Scholarships & Exchanges for Filipinos

The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines oversees U.S. Government-sponsored exchange programs for Filipinos and Americans. Approximately 350 Filipinos and 50 Americans participate in these bilateral exchanges annually. In the Philippines, these exchanges can be categorized into four categories: academic, professional development, youth leadership, and thematic programs. Since the first exchange program in 1948, more than 9,000 Filipino and Americans are exchange alumni.  Our alumni are innovators, thought leaders, and key officials in government, business, education and civil society.

To know more about alumni: https://alumni.state.gov/.

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange Study (YES) provides scholarships for students from countries with a high Muslim population to attend up to one academic year in the U.S.  The program was established by Congress in response to the events of September 11, 2001. Approximately 900 students travel to the U.S each year from over 40 countries. They attend high school while living with host families in order to be immersed in American society. The students also help educate Americans about their own cultures and values.  https://www.yesprograms.org/countries/philippines

  • Application Dates/Status: Not open
  • Program Dates: Not available

The Philippine Youth Leadership Program (PYLP) focuses on developing principled civic leadership, community development, responsible citizenship, and project management. Through experiential learning, participants develop projects to be implemented in their home communities. https://www.niu.edu/clas/cseas/programs/pylp.shtml

  • Application Dates/Status: Not open
  • Program Dates: Not available

The Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) focuses on leadership and youth development. It explores shared challenges faced by the United States and ASEAN member countries as viewed through the three pillars of the ASEAN community: political and security cooperation, economic cooperation, and socio-cultural cooperation and inclusion.  Participants will develop concrete skills in project development, communication, and leadership while engaging in hands-on activities, workshops, seminars, and site visits. Participants will also develop projects to address the needs of their communities upon their return. https://www.niu.edu/clas/cseas/programs/seaylp.shtml

  • Application Dates/Status: Not open
  • Program Dates: Not available

The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is the flagship program of the U.S. government to strengthen youth leadership development and collaboration in Southeast Asia. YSEALI includes all 10 ASEAN member countries and Timor Leste, and is open to young people ages 18-35. Responding to priorities from youth in the ASEAN region, YSEALI programs focus on four themes: economic development and entrepreneurship, environment and natural resource management, education, and civic engagement. YSEALI offers five-week professional and academic fellowships to the U.S., week-long regional workshops for networking and skills development, digital media engagement, and a grant competition to support emerging leaders’ efforts to address regional issues. https://asean.usmission.gov/yseali/

  • Application Dates/Status: Varies
  • Program Dates: Varies

The Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program is a dynamic global network of innovators working with communities to address critical 21st Century issues. This transformational leadership development experience is a year-long program designed to enable civil society leaders, ages 20-27, to harness the power of networks, relationships, and information for the public good, particularly on issues related to civic dialogue and peace building, open and participatory government, women and gender, resilience and sustainable government, and youth engagement. https://www.irex.org/program/community-engagement-exchange-program-application-information

  • Application Dates/Status: Closed
  • Program Dates: October 2021 to January 2022

Community Solutions Program (CSP) is a professional leadership development program for the best and brightest community leaders worldwide. Community Solutions Fellows complete a four-month fellowship from August to December with a U.S. nonprofit organization or local government agency. The Community Leadership Institute provides an integrated leadership curriculum and individualized coaching throughout the fellowship. Fellows return home to apply their new skills through a community action project.  https://www.irex.org/project/community-solutions

  • Application Dates/Status: Closed
  • Program Dates: August to December 2021

The Fellowships on Indo-Pacific Security Studies (FIPSS) is an executive education program which aims to increase civil society participation in security affairs as well as support the inclusion of women and minority security affairs experts. The Fellowships fund well-qualified security affairs experts to attend educational and networking opportunities at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI-APCSS) in Honolulu, Hawaii. Participants are selected by the Embassy. https://apcss.org/


The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Participants are current and emerging foreign leaders chosen by the Embassy to participate in short-term visits to the United States to experience the country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.

