Global Dialogue Partners


Functions and Responsibilities

Global Dialogue Partners assist international educators from Africa to help their institutions build capacity in international education. The partners maintain a professional relationship with a Global Dialogue Fellow for a minimum of two years, helping the Fellow expand his or her knowledge of model practice in international education development and management and his or her network of contacts at higher education institutions outside of Africa.

Each Global Dialogue Partner will:

  • Provide insights and tips for an assigned Global Dialogue Fellow from Africa regarding international programs model practice and the development of successful institutional partnerships for international education;
  • Acquaint their fellow with resources to support capacity building in international education;
  • Identify useful connections between their fellow and international educators at higher education institutions in other world regions and make introductions virtually or in person at the NAFSA annual conferences;
  • Participate in group conference calls with other Global Dialogue Partners and fellows and one-on-one calls with their assigned fellow;
  • Respond to questions from their fellow regarding international higher education partnerships and direct the fellow to resources or colleagues as needed;
  • Advise their fellow on workshop and session selection at the 2018 and 2019 NAFSA annual conferences;
  • Attend the 2018 and 2019 NAFSA annual conferences and participate in a facilitated pre-conference group workshop with all fellows to share information about programs and plan for a successful conference experience and year-round collaboration. (Complimentary registration for the two conferences will be provided to each Global Dialogue Partner, but support for the Global Dialogue Partner’s travel or accommodations is not provided);
  • Provide ideas to their fellow in developing an action plan for increased international education activity following completion of the fellowship;
  • Help their fellow navigate the world of NAFSA.


The position begins in February 2018 and ends December 2019, a two-year term. On average, three hours per month will be needed to participate as a Global Dialogue Partner, which includes the following:

  • Late February 2018: Group conference call for Global Dialogue Partners;
  • Spring 2018: Individual conference calls between Global Dialogue Partners and their assigned Fellows;
  • May 27-June 1, 2018: Attend the 2018 NAFSA Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, including:
    • Pre-conference workshop for Global Dialogue Fellows and Partners on Monday, May 28, 2018
    • Closing meeting for Global Dialogue Fellows and Partners on Friday, June 1, 2018
    • Individual meetings throughout the conference week with their respective fellows
  • May 26-31, 2019: Attend the 2019 NAFSA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., including:
    • Pre-conference workshop for Global Dialogue Fellows and Partners on Monday, May 27, 2019
    • Closing meeting for Global Dialogue Fellows and Partners on Friday, May 31, 2019
    • Individual meetings throughout the conference week with their respective fellows
  • Regular phone calls and/or email communication with their assigned fellows throughout the program term.


As a Global Dialogue Partner, you will have the opportunity to exchange knowledge and expertise with an experienced African educator, support the professional growth of your fellow, and give back to the international education field.

You will receive the following support from NAFSA:

  • NAFSA staff coordinates the Global Dialogue Fellowship Program and provides support as needed or requested by Global Dialogue Partners.
  • Global Dialogue Partners receive a stipend of $300 per year, $600 total.
  • Global Dialogue Partners receive complimentary registration for the 2018 and 2019 annual conferences. Travel and accommodations before, during, or after the conference are not covered.


Required qualifications include:

  • Current NAFSA membership throughout two year term of service.
  • Six or more years of experience as a faculty member engaged in international education or as a director or senior administrator in international education.
  • Experience in building institutional partnerships with higher education institutions outside the United States.
  • Demonstrated interest in African higher education.
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting the professional development of colleagues.
  • A strong network in international education.
  • Willingness and availability to partner with a fellow over the full two year program.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including listening and advising, and the ability to help fellows identify, refine, and achieve learning goals.
  • Approval from your institution to participate in all required program events.
  • NAFSA membership

Desired qualifications include:

  • Experience in study, research, or institutional partnership building in Africa.
  • Service in a NAFSA leadership position.


If you are interested in serving as a Global Dialogue Partner, please send the following documents to by December 8, 2017:

1. A letter of interest that addresses the following questions:

  • What experience do you have with African higher education institutions and/or African educators?
  • What experience do you have developing international partnerships?
  • What professional networks and resources might you share with a Global Dialogue Fellow?
  • How will being a Global Dialogue Partner benefit you and/or your institution?
  • Please confirm that you will you be able to attend the 2018 and 2019 NAFSA Annual Conferences, held on May 27-June 1, 2018 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and May 26-31, 2019 (Washington, DC).

2. A résumé or curriculum vitae

Download the 2018 Global Dialogue Partner Position Description Icon PDF 16.