The Fulbright Foreign Student Program for DRC

Fulbright Foreign Student Program for DRC
Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Application for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program for DRC

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is pleased to announce the opening of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program competition for 2021-2022. We welcome applications from qualified Congolese citizens and provide them the opportunity to study towards a master’s degree at a U.S. university through the Fulbright Foreign Student Program. This academic exchange program is funded by the U.S.  Department of State and was initiated by U.S. Senator William J. Fulbright in 1946 to increase international educational exchange between Americans and citizens of more than 150 countries worldwide. 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 a better understanding between the people of the United States and the DRC.

The award includes funding for tuition and required fees; a book, equipment, and travel allowance; a monthly stipend for room & board; and also a supplemental health and accident coverage plan

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.


Program participants will be selected through a merit-based, open competition in which leadership potential, academic excellence and ability to adjust to life in the U.S. are all considered.

Applicants must:

  • Be a Congolese citizen,
  • Hold a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Be in good health and possess a strong academic background,
  • Be proficient in English and/or be able to attend a Long-Term English (LTE) program prior to the start of the study program.
  • Be available for a personal interview if chosen to be finalists.

Last day to apply is June 5, 2020 

Qualified applicants living with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Procedures

Candidates should begin the application process early to ensure all necessary documentation is received before the 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.

Prospective candidates may apply by following the online application instructions at

Required Standardized Examinations

TOEFL Test Dates and Deadlines

Test Dates Mail-in Registration Deadline Online Registration Deadline
April 4, 2020 February 17, 2020 March 6, 2020
October 2020 (TBD) August 2020 (TBD) September 2020 (TBD)
November 2020 (TBD) September 2020 (TBD) October 2020 (TBD)
February 2021 (TBD) December 2020 (TBD) January 2021 (TBD)


GRE Test Dates and Deadlines

Test Dates Regular Deadline Late Deadline Supplementary Test Center and Monday Administration Deadline
November 2020 (TBD) September 2020 (TBD) October 2020 (TBD) September 2020 (TBD)
February 2021 (TBD) December 2020 (TBD) December 2020 (TBD) December 2020 (TBD)


It is important for Fulbright Foreign Student Program finalists to take the TOEFL and GRE tests as soon as possible. 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 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

***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.***