English Access Microscholarship (Access) Program

The English Access Microscholarship (Access) Program provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 13-20 year-olds from economically disadvantaged communities through after-school classes and intensive sessions. These English skills may lead to better jobs and educational prospects. Participants also gain the ability to compete for and participate in future exchanges and study in the United States.
Access graduates posing with frame


The Access Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State, offers two years of English language instruction and additional workshops that introduce the youth to American culture, community service, and career enhancement resources.

The program’s curriculum strengthens English speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills, and extracurricular activities provide additional opportunities to improve English language proficiency as well as help build leadership skills and promote personal development. Activities include guest speakers, field trips for cultural activities (such as films, exhibitions, and concerts), and visits to a variety of organizations.

Access students who excel may qualify for special Access enrichment programs or scholarships such as the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program.


The two-year curriculum will consist of 360 instructional hours as follows.

  • English language instruction
  • Public speaking training 
  • Cultural enrichment and development of leadership skills
  • Community service activities


In order to be considered for the English Access Microscholarship Program, a student must meet all of the following requirements.

  • Underprivileged/disadvantaged background
  • Grade average of 90% or better overall as well as in English 
  • Enrolled in grade 9 or 10 in fall 2019
  • Born before November 30, 2006
  • NOT an American citizen or Green Card holder
  • Committed and able to participate in a two-year English language training program beginning in January 2020 and ending in September 2021
  • Willing to participate in American cultural enrichment and community service activities
  • Resides in one of the following cities/districts
NablusJerichoGaza City
JeninBethlehemKhan Younis
QalqiliyaHebronNorth Gaza
SalfeetTulkaremCentral Gaza


Amideast is no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2022 English Access Microscholarship Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State.

Please check back later for updates about the 2021-2023 program.



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Access is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by AMIDEAST.