Know more about IVLP alumni: https://eca.state.gov/facesofexchange/


The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) are five- to six-week academic programs focusing on U.S. studies for small groups of foreign professionals, scholars, and teachers. SUSIs aim to promote a better understanding of American people and institutions; explore the diversity and culture of the U.S.; and develop or expand curricula on U.S. studies in colleges and universities overseas. Hosted by universities and colleges throughout the U.S., SUSIs offer a balance between academic and experiential learning though an intensive academic program, educational and cultural site visits, educational travel to a different region of the U.S., and opportunities to build relationships with American peers. (application forms will be uploaded when applicable)

  • Application Dates/Status: Not Open
  • Program Dates: Not available

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program offers mid-career professionals 10 months of non-degree academic study and professional exposure in the United States. Humphrey Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or the private sector. The Humphrey Program fosters a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the United States and the Fellows’ home countries. Approximately 200 fellowships are awarded yearly and are hosted at thirteen major U.S. universities.

Know more about the program at https://fulbright.org.ph/scholarship-programs/fulbright-philippine-programs/hubert-h-humphrey-program/.

  • Application Dates/Status: Not Open
  • Program Dates: Not available

Since 1948, Fulbright grants have been awarded to nearly 3,000 Filipinos and close to 1,000 Americans for graduate degree study, teaching and research in the Philippines and the United States. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to Filipino and American students, teachers, scholars  and professionals to study, teach, lecture and/or conduct research in the United States and in the Philippines. The Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF) is the non-profit, binational organization responsible for the administration of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship Program, Hubert H. Humphrey fellowships, and other educational exchange initiatives.

Learn more about Fulbright opportunities at https://fulbright.org.ph/.

The U.S.-Philippines Alliance Fellowship is specifically for Filipino scholars and analysts who wish to conduct an analysis along the following themes: national security, international relations, and international trade and investment in the Indo-Pacific. The fellowship includes a monthly stipend of US$3,000 while in residence in Washington; office space and computer and relevant office resources; and round trip economy airfare to Washington, DC from the Philippines. Fellows are responsible for securing their own housing and medical insurance coverage during their term of residency (EWCW will provide suggestions for accommodation options). https://www.eastwestcenter.org/ewc-in-washington/visiting-fellows/the-us-philippines-alliance-fellowship

  • Application Dates/Status: Open (Deadline: March 26, 2021)
  • Program Dates: Not available

The Fortune – U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership connects talented, emerging women leaders from all over the world with members of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Leaders for a three-week-long program.

The program begins with an orientation in Washington, D.C., where mentees meet with senior women leaders in government, business, academia, civil society and the media. At the end of the mentorship, emerging leaders reconvene in New York City to collectively reflect on their experience and discuss future leadership opportunities. https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/fortune-us-department-state-global-womens-mentoring-partnership

  • Application Dates/Status: Closed
  • Program Dates: Not available

International Writing Program Fall Residency is a component of the International Writing Program (IWP) and is the oldest and largest multicultural writing residency in the world. The goal of the Fall Residency is to provide authors with the setting for cultural exchange and also with the time and space to write, read, translate, study, and to become part of the vibrant literary and academic community at the University of Iowa. https://iwp.uiowa.edu/residency

  • Application Dates/Status: Closed
  • Program Dates: Not available

OneBeat is an international music exchange that celebrates musical collaboration and social engagement through innovative people-to-people diplomacy. Musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world come together in the U.S. for four weeks to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop ways that music can make a positive impact on our local and global communities. More than a performance program, OneBeat balances three principles: dialogue, creation, and social engagement to foster mutual understanding and cooperation among citizens of the world, one unexpected musical piece at a time. https://1beat.org/

  • Application Dates/Status: Closed
  • Program Dates: Not available

The Sports Visitors Program offers young non-elite athletes and coaches chosen by the U.S. Embassy to visit the United States for a fast-paced two week exchange program. These sports-themed programs offer participants the opportunity to interact with Americans and experience American society, culture, and values firsthand. The activities include sessions on nutrition, strength and conditioning, gender equity in sport, Title IX, sport and disability, and team building. Special emphasis is placed on the visitors’ development of personal action plans that they use upon their return home. https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/sports-visitor-program