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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.


U.S. Department of State Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship
2023 – 2024 Program Cycle

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship (“Humphrey Program”) was launched in 1978 to honor the accomplishments and memory of the late Senator of Minnesota and Vice-President of the United States, Hubert H. Humphrey. The program is sponsored and overseen by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

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.

To determine your eligibility, please review the selection criteria for candidates below, as well as the applicable professional fields for the fellowship.


  • Undergraduate university degree (awarded at least five years ago, e.g., degrees dated 2017 and earlier)
  • Five years of full-time, substantial professional experience in Nicaragua in one of the professional fields listed below
  • Limited or no prior experience in the United States
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • Record of public service
  • Fluency in English (recommended score of 80 on the TOEFL iBT)


Institutional Capacity  Thriving Communities 
  • Economic Development
  • Finance & Banking
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Public Administration
  • Technology Policy Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Contagious and Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Education, Treatment and Prevention
  • Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Sustainable Lands  Human and Social Development 
  • Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Natural Resources, Environmental Conservation and Climate Change
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Communications/Journalism
  • Trafficking in Persons Prevention and Policy
  • Religious Freedom and Civil Liberties
  • Law and Human Rights


Shortly after arriving in the U.S., Humphrey Fellows will prepare individual program plans, detailing their goals and objectives for the year, including courses, seminars, special projects, professional and community activities. The main program components are:

Humphrey Seminar

A core part of the Fellowship is a special year-long Humphrey Seminar organized by the host university. In the seminar, Fellows are introduced to the skills and perspectives they will need as global leaders, share approaches to common issues and problems in their regions, and learn about many aspects of U.S. culture and society.

Academic Enrichment

Fellows are placed in groups of seven to fifteen at selected U.S. universities, which serve as their academic and professional base. Fellows audit or register for a partial course load to enable them to travel and network with their American peers and experts in their field of work, attend conferences, and engage in a professional affiliation (work experience) without the pressure of meeting specific degree or diploma requirements.

Professional Development

The Program provides Fellows opportunities to meet and exchange information and share experiences with their American counterparts and Humphrey colleagues from around the world. Through conferences, networking meetings, seminars and workshops, Fellows expand their perspectives on their work and on global issues. The culmination of the Fellowship year is a six-week work experience, or Professional Affiliation, arranged by the Fellows, that involves them with American organizations and provides another opportunity for meeting and working with their American peers. The Institute of International Education also facilitates professional enhancement workshops that engage Fellows in cross-disciplinary and multi-regional exchanges.

English Language Courses

Fellows who are otherwise strong Humphrey candidates but need improved English to benefit fully from the Humphrey experience participate in intensive English language training before the start of their Humphrey Fellowship Program (usually during the summer months). If needed, Fellows can also take additional English language courses at their host universities.


Applications must be submitted by July 31, 2022, at 11:59 pm, Eastern Standard Time. Make sure your two letters of recommendation have been submitted to the online platform, and that your original diplomas and transcripts have been uploaded, along with their official English translations. Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed.

Apply Online Here: https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey 

For additional information about this program, please contact the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Managua:

Phone: 2252-7100 ext. 7609 or ext. 7342
E-mail: FulbrightMNG@state.gov
Please include “Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship” in the subject line of your e-mail.


U.S. Department of State
Fulbright Foreign Student Program
2023 – 2024 Program Cycle


The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables 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 skills as leaders 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.


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


Applicants need to meet the following criteria:

  • Nicaraguan citizenship and current residency in Nicaragua.
  • Undergraduate degree equivalent to a Bachelor of Arts (BA), or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.
  • Excellent academic background.
  • Strong command of the English language (recommended 80 on the TOEFL iBT).
  • Little to no experience in the United States.
  • Potential benefit to Nicaragua after return from studies.

Individuals Who Are Not Eligible for a Fulbright Grant:

  • Nicaraguans who are currently studying, researching, or lecturing in American universities.
  • Individuals who intend to pursue an internship, residency, or research at a U.S. school of medicine or dentistry in the United States.
  • Individuals who are currently living or working in the United States, or who have had extensive recent experience in the United States.
  • Dual citizens of Nicaragua and the United States


  • Applications are due by midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on Friday, July 1st, 2022.
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Make sure you click “Submit” once you have completed all necessary fields, so your application can be considered “complete”.
  • Make sure to upload all required supporting documentation (diplomas, transcripts, etc.), scanned originals in Spanish, and official English translations.
  • Make sure your three recommenders can submit their letters to the application platform in English.
  • To apply, follow this link:  https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2023 

Note: Applicants may only apply for one award per application cycle. If you have applied to past cycles, you do not need to create a new profile, but you must make sure to select “2023-2024” to apply to the new cycle.


