Scholarships and Exchange Programs

The U.S. Embassy encourages Timorese students to consider joining the hundreds of thousands of other international students currently studying in the USA.

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

The U.S. Embassy Dili is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Research Award 2024-2025. The grant is for non-degree, post-doctoral research for Timorese citizens or Permanent Residents of Timor-Leste who work as university faculty, think tank researchers, and professionals conducting research to enhance academic and professional expertise in the United States in collaboration with American academics and/or field experts. The Fulbright award allows recipients to pursue a particular field of study and develop leadership that promotes better understanding between the United States and Timor-Leste. Research will be conducted for a duration of 5-9 months starting in August 2024. The award will cover round trip international airfare, settling in and living expenses, and books and resource allowance.


  • Timorese Citizens or Timor-Leste Permanent Residents. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are NOT eligible for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.
  • Preference given to full-time lecturers, assistant professors, associate professors, or full professors at universities in Timor-Leste. Grantees are expected to continue to teach in Timor-Leste upon their completion of the program.
  • Possess a doctoral degree or equivalent professional training or experience at the time of application.
  • Have sufficient proficiency in the English language to engage in U.S. academia and to carry out the proposed project.

Access the online application at:

Online application instruction can be downloaded here

Deadline to submit application is on Friday, October 20, 2023.

NOTE:Clearlyindicate in the application portal and your project title that you are applying for theFulbright Visiting ScholarAward.

Application Materials:

  • Application
  • Project statement (3-5 pages maximum)
  • Bibliography
  • Curriculum vitae (up to 6 pages)
  • Letter of invitation (strongly preferred but not required)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Passport scan

For further details about the program, please send an email to or telephone: 3302435.


Fulbright Specialist Program

About the Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program provides Fulbright grants abroad for qualified U.S. scholars and professionals to complete short-term projects lasting 2-6 weeks. Central to this program is the original Fulbright purpose of advancing mutual understanding, establishing long-term cooperation, and creating opportunities for institutional linkages.

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) provides highly qualified U.S. academics and U.S. professionals whose credentials and experience are at the faculty or full professional level with an opportunity to share their expertise by carrying out projects requested by host institutions abroad. Specialists are frequently academics; however, professionals such as attorneys, journalists, scientists, economists, security experts, and experts in eligible fields (such as business, communications, public health, and public administration) often take part in the program as well. Specialists exchange knowledge, build capacity, and establish partnerships benefiting participants, institutions, and communities both in the United States and overseas. The FSP provides U.S. expertise and leadership to overseas hosts and promotes long-term collaboration between U.S. and host country institutions through projects that align with U.S. Department of State goals and the priorities of foreign host institutions.

Duration: The minimum length of a FSP project is 14 days and the maximum is 42 days, including travel days and weekends.

Eligibility, Fields, and Activities

Eligible Host Institutions: Foreign host institutions eligible to request Fulbright Specialists include, but are not limited to: reputable academic institutions (universities, colleges, research institutions, vocational/technical educational institutions); government institutions (ministries); cultural institutions (museums, libraries, conservatories, theaters); non-governmental organizations (NGOs, think tanks), and public health-related institutions (public health organizations, teaching hospitals).

Priority Fields:

For FY 2024 Eligible fields include, but are not limited to:  Agriculture, American (U.S.) Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology Education, Business Administration, Chemistry Education, Communication and Journalism, Economics, Education, Engineering Education, Environmental (Climate Change), Computer Science and Information Technology, Law, Library Science, Math Education, Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, Physics Education, Political Science, Public Administration, Public/Global Health, Social Work, Sociology, and Urban Planning.

Ineligible Institutions, Fields, and Activities:  U.S. or U.S.-based institutions as well as for-profit companies and organizations such as businesses and corporations are ineligible to host Fulbright Specialists.

Fulbright Specialist Program Activities

The FSP encourages host institutions to tailor projects to their own needs. However, all projects should have an educational 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

Financial Arrangements

The U.S. Government will cover international travel and daily honorarium. Host institutions must provide cost share for in-country meals, lodging, and local transportation expenses (to and from lodging to the location of the project as well as additional local transportation to conduct personal errands and attend or participate in local cultural activities). These funds must be provided in-kind or upon arrival, not on a reimbursable basis. All costs, including costs covered by host institutions and in-kind contributions, must be quantified, and reported in the program management system prior to approval of the project. Specialists are prohibited from self-funding programmatic costs.

How/When to Apply

Applications from eligible Timorese institutions will be accepted till September 25, 2024 and will be approved on a rolling basis.

The host institution must submit the application via the online project portal: In order to apply as host institution, please register as a new user and fill in the online application. If your organization does not have the technical capabilities for submission into the online system, you may contact the U.S. Embassy Dili at to request a Word document version of the online form that must then be uploaded by the Embassy into the portal for review.


Undergraduate University Programs

Application for FY2023-2024 has been closed.

