Fulbright Program in Lebanon

The Fulbright Student Scholarship Program in Lebanon provides full funding for two academic years to complete a master's degree program at a university in the United States.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

All qualified individuals are now invited to apply for the 2020-2022 Fulbright Student Scholarship Program, a grant to obtain a master’s degree at a university in the United States which covers a maximum of two academic years of study beginning in August 2020.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State through the Embassy of the United States of America in Lebanon, the Fulbright Program is funded by the U.S. Congress and administered by AMIDEAST for the MENA region. Originally proposed by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1945, the scholarship has become the U.S. government’s flagship program in international educational exchange. Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

A Fulbright 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.).

ELIGIBILITY

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 2020).
  • 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.
  • Must be proficient in English and/or able to attend a Long-Term English (LTE) program prior to the start of the study program.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND DOCUMENTS NEEDED

  • Complete the application online at https://lb.usembassy.gov/fulbright-student-scholarship-program-2/  
  • 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.
  • TOEFL iBT score
  • Note: The paper-based TOEFL ITP® 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.
  • Copy of all degrees in English (if available)
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Copy of only the biodata information page in English from the applicant’s passport (if available)
  • Documentation of class rank (if available)

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

  • One official transcript for each undergraduate and graduate degree (in English).
  • 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.
  • 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 2019).
  • 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 2019. Serious applicants are encouraged to prepare in advance for these required exams.

Submission deadline for all application materials is on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 (4:30 p.m.)

Applications must be completed online. Supporting documents must be received at AMIDEAST by Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an in-person interview in June 2019. Phone interviews are not possible.

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

  • Bazerkan Buidling, First FloorNejmeh 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, accommodations and health insurance. Competition is merit-based. Applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, sex, age, and/or physical impairment.

As part of your application, you will need to present a TOEFL score. If you do not have one already, learn more about the Institutional TOEFL (ITP) test dates.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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.

To learn more about this program, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright