Exchange Programs

The United States sponsors a variety of exchange programs every year that link Americans and Emiratis. Educational and cultural exchanges create human bonds and enduring relationships that build bridges of cooperation and understanding between peoples.

The Embassy of the United States in the United Arab Emirates is pleased to announce the opening of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program application process for 2021-2023. This academic exchange program is funded by the U.S.  Department of State. It was initiated by U.S. Senator William J. Fulbright in 1946 to increase international educational exchange between Americans and citizens of more than 150 countries worldwide.

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 and board; and a supplemental health and accident coverage plan. Please note that 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.

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

Prospective students may apply by following the online application instructions https://apply.iie.org/apply/

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.

Applicants must:

  • Be an Emirati citizen. U.S. citizens or green card holders are not eligible to apply.
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution at the time of the program start date.
  • 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.

The application deadline is June 5, 2020.

* Preference will be given to students who have little or no previous experience studying or living in the United States. Those with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

For further information please visit https://www.amideast.org/uae/find-a-scholarship/graduate-study or contact Ms. Ruthie Osta on :  ROstahJenner@amideast.org

  • The Fulbright Program offers grants to study, teach and conduct research. Since the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas introduced the legislation that now bears his name, the program has given more than 300,000 participants cross-cultural academic opportunities in more than 155 countries. In the UAE, the embassy partners with AMIDEAST to nominate excellent Emirati students to the Fulbright Foreign Student Program. Emirati students interested in the opportunity should contact the local AMIDEAST office for more information. The application deadline is generally in May of the year before you plan to study in the United States. The embassy also coordinates with local educational institutions to host American students, scholars and specialists in the UAE. American candidates can find more information about the application process at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs website.
  • The International Visitor Leadership Program is a professional exchange program that brings current and emerging foreign professionals to experience the United States firsthand and cultivate lasting ties with American counterparts in their field.
  • The Near East and South Asia Undergraduate Exchange Program provides full scholarships for outstanding students from underrepresented sectors of the Near East and South Asia for one academic year of non-degree, undergraduate study in the United States.
  • The NeXXt Scholars Program offers female students from countries with Muslim-majority populations and college-selected American young women interested in studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines the opportunity to receive professional development and career advancing support while pursuing undergraduate degree programs at U.S. women’s colleges.
  • The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides 10 months of professional enrichment and non-degree graduate-level study in the United States for accomplished mid-level professionals from designated countries, including the UAE.
  • Voluntary Visitor Program (VolVis) creates an on-demand IVLP-like agenda for mission contacts who already have travel planned to the United States. Voluntary Visitor Programs are designed around the individual or group’s particular interests and with their active involvement. Arranged programs can be between 2-10 calendar days. The cost of international airfare must be paid by the participants, but costs within the United States can be cost-shared with the U.S. Department of State. Proposals must be sent at least two months before the start date of the program.
  • The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs partners with the University of Iowa to bring established and emerging foreign writers to the United States to participate in the International Writing Program. The ten-week residency is specifically designed to host established and emerging creative writers who have published at least one book, or whose work has appeared in significant publications over the past two years.
  • The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
  • Boren Fellowships provide grants to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Introduction to the Program: The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). As part of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, the Fulbright FLTA Program is designed to develop Americans’ knowledge of foreign cultures and languages by supporting teaching assistantships in over 30 languages at hundreds of U.S. institutions of higher education.

The program offers educators from over 50 countries the opportunity to develop their professional skills and gain first-hand knowledge of the U.S., its culture and its people.

Who are Fulbright FLTAs?  Applicants must demonstrate maturity, dependability, integrity, and professionalism.  FLTA applicants should be energetic, early career educators capable of succeeding in the dual role of teaching assistant and student.  They must be open to living with their U.S. student peers in undergraduate or graduate level campus housing and also engaging with faculty and staff with maturity and professionalism.

In order to apply to be an FLTA, you must have the following qualifications:

  1. The equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree
  2. Enthusiasm about teaching Arabic language and culture to U.S. students
  3. Leadership skills & independence
  4. The ability to motivate Arabic language learners and an eagerness to represent your society in the U.S.

Applicants should register online on the Embark website (https://apply.iie.org/flta2021) to submit their applications. For more information visit https://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/about/fulbright-flta

The deadline for online submissions is September 1, 2020.

To be considered, candidates need to submit the following:

  • original academic transcripts with certified English translations,
  • a diploma (if already graduated),
  • three letters of reference,
  • TOEFL (550 paper based, 213 CBT or 79-80 IBT) or IELTS ( 6.0 overall) score report.

The U.S. Government covers the majority of the participants’ expenses, including a monthly stipend, accident and sickness coverage, and travel support.  Monthly stipends are meant for necessities only and are non-negotiable. U.S. host institutions provide tuition waivers to support the required coursework for FLTAs.

