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

2023-2024 Fulbright Foreign Student Program

The U.S. Embassy Dili is pleased to announce the 2023-2024 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.

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.

Fulbright scholarship recipients will be chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential. Only online applications will be accepted this application cycle. Applications are due on Saturday, May 14, 2022 via https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2023/

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 by August 2023 or as early as March 2023 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 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 2023-2024 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/ffsp2023/  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 2023-2024 application. Be sure to select the 2023-2024 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 2022.
  • 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, therefore you are encouraged to revise your essays and update your information.

The application MUST be submitted online at: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2023/ . Deadline for online application submission is Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 17:00. Late applications will not be accepted. For more information and questions, please send an email to FulbrightTimorLeste@state.gov or contact 3302400; ext: 2035.

2023-2024 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The U.S. Embassy Dili is pleased to announce the 2023-2024 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:

Human and Institutional Capacity:

  • Economic Development
  • Finance & Banking
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Technology Policy and Management
  • Human Resource Management

Rights and Freedoms:

  • Communications and Journalism
  • International Religious Freedom
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Trafficking in Persons Policy & Prevention

Sustainable Lands:

  • Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Thriving Communities:

  • Contagious and Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • HIV&AIDS, Policy and Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention
  • Educational Administration, Planning, and Policy
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language

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 a 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 2023.
  • 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: https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey Deadline to submit application is Saturday, July 2, 2022.

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

For inquire, please send an email to FulbrightTimorLeste@state.gov

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.

STUDY OF THE UNITED STATES INSTITUTES FOR SECONDARY EDUCATORS

Program Description:

The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators (SUSIs) will provide three multinational groups of 20 experienced secondary school educators (including teachers, administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, Ministry of Education officials, and others) with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture – past and present.  The focus of the Institutes will be on providing content and materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States.  Two of the Institutes are tailored for secondary school teachers; please note that the Institutes for Teachers focus on content and materials about the United States rather than teaching methods and pedagogy.  The third Institute is tailored for experienced administrators including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, Ministry of Education officials.

Each Institute will have approximately 20 participants and will be conducted by various colleges, universities, and academic institutions throughout the United States beginning in or after June 2021.  Each Institute will include a virtual academic residency and an integrated in-person experience of approximately two weeks at the U.S. host institution.

Ideal candidates:

  • Are residents and citizens of Timor-Leste;
  • Are mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly motivated and experienced secondary school teachers, administrators, curriculum developers, textbook writers, or government education officials;
  • Have firm plans to enhance, update or develop secondary school courses or educational materials with U.S. studies focus or component;
  • Have little or no prior experience in the United States;
  • Have professional English language proficiency; and
  • Can fully participate in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour of key cities in the United States when travel conditions allow.

Health Benefit

All participants will receive the Department of State’s Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE) health benefit, which provides coverage of up to $100,000 with a $25 co-pay per medical visit and a $75 co-pay per emergency room visit, for the duration of the program.  Pre-existing conditions may be covered up to $100,000, subject to policy exclusions and limitations.  COVID-19 is treated like any other illness under the ASPE policy.  Information on the health benefit program may be found online at https://www.sevencorners.com/gov/usdos.

Possibility of Virtual Program:

The virtual program will consist of a minimum of 36 hours of required programming and will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning.  To the extent possible, the virtual programming will include lectures, small group discussions, videos, readings, panels, site visits, assignments, and individual and group activities.  Participants are required to fully participate in the entire virtual program from their home country.

Application procedure:

Complete the application form via https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10Xfvm8kW7Woq38BbBPpyUUpRUwbbb2xponUdh9OYNZM/edit .

The deadline for submission of applications is on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 11:59 pm.  Only successful applicants will be notified.

STUDY OF THE UNITED STATES INSTITUTES FOR SCHOLARS

Program Description

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSIs) are intensive post-graduate level academic programs 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 the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad. Each Institute will have approximately 20 participants and will be conducted by various colleges, universities, and academic institutions throughout the United States beginning in or after June 2021.  Each Institute will include a virtual academic residency and an integrated in-person experience of approximately two weeks at the U.S. host institution.

Institute Themes:

American Culture and Values

This institute 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 should 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 should draw from a diverse disciplinary base and should itself provide a model of how a foreign university might approach the study of American culture and society.  The University of Montana in Missoula, MT will oversee and administer this program; New York University in New York, NY will conduct and host the Institute.

