U.S. Government Announces Recruitment for the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX), an Exchange Program for Secondary School Students

Dushanbe, Tajikistan, September 30, 2016 – The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce recruitment for the 2017-2018 Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX). The FLEX program provides scholarships to secondary school students from the countries of Eurasia to travel to the United States for an academic year. FLEX is fully funded by the U.S. Government and administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State. Recruitment, selection, orientation, and travel arrangements for the program are organized by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS.

Secondary school students from Tajikistan are invited to participate in an open competition for FLEX scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year.

FLEX scholarships are awarded by an independent panel of American professionals in education and international relations. Selection will be based on merit as evidenced in a comprehensive application; teacher reference; and demonstrated preparedness for a year-long exchange experience. FLEX scholarship recipients must return to Tajikistan after their academic year.

To be eligible for the FLEX program, applicants must:

  • be citizens of Tajikistan;
  • be currently enrolled in 11th grade;
  • be born after February 15, 1999 and before July 15, 2001;
  • meet U.S. visa eligibility requirements;
  • have an academic standing of “good” or better

Representatives from American Councils will visit regional centers in Tajikistan to conduct testing this fall. All eligible students are invited to take part in Round One. Students who pass Round One (a short English test) will be invited to Round Two, for a written essay. Only applicants who pass Round Two will receive application materials, will be interviewed and will have a comprehensive English test.

Secondary school students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to participate in the competition. Adapted test materials are available for students with disabilities.

City Date Time Place Address
Kulob 1 October 9:00 School No. 53 42 I. Somoni St.
Gharm 1 October 9:00 School No. 1 37 S. Burhon
Isfara 6 October 9:00 Center for Extracurricular Preparation No. 1 47 Kanibadamskaya St.
Khujand 8 October 9:00 Gymnasium No. 1 Next to Youth Center
Qurghon Teppa 8 October 9:00 Lyceum for Gifted Students Kaihonavardon St.
Penjakent 15 October 9:00 School No. 15 228 Rudaki St.
Khorugh 15 October 9:00 School No. 2 143 Lenin St.
Murghob 18 October 9:00 School No. 1 62 Lenin St.
Dushanbe 29 October 9:00 School No. 15 46 Ayni Prospect

For more information about the program or testing in your area please contact:

American Councils for International Education
Dushanbe, 86 Tolstoy
Phone: (992 37) 221-2103, 224-14-57
E-mail: flexrecruiter@americancouncils-tj.org or flex@americancouncils-tj.org

Website: www.americancouncils.tj