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Educational Exchanges

Educational Exchange and Scholarship Opportunities for Citizens of Afghanistan

The Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy Kabul offers Afghan citizens a variety of different educational exchange and scholarship opportunities, both in the United States and in Afghanistan.

Graduate Students

These Fulbright Programs fund graduate study in the United States for a Master's or Ph.D. degree.

Fulbright Foreign Students Doctoral Program

Fulbright Foreign Students Master's Program

Fulbright Program for Citizens of Afghanistan

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government. The Fulbright Program in Afghanistan is currently one of the largest Fulbright Programs in the world. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of Afghanistan. The Fulbright Program provides participants – chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential – with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbright, the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world, actively seeks out individuals of achievement and potential who represent the full diversity of their respective societies and selects nominees through open, merit-based competitions.  Our next Fulbright application season starts December 10, 2015 and closes March 20, 2016.

Mid-Career Professionals

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for up to a year of graduate-level non-degree academic coursework and professional development activities.  Applications are due May 30, 2016. 

English Teachers

Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship Program

The FLTA Program is a nine-month, non-degree program that provides young teachers of English an opportunity to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the society and culture of the United States, while teaching their native language to U.S. students and strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S. colleges and universities.  Applications are due May 30, 2016.

U.S. Embassy Kabul also offers Exchange Opportunities Other than Fulbright, Specifically Designed for Afghan citizens.

Junior Faculty

Afghan Junior Faculty Development Program

The Afghan Junior Faculty Development Program provides an intensive professional training program at a U.S. university for full-time junior level faculty members from public and private Afghan universities.  The program will take place from January to March 2016, with exact dates to be determined.  Applications are due May 30, 2016. 

SUSI Graduate Level Short Term Study

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars Program (SUSI)

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) programs are intensive graduate and post-graduate level academic programs whose purpose is to provide participants with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of United States’ society, culture, values, and institutions, as well as to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and academic institutions abroad. There are three different programs of study in the United States in the most recent cycle.

Aid for Afghan Students Admitted to U.S. Schools 

The EducationUSA Opportunity Scholarship

The EducationUSA Opportunity Scholarship provides small grants for students who are highly qualified and have been awarded substantial institutional financial aid, but would have difficulty paying for the cost of international airfare, books, supplies, and other required university expenses.  Applications are accepted throughout the year, but awards are not granted until an applicant has received his/her U.S. student visa.