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Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program
November 23, 2022


The Community Engagement Exchange (CEE) Program, a fully funded exchange program, supports emerging community leaders, ages 21-28, from around the world working at the nexus of public, private, and non-profit sectors to address issues of public concern and improve the quality of community. Through a three-month exchange in the United States, follow-on community engagement projects, and robust alumni programming, CEE equips the next generation of civil society leaders to develop sustainable, multisector solutions to community challenges in 100 countries.

If you want to join a group of global community innovators who are catalyzing change-making potential of communities around the globe, the program website has all the information: https://www.irex.org/program/community-engagement-exchange-program-application-information


The program will cover:

  • A fully-funded professional practicum in the United States,
  • A comprehensive civic engagement and leadership curriculum,
  • A mentorship from civil society leaders around the Globe,


Eligibility Requirements

Competition for the CEE Program is merit-based and open to emerging civil society and community leaders who meet the criteria below. Applications that do not meet these eligibility requirements will be disqualified and will not be reviewed by the selection committee. Please note that the U.S. Department of State and IREX reserve the right to verify all the information included in an individual’s application. If there is a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the applicant will immediately be disqualified.


Applicants must fulfill the following:

  • Be citizen of Sénégal and residing in Sénégal,
  • Be between the ages of 21 to 28,
  • Has a minimum of two-years professional or volunteer experience, working on community or civil society issues, at the time of application,
  • Working on a community engagement initiative in Sénégal, either in a professional or volunteer capacity, with a demonstrated intent and vision to pursue a career working to support civil society or within the civil society sector,
  • Be able to begin the CEE Program in the United States in 2024,
  • Able to receive a U.S. J-1 Visa,
  • Committed to returning to Sénégal after completion of the program and implementing a community-based project,
  • Be proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application,

(Semifinalists will be required to take an English language test)


Individuals in the following circumstances are NOT eligible for this program:

  • S. citizens and/or permanent residents of the United States,
  • Individuals participating in academic, training, or research programs in the United States or other countries at the time of application,
  • Individuals who have participated in an exchange visitor program sponsored or funded by the U.S. government (e.g., U.S. Department of State Public Affairs Section of U.S. embassies, or other U.S. government agencies),
  • Individuals who have applied for U.S. permanent residency in the past three years,

The application period is between October 26 to November 30, 2022.

Apply here: Login » IREX – International Research & Exchanges Board: Community Engagement Exchange Application

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