Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Social Entrepreneurship

Application Opens: October 28

Application Closes: January 6

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Abuja invites applications from student leaders in selected Nigerian universities for this program which aims at exposing them to social entrepreneurship and how they can use the skills to solve social problems.  It is a four-week program that consists of intensive academic work on campus, tour of some cities to meet with local, state, and private organizations working on social entrepreneurship, and final three day activities in Washington DC.

The Institute takes place at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, from June through July of each year.  The selection criteria for this program include:

  • Demonstrable strong leadership qualities
  • Strong interest in social entrepreneurship
  • Demonstrable commitment to community service and university extra-curricular activities
  • Fluency in English
  • Be between 18 and 25 years of age
  • Have a sustained high level of academic performance
  • Hold a leadership position in home institution
  • Strong recommendations from two referees
  • indicate serious interest in learning about the U.S.
  • Be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, thoughtful, inquisitive and tolerant.
  • Be a continuing student with strong desire to return home and complete their degree

Applications must be in a designed form and enclosed with copies of transcripts and recommendation letters from two referees.

All correspondence to:
Cultural Affairs Assistant, U.S. Embassy, Plot 1075, Diplomatic Drive, Central Area, Abuja; email:; or Cultural Affairs Assistant, U.S. Consulate General, 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos; email: