Fulbright Student Program

What is the 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 2010. Starting 2022, the two programs combined to create a unified selection process and supports up to 25 grantees each year.

The Fulbright Student Program in Mongolia supports study in most fields but prioritizes fields of study noted in Resolution #115, “Approval of high-priority and in-demand professions for development”, adopted by the Government of Mongolia in 2023. Due to differences in regulations between the two countries, the program does not support studies in medicine or law except public health and international law.

To qualify for the Fulbright Student Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a Mongolian citizen currently living in Mongolia;
  2. Have a minimum of 1.5 years of full-time work experience;
  3. Hold a university degree (bachelor’s or equivalent)
  4. Be highly proficient in English and have a valid and sufficient score of TOEFL IBT, IELTS, or Duolingo. The minimum required score depends on the [field of study] (PDF 484 KB).
  5. Preference will be given to candidates with limited or no prior experience in the United States. Mongolians holding U.S. green card are not eligible to apply.

To apply to the Fulbright Student Program, follow the steps below:

  1. Create an account on the application management website: https://apply.iie.org/apply/
  2. Complete and submit an application for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program Academic Year 2025-2026 cycle: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2025

A complete online application includes:

  • Essays (under the Study Plan section)
    • The Study/Research Objective and Personal Statement should be single spaced, written in 12-point font, and no longer than two pages each.
  • Recommendation Letters (under Recommendations)
    • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your academic and professional abilities.
    • 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 of the deadline.
    • In case the applicant wants to upload recommendations manually, upload each letter to “Additional Documentation” under the “Additional Information” section. Note that each recommendation letter must have a Fulbright Student Program [Recommendation Letter Form] (PDF 60 KB)’s cover page uploaded, as well.
    • Recommendations must be in English or include an English translation along with the original letter in Mongolian.
    • Recommendation letters submitted separately from the online application will not be accepted.
  • Copies of all physical university degrees (under Academic Materials)
    • Scanned copies of notarized diplomas must include all language versions (e.g., Mongolian Cyrillic, Mongolian Script, English, etc.)
    • In case the original is only issued in Mongolian, provide an English translation along with scanned copies in Mongolian.
  • Original transcripts for all university degrees (under Academic Materials)
    • Scanned copies of official transcripts issued by the school administration on letterhead with an official stamp.
    • Official transcripts must be in English or provide an English translation along with the original transcript in Mongolian.
    • Diploma appendices are not considered official transcripts.
  • Proof of work experience (under Additional Information > Country-Specific Materials)
    • A TUTs machine or e-mongolia reference for social insurance payments indicating an employment period of 1.5 years or more (only in Mongolian).
  • A scanned or electronic copy of an official English language test score report (under Score Report Upload)
  • Curriculum Vitae (under Academic & Professional Information)
    • CV should be up to two pages, single-spaced in 12-point font.

Things to remember when completing the online application:

  • Applications must be completed electronically in English.
  • Applicants must answer all questions on 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 thoughts. Other people’s works or ideas used anywhere in the application must be properly noted.  Plagiarism in any part of your application will result in disqualification. Use of AI tools such as ChatGPT to write any portion of the application will also result in disqualification.
  • Please note any word or character limits for essay portions of the application and stay within the limit.

The application deadline is Monday, April 29, 2024, 8 a.m. ULAT. The Embassy will announce application results in June – July 2024 and will notify all applicants via email. Inquiries about the program will not be answered by phone. Please direct all inquiries to exchange@usembassy.mn.

All U.S. Government scholarship programs are merit based. Although we take into account special circumstances of candidates such as disabilities, disadvantaged backgrounds, and other notable circumstances, final decisions are based on candidates’ overall strengths as represented in the application and interview. We also consider candidates’ capacity to be a cultural ambassador and their ability and motivation to give back to their communities.

Following are the main steps for selection for the Fulbright Student Program:

Technical Screening: This is the initial review to verify the completeness of applications. During technical screening, we check two main things:

  • If applications and all required supplemental documents are complete;
  • If applicants meet all eligibility requirements.

Application Review: After technical screening, all qualified applications are reviewed by an application review committee.

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 invited for an interview.

Interview: A panel consisting of representatives of the U.S. Embassy and other relevant professionals interview all short-listed candidates and select finalists to be nominated to the global competition.

Final Selection: Finalists approved by the Foreign Fulbright Scholarship Board (FFSB) are then officially declared Fulbright nominees. FFSB is a group of individuals appointed by the President of United States with the authority to approve or deny all Fulbright nominations around the world.

Note: The Fulbright scholarship is contingent upon a grantee’s successful admission to a U.S. university. If a candidate fails to be admitted to a U.S. institute, they will not receive a scholarship.

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 Accommodations and Meals: Participants are provided with a monthly stipend to cover their lodging, meals, and other incidental living costs.
  • Tuition: Fulbright scholarship covers all tuition costs.
  • U.S. Orientation: All orientation costs including lodging, meals, health insurance, and training are covered by Fulbright.
  • Health Insurance: Participants are provided accident and sickness insurance for the duration of the program.
  • Visa Costs: The visa payment is waived for all U.S. Government scholarship participants.
  • Travel Allowance: Participants are provided a small allowance for luggage and other travel-related expenses.
  • Arrival Allowance: In addition to their first month stipend, grantees also receive a one-time arrival allowance to cover initial costs.

Please note that immediate family members are eligible to apply for visas to travel with the grantee, but the program does not provide any financial support for dependents. All costs listed above are only for the grantee.

January – April: Program announced, applications received

May – July: Technical screening, application review, interview

July – August: All applicants will be notified of their results via e-mail

August – October: Finalists prepare U.S. university applications

November – December: Finalists prepare applications for submission to U.S. universities

March – April: University placements are announced

June: Pre-departure orientation

July – August: Departure to the United States