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.


Undergraduate University Programs

USTL provides full scholarships to outstanding students from Timor-Leste for four years of study at high-quality undergraduate degree institutions in the United States. Scholarship awards include full tuition for four years of undergraduate study, travel, living stipends, medical insurance in the U.S., and visa costs. USTL is a program of the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State.

USTL participants are expected to complete a four-year undergraduate degree at the U.S. University or college at which they are placed. Students live with U.S. roommates on the campus of their host institution and attend classes full time. Based on their academic interests, career goals, and English proficiency, USTL students are placed at institutions from a diverse network of high-quality, accredited U.S. institutions working in close partnership with American Councils. All host institutions are committed to providing USTL students programs that serve their academic interests and maximize their engagement with U.S. culture through regular interaction with faculty and fellow students. American Councils and host-university staff provide ongoing logistical support, advising, and emergency assistance to USTL participants as they adapt to life and study in the U.S.

USTL students may apply to pursue a wide range of academic disciplines, including but not limited to agricultural science, business communication, economics, education, environmental science, international relations, political science, psychology, and sociology. USTL students who achieve a TOEFL score of between 400 and 500 during the application process (see below) are required to complete one or two semesters of intensive English language training in the U.S. before beginning their four years of degree-related study. USTL awards provide full support for the additional period of study and residency in the U.S.

The USTL program provides important professional training in addition to academic study at a U.S. university or college:

Community Service: In order to expose participants to the principles of community service and social responsibility in the United States, USTL participants are required to perform a minimum of 20 hours of community service at local organizations per year during their study in the U.S. Community service projects may include volunteering at public schools, retirement homes, youth activity centers, and local food banks.

Internships:

USTL students are also provided the opportunity to participate in paid or unpaid internships related to their career goals during the summer break between academic terms. Internships provide an essential opportunity for participants to gain professional experience and skills that can be applied to their future careers at home. USTL participants who do not wish to participate in internships are required to continue full-time summer-study.

American Councils staff and host-university personnel work closely with USTL participants in identifying internships and community-service opportunities and provide participants ongoing support throughout their professional training experiences.


Post-graduate University Programs

2021-2022 Fulbright Foreign Student Program

The U.S. Embassy Dili is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 J. William Fulbright Graduate Scholarship Program for citizens of Timor-Leste. The scholarship pays for up to two years of graduate study in the United States.

One Fulbright scholarship recipient will be chosen for his or her academic merit and leadership potential. Only online applications will be accepted this application cycle. Applications are due on Friday, July 31, 2020 via https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2021 

The successful candidate 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. 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 as early as August 2021 for pre-academic programs.

About the J. William Fulbright Program

The J. William Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. For more information about the Fulbright Scholarship program, please visit http://eca.state.gov/Fulbright.

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 their 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 2021-2022 Fulbright Foreign Student 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 https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2021. Regardless of if you have applied before, 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 2021-2022 application. Be sure to select the 2021-2022 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 2020.
  • 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.

Previous Fulbright Scholarship Applicants

Any person who has previously submitted a Fulbright application must submit a new application. If you have submitted a previous application via the online platform, you must create a new account and create a new application to avoid technical complications. Fulbright becomes more competitive each year as the number of applicants increases, therefore you are encouraged to revise your essays and update your information.

The application MUST be submitted online at: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2021 .  Deadline for online application submission is Friday, July 31, 2020 at 17:00. Late applications will not be accepted. For mor information and questions, please send an email to FulbrightTimorLeste@state.gov .

The U.S. Embassy Dili is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for citizens of Timor-Leste. The Humphrey Program brings young and mid-career professionals from designated countries to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts.

Humphrey Fellows pursue graduate-level study in the United States, build leadership skills, and build mutual cultural understanding with Americans. Because the Humphrey Fellowship does not offer a degree, Humphrey Fellows design and implement individualized programs to acquire career-related knowledge, interact with colleagues and gain professional experience, including arrangements for a six-week professional internship. In addition, Fellows may also attend special enrichment activities throughout their program. These activities are excellent opportunities to network with Humphrey Fellows from other countries and to interact with prominent Americans across a range of professional fields.

The prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Program provides future leaders and policy makers with experience in U.S. society, culture, and professional fields. It also provides a basis for lasting, productive ties between Americans and their professional counterparts overseas.

