowship Program at +1.202-737-3657.
  • A signed letter of support from an administrator at your institution with the position of dean or department chair or higher, sent via email to or via fax to the Global Dialogue Fellowship Program at +1.202-737-3657. The letter should indicate the capability of the applicant to make practical and feasible recommendations regarding deepening the university’s international higher education relationships.


Applications for the 2018 Program are now closed.

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