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Fulbright Program


The Fulbright international exchange program is an initiative of the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas and is designed to facilitate mutual understanding between citizens of the United States and other countries of the world. Approved by Congress in 1946, this Fulbright offers fellows the opportunity to pursue master’s studies in U.S. higher education institutions and to take part in an unforgettable cultural experience. The program offers two years of academic study, concluding in a master’s degree conferred by a U.S. higher education institution. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State, and is implemented by the International Institute of Education (IIE).

Given the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, program are subject to change. Open application programs remain open as advertised below.

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship – Closed

Program Objectives

The Humphrey Program brings accomplished mid-career professionals to the United States for one year of study and related professional experience at a U.S. institute of higher education.  During the fellowship year, Humphrey fellows participate in programs that combine graduate-level academic coursework with professional development activities.

The Humphrey Program does not confer a degree.  Upon completion of the program, fellows receive a certificate of participation from the U.S. government and their host university.

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is open. The deadline to submit applications is Saturday, July 1, 2023.

Professional Fields

  • Economic Development
  • Finance & Banking
  • Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
  • Technology Policy and Management
  • Communications/Journalism
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Natural Resources, Environmental Policy and Climate Change
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention
  • Educational Administration, Planning and Policy

Fulbright Foreign Student Program – Closed

Note: The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is closed at this time.

Program Objectives

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program allows graduate students from select countries to study and conduct research in the United States. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program operates in more than 160 countries worldwide, including Nicaragua.

The objective of the Fulbright Program is to enable fellowship recipients to pursue academic and professional degrees and to develop their professional skills in their fields. The program is an open competition and participants are selected based on their individual merit, without regard to institution, affiliation, race, orientation, or belief.

Fields of Study

Applications will be accepted for degree programs in the following fields of study:

  • Business/Public Administration
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Journalism & Communications
  • Social Sciences (e.g. American Studies, Economics, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, and Linguistics)
  • Natural Sciences (e.g., Agriculture and Natural Resources)
  • Social Work

Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA) – Closed

Program Overview

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) program is a six-week exchange program at a U.S. university for secondary school teachers who teach English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), math, science, and social studies, including special education teachers of those subjects. The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (Fulbright TEA) Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX.

Teachers are nominated to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program based on their educational and professional experience, academic training, and leadership. Final selection of Fulbright TEA Program teachers is made by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). The FFSB is an independent, presidentially appointed board that has oversight responsibility for all Fulbright academic exchange programs.


Participation in the Fulbright TEA program is primarily open to teachers who demonstrate English language proficiency by scoring at least 450 on the paper-based TOEFL or 45 on the internet-based TOEFL. The minimum required scores represent an intermediate level. Applicants do not need to have an existing TOEFL score to apply, but they should prepare to take the test if they get pre-selected.

Fulbright Faculty Development Program (Fulbright-LASPAU) – Closed

Program Overview

The Faculty Development Program (known also as the “Fulbright-LASPAU program”) i supports the development of faculty members at Nicaraguan universities by offering scholarships for Master’s or Doctoral studies at U.S. universities.  The program seeks to attract   highly qualified professors dedicated to excellence in higher education studies. Those nominated by their Nicaraguan university must show a personal commitment to continue lecturing at the sponsoring university upon their return.

Fields of Study

  • Business/Public Administration
  • Social Sciences
  • Education
  • Natural Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Social Work
  • Journalism & Communication