Who sponsors?

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This scholarship program is fully funded by the United States government and administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State. ECA fosters understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries around the world.

ECA programs include educational and training programs that promote personal, professional, and institutional ties between private citizens and organizations in the United States and abroad to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange that assist in the development of peaceful relations.

Program participants go on program with a U.S. J-1 visa type, designed for exchange program visitors to the U.S. Because the program is funded by the U.S. government, there is a two-year home-country residency requirement and participants are required to return to their home country at the end of the program year. Full details can be found here.