Exchange Programs

The U.S. Mission to Sri Lanka & Maldives regularly conducts academic, educational, citizen, arts, and professional exchange programs.


Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) fully funded intensive program for academics in the following fields:

  • American Culture and Values 
  • American Politics and Political Thought
  • Journalism and Media
  • Contemporary American Literature
  • Religious Freedom and Pluralism
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Youth, Workforce Development, and Closing the Skills Gap

Please fill the application form (MS Word, 13 KB) and send to on or before January 20, 2019.

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USDA has announced the 2019 Borlaug Fellowship Program for Sri Lanka.

The Borlaug Fellowship Program provides opportunities for short-term research projects to improve agricultural productivity, economic development, and food security. It offers training and collaborative opportunities for agricultural research, international agricultural economics, leadership, and policy to researchers. Competitively selected fellows will work one-on-one with a U.S. mentor who will coordinate the training program.  After completion of the 10-12 week fellowship, the mentor will visit the fellow’s home institution to continue collaboration.  USDA will select U.S. host institutions and mentors for each fellow.

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USDA will accept applications until December 31, 2018.

Applications for the 2019 Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative competition are now open.

Deadline: November 23

The GIST Tech-I Competition, managed by the U.S. Department of State’s OES Office of Science and Technology Cooperation, offers young science and technology innovators and entrepreneurs an opportunity to compete for mentorship, training, and seed capital to advance their ventures.

Startups from all areas of science & technology innovation (e.g. agriculture, education, energy, environment, health, information communication technologies, oceans, and space science) who are still early stage (i.e. companies that have completed some market analysis, have a launch timeline or have recently launched a product/service for distribution, or have a realistic strategy to sell a product/service) can earn a spot by applying through an online application.

The top 24 finalists chosen by an expert review and public vote will receive an all-expense paid trip to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) in Bahrain to showcase their venture and the chance to win thousands of dollars in seed capital and entrepreneurial resources. Finalists will also receive intensive training before and after the GEC.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be a citizen of Sri Lanka or the Maldives
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18 – 40 as of Nov 23, 2018
  • Applicants must have a business or be willing to start a business in the country of their citizenship (Sri Lanka/Maldives)

Applicants should submit responses to questions on their science or technology innovation along with a 90-second video explaining their idea or product/service at