Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Applications are now open for the 2024-2025 Fulbright Foreign Student Program! Application Deadline: June 30, 2023 at 11:00 PM local time .  Visit:https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2024 to apply!

In Guyana, the Fulbright Foreign Student Program is administered by the U.S. Embassy. The Embassy re-launched the Fulbright Foreign Student Program in 2019.  The scholarship gives Guyanese citizens the opportunity to complete a Master’s or PhD at a higher education institution in the United States.

The U.S. – Guyana Fulbright program aims to foster cultural understanding between our two countries. Therefore, preference is given to applicants who do not have extensive experience (six months or longer) in the United States.

These studies are funded for up to 24 months (two academic years, pending: final approval by the Foreign Scholars Board (FSB), a successful application for a J-1 visa; receipt of medical clearance; successful academic placement at a U.S. institution of higher education by the Institute for International Education (IIE); and availability of funds.

What expenses does the scholarship cover?

The scholarship covers the costs of the visa, travel, accommodation, university tuition costs, GRE testing and medical insurance. Students from Guyana are eligible for funding for up to 24 months (two academic years). Candidates who seek a doctoral degree will be required to secure funding for the remaining portion of their program, through either university funding, scholarships personal funding. More information can be found at:  https://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/about/foreign-fulbright

Before starting the application, applicants are advised to carefully read the 2024-2025 Instructions for Completing the Fulbright Foreign Student Program Application (PDF463KB).

Please see eligibly and application requirements below:


1. Be a citizen and resident  of Guyana.

2. Have graduated with a bachelor’s degree, BA / BS or master’s degree (or equivalent).

3. Have a grade point average of 3.5 or above.

4. Possess leadership skills, high motivation, and ease to adapt to new situations.

5. Demonstrate commitment to your community through community service, volunteering or other activities.

6. Do not have United States citizenship or permanent residence in the United States.

7. Priority will be given to candidates who have minimal experience in the United States.

8. Be eligible for a J1 visa.

9. Commit to return to Guyana for two years after completing studies in the United States.

10. Once notified as a finalist, you are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Interested persons are advised to take the GRE/GMAT exam as soon as possible.

11: Applicants are eligible to apply for a Fulbright grant in the following eligible disciplines:

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture and Design
  • Anthropology
  • Business and Public Administration
  • Chemistry Education
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Cultural and Ethnic Studies,
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering Education
  • Environmental Studies and Forestry
  • Health Sciences
  • Journalism, Media Studies, and Communication.
  • Law: Human Rights, Forensic Studies
  • Math Education
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies
  • Political Science
  • Public/Global Health
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Urban Planning
  • All applicants must complete and submit an online application: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2024 
  • Applicants must complete ALL elements of the application and submit all required supporting documents uploaded electronically and directly to the online application.
  • Required supporting documents, including certificates, transcripts and recommendation letters must be submitted by application deadline.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications not meeting the basic requirements of the scholarship will not be acknowledged or considered.

Given the length of time to process transcripts at some institutions, candidates should plan accordingly to ensure the transcripts are submitted by the application deadline.

Transcripts should be submitted by the higher educational institutions (e.g. University of Guyana) electronically to the U.S. Embassy Guyana Public Affairs Office: pdgeorge@state.gov

Or delivered to:
Public Affairs Office
ATTN: Transcript
U.S. Embassy Georgetown
100 Young & Duke Streets
Kingston, Georgetown

References: Three (3) recommendations are required.

Applicants must register their recommenders in the application portal.

Once you register your recommenders, they will receive an automatic email with instructions on completing the online recommendation form. You can track the status of recommendations, send reminders, and add/delete recommenders through this system before and after submission of your application.

Letters of recommendation must be submitted directly by your recommenders either via the online application or emailed directly by your recommenders to the U.S. Embassy Guyana Public Affairs Office: pdgeorge@state.gov

Letters of references must be completed using the attached Fulbright Foreign Student Letter of Reference (PDF118KB).