2020 Fulbright Graduate Student Program

U.S. Embassy, Kingston is pleased to announce the application opening for the 2020 Fulbright Graduate Student Program (Foreign Student Program). Applications are now open and will close on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

This program seeks qualified graduates, with a first or upper second class honors Bachelor’s degree from a local institution, who wish to continue their studies in the United States for either a Master’s or a Ph.D. degree. The ideal candidate must be willing to enroll in a full-time degree program hosted in the United States; and should show exceptional promise of making contribution on return to Jamaica.

Successful candidates will be funded for a maximum of two years. All awards are contingent upon approval by the Fulbright Scholarship Board, availability of funds, and successful academic placement. For additional information on the program please visit the Fulbright Foreign Student Program website.


  • First-class honors or upper-second class honors Bachelor’s degree
  • Must be a Jamaican citizen currently residing in Jamaica
  • Must not be a “green card” (alien registration cards) holder or residing in the U.S.A.
  • Must not already be pursuing studies at a U.S. university or already be accepted to a U.S. university
  • Recipients should plan to return to Jamaica on completion of your studies in the U.S.A.
  • Must be applying to one of the following fields of study:
  • Humanities
  • Natural Sciences
  • Mathematics/ Engineering, or
  • Social Sciences


  • Airline travel to and from the United States (NB: this is only covers for the initial flight at the beginning of the program and at the end of the program for the return flight to Jamaica)
  • Tuition assistance in the form of a scholarship or assistantship is provided by the host university
  • A monthly stipend
  • A monthly book allowance
  • Health insurance (basic coverage)
  • J1 visa


Qualified applicants must submit their applications online at https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2020  no later than June 14th, 2019.

Three (3) letters of recommendation are also required (electronically or hardcopy). At least two (2) of the letters should be from academics who can attest to the quality of the candidate’s university study and academic potential. Please note that electronic letter submission is convenient, and this process allows only program administrators to view such letters. The recommendation letter should be confidential and if submitted as a hardcopy, contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy, Kingston for instructions, questions or concerns.

Transcripts of university studies showing grades, certified copies of all university diplomas, and hardcopy letters of recommendation must be addressed to:

Fulbright Foreign Student Program
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy, Kingston
142 Old Hope Road
Kingston 6

All completed applications must be electronically submitted. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Candidates are advised to apply early and to ensure that all necessary documentation is received in a timely fashion. Applications will be reviewed and all applicants notified after June 14th, 2019 by the Public Affairs Section.


ONLY Fulbright finalists will take the TOEFL, GRE and/or GMAT tests (funded by the U.S. Embassy).

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a language test required of all foreign students whose native language is not English.  The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a general ability test, which indicates a candidate’s aptitude for graduate level study.

Once notified of finalist status, you are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), dependent on the field of study, before September 15th, 2019.  You must submit your GRE or GMAT scores along with your application to be considered for further program processing. This requirement must be met even if the prospective university does not need these scores for matriculation.

GRE website: http://www.ets.org/gre

GMAT website: http://www.mba.com/the-gmat.aspx

For additional guidance please refer to the Instructions for Completing the 2020-2021 Fulbright Foreign Student Program Application,

If you still have any questions, please email kingstonexchanges@state.gov.