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Fulbright Student Scholarship Program 2012

February 1, 2011

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is pleased to announce that applications for the 2012 Fulbright Student Scholarship Program are now being accepted.

This prestigious scholarship program, launched by the U.S. Congress and the late U.S. Senator William J. Fulbright in 1946, allows outstanding students worldwide to study at U.S. universities to further their academic and professional careers as well as to promote international cultural understanding.  This year, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first Fulbright exchanges between Iraq and the United States.  Fulbright, along with other exchange programs, supports the commitment to cultural cooperation as outlined in the Strategic Framework Agreement between the U.S. and Iraq.

Outstanding Iraqi graduate students are urged to apply on-line to the program prior to the April 30, 2011 deadline.  The scholarship will fund up to two years of study at a U.S. university, at the Master’s degree level.  All disciplines and academic fields of study are available under this program, with the exception of medicine and other clinical studies.  We hope to award 35 scholarships under this program. 

Participation in the Fulbright Program is an opportunity for exceptional Iraqi students to experience life in the United States first-hand.  Iraqi Fulbright students also have the opportunity to share Iraq’s rich culture with Americans and to serve as “student ambassadors,” both in the classroom and in everyday life.

The Fulbright Scholarship Program in Iraq seeks to develop future leaders in all fields and to contribute to the educational goals of both countries.  The Binational Fulbright Selection Committee at the U.S. Embassy therefore selects candidates from a variety of academic disciplines, and from all parts of Iraq. The program funds all costs relating to tuition, travel, accommodations, living stipends, and health insurance.

Applicants must be Iraqi citizens, reside in Iraq, hold a B.A. or B.S. degree or plan to obtain one by summer 2011, and be proficient in English with the ability to obtain a TOEFL score of 550. 

Full program information and links to the application system can be found at  Specific questions can be sent to or