Application FAQs

Questions about the 2018 Leadership Followship application?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions  below! 


Can I save my application once I start it?

No, you cannot save your application on the online application form. We recommend viewing the application and writing your responses in another savable program and then copying and pasting your responses into the form once they are finalized.

Can I complete the application on a mobile device?

Yes, although we recommend applying via a desktop or laptop.

Do I have to submit my application online?

Yes, all applications must be submitted via the online application link; paper applications will not be accepted.


Can I submit more than one application?

No, if Exchanging America receives multiple applications from one applicant, all of their applications will be disqualified.

I’m having trouble uploading my resume to the application form, what do I do?

Please email a copy of your resume to


Which discipline do I choose?

If you’re unsure of which discipline to choose, please refer to the 2018 Application Instructions for additional details about each discipline. Leadership Mentors are selected and assigned based on disciplines reflected in the selected applicant pool.




I am 19 years old now but will be 20 years old at the time of the Followship, am I eligible to apply?

No, you must be 20 years of age at the time of application. Alternatively, if you are 30 years old at the time of application and will turn 31 by the time of the Followship in August 2018, you are eligible.


I am a dual American and non-American country citizen, am I eligible to apply?

Yes, in order to apply for the Followship you must be a U.S. citizen and holder of a U.S. passport. Americans with dual nationality are permitted to apply.


I am a U.S. citizen but have been living abroad for the last 5 years. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, however, preference may be given to applicants with more-limited international travel and work experience.


I only speak English and do not have proficiency in foreign languages. Will this be a problem during my Followship?

No, all Leadership Mentors and individuals you will interact with on your Followship through formal activities will be fluent in English. While on your Followship, you may gain competency in another language.


I am a college junior working towards my bachelors degree, can I apply if I’m a current student?

Yes, you do not need a bachelors degree to apply. As long as you are at least 20 years old at the time of application, you can apply.


Do I need to have a U.S. passport in order to apply?

No, however, if you are accepted, you will need to acquire a U.S. passport prior to travel and meet the qualifications required to obtain a U.S. passport.


Support for individuals with disabilities


Do you allow individuals with disabilities to apply for the Followship?

Absolutely! We welcome individuals to apply from the disability community and have Leadership Mentors available that have experience in disability accommodation and also work on disability topics.


Will I receive accommodations for my disability while on the Followship?

Should you be selected, Exchanging America will work with you to identify reasonable accommodations necessary to ensure you have a safe, comfortable, and supported Followship.



Is there an application fee?

No, there is no application fee to apply for an Exchanging America Followship.


Is the Followship a fully-sponsored program? In other words, is it fully paid for?

No, providing the Followship fee is the responsibility of the American participant.


What does the Followship fee cover?

The Followship fee is an inclusive rate that covers: food, lodging, and in-country travel expenses for 12 days, round trip international flight, travel medical insurance, an in-country stipend, course materials, cultural activity fees (safari in Mikumi National Park and visit to Zanzibar), and program administrative fees.


What does the Followship fee NOT cover?

Your Followship fee does not cover expenses related to your visa, passport, travel medications or vaccinations, cellular data plans while abroad, or optional cultural activities.


What is the Followship fee?

The 2018 Leadership Followship fee for each American participant is $4,000 U.S. dollars.