Point of Contact:

U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi
Mrs. Jinan Jarrah
Email: jarrahj@state.gov
Phone: +97124142310.
Mobile: +971 50 4459676

P.O. Box 4009
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Please ensure that on our website and in all other materials, the program is referred to as the “Fulbright Specialist Program.”

About the Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP), part of the larger Fulbright Program, was established in 2001 by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The program is a field-driven initiative in which foreign host institutions conceptualize and design projects of interest within an eligible discipline that represent a priority for their respective organizations. These projects are then paired with a highly qualified U.S. academic or professional, who shares their expertise and assists with strengthening linkages between U.S. and foreign host institutions. Participating foreign host institutions benefit by:

  • Gaining global perspectives from experienced U.S. academics and professionals;
  • Executing projects that require a rapid response or flexible timeline through short-term, year-round exchanges; and
  • Building sustained relationships with individuals and institutions in the U.S.

Eligibility Requirements for Host Institutions:

Institutions that may be eligible to request a Fulbright Specialist include, but are not limited to:

  • Institutions of Higher Education;
  • Government Institutions (ministries or agencies, courts, parliamentary or congressional bodies);
  • Cultural Institutions (conservatories, museums, etc.);
  • Non-Governmental Organizations including issue-centered institutions and think tanks; and
  • Medical Institutions (public health organizations, teaching hospitals, etc.).

Eligible Disciplines

Projects designed by prospective host institutions should focus on one of the below eligible disciplines:

  •  Agriculture
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Biology Education
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry Education
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering Education
  • Environmental Science
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Math Education
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies
  • Physics Education
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public/Global Health
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Urban Planning

If you are looking for information about the English Language Specialist program, please visit https://elprograms.org/specialist/

Fulbright Specialist Program Activities

The Fulbright Specialist Program encourages host institutions to tailor projects to their own needs. However, all projects should have an education or training focus. Due to the short-term nature of the exchange, projects should have concrete objectives that can be achieved over the course of the Specialist’s visit. Past Specialists have supported host institutions by conducting activities such as:

  • Delivering a seminar or workshop
  • Consulting on faculty or workforce development
  • Developing academic or training curricula and materials
  • Lecturing at the graduate or undergraduate level
  • Conducting needs assessments or evaluations for a program or institution

Note: Personal research projects, including clinical medical research or projects involving patient contact, are not eligible for funding under the Fulbright Specialist Program.

Program Parameters

  • All exchanges must range from 14 to 42 days in length, including weekends, holidays and travel days.
  • Projects are restricted to one country, and all project activities must take place in the country requesting the project.
  • Each project is limited to only one Fulbright Specialist grantee.

Multi-Visit (Serial Projects)

  • If a host institution would benefit by having the Fulbright Specialist visit the host institution more than once, host institutions may apply for their project to be Multi-Visit. Please note that the majority of approved projects are not Multi-Visit, and host institutions will need to provide a strong justification for why this approach would strengthen project outcomes. Please find below some general program parameters for Multi-Visit projects.
  • Multi-Visit projects cannot include more than a total of three trips.
  • All trips must be completed within a one-year period by the same Fulbright Specialist. The one-year period is calculated by adding 12 months from the initial start date of the first visit through the end date of the final visit.
  • Each visit must be a minimum of 14 days, and the total number of days across all visits cannot exceed six weeks (42 days).

Identifying Fulbright Specialists

Host institutions are not required to identify U.S. academics or professionals to serve as their project’s Fulbright Specialist prior to submitting their project proposal. On the contrary, if a host institution’s project is approved, the program’s implementing partner, World Learning, will identify candidates on the Fulbright Specialist Roster whose professional experience, academic credentials and foreign language skills match the knowledge and skills articulated by the host institution in its project proposal as being critical to the project’s successful implementation.

If a host institution has identified a candidate that it would like to serve as the Fulbright Specialist, please note that the following conditions must be met:

  • The individual must be approved by [Insert Name of Post/Fulbright Commission];
  • The individual must be approved to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster; and
  • The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board must approve that individual to be matched with the host institution’s specific project.

For more information on the Specialist matching process and the Fulbright Specialist Roster, please visit http://fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org

Program Funding and Cost Share

The U.S. Department of State typically covers roundtrip, economy class international airfare, enrollment in a limited health benefits program, and a daily honorarium for participating Fulbright Specialists. In general, host institutions should be prepared to provide the Specialist with lodging, meals, and in-country transportation, either through monetary or in-kind contributions, throughout their full stay in country. The stipend for in-country transportation should allow the Specialist to travel to and from their lodging and project activity site as well as allow the Specialist to conduct local activities such as grocery shopping or visiting a local market, pharmacy, etc.

Application Process for Host Institutions

Prospective host institutions must submit a project proposal via World Learning’s online portal here: https://worldlearning-community.force.com/FSPHost. The online portal accepts project proposals on a rolling basis throughout the year.

