2021-2023 Fulbright Student Scholarship Program

The application for the 2021-2023 Fulbright Student Scholarship Program is now open. The program, which covers a maximum of two academic years of study in the United States beginning in August 2021, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.

The grant includes roundtrip airfare between Lebanon and the United States, tuition, books, health insurance, and lodging.  Expenses of Fulbright students’ dependents (spouses, children, parents, etc.) are not covered.

A. Applicant Requirements

Eligibility requirements:

  • Lebanese citizen or Palestinian refugee holding the Special Travel Document issued by the Lebanese Government. 
  • Resident of Lebanon at the time of the application.
  • Bachelor’s degree graduate (prior to summer 2021) from an institution recognized by the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education. 
  • Demonstrate academic excellence within his/her field of specialization. 
  • Pursue a field of study benefiting Lebanese society and/or Lebanese-American relations. 
  • Must apply 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 other disciplines are welcome to apply, but students from the following fields of study are strongly encouraged to apply: 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.
  • Be proficient in English and/or able to attend a Long-Term English (LTE) program prior to the start of study.

U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents are not eligible to apply for this program.

B. Provisions

  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously studied in the United States.
  • Fulbright students must return to Lebanon for at least two years upon completion of the program and will not be eligible for U.S. employment, immigration or residency visas during that time period. Fulbright students are eligible to apply for student, tourist, and business visas to the U.S. after completing the Fulbright program.

C. Application Instructions

  • Complete the application online at https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2021
  • Answer all questions accurately. 
  • Essays, which are key components of the application must be between 250 and 600 words each.
  • Deliver hardcopies of the following supporting documents to the AMIDEAST office:
    1. TOEFL iBT score
      Note: The paper-based ITP TOEFL 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.
    2. One official transcript for each undergraduate and graduate degree (in English).
    3. Documentation of class rank (if available)
    4. Copy of all degrees in English (if available)
    5. 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. Other formats will not be accepted.
    6. Curriculum vitae or résumé
    7. Copy of only the biodata information page in English from the applicant’s passport (if available)
    8. 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 2020). 
    • 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 2020. Serious applicants are encouraged to prepare in advance for these required exams.

Submission deadline for all application materials is Friday, May 15, 2020 (4:30 p.m.) including the online application and the supporting documents to AMIDEAST.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an in-person interview in June 2020. Phone interviews are not possible.


For additional Fulbright program and application information, please contact AMIDEAST:
Bazerkan Building, First Floor
Nejmeh Square (next to Parliament)
Beirut Central District
Phone: (01) 989901, ext. 162
Email: lebanon@amideast.org
Web: www.amideast.org/lebanon
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Originally proposed by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1945, this scholarship has become the U.S. government’s flagship program in international educational exchange. The program is fully funded by the U.S. Congress and administered by AMIDEAST.

Competition is merit-based and candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, sex, age, and/or physical impairment.