The Humphrey Fellowship covers international travel, travel within the United States as required, tuition and fees, books, a monthly maintenance stipend, and limited funds for professional development activities such as attendance at conferences, field trips, and professional affiliations. The fellowships are granted competitively to both public and private sector candidates with a commitment to public service in the fields of:

Sustainable Development

  • Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Economic Development/Finance and Banking
  • Natural Resources, Environmental and Climate Policy
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Democratic Institution Building

  • Communications and Journalism
  • Law and Human Rights
  • International Religious Freedom
  • 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
  • Contagious and Infectious Diseases

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 of five 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. One from professor and two from employers is highly recommended.
  • Applicants must submit two well-reasoned application essays: a description of the proposed professional development plan describing the area of interest and how it connects to your country’s development goals; and a personal statement describing your professional goals and public service commitment
  • Applicants must be committed to returning to his or her country of citizenship and outline a specific plan for using their Humphrey Fellowship 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 their bachelor’s degree
  • Persons with a dual (U.S./ Timor-Leste) citizenship
  • Individuals who have attended a graduate school in the U.S. for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2021.
  • 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 MUST be completed online at: http://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey , Deadline to submit application is July 31, 2020.

For more information about the program, please visit: https://www.humphreyfellowship.org/

The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options. The Center is an independent, public, nonprofit organization with funding from the U.S. government, and additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments in the region.

The East-West Center offers a wide variety of both short- and long-term programs for individuals. Academic scholarships and fellowships as well as educational exchange and professional development programs are available. Timorese citizens may be eligible for any of the following East-West Center programs:

  • New Generation Seminar: Each year the East-West Center invites rising young leaders from the United States and Asia Pacific to participate in The New Generation Seminar (NGS), a two-week intensive educational, dialogue and study tour travel program.
  • Jefferson Fellowships: For Asia Pacific and American journalists; study tour to destinations in the continental United States and Asia Pacific region based on program theme.
  • Asia Pacific Leadership Program: The APLP seeks outstanding individuals from all walks of life (government, business, NGOs, health sciences, media, monastic orders, and education) to participate in an innovative leadership development program at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
  • East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship: The East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship (GDF) provides funding for up to 24 months for  Master’s or Doctoral degree study for graduate students from Asia, the Pacific, and the U.S. to participate in the educational, residential, and leadership development programs at the East-West Center while pursuing graduate study at the University of Hawai‘i.
  • Asian Development BankGovernment of Japan Scholarship:The Asian Development Bank – Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) provides support for graduate (post-baccalaureate) studies in ADB-approved fields of study at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (UHM), and for participation in the educational, residential, and leadership development programs at the East-West Center (EWC). The ADB-JSP was established to encourage and strengthen human resource development in ADB’s developing member countries.
  • Affiliate Scholar Program: The East-West Center’s Affiliate Scholar program provides a limited number of opportunities for graduate students from universities and institutions world-wide, to have a short-term affiliation with the Center while working on a thesis or dissertation research related to the Asia Pacific region.

Institute description:

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Scholars are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The ultimate goal of these Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad.

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars will take place at various colleges, universities, and institutions throughout the United States over the course of six weeks. Each Institute includes a four week academic residency component and up to two weeks of an integrated study tour. Posts and prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the links above on our website page to obtain general information about the Institutes. Additional information can be viewed through the SUSI website: http://exchanges.state.gov/susi.

Candidate Description and Qualifications:

Study of the U.S. Institutes are highly competitive. Priority will be given to candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component; who have no prior or limited experience in the United States; and who have special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.

Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced scholars and professionals generally from institutions of higher education or research focused organizations (not-for-profits, think tanks, etc.). While the educational level of participants will likely vary, most should have graduate degrees and have substantial knowledge of the thematic area of the Institute or a related field.

Candidates must demonstrate English language fluency. Institutes are rigorous and demanding programs; participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to fully and actively participate in all seminar and panel discussions. English fluency is vital to a successful experience in the Institute, both for your participant and participants from other countries.

Application Instructions:

If you are interested to be nominated for this program, please send an updated curriculum vitae/resume and a Personal Statement outlining your interest in attending the program, what you expect to contribute to the program, and additional information about why the U.S. Embassy should select you for this program to PADili@state.gov. Your message to PADili@state.gov should include the following information in the subject line: “Application for SUSI fellowship: [name of SUSI institute you are applying for]”

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS PROGRAM ARE NOW CLOSED.* THE EMBASSY WILL PUBLICLY ANNOUNCE WHEN APPLICATIONS RE-OPEN AGAIN.