After a project proposal is received, it will be reviewed by [Insert Name of Post or Fulbright Commission].  Only project proposals that are completed in their entirety will be reviewed.  Please note that [Insert Name of Post or Fulbright Commission] typically receives more project proposals from prospective host institutions than it is able to support with limited funding. Therefore, not all proposals submitted will be approved.

If your project proposal is approved by [Insert Name of Post or Fulbright Commission] it must then be approved by multiple offices within the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Contact Information

Prospective host institutions should direct all questions to [Insert POC for Post/Fulbright Commission].

Individuals Interested in Serving as a Fulbright Specialists

Individuals interested in serving as a Fulbright Specialist must meet all eligibility requirements including:

  • Be a U.S. citizen; and
  • Have significant experience in one of the eligible disciplines, as demonstrated by professional, academic, or artistic achievements.

For a complete list of eligibility requirements and information on how to apply to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster, please visit https://fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org/

U.S. academics and professionals interested in applying to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster, should direct all questions to World Learning at fulbrightspecialist@worldlearning.org .

Information for Inclusion on a Country-by-Country Basis

The Fulbright Specialist Program maintains a flexible program model, so that Posts/Fulbright Commissions can adapt the program to meet country-specific objectives. As such, we recommend that you consider whether or not you need to adapt the above, general website language to reflect any country-specific processes or regulations.

  • Project Focus Areas (select eligible disciplines)
    If your Post/Fulbright Commission is only accepting host institution project proposals in certain disciplines, please edit the “Eligible Disciplines” section.
  • Target Host Institutions
    If your Post/Fulbright Commission is targeting specific types of host institutions or has restrictions on what kinds of institutions may apply, please indicate this information by editing the “Eligibility Requirements for Host Institutions” section.
  • Cost Share
    If your Post/Fulbright Commission is eligible for ECA Fully Funded Projects or is willing to cover the costs associated with the Specialist’s lodging, meals and in-country transportation if a prospective host institution is unable to do so, please include language on the “Program Funding and Cost Section” section such as “If prospective host institutions are unable to cover the costs associated with the Specialist’s lodging, meals and in-country transportation, please contact [insert contact information] to discuss whether limited funding may be available to support these expenses.”
  • Application Process and Deadlines for Host Institutions
    If your Post/Fulbright Commission does not accept year-round applications from host institutions, please indicate your annual application deadlines as well as any requirements for when you expect exchanges to take place under the “Application Process for Host Institutions” section.

Should you have any questions about the Fulbright Specialist Program, please email World Learning at fulbrightspecialist@worldlearning.org. We look forward to working with you to grow the reach and impact of the Fulbright Specialist Program.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship is one of the flagship exchange programs offered by the United States Department of State worldwide. This Program is a Fulbright exchange activity. Its primary funding is provided by the U.S. Congress through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Co-sponsors include other governmental agencies, multinational organizations, and private donors. The Institute of International Education (IIE) assists the U.S. Department of State in administering the Humphrey Fellowship Program.

The Humphrey Fellowship Program provides a year of professional enrichment in the United States for experienced professionals. It provides ten months of non-degree academic study, leadership development and related professional experiences and collaboration with U.S. counterparts.

The U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai have invited UAE citizens to apply for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for the 2021-2022 academic year. Application deadline is September 1, 2020.

Why Choose the Humphrey program? The program focuses on strengthening participants’ leadership skills through a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the U.S. and Fellows’ home countries. As a non-degree program, the Fellowship offers valuable opportunities for professional development through selected university courses, attending conferences, networking, and practical work experiences.

Eligibility – To be eligible, an applicant must fit the following criteria:

    • An undergraduate (first university or Bachelor’s) degree
    • A minimum of five years of full-time, professional experience
    • Limited or no prior experience in the United States
    • Demonstrated leadership qualities
    • A record of public service in the community
    • English language ability

Program Fields – Applicants must select a program field when applying which fall underneath one of the four categories of sustainable development, democratic institution building, education, and public health. For example:

    • Sustainable Development: Agricultural and Rural Development; Economic Development; Finance and Banking; Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change; Urban and Regional Planning
    • Democratic Institution Building: Communications/Journalism; Law and Human Rights; Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration; Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention; Technology Policy and Management; Human Resource Management
    • Education: Educational Administration, Planning and Policy; Higher Education Administration; Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
    • Public Health: Public Health Policy and Management; HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention; Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention

 The Fellowship provides for:

    • Payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university;
    • Pre-academic English language training, if required;
    • A maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance;
    • Accident and sickness coverage;
    • A book allowance;
    • A one-time computer subsidy;
    • Air travel (international travel to and from the U.S. for the Program and domestic travel to required program events);
    • A Professional Development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits and conferences

For any further questions please visit the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program’s website at https://www.humphreyfellowship.org/

To submit application: https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey

Point of contact at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi

Jinan Jarrah:
Email: jarrahj@state.gov
Phone: +971 2 414 2310
Mobile: +971 50 4459676