Alumni Development Grants

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Fulbright alumni from the Middle East and North Africa who received Fulbright Awards administered by Amideast are eligible to apply for an Alumni Development Grant. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), the Alumni Development Grant (ADG) is intended to help Fulbright Foreign Student Program alumni continue their educational and professional pursuits after their program is completed. Alumni can apply for up to $2,500 for in-person professional development activities, or up to $1,000 to engage in a virtual professional development activity.



  • Applicants must be alumni of either the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, the Junior Faculty Development Program, or the Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq whose Fulbright Program was administered by Amideast on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.
    • IMPORTANT: Your Fulbright Program must have been administered by Amideast to be eligible for an alumni grant. Before you start an ADG application, please check your grant's original Terms of Agreement to confirm Amideast administered your program. If you are not sure and cannot confirm your records, email for assistance.
  • The ADG is currently offered in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Gaza, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, the West Bank, and Yemen.
  • Applicants must have completed their J-1 visa two-year home residency requirement to be eligible.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have never received an alumni grant, including both the ADG and Alumni Community Action Grant.  Previous alumni grant recipients must wait a minimum of two years after receipt before submitting another application.
  • Amideast, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of State, and Fulbright Commission staff members, independent contractors, and/or immediate family members are ineligible.


  • The proposed activity should be related to the applicant’s field of study and/or current professional position.
  • The proposed activity should contribute to the applicant’s professional development, whether it be a conference, professional training, collaborative research project, a professional visit, etc.
  • The proposed activity must fully be in-person OR virtual; no hybrid activities will be considered.
  • Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate the active participation of the applicant, such as presenting at a conference or participating in a collaborative project.
  • Proposed activities of a commercial or profit-making nature will not be considered.
  • Requested funds may not exceed $2,500 for proposed in-person activities and $1,000 for proposed virtual activities.
  • Selection preference will be given to those activities that show evidence of significant cost share (between 15% and 25% of the total cost of the project) through personal funds or funds provided by a sponsor or employer.
  • Amideast reserves the right to request any additional information regarding the budget or proposed activity. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide any additional information in a timely manner to continue to be considered for the grant.
  • Applications received will be reviewed for consideration by U.S. Department of State and Amideast representatives.


  • Awards are based on the feasibility and the appropriateness of the activity.
  • Financial compensation for applicants’ or group members' time or effort spent planning and implementing the project is prohibited.
  • Grantees must submit their final report and financial documentation to Amideast no later than 30 days after the completion of their activity. The final report should include a summary of the activity and an itemized list of the total actual costs associated.

Check here for: Grant Frequently Asked Questions

For questions on the application process, contact Amideast:

Fulbright Foreign Student Program/ Alumni Action Grant




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