What is Fulbright Student Program?
The Fulbright Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals, and artists from Mongolia to earn a master’s degree in the United States. The program operates in more than 160 countries worldwide and grants approximately 4,000 scholarships to foreign students each year.
The U.S. Department of State funded Fulbright Student Program started in Mongolia in 1995 and the Government of Mongolia funded program started in 2011. Starting 2022, the two programs will have a joint selection process supporting a total of 13-15 grantees each year.
Fulbright Student Program in Mongolia supports study in most fields of study but will give priority to candidates who plan to pursue studies in following fields:
- Data Science
- Artificial Intelligence
- Renewable Energy
- Environmental Protection Technology
- Petroleum Engineering
- Mining Technology
- Education (Preschool, TESOL, Special Needs)
- Agricultural Studies
Due to health system differences between the two countries, the program does not support studies in medicine except Public Health and in law only LLM degree study is supported.
To qualify for the Fulbright Student Program, applicants must meet following requirements:
- 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/History
- Gender and Women’s Studies
- International Development
- International Relations
- Public Administration/Public Policy
- Political Science
- Theatre/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.
How to Apply
In order to apply for the Fulbright Student Program, the applicant will follow the steps below:
- Online Application form: The online application form becomes when the program is announced. The announcement and the application link will be available on our website;
- Documents to Attach:
- Three Letters of Recommendation from individuals who can attest to your academic and professional abilities;
*Note that recommendations requested via the automated online system are still due on the same day and time of the application deadline. Applicants should notify their reference providers regarding the deadline.
**Recommendations must be in English or provide English translation by an authorized translation service along with the original letter in Mongolian. Recommendation letters submitted separately from the online application will not be accepted.
- Scanned copies of Diploma of all university degrees;
*Diploma scan must include all language versions (i.e. Mongolian Cyrillic, Mongolian Script, English, etc.).
- Original Transcript of all university degrees;
*Transcript must be issued by the school administration. Diploma appendixes will not be accepted. Transcript must be in English or provide English translation by an authorized translation service along with the original transcript in Mongolian.
- A scanned copy of Social Insurance Book or TUTs machine reference indicating employment period of 1.5 years or more (only in Mongolian); and
- A scanned/printed copy of TOEFL or IELTS official score report;
Things to remember when completing the online application:
- Application must be completed in English in electronic format;
- Applicants must answer all questions in the application form. Incomplete applications will be deemed technically ineligible. No questions can be left blank. Put N/A if not applicable;
- Essays must be your own work reflecting your original thought. Other people’s works/ideas used anywhere in the application must be properly noted;
- Please note any word or character limit for essay portions of the application and give your answers within the limit.
All U.S. Government scholarship programs are merit-based. Although we take in to account special circumstances of candidates such as disability, disadvantaged background, or any other notable characteristics, final decision is made based on the candidate’s overall strength as represented by the application quality and interview. We also consider one’s ability to be a cultural ambassador and his/her ability and motivation to give back to the community.
Following are the main steps for selection for the Fulbright Student Program:
Technical Screening: This is the initial review to verify the completeness of the applications. During technical screening, we check to see two main things:
- If applications and any required supplemental documents are complete
- If applicants meet all the eligibility requirements
Application Review: After technical screening, all complete applications are then reviewed by an application review committee. During this process, each application gets to be reviewed by a minimum of three people.
Short List: Based on the recommendations of the application review committee, an interview short list is created. Candidates who are included in the short list are then invited for an in-person interview.
Interview: An interview panel consisting of representatives of the U.S. Embassy and program alumni (plus representatives of Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in the case of Government of Mongolia funded Fulbright program) interview all short-listed candidates and select finalists to be nominated to final review and approval.
Final Selection: Finalists approved by the Foreign Fulbright Scholarship Board (FFSB) are then officially declared as Fulbright nominees. FFSB is a group of individuals appointed by the President of U.S. and they hold the authority to approve or disapprove all Fulbright nominations from around the world.
Note: The Fulbright grant is contingent upon grantee’s successful admission to a U.S. university. If the grantee fails to secure an admission to a U.S. institute, he/she cannot further the grant.
The Fulbright scholarship covers the following costs:
- 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;
- Tuition: Fulbright scholarship covers all tuition costs;
- 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.
Please note that the Fulbright grant does not provide any funding for dependents. All costs listed above are only for the grantee.
January – April: Program is announced and applications are received;
May – June: Technical screening, application review, and interview;
June – July: All applicants will be notified of their application results via email;
July – October: Finalists prepare application for submission to U.S. universities;
November – December: Submission of Application to U.S. Universities;
March – April: University placements are announced;
June: Pre-departure orientation;
July – August: Departure to the U.S.