Global Programs: Professionals

This initiative will send technical experts from the academic, non-profit or private sectors to serve as consultants and speakers to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, sharing best practices and expertise in clean energy, sustainable urban development, climate change adaptation and reducing emissions from deforestation.  Partners will facilitate fellowship trips throughout the Hemisphere, where Fellows will visit one, two or three countries for an average of five days per trip.  Through constant monitoring and evaluation, Partners will track and analyze participant satisfaction with the program, increases in knowledge and understanding of issues related to energy and climate change, demonstrated uses of new skills and knowledge as a result of the program, and changes in institutions and communities as a result of the program.

Agencies involved: Partners of the Americas and US State Dept. Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

Key dates: Check website for more information.


The ESFP enables scientists and engineers from US Government technical agencies to provide expertise at embassies and missions overseas for 1-3 month periods. In the past ten years, more than 200 scientists from 12 departments and agencies have taken part in this program. Different agencies may have specific eligibility criteria.

Agencies Involved: U.S. State Department and USAID

Key Dates: Application deadlines vary by Embassy. Check website for additional information.


This program encourages international science and technology cooperation in areas of interest to the Naval Research Enterprise (NRE) by providing seed funding to research teams of international and U.S scientists.

Agencies Involved: Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global) 

Key Dates: Applications are accepted year-round.


Proposals for joint research, extension and education projects among US and international agricultural professionals can be submitted through this program. This program supports agriculture professionals focused on improving agricultural productivity, creating sustainable agricultural systems, and building regional or global trade capacity. Researchers are given up to two years to complete an individual project.

Agencies Involved: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service.

Key Dates: Check website for updated information.


Each year, the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad to lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Candidates must be U.S. citizens and hold a Ph.D. or equivalent professional degree. Some awards within the catalog may have specific requirements.

Agencies Involved: The Fulbright Program, United States Department of State, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

Key Dates: Application deadline is August 1, 2014.