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Fully-funded Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program for Palestinians 2021-2022 (fully-funded)

Deadline: June 1, 2020.


The Palestinian Affairs Unit of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the opening of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program competition for 2021-2022. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program for Palestinians provides full funding for two academic years to complete a master’s degree program at a university in the United States of America. Participants also have the unique opportunity to experience life in the United States and share Palestinian unique culture and traditions with Americans. Participants are chosen through an open, merit-based competition in which leadership potential, academic excellence and the ability to adjust to life in the U.S. are all considered. Once accepted into the Fulbright Program, every Fulbrighter becomes part of a global network of engaged, dedicated Fulbright alumni.


Fulbright Grants provide funding for:

  1. Tuition and required fees for graduate study in the U.S.;
  2. Book, equipment, and travel allowances;
  3. Monthly stipend for room & board;
  4. Supplemental health and accident coverage plan;
  5. Opportunities to participate in Fulbright Enrichment Programs.


  1. Must be a Palestinian resident of West Bank, Jerusalem, or the Gaza Strip;
  2. U.S. citizens or green card holders are not eligible to apply;
  3. Must reside in the country throughout the application, selection and placement process;
  4. Must have one year of professional work experience;
  5. Must have a strong academic background;
  6. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 78%, 2.7 or very good;
  7. Must be proficient in English and/or able to attend a Long-Term English (LTE) program before the start of the study program.
  8. Preference is given to students who have little or no previous experience studying or living in the United States;
  9. Interested applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply as are those of all backgrounds.

Application requirements:

  1. Official academic transcripts and diploma certificates in English*;
  2. (Optional) TOEFL or IELTS scores no more than two years old*;
  3. An up-to-date CV detailing all prior education and work experience;
  4. Three letters of reference in English;
  5. A personal statement in English up to 600 words in length;
  6. A research proposal in English relating to the field of study (if applicable);
  7. Copy of passport and identification card (ID).

*  Official/original copies of the items marked with (*) should be submitted by hand to AMIDEAST local offices in Ramallah or Gaza.


In light of the current situation of the COVID-19, applicants to the Fulbright Foreign Student Program 2021 are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores as part of their Fulbright application at this time. However, applicants who are nominated following interviews will be required to take the TOEFL or IELTS tests at that stage.

How to apply

  1. Online applications are available at
  2. Applications will be accepted 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. Medical professionals may apply for academic degrees.
  3. Applications and materials must be submitted through the online system.
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