Application for the 2020 Fulbright Foreign Student Program for DRC
The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa welcomes applications from qualified Congolese to study towards a master’s degree at a U.S. university through the Fulbright Foreign Student Program. The United States government, in partnership with American host universities, fully funds Fulbright Foreign Student scholarships. This highly competitive program takes into account an applicant’s scholastic achievements, the potential benefits of the applicant’s proposed course of study to Congolese society at large, the candidate’s demonstrated capacity and willingness to give back to his or her community, and willingness to contribute to better understanding between the people of the United States and the DRC.
All applicants should note that funding is provided for no more than two years of study. Applicants must comply fully with U.S. immigration laws and regulations. All finalists must return to the DRC upon completion of their studies.
The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) in Washington, D.C. administers the Fulbright Program under policy guidelines. The FSB is responsible for approving all Fulbright Program awards. The FSB is composed of twelve educational and public leaders appointed by the President of the United States to formulate worldwide procedures and selection criteria for the Fulbright Program. The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa manages the Fulbright Program in the DRC.
A four year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required to qualify for a master’s degree program in the United States. Applicants must be a Congolese citizen, in good health, and proficient in English. Applicants who are chosen to be finalists must be available for a personal interview.
Candidates can access the application form for the 2020-2021 Fulbright Foreign Student cycle at https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2020
Applications must be completed and submitted online no later than July 1, 2019. Incomplete applications or applications for anything other than the 2020-2021 cycle will not be considered.
Candidates should begin the application process early to ensure all necessary documentation is received before the July 1 deadline. This includes all university transcripts, certified copies of degrees, three letters of recommendation, and TOEFL and GRE scores or proof of TOEFL and GRE registration (see below information on standardized examinations). At least one letter of recommendation should be from a former professor or academic and one from a current or former employer. Official translations are required for non-English degrees and transcripts.
Before completing the application, candidates should research and have a clear idea of programs offered by American universities in his or her desired field of study.
The FSB works with the private, non-profit Institute of International Education (IIE) to place candidates at American graduate institutions. IIE matches students’ degree objectives with university programs. Availability of tuition scholarships from host universities is a factor in the final choice of schools. American universities usually announce selected Fulbright students between March and June for the academic year beginning in August or September; last minute decisions, however, can be made as late as August.
Required Standardized Examinations
It is important for Fulbright Foreign Student Program finalists to take the TOEFL and GRE tests as soon as possible, preferably before June 2019. This still ensures that the examination results will be available to the universities in time to make admissions decisions. Applicants may register for the TOEFL and GRE at www.ets.org. All candidates are responsible for their own TOEFL and GRE registration, travel expenses to and from the testing venues, and testing fees.
Completion of the TOEFL is mandatory for all Fulbright Foreign Student Program applicants, including finalists, even those who consider English as his or her native language.
The GRE is a general ability test, which indicates a candidate’s aptitude for graduate level study. Most American universities will not consider a candidate for admission who has not taken the GRE. The FSB generally accepts the GRE in lieu of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).
Applicants must list IIE as a recipient of test scores. For TOEFL and GRE, the IIE code is 2326.
Any questions you have concerning the Fulbright Foreign Student Program should be directed to the U.S. Embassy by email at KinshasaExchange@state.gov.
***Important note: Employees and their immediate families (i.e., spouses and dependent children) of the U.S. Department of State and of public or private organizations under contract of the U.S. Department of State are ineligible to apply for Fulbright-Hayes grants until one year after termination of such employment or contract.***