The Ambassadors Fund for Summer Work Travel (SWT) Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with the goal of enhancing mutual understanding and supporting public diplomacy efforts between the United States and young people from other countries. The scholarship offers a unique opportunity for university student leaders from Azerbaijan and other select countries who demonstrate a willingness and interest in developing skills related to community building, media literacy, storytelling, and intercultural competencies.

Selected grantees will gain professional experience in the United States, improve their English language skills, and share their own culture with Americans. Moreover, they will attend a 3-day arrival seminar in New York City with scholarship recipients from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria and Georgia.

The scholarship covers many costs associated with the SWT experience including airfare, program fees, and costs (meals and accommodation) associated with the initial seminar in New York City.  The program does not cover housing and food while working for the host employer, spending money, or travel and sightseeing costs while on the SWT.

The Experience

In the summer of 2023, Ambassadors Fund Scholarship recipients will travel to the United States for up to four months during their university summer break. You will be matched with host employers in seasonal communities throughout the United States, and will work in seasonal, entry-level jobs with a high level of interaction with American colleagues and guests. Recipients will meet, work, live with and learn from both people of the United States and other international students while sharing daily experiences.

Explore the United States

Travel to your pre-arranged, seasonal job in an iconic U.S. vacation spot where you will work and live for up to 4 months on the Summer Work Travel Program. All SWT participants are eligible for a travel period of up to 30 days following their job end date.


Build your resume, valuable workforce skills and develop global leadership skills

Build transferable skills including American customer service, business and tourism English, intercultural competencies, critical thinking, and adaptability.


Work an awesome summer job

Experience American working culture and earn wages to support your living and travel expenses during your time in the United States.

Job placements may include hospitality positions, food, and beverage service, amusement park ride operator, lifeguards, and resort workers. Scholarship recipients should be flexible on job type and location.

Application deadline: 15 December, 2022

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