 Journalism and Media

This institute will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced and highly motivated foreign 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 role of journalists in recognizing and preventing disinformation and will explore strategies for media and information literacy to counter disinformation.  Additionally, the Institute will examine best practices in journalism by discussing the rights and responsibilities of the media in a democratic society, including editorial independence, journalistic ethics, legal constraints, and international journalism.  In addition, the Institute will examine pedagogical strategies for teaching students of journalism the basics of the tradecraft: researching, critical thinking, reporting, interviewing, writing, and editing.  The program will also highlight the impact of technology in journalism, including the influence of the Internet, globalization of the news media, and other changes that are transforming the profession.  The University of Montana in Missoula, MT will oversee and administer this program; Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ will conduct and host the Institute.

Religious Pluralism in the United States

This institute will provide a multinational group of up to 18 experienced foreign university faculty, scholars, researchers and religious leaders with a deeper understanding of U.S. society and culture, past and present, through an examination of religious pluralism in the United States and its intersection with American democracy.  The program will include a survey of the religious landscape of the United States, including religious groups; an exploration of the historical and contemporary relationship between church and state in the United States; an examination of the ways in which religious thought and practice have modified and have been influenced by, the development of American-style democracy; and discussions on the intersections of religion and politics in the United States in such areas as elections, public policy, and foreign policy.  Participants will have opportunities to meet U.S. community leaders of different faiths who advocate for collaboration and tolerance among religious groups.  The Institute for Training and Development (ITD) in Amherst, MA will oversee and administer this program; Seattle University in Seattle, WA will conduct and host the Institute.

U.S. Economics and Business

This institute will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty, researchers, experts and policymakers with a deeper understanding of key components and structures of the U.S. economy.  Using a multidisciplinary approach, the program will explore various topics of socioeconomics; how financial institutions, investors, and businesses interact to support sustainable economic development and growth; and increasing diverse and equitable employment through institutional regulation, social inclusion strategies, and private and public policies.  Throughout the Institute, Scholars will engage in a case study involving the fishing industry, which will examine the interplay of climate change, U.S. business innovation, corporate regulation, entrepreneurship, and economic theory.  Participants will have opportunities to learn about key institutions and stakeholders in the U.S. economy and meet with a diverse range of business leaders and small business owners, among others.  A symposium where scholars will present their own research and scholarly practices will allow for robust discussion and an exchange of diverse perspectives.  The Institute for Training and Development (ITD) in Amherst, MA will conduct and host the Institute in Boston, MA.

U.S. Foreign Policy

This institute will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign university faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of new approaches to U.S. foreign policy and how 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 influences on 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 program will also examine the current U.S. foreign policymaking landscape and recent trends that are shaping policy.  The University of Montana in Missoula, MT will oversee and administer this program; the University of Delaware will conduct and host the Institute in Newark, DE.

 Workforce Development

This institute will provide a multinational group of 18 experienced foreign faculty and practitioners with a deeper understanding of how recent socioeconomic trends have changed the concept of work, workforce development, and career paths in the United States.  The academic program will include a thorough discussion of the role of U.S. educational institutions, particularly community colleges, in preparing Americans with the skills needed to succeed in multiple industries including business, technology, science, the creative arts, and emerging fields.  The Institute will offer opportunities for participants to research new ideas, in conjunction with American peers, to better understand the evolution of work, the changing demand for skills, and the advancements in workforce development through retraining and reskilling.  The University of Montana in Missoula, MT will conduct and host this Institute

Ideal Candidate:

  • Are residents and citizens of the Philippines;
  • Are mid-career, typically between the ages 30-50, highly motivated and experienced scholars and professionals generally from higher education institutions or research-focused organizations (not-for-profits, think tanks, etc.);
  • Are individuals whose home institutions are seeking to introduce or enhance aspects of U.S. studies into their curricula, to develop/enhance/update courses in the subject of the Institute, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in the U.S. studies or related fields;
  • Have professional English language proficiency;
  • Have little or no prior experience in the United States; and
  • Are willing and able to fully participate in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour of key cities in the United States when travel conditions allow.

Health Benefits

All participants will receive the Department of State’s Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE) health benefit that provides coverage of up to $100,000 with a $25 co-pay per medical visit and a $75 co-pay per emergency room visit, for the duration of the program.  Pre-existing conditions may be covered up to $100,000, subject to policy exclusions and limitations.  COVID-19 is treated like any other illness under the ASPE policy.  Information on the health benefit program may be found online at https://www.sevencorners.com/gov/usdos.

Possibility of Virtual Program:

The virtual program will consist of a minimum of 36 hours of required programming and will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning.  To the extent possible, the virtual programming will include lectures, small group discussions, videos, readings, panels, site visits, assignments, and individual and group activities.  Participants are required to fully participate in the entire virtual program from their home country.

Application procedure:

Complete the application form via https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10Xfvm8kW7Woq38BbBPpyUUpRUwbbb2xponUdh9OYNZM/edit .

The deadline for submission of applications is on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 11:59 pm.  Only successful applicants will be notified.


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.