Application for FY2024 program has been closed.

Post-graduate University Programs

2025-2026 Fulbright – FDCH Scholarship Program


The U.S. Embassy Dili in partnership with the Human Capital Development Fund (FDCH) is announcing Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship for Timorese to pursue Master’s degrees in the United States. The Fulbright-HCDF will be awarded to up to 3 students in 2025 in addition to the Fulbright scholarships funded by the U.S. Department of State. The scholarship pays for up to two years of graduate study in the United States.

Fulbright – FDCH Scholarship Program recipients will be chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential. Only online applications will be accepted this application cycle. Applications are due on Friday, April 5, 2024, via 

Successful candidates will be able to earn a Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), Master of Public Administration (MPA), or a Master of Law (LLM) degree from the priority areas such as Maritime Law, Tax Law, Logistic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Geothermal Engineering, Fisheries, and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related areas. Scholarship recipients receive a tuition grant for their coursework and a monthly stipend to cover living expenses at their host institution. Recipients also receive round-trip transportation and health benefits. In addition, recipients may also attend special enrichment activities throughout their program. These activities are excellent opportunities to network with fellow international Fulbright recipients and to interact with prominent Americans across a range of professional fields. The selected candidate may be required to travel to the United States by August 2025 or as early as January or March 2025 for pre-academic English language training.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be citizens of Timor-Leste.
  • Applicants must have a four-year bachelor’s degree (undergraduate) and a strong academic background demonstrated by their post-secondary transcripts.
  • Applicants must have a minimum have two years of professional work experience.
  • Applicants must demonstrate leadership qualities — including volunteer experience and involvement in their communities.
  • Applicants must have excellent English communication skills.
  • Applicants must present three letters of recommendation from their professors and/or employers. Two from professors and one from an employer is highly recommended.
  • Applicants must submit two application essays (a Personal Statement and a Study Research Objectives) with clear goals, well-reasoned statements describing why a specific academic track is the best fit and tying their academic plans to longer term professional goals.
  • Applicants must be committed to returning to his or her country of citizenship and outline a specific plan for using their Fulbright experience in their professional lives and in service to his or her country.
  • Strong preference will be given to applicants who have not had extensive or recent experience in the United States

Ineligibility Factors

  • Persons who have not been conferred a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Persons with a dual U.S./Timor-Leste nationality
  • Persons who have a spouse, parent, fiancé, or child over 18 years of age who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Persons who have a pending application for immigration to any country (this includes Special Immigrant Visas)
  • Employees of any U.S. government agency (U.S. Embassy, USAID, DOD)

Application Instructions

To apply for the 2025-2026 Fulbright-FDCH Scholarship Program follow the steps below:

Step 1: Read the eligibility requirements above carefully. Before you apply, be sure that you qualify.

Step 2: Go to the link and select create a new account then complete the details for the new account and save your username and password. Please select your own country location as the country of citizenship.

Step 3: Start and complete all sections of the online application.

  • Select Fulbright Program => Fulbright Foreign Student Program =>, select create application => open application and complete 2025-2026 application. Be sure to select the 2025-2026 Fulbright Graduate Student Program on the online application.
  • Applicants are not required to take any of the standardized tests at this stage of the application process. Scholarship finalists and alternate candidates will receive test vouchers from the U.S. Embassy to complete the required tests as part of the candidate’s preparation for U.S. university admissions. In section 24, applicants may list the following dates to indicate when he or she plans to take the tests: For the TOEFL and GRE, please list August 2024.
  • Request letters of recommendation and provide all relevant instructions to professors and employers with the date by which they need to be completed. It is your responsibility to ensure they complete the letters on time towards your application.
  • Your essays are the most important part of your application. Plagiarism – the unfair use of the words and ideas of others – will not be tolerated and can lead to disqualification from the Fulbright program.

Apply online at:

Deadline for online application submission is Friday, April 5, 2024, at 17:00. Late applications will not be accepted.

For more information and questions, please send an email to  or contact 3302435.

Application for FY2023-2024 has been closed


Application for summer 2024 SUSI program has been closed

Application for summer 2024 SUSI program has been closed

English & Education

The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) provides a foundation of English language and soft skills to talented youth from economically disadvantaged sectors through after school classes and intensive sessions. The program gives participants English skills that 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. Since its inception in 2004, over 110,000 students in more than 80 countries have participated in the Access Program including Timor-Leste.

In Timor-Leste, more than 150 students have graduated from the English Access program and more than half of the graduates from the 2009 and 2010 programs are currently studying abroad: 18 of them have gone on to receive International Scholarships to study Bachelor’s degrees in English-speaking universities in countries including the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Korea, the Philippines, India, Japan, Brazil and the United Kingdom. As nearly all of these students return have already or plan to return to Timor-Leste, Access is helping build a cadre of highly-educated, confident, highly motivated and globally-minded youth who will become the future leaders of this country.