This exchange program, launched by the U.S. Congress and the late U.S. Senator William J. Fulbright in 1946, allows outstanding students and professionals worldwide to study at U.S. universities to further their careers as well as promote international cultural understanding. Here in Iraq, participation in the Fulbright Foreign Student program allows exceptional Iraqis to experience life and education in the United States first-hand. Fulbright students also have the opportunity to share Iraq’s rich culture with Americans they meet and to serve as “student ambassadors” both in the classroom and in everyday life.
The Fulbright exchange will fund up to two years of study at the master’s degree level at a U.S. university starting in the fall of 2022. All disciplines and academic fields of study are available under this program, with the exception of medicine and other clinical studies. The program provides funding for tuition, round-trip international travel, living stipends, and health insurance. Iraqis, both men and women from all parts of the country who have outstanding academic records and work experience are urged to apply.
The Fulbright Program strives to ensure diversity among its participants, and encourages applicants of all backgrounds – including those with disability – to apply. The majority of U.S. universities have disability offices and can provide support services to students. Accommodations may include providing note-takers for students with learning disabilities, removing physical barriers to provide access to classrooms, providing course materials in Braille, sign language interpreters, etc.
Who Can Apply
Be Iraqi citizens who are resident in Iraq and demonstrate a clear commitment to return to Iraq at the conclusion of their program.
- Hold a B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited institution of higher education at the time of application.
- Have a minimum of two years of work experience after graduation.
- Be proficient in English with the ability to score 80 or more on the internet-based TOEFL exam or 550 or more on the paper-based TOEFL. 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.
- Write their research objective and personal statement themselves, without copying from the Internet or any other source. Such copying is considered plagiarism and will result in applicant’s immediate disqualification.
How to Apply
To apply for the 2022-2023 program, please visit the following link to create a user account and to complete an application form: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2022
All disciplines and academic fields of study are available under this program, with the exception of medicine and other clinical studies. The only medical fields that you can apply for are Neuroscience, Public Health, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychology and Social Work. Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, or Nursing cannot be covered by Fulbright Foreign Student Program. Iraq Fulbright scholarships fund a maximum of two years. Degrees in the fields mentioned above cannot be completed within a two-year time frame and involve clinical components or patient interaction which is not allowed under J-1 visa regulations.
Policies of the Iraq Fulbright Program:
While there are overarching policies to which all Fulbright exchange recipients from around the world must adhere to, there are also policies which are country-specific:
Two-year home residency requirement: The J-1 visa is an exchange visa which requires all Fulbright exchange recipients to return to their home country for at least two years upon successful completion of the program.
- Intention to return to Iraq: Your eligibility for a Fulbright award is based, in part, on your intention to return to Iraq immediately following your program. If you show intent other than to remain in the U.S. for a temporary, specific, limited period (such as applying for an immigrant visa to the U.S., asylum in the U.S., or residency in a country other than Iraq) you will be ineligible to receive the Fulbright award.
- No-dependents: J visa sponsorship is offered only to the Iraq Fulbright award recipient. J-2 visa dependents (spouses and children under the age of 21) cannot accompany the Iraqi grant recipient on his/her study program.
The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Important note: Prospective Fulbright participants should be aware that public health conditions, availability of consular services and travel, as well as U.S. institutional operating status and policies may affect their ability to travel to the U.S. and participate in academic programs.
For questions about the program, please send an email to: FulbrightIraq@amideast.org
Application deadline is May 1, 2021.
We wish all applicants the best of luck!