Fulbright Foreign Student Program

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is the flagship international educational exchange program designed to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange. AMIDEAST administers the Fulbright Foreign Student Program for the Middle East and North Africa on behalf of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This highly prestigious scholarship program up to two-year fellowship, which provides full funding for up to two academic years to achieve a Master’s graduate degree at a U.S. university.

The prestigious scholarships are awarded to applicants who demonstrate academic excellence, strong English language skills, leadership qualities, and a commitment to improving cross-cultural relations through international exchange. Applicants must also express a desire to use skills gained in the USA to serve the UAE upon completion of their studies.

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program provides Emirati students and young professionals the opportunity to pursue graduate-level study in the U.S. The award includes funding for tuition and required fees; a book, equipment, and travel allowance; a monthly stipend for room & board; and also a supplemental health and accident coverage plan. All disciplines and fields of study are available to Emirati students. Please note that clinical studies are not permissible under this program.

In addition to academic training, Fulbright scholarships also provide transformative cultural exchange experiences. As Fulbright participants, Emirati students will have the unique opportunity to experience life in the United States and also share Emirati students’ unique culture and traditions with Americans. This academic exchange program is funded by the U.S.  Department of State to increase international educational exchange between Americans and citizens of more than 150 countries worldwide.

Program participants will be selected through a merit-based, open competition in which leadership potential, academic excellence and ability to adjust to life in the U.S. are all considered.

We will start accepting applications for the 2021-2023 cycle on January 26, 2020.

Last day to apply is June 30, 2020

Applicants must:

  • Be a U.A.E. national.

  • Reside in country throughout the application, selection and placement process.

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

  • Possess a strong academic background.

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

  • U.S. citizens or green card holders are not eligible to apply.

A program of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

* Preference will be given to students who have little or no previous experience studying or living in the United States.

Who is eligible?

  • UAE nationals (other nationalities may apply through home country)

  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university by spring 2019

  • This program is open to all fields of study except medicine, nursing and other clinical fields in which hands-on contact with patients is required

  • Must be eligible for J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa (No US passport holders or green card holders may apply)

  • Applications that demonstrate benefit to Emirati society will be given preference

Submit online application by deadline, including:

  • CV or resume (2 pages)

  • Personal statement (~600 words)

  • Academic statement (~600 words)

  • Unofficial university transcript

  • 3 letters of recommendation

If nominated, candidates will also need to submit:

  • Official university transcripts

  • Copy of bachelor’s degree

  • Copy of UAE passport

  • Exam scores:

             1. TOEFL iBT® (score of 81+)

             2. GRE® revised General Test for graduate school admissions               


For additional information, please contact AMIDEAST at: +971 2 445 6720 or at uae.info@amideast.org