Grants for US Citizens

HBCU International Education Administrators Program

For US higher education administrators from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) 

Approximately 12 grants awarded

Seminar locations will include visits to universities and colleges in major cities within France and Senegal (to be determined).

Starting date: Seminar expected to take place in April 2025, but please note this is tentative and subject to change.

The seminar will be administered by the Fulbright Commission in France and the West Africa Research Center in Dakar, Senegal. 


The HBCU International Education Administrators seminars help US international education professionals and senior higher education officials from Historically Black Colleges and Universities create meaningful connections with the societal, cultural, and higher education systems of both Senegal and France. Grantees have the opportunity to learn about the host countries' education systems and establish networks of US and international colleagues. Grantees return with an enhanced ability to serve and encourage international students and prospective study-abroad students.

The program consists of briefings, campus visits, appointments with selected government officials, networking and cultural activities, and meetings with French and Senegalese higher education professionals. Participants will gain first-hand knowledge of French and Senegalese higher education institutions and meet with high-ranking administrators at universities and within the public sector. The seminar aims to achieve a balance of knowledge sharing, experiential excursions and exposure to French and Senegalese culture.  

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation.

Applicants must be :

  • Senior-level administrators (such as deans, directors, vice presidents, provosts, and presidents) with substantial responsibility for enhancing the international dimension of their institutions, or international education administrators (for example, foreign student advisors, study abroad advisors, and foreign student admissions staff)
  • Or be employed by a Historically Black College or University (HBCU)
  • Or have a minimum of five years of full-time related work experience either in the field of international education or higher education administration. 


The program is administered by the Institute of International Education. To learn more, please consult IIE's website.

For further information on the French program, please contact Charlotte Goodwin at Fulbright France.

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Applications for the 2025 session are due by September 16, 2024

For further information and to apply, please consult IIE's program page

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English is sufficient. 

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  • Participants will be asked to submit an evaluation at the conclusion of the seminar.
  • It is not necessary to obtain a visa for participation in the program.
  • Senegal requires proof of yellow fever vaccination for travelers entering the country.
  • The seminar cannot accommodate dependents

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