Fulbright Egyptian Student Program – Islamic Studies
Provides fully-funded grants for graduates of Islamic Studies from relevant faculties at Al Azhar University or the faculties of Dar Al Ulum to pursue Master’s degrees, or Ph.D. degrees or to conduct research in Islamic Studies in the U.S.
- Master’s Degree: grants for individuals wishing to pursue a Master’s degree in the U.S.
- Ph.D. Degree: grants for individuals wishing to pursue Ph.D. studies in the U.S.
- Visiting Student Researcher: grants for individuals registered for Ph.D. degrees who wish to conduct research and/or gather data in the U.S. for 6 to 9 months.
- Egyptian citizenship. Holders of U.S. green cards and/or passports are ineligible.
- Applicants must be residing in Egypt throughout the application, selection, placement and pre-departure processes.
- Bachelor’s degree. Minimum of “Good”.
- For Visiting Student Researcher applicants: Proof of registered doctoral degree at a university in Egypt
- Language Requirements:
- For Master’s or Visiting Student Researcher grants: Minimum valid TOEFL (ITP) score of 450 or Internet-based TOEFL iBT 45, or IELTS 5.0
- For Ph.D. degrees applicants: minimum valid TOEFL (ITP) score of 550 or iBT 80, or IELTS 6.5.
- Applicants must successfully complete all the steps of the application, assessment, and selection process and successfully finalize all required procedures.
- The following persons and their immediate family members (i.e. spouses and children) are ineligible to apply during and for a period ending one year following the termination of such employment: employees of the U.S. Department of State; local employees of the U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); employees at organizations implementing exchange programs for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the Department of State; as well as Board Members or staff of a Fulbright Commission or their families (up to fourth kin).
Note: Preference will be given to applicants without prior significant experience in the U.S. and/or overseas.
Authorized TOEFL and IELTS Testing Centers in Egypt
|Test Type||Test Center Name||Location of Test Center|
|TOEFL ITP||AMIDEAST||Cairo – Alexandria|
|Skills Castle||Benha – Tanta|
|American Center for Continuing Education||Assiut|
|Suez Language and Computer Center||Suez|
|Badr University||Badr City, Cairo|
|The American Canadian Center||Menoufia|
|TOEFL iBT||Please check available test centers at: https://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/register||Various governorates across Egypt|
|Academic/General Training IELTS||British Council||Cairo – Alexandria|
|IDP Center||Cairo – Alexandria|
Required Documents: (All documents must be submitted online by no later than July 1, 2020. Please carefully read the Application Guidelines accessible here)
- Online Application
- Copies of certificates and transcripts for all post-secondary degrees in English
- Three Recommendation Letters
- For Master’s degrees or Visiting Student Researcher grants applicants: minimum valid TOEFL (ITP) score of 450 or its equivalent iBT (45), or IELTS (5)
- For Ph.D. degrees applicants: minimum valid TOEFL (ITP) score of 550 or its equivalent iBT (80), or IELTS (6.5)
- For Visiting Student Researcher grants applicants: Proof of registered doctoral degree at a university in Egypt
- Scanned copy of the original valid National ID
- Scanned copies of any previous U.S. J1 or J2 visas (if applicable)
Important: The Fulbright Egyptian Student Program seeks applicants that have developed a sense of personal integrity and are original thinkers. Copying someone else’s writing, whether from the Internet, from a book or from a friend is considered plagiarism. Any quoted words or sentences should include a citation. An applicant who is found to have plagiarized in any form (including unintentional or accidental plagiarism) in his or her application will be disqualified. For further information about plagiarism and citation, please click on the following link: https://fulbright-egypt.org/resources/. All content in applications must be the applicant’s original contribution and his/her own intellectual property. Having someone else write or contribute to the writing of an individual’s application, either fully or partially, does not uphold the standards of integrity expected of Fulbrighters and may result in the ineligibility of your application.
- Travel allowance
- Health benefits coverage
- University tuition
- Other allowances
AY2021-2022 Program Timeline
|February 9, 2020||Program Announcement|
|July 1, 2020||Deadline for submitting online applications|
|July 2020 – August 2020||Application Review|
|September 2020||Personal Interviews (Only for shortlisted applicants)|
|October 2020||Official Nomination/Regret Letters (Applicants will be notified via email)|
|Post Nomination Orientation (Only for nominated applicants)|
|November 2020 – January 2021||TOEFL iBT and GMAT/GRE testing (Only for nominated applicants)|
|University Placement Process (Only for nominated applicants)|
|April – May 2021||University Selection Process (Only for nominated applicants)|
|May 2021 / June 2021||Pre-Departure Orientation (Only for applicants who are successfully placed at U.S. universities)|
|July 2021 – September 2021||Departure Date (Only for grantees who successfully completed all above stages)
Note: If Long-term English program is needed, grantees will travel during the period between January to March 2021