Fulbright Student Program

2019-10-29 15:50:57


The Fulbright Student Program is a full-time master’s degree scholarship program. It is aimed at promoting mutual understanding and cultural awareness between the U.S. and other nations of the world through educational exchange. It is administered in over 160 countries throughout the world and is the flagship academic scholarship program by the U.S. Government. The U.S. Department of State funded Fulbright Student Program started in Mongolia in 1994 and the program has been funding 4-5 individuals every year. In 2011, the Government of Mongolia and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State initiated a bi-national Fulbright Student Program and the number of grantees increased by 9-10.

Expenses covered:

All Transportation Costs


International airfare and domestic travel (including in-country visa-related travels if the candidate resides outside Ulaanbaatar)


Living and Meals Accommodations

Participants are provided with a monthly stipend to cover their lodging and meals and other living costs


Fulbright scholarship covers all tuition costs

U.S. Orientation

All orientation costs including lodging, meals, health insurance and training costs are covered by Fulbright.

Health Insurance

Participants are provided with accident and sickness benefit for the duration of their program.

Visa Costs

Visa payment is waived for all U.S. Government sponsored scholarship participants

Travel Allowance

Participants are provided with small allowance for luggage and other travel-related expenses.

Arrival Allowance

In addition to their first month stipend, the grantees also receive a one-time arrival allowance for settlement costs such as purchasing a laptop and books etc.

Field of study:

The Fulbright program supports study in most fields of social sciences and humanities, sciences and engineering, economic and business studies, public and civil service studies, etc. Fulbright program does not support studies in medicine. The only health-related area that is supported by Fulbright is public health studies. Similarly, in law only LLM degree study is supported. The Government of Mongolia funded Fulbright scholarship will give priority to candidates who plan to pursue studies in the following fields:

• Education

• Engineering

• Engineering Infrastructure

• Agricultural Engineering

• Environmental Studies

• Information Technology

• Public Health

• Public Policy

• Science and Technology


- Be a Mongolian citizen, currently living in Mongolia;

- Have a minimum of 1.5 years of full-time work experience;

- Hold a first university degree (B.A. or equivalent);

- Be highly proficient in English, with a minimum TOEFL IBT 80-90, TOEFL ITP/PBT 550-575, or IELTS 6.5-7.0 depending on the field of study (please see below);

- Preference will be given to candidates with limited prior experience in the U.S. Note that Mongolians holding U.S. green card are not eligible to apply.

- Candidates who are applying to pursue studies in the following fields are required to have a minimum of TOEFL IBT 90, TOEFL PBT/ITP 575, or IELTS 7.00:

• Arts Administration/Management/History

• Biology

• Business/Entrepreneurship

• Communication

• Economics

• Engineering

• English/TESOL

• Finance

• Gender and Women’s Studies

• History

• International Relations/Development

• Journalism

• Law

• Linguistics

• Management

• Psychology

• Public Policy/Administration

• Political Science

• Theater/Drama/Creative Writing

• Urban/Regional Planning

• Veterinary Medicine

- Candidates pursuing studies in fields other than named above should have a minimum of TOEFL IBT 80, TOEFL PBT/ITP 550, or IELTS 6.5.

Required Documents:

1. Application form: The application form becomes available for download when the program is announced. 

2. References:  Attach two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your academic and professional abilities. The letters must be in English, if however the reference is in Mongolian please provide an official translation to English along with the original letter in Mongolian;

3. Essay: Please attach a concise (no more than two pages long) essay, in English, which explains why you wish to study in the United States, and what you would like to do after completing that study;

4. Education: Please attach a certified copy of your university diploma along with certified English translation (Note that submitted application packages will not be returned. Do not submit any original document.).

Submit the completed application package to the U.S. Embassy within the set deadline.

For more detailed information regarding the required documents, please visit the U.S. Embassy in Mongolia official website.

General Timeline of the U.S. Department of State funded Fulbright Student Program

General Timeline of the Mongolian Government funded Fulbright Student Program

Selection Process

The Scholarship application dates will be announced on U.S. Embassy in Mongolia official website. If you have questions about scholarship and exchange programs, please contact at exchange@usembassy.mn.


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