Fulbright Program in Lebanon
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All qualified individuals are now invited to apply for the 2019-2021 Fulbright Student Scholarship Program, a grant to obtain a master’s degree at a university in the United States. Applicants with disability are encouraged to apply. The program, which covers a maximum of two academic years of study beginning in August 2019, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. Originally proposed by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1945, this scholarship has become the U.S. government’s flagship program in international educational exchange. The program is fully funded by the U.S. Congress and administered by AMIDEAST.

The grant includes: roundtrip airfare between Lebanon and the United States, tuition, books, health insurance, and room and board. Funding is not available to meet the expenses of Fulbright students’ dependents (spouses, children, parents, etc.)  

As part of your application, you will need to present a TOEFL® score. If you do not have one already, ask us about the Institutional TOEFL® ITP test dates.

 

A. Applicant Requirements

A competitive applicant will have an excellent academic record, strong English language skills, an outstanding character, and the commitment to return to Lebanon upon completion of the program. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a Lebanese citizen or a legal, long-term Palestinian resident in Lebanon.

  • Must be residing in Lebanon at the time of the application.

  • Cannot be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident (green card holder).

  • Must have a bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by the Lebanese Ministry of Higher Education (or will graduate with a bachelor’s degree before summer 2019).

  • Has demonstrated academic excellence within his/her field of specialization.

  • Will pursue a field of study benefiting Lebanese society and/or Lebanese-American relations.

  • Be applying for a master’s degree in any field of study except dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, or other clinical fields (nursing administration is permitted).

  • Students from all disciplines are welcome to apply, but priority will be given to fields of study in: humanities, social sciences, political science, public administration, journalism, urban planning, rural and economic development, entrepreneurship, gender studies, geotechnical engineering or other fields that are not available in Lebanon.

  • Demonstrated English ability (TOEFL®, IELTS™ scores if available or institutional TOEFL® score).

 

B. Provisions

  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously studied in the United States.

  • Fulbright students must return to Lebanon for at least two years upon completion of the program and will not be eligible for U.S. employment, immigration or residency visas during that time period. Fulbright students are eligible to apply for student, tourist, and business visas to the U.S. after completing the Fulbright program.

 

C. Application Instructions

  • Complete the application online at https://iie.embark.com/apply/ffsp

  • Answer all questions accurately and completely.

  • Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

  • Carefully write the essays, which are key components of the application.  Each essay must be a minimum of 250 to a maximum of 600 words.  The selection committee will review these essays closely.

  • Deliver hardcopies of the following supporting documents to the AMIDEAST office.

  1. TOEFL iBT score 
    Note: The paper-based  TOEFL IPT® available at AMIDEAST is acceptable at the time of application. Selected finalists will be required to take the TOEFL iBT for entry into graduate programs.

  2. One official transcript for each undergraduate and graduate degree (in English).

  3. Documentation of class rank (if available)

  4. Copy of all degrees in English (if available)

  5. Three sealed letters of recommendation (two from university professors). Letters of recommendation can be submitted online. Master of Business Administration (MBA) candidates: Three letters of recommendation (two from professional colleagues). 
    Note: All recommendations must be submitted on the official Fulbright letter of recommendation form available on the website. No one writing a recommendation should submit a letter using any other format.

  6. Curriculum vitae or résumé

  7. Copy of only the biodata information page in English from the applicant’s passport (if available)

  8. Two recent passport-sized photos with applicant’s name written on the back

Optional Submission of Graduate-Level Exam Scores

  • Applicants for most graduate programs must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

  • MBA degree applicants must take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) instead of the GRE and have a minimum of two years of work experience (by August 2018).

  • Applicants are not required to submit graduate exam results at the time of application. Scores may be submitted if available. Final selection of Fulbright grantees, however, will be contingent upon successful completion of the requisite exams in August 2018. Serious applicants are encouraged to prepare in advance for these required exams.

Submission deadline for all application materials was on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (4:30 p.m.)

Applications must be completed online. Supporting documents must be received at AMIDEAST by Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an in-person interview in June 2018. Phone interviews are not possible. 

For additional Fulbright program and application information, please contact AMIDEAST: 

            Bazerkan Buidling, First Floor

            Nejmeh Square (next to Parliament) - Beirut Central District

            Phone: 01-989 901 ext 162

            Email: lebanon@amideast.org

            Office Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

The U.S. Government covers the majority of the participants' expenses, including university tuition, roundtrip airfare, accomodations and health insurance. Competition is merit-based. Applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, sex, age, and/or physical impairment.

About Fulbright

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and other professionals—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The Fulbright Program is funded by an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, and it is managed, coordinated, and overseen by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations in more than 160 countries and the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Learn more about this Program at http://eca.state.gov/fulbright