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What is the Fulbright Foreign Student Program?
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is a study program funded through the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York. Initiated by U.S. Senator William J. Fulbright in 1946, the program was created to increase international educational exchange between Americans and citizens of more than 150 countries worldwide.
The award includes funding for tuition and required fees; a book, equipment, and travel allowance; a monthly stipend for room & board; and 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 and must return to the DRC upon completion of their studies.
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. 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.
- Be a Congolese citizen,
- Hold a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- 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 a finalist.
Applicants must provide all university transcripts, certified copies of degrees, three letters of recommendation, and TOEFL and GRE scores or proof of TOEFL and GRE registration. Applicants must list IIE as a recipient of test scores. For TOEFL and GRE, the IIE code is 2326.
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.
Link to Application: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2022
Application Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2021
Questions? Email 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.***