The Massachusetts-South Africa Technology Fellowship Program


The Massachusetts-South Africa Technology Fellowship Program

The Massachusetts-South Africa Technology Fellowship Program (MSAT) is made possible by a generous grant from the United States Department of State.  It is designed to bring emerging leaders from South Africa to Boston for five weeks of internship in high tech, information technology and life sciences industries. The selected Fellows will be placed in companies within the targeted industries to learn first-hand how issues in their fields are addressed in the United States. While deepening their understanding of American society, the visiting participants also build a broad network made up of both their new American colleagues and the other visiting Fellows.

Bentley University, in close collaboration with South Africa Partners, has been selected to implement the MSAT program in Boston, Massachusetts. The five-week Fellowship will include a one-week orientation program on the campus of Bentley University, three weeks of internship working with a mentor and a peer in a Boston-area business setting, and one week in Washington, D.C., where Fellows attend the Professional Fellows Congress, hosted by the U.S. Department of State.  Fellows will travel to the U.S. in May 2013 or October 2013.

The fellowship will cover all of the Fellows’ travel and living expenses. Each Fellow’s South African employer must be willing to host the Fellow’s U.S. counterpart for a two-week exchange placement in July 2013 or January 2014.

Eligibility Requirements

Given the broad objectives of the program, we are looking for applicants who meet all or most of the qualifying criteria listed below:

  • Employed in high tech, information technology, life sciences or related industries
  • Five or more years of work experience in a managerial position
  • Identified by employer as an emerging leader
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Age 25-40 years
  • Work experience and skills that allow for a productive match between the sending South African company and the Massachusetts host company

All applications will be carefully evaluated on an individual basis. Finalists will be invited to interview in Johannesburg during the week of January 28, 2013.

Application Process

Interested individuals are requested to send their completed application via email to Professor Abdi Eshghi ([email protected]) along with a current résumé and a letter of support from their supervisor as soon as possible, or by November 26, at the latest.

For more information, please contact Professor Abdi Eshghi ([email protected]) of Bentley University or Carol Cashion ([email protected]) of South Africa Partners.




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