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Fulbright Programs for Bolivian Citizens

Fulbright Programs for Bolivian Citizens

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The flagship international exchange program sponsored by the United States Government, the Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.  It promotes leadership development through learning and international cooperation.  The Fulbright Program operates in more than 180 countries and has provided over 300,000 participants - chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research in each others' countries and exchange ideas.  Approximately 8,000 grants are awarded annually worldwide.

Applicants for all programs must be Bolivians who have leadership potential and who represent the country's diversity, thus contributing to the Fulbright mission of achieving mutual understanding by sharing ideas and experiences between the peoples of the United States and of other countries. The Fulbright Program embraces diversity and encourages applications from all departments and rural areas.

The scholarships are very competitive. The academic criteria used for selection are as stringent as those of U.S. universities, including English language proficiency. In special cases, the Fulbright program can provide English language instruction scholarships in the U.S. for students with high academic level and scarce resources who do not have the required English language proficiency. All applicants must have a university degree.

For more information on these and other educational exchange programs offered by the U.S. Embassy, please e-mail or contact the EducationUSA Advising Center at the Centro Boliviano-Americano (CBA) nearest you.


Student Program (IIE) - Provides scholarships to foreign students to earn a Master's degree at U.S. universities in selected fields.  English language training is available for outstanding applicants who have not had the opportunity to study English.

Faculty Development Program (LASPAU) - Awarded to faculty members of foreign universities for advanced study (Master's or non-degree programs) at a U.S. university.  English language training is available for outstanding applicants who have not had the opportunity to study English.

Research Program for Foreign Scholars (CIES) - Provides 3 month grants for scholars to conduct research at a U.S. educational institution.  Master's degree and English language proficiency required.

Scholar-in-Residency Program - Provides grants to foreign scholars to lecture at U.S. universities for one semester or one academic year.  A U.S. university must request a scholar in a specific field.  English language proficiency required.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program - Provides one year of professional enrichment in the United States for mid-career professionals in a variety of fields.  Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or private sector.  English language training is available for outstanding applicants who have not had the opportunity to study English. 

Study of the U.S. Institutes - Two-month seminars for scholars focused on aspects of U.S. society, history and culture held at various U.S. universities.  English language proficiency required.

More Information

For information on Fulbright Programs for U.S. citizens, visit the Fulbright Program web site.

Application Procedure

The deadline to accept applications for this scholarship was June 28, 2013. The new application procedures will be announced on website in March 2014.

The following documents, preferably in English, should be sent before June 28, 2013. Announcement in Spanish for the 2013 application procedures.

  1. Letter of interest explaining your preference for the area of study and its prospects for application in Bolivia.
  2. Copy of birth certificate and identity card.
  3. Copies of transcripts released by the university.
  4. Copy of undergraduate professional degree.
  5. Curriculum vitae.
  6. Three letters of reference.
  7. TOEFL results (essential) and preferably the GRE (maximum result more likely.) Only shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.

Send documents to:
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy
Avenida Arce No. 2780 or
PO Box 425 • La Paz-Bolivia

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