Frequently Asked Questions: Fulbright Foreign Student Program for 2021-2022

What is the Fulbright?

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is a graduate-level scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by AMIDEAST in cooperation with the U.S . Embassy to Libya for the 2021-2022 academic year. This program enables Libyan students to study for up to two years, starting from the fall of 2021, towards a Master’s degree at select US universities.

What does the program cover?

The scholarship award includes funding for tuition and required fees: travel to the US, books and other necessary equipment, a monthly living stipend, and a supplemental health and accident coverage plan.

What are the benefits of Fulbright?

In addition to academic training, Fulbright scholarships also provide transformative cultural exchange experiences. As Fulbright participants, Libyan students will have the unique opportunity to experience life in the United States and also share Libya’s unique culture and traditions with Americans.

Where can I find the online application?

U.S. Embassy to Libya Official Website foreign-student-program-for-2021-2022/
AMIDEAST Libya Official FB Page

When is the deadline?

May 01, 2020 at 11:59pm Libya time.

What are the majors I can apply for?

Applicants may apply in most fields of study, including humanities, social science, science, technology, and engineering. However, Master’s programs related to clinical studies, such as medicine and nursing, are not permitted. Public Health & Nursing Administration are permitted.

Can students with physical impairment apply for Fulbright?

Yes! Students with physical disabilities are encouraged to apply for the Fulbright program.

Is there an age limit for the Fulbright?

No, there is no age limit for the Fulbright program.

What is LTE and when does it start?

LTE is a Long-Term English training offered for select students to work on their English language skills and improve their test scores prior to beginning their Master’s programs. The training will be for 6 or 8 months in the USA and will start in January 2021 or March 2021. Spouse and dependents may not accompany the participant during the LTE training.

What are the program requirements?

    • Be a Libyan citizen and reside in Libya at the time of the application.
    • Hold a Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS/B.Sc.) from an accredited institution.
    • Possess a strong academic background.
    • Be able to demonstrate academic excellence or at least clearly articulate their interest in their chosen field of specialization. Most fields of Master’s level study are eligible, except for clinical medicine, nursing, and dentistry. Public health and nursing administration are eligible fields.
    • Be proficient in English.
    • U.S. citizens or green card holders are not eligible to apply.

What are the English tests that I can sit for and their cut-off scores?

TOEFL ITP 550 or TOEFL IBT 80 or IELTS 6.5

Is it required to submit an English test score?

If you have a valid* English test please upload it to your online application. Finalists will take the GRE and TOEFL tests after being nominated into the program. Travel and test fees will be covered.

*Tests are valid for two years only.

Can I apply with a TOEIC score?

No, you cannot apply with the TOEIC because it is a professional certification, not an academic one.

Do I need to sit for the GRE?

It is not required to submit a GRE score in your application, but if you are selected after the interview we will register you to sit for GRE. Test fees will be covered.

Is work experience a requirement?

It is preferred that applicants have at least one year of professional work experience at the time of application.

Do I need to get university admission prior to applying for Fulbright?

No, you cannot directly contact universities. if you get selected, AMIDEAST staff will help you select and apply to universities.

How many recommendation letters do I need to submit?

You need to submit three recommendation letters online; 2 academic and 1 professional if possible OR 3 academic recommendations.

How can I register my recommenders?

You must complete the Reference Materials Waiver in order to register your recommender. You do not get to see this section until you reach the waiver part on the online application.

Can I submit recommendation letters in Arabic?

The recommendation letters must be submitted in English only.

Are there any country-specific documents for Libya?


What are the supplemental documents for Libya?

There are no supplemental documents for Libya. Please leave this section blank.

What can I upload under additional documents?

Candidates can submit certificates, previous university admissions and other documents to strengthen their application.

When is the interview?

Round One virtual interviews will take place in June 2020. Round Two in-person interviews will be held in July 2020 in Tunisia. Travel and accommodation fees will be covered.

When and where will I sit for the tests?

Selected students will be registered to sit for TOEFL and GRE in Tunisia. Travel and accommodation fees will be covered by the program. The exact test dates are to be determined, but are likely to be in August or September.

What type of visa will I get?

Grantees will obtain a J-1 visa (Exchange Visitor). Fulbright students must return to Libya for at least 2 years upon completion of the program and will not be eligible for U.S. employment, immigration or residency visas during that time. Students are eligible to apply for student, tourist and business visas after completing the Fulbright Program. Students cannot work while on program.

Can I take spouse/dependents with me on program?

Fulbright is a long-term program, so it is possible to take your spouse and children with you. But you will need to show proof that you are capable of covering their expenses. The program only covers the expenses related to the candidate. Funding is NOT available to meet expenses related to Fulbright grantees’ dependents (husbands, wives, children).

What type of visa will my spouse/dependent apply for?

If you are selected, your spouse and/or children will apply for the J-2 visa which is a non- immigrant visa issued by a consular official at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. This visa is for spouses and dependents (unmarried children under the age of 21) of J-1 exchange visitors. AMIDEAST cannot guarantee that spouses and dependents who apply for the visa will receive it, but we will assist Fulbright nominees in applying for their spouse and/or dependents’ J-2 visa.

If I am selected, can I bring a family member such as my mother or father or my sister or brother to accompany me?

While the Fulbright Foreign Student Program supports grantees (J1 visa holders) to bring their dependents (spouse: husband/wife or children), note that any other family member would not be considered a dependent, and hence, cannot be supported on a J2 visa.

Will the program cover the financial expenses for my dependents?

No. The program only sponsors the dependent’s visa application, but none of the financial fees associated with them accompanying the grantee for the duration of the program, and they need to provide proof when applying for the visa that they can cover the expenses (living expenses, insurance, travel…etc.)

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