Graduating Fulbright Students


The Fulbright Program enables Iraqi students to pursue graduate-level study in the United States of America. Participants also have the unique opportunity to experience life in the United States and share Iraq’s unique culture and traditions with Americans. Participants are chosen through an open, merit-based competition in which leadership potential, academic excellence and the ability to adjust to life in the U.S. are all considered. Once accepted into the Fulbright Program, every scholar becomes part of a global network of engaged, dedicated Fulbright alumni.

Fulbright Grants Provide Funding for:

  • Tuition and required fees for graduate study in the U.S.;
  • Book, equipment and travel allowances;
  • Monthly stipend for room and board;
  • Supplemental health and accident coverage plan;
  • Opportunities to participate in Fulbright Enrichment Programs

Who is Eligible to Apply?


  • Must be Iraqi citizens who are reside in Iraq and demonstrate a clear commitment to return to Iraq at the conclusion of their program. (U.S. citizens or green card holders are not eligible to apply);
  • Must reside in country throughout the application, selection and placement process;
  • Must hold a B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited higher-education institution at the time of application and have a strong academic background;
  • Must have a minimum of two years of work experience;
  • Must be proficient in English with the recommendation that candidates have the ability to score 80 or more on the internet-based TOEFL exam or 550 or more on the paper-based TOEFL, and/or able to attend a Long-Term English (LTE) program prior to the start of the study program. Note: TOEFL score is not required at the time of application. Candidates who are selected after application review will be required to take ITP TOEFL as part of the selection process. Candidates who are selected after interviews will be required to take TOEFL and GRE to gain admission to a U.S. university. Test fees will be covered by the program

Preference is given to applicants who have little or no experience studying or living in the United States;

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted in most fields of study, including humanities, social science, science, technology, and engineering. However, master’s programs related to clinical studies, such as medicine and nursing, are not permitted. Medical professionals may apply for academic degrees

Applications and materials must be submitted through the online system.

Online applications are available at https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2021   

Applicants will be required to submit

  • Translated academic transcripts;
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores no more than two years old (If available);
  • An up-to-date CV detailing all prior education and work experience;
  • Three letters of reference in English;
  • A personal statement in English up to 600 words in length;
  • A research proposal in English relating to field of study.

Application Tips:

  • Write clearly, using professional and understandable language;
  • Demonstrate why you have chosen your field of study and how you are qualified;
  • Proofread all materials for grammatical errors and spelling mistakes;
  • Refrain from using sarcasm, jokes or inappropriate humor;
  • Cite any outside sources used in your essays, as plagiarism will result in disqualification.

The NEW Application deadline is May 14, 2020!

We wish all applicants the best of luck!