  • March 2022: Competition opens.
  • July 1st, 2022: Deadline for applications (11:59pm, Eastern Standard Time)
  • July 2022: Invitation for interviews for shortlisted candidates.
  • August 2022: Notification of Fulbright selection and candidacy by Embassy.
  • September 2022: Following notification by the Embassy, selected candidates take required standardized tests (e.g. TOEFL, GRE and/or GMAT).
  • December 2022: Applicants are notified of final selection for fellowship by Fulbright Scholarship Board, Washington, DC.
  • January 2023: University application submissions in coordination with IIE’s Placement Office.
  • March-May 2023: University admission decisions.
  • July-September 2023: Departure for the United States, beginning of academic programs.

For more information about this program or the electronic application, please contact:

U.S. Embassy Managua
Public Affairs Section
 2252-7100 ext. 7609 or ext. 7342
Please include “Fulbright Foreign Student Program” in the subject line of your e-mail.


Fulbright Faculty Development Program
2023 – 2024 Program Cycle


The objective of the Fulbright Faculty Development Program (also known as the Fulbright-LASPAU program), is to support the development of faculty members at Nicaraguan universities by offering scholarships for master’s or doctoral studies at U.S. universities to dedicated professionals in higher education with excellent scholastic capacities. The program selects highly qualified professors and/or researchers 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.

This program is convened under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and administered by Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas (LASPAU).  Learn more at: http://www.laspau.harvard.edu/ 


  • Citizenship and current residency in Nicaragua
  • Undergraduate degree and excellent academic performance
  • Nomination form completed by the university where the applicant is employed
  • Demonstrated commitment to university lecturing and/or research
  • Commitment to return to Nicaragua after completing the program
  • Good command of English. A score above 90 (TOEFL iBT) is recommended.
  • Candidates who have received previous Fulbright awards are not eligible.


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


  1. All applicants must be nominated by their respective universities.
  2. Before filling out the application, candidates will be asked to fill out a “Fulbright Applicant Information Form ,” allowing the program to determine whether they are eligible for the Fulbright-LASPAU scholarship.
  3. The application will be accessible on the Fulbright Laspau’s website . Applicants should click on the “Apply Now” button.
  4. Interested candidates should contact the appropriate university office in their home institution to begin the selection and nomination process and submit the “Nominating Institution Verification Form ,” along with the Statement of Purpose, CV, and an official letter from the university to the Public Affairs Section of the American Embassy in Managua.
  5. Candidates must submit all necessary supporting documentation, such as diplomas and transcripts, as scanned originals and official English translations.


  • Nicaraguans who are currently studying, researching, or lecturing in American universities.
  • Individuals who intend to pursue an internship, residency, or research at a U.S. school of medicine/dentistry/nursing in the U.S.
  • Individuals who are currently living and/or working in the United States, or who have had extensive recent experience in the United States.
  • Nicaraguans who hold dual citizenship with the United States.


  • March 2022: Competition opens.
  • July 1st, 2022:  Deadline for applications (11:59pm, Eastern Standard Time). Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  • July 2022: Invitation for interviews for shortlisted candidates.
  • August 2022: Pre-selected candidates will be invited to take standardized tests.
  • September 2022:  Notification of candidacy by Embassy. Candidates may be required to take additional standardized exams (TOEFL, GRE, and/or GMAT).
  • November 2022:  Notification of candidacy by Fulbright Scholarship Board, Washington, D.C.
  • December – January 2023: University application submissions by LASPAU’s Placement Office.
  • February – March 2023:  Intensive English Programs and/or University responses for admission.
  • August/September 2023:  Departure of grantees for the United States.

For additional information about this program, please contact the Cultural Affairs Office at the U.S. Embassy Managua:

Phone: 2252-7100 ext. 7609 or ext. 7342
E-mail: FulbrightMNG@state.gov
(Please include the title “Fulbright LASPAU” in the subject of your e-mail.)


Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement
(Fulbright TEA) Program

A program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX.



The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (Fulbright TEA) Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former United States Senator William Fulbright of Arkansas. Fulbright grants are awarded to students, scholars, teachers and other professionals from the United States and to foreign nationals to study, teach, or conduct research. Since its inception in 1946, more than 390,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Fulbright program.

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.


Teachers who are selected to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program will:

