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Educational Exchanges

Educational Exchanges and Scholarship Opportunities for Citizens of Afghanistan

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

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.

If you are a university graduate and/or a teacher or lecturer, find out more about the programs available and start preparing for the current Fulbright season, which starts January 2015. Please see the following links for general information about the specific Fulbright programs.

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


Mid-Career Professionals:

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.

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship 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.

Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship Program


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

Junior Faculty:

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.

Afghan Junior Faculty Development Program

SUSI Graduate Level Short Term Study:

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.

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

Aid for Afghan Students Admitted to U.S. Schools: 

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 testing and visa fees and the cost of international airfare. 

The EducationUSA Opportunity Scholarship