Should you have any questions about this program, please write to us at PADili@state.gov

American Politics and Political Thought

The SUSI Institute on American Politics and Political Thought will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty and practitioners insight into how intellectual and political movements have influenced modern American political institutions and a deeper understanding of major currents in U.S. political thought from the colonial period to the present. It will explore the shaping of American identity and the intersection and interplay between that identity and U.S. history and politics. It will cover a broad range of American experiences that have shaped and been shaped by our national identity including, but not limited to, the colonial period, the constitutional founding, the Civil War, industrialization, the Great Depression, the Cold War, and the Civil Rights movement. The Institute will also use this lens to explore contemporary U.S. political and social debates and public policy, relating them back to the formation and development of U.S. political thought and American identity.

Contemporary American Literature

The SUSI Institute on Contemporary American Literature will provide a multinational group of up to 18 foreign university faculty and scholars with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of contemporary American (U.S.) literature. Its purpose is twofold: to explore contemporary American writers and writing in a variety of genres; and to suggest how the themes explored in those works reflect larger currents within contemporary U.S. society and culture. The program will explore the diversity of the American literary landscape, examining how major contemporary writers, schools, and movements reflect the traditions of the U.S. literary canon. At the same time, the program will expose participants to writers who represent a departure from that tradition, and who are establishing new directions for American literature.

Journalism & Media

The SUSI Institute on Journalism and Media will provide a multinational group of 18 journalism instructors and other related specialists with a deeper understanding of the roles that journalism and the media play in U.S. society. The Institute will examine the rights and responsibilities of the media in a democratic society, including editorial independence, journalistic ethics, legal constraints, international journalism, and media business models. The Institute will examine pedagogical strategies for teaching students of journalism the basics of the tradecraft: researching, reporting, writing, and editing. The program will also highlight the impact of technology on journalism, such as the influence of the Internet, the globalization of the news media, the growth of satellite television and radio networks, and other changes that are transforming the profession.

U.S. Culture & Society

The SUSI Institute on U.S. Culture and Society will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced and highly-motivated foreign university faculty and other specialists with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The Institute will examine the ethnic, racial, social, economic, political, and religious contexts in which various cultures have manifested in U.S. society while focusing on the ways in which these cultures have influenced social movements and American identity throughout U.S. history. The program will draw from a diverse disciplinary base, and will itself provide a model of how a foreign university might approach the study of U.S. culture and society.

U.S. Foreign Policy

The SUSI Institute on U.S. Foreign Policy will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of how contemporary U.S. foreign policy is formulated and implemented. The Institute will include a historical review of significant events, individuals, and philosophies that have shaped U.S. foreign policy. The Institute will explain the role of key players in U.S. foreign policy including the executive and legislative branches of government, the media, the U.S. public, think-tanks, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral institutions.

The Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary Educators (Teachers) will provide one multinational group of 20 experienced secondary school teachers with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture – past and present. The U.S. Embassy in Dili, Timor-Leste will be nominating one Timorese educator to participate in this program.

The focus of the Institute will be on providing content and materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States. Please note that the main focus of the Institute for teachers is on content and materials about the United States rather than teaching methods and pedagogy. To this end, the Institute is organized around a central theme or themes in U.S. civilization.

Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, program content will examine the history and evolution of U.S. institutions and values, broadly defined. The program will also serve to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society.

The four week academic residency will be complemented by a one week study tour. The aim of the study tour is to showcase the cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States.

Study of the U.S. Institutes are highly competitive. Priority will be given to candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component, who have no or limited prior experience in the United States, and who have special interest in the institute topic as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.

Requirements

Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced secondary school teachers. Ideal candidates are individuals who are seeking to introduce or enhance aspects of U.S. studies into their curricula or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies or related fields. While the nominee’s scholarly and professional credentials are an important consideration, the potential impact and multiplier effect of the Institute is equally important.

Candidates must demonstrate English language fluency. Institutes are rigorous and demanding programs; participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to fully and actively participate in all seminar and panel discussions. English fluency is vital to a successful experience in the Institute, both for your participant and participants from other countries.

Application procedures

If you are interested to be nominated for this program, please send an updated curriculum vitae/resume and a Personal Statement outlining your interest in attending the program, what you expect to contribute to the program, and additional information about why the U.S. Embassy should select you for this program to PADili@state.gov. Your message to PADili@state.gov should include the following information in the subject line: “Application for SUSI for Secondary Educators.”

Should you have any questions about this program, please write to us at PADili@state.gov. Additional information can be viewed through the SUSI website:http://exchanges.state.gov/susi.

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS PROGRAM ARE NOW CLOSED.* THE EMBASSY WILL PUBLICLY ANNOUNCE WHEN APPLICATIONS RE-OPEN AGAIN.


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.

LELI (Lorosa’e English Language Institute) and UNTL’s ELC (English Language Center) are currently running the program. LELI will host 46 students in our program for high school students and UNTL’s ELC will host 14 students in our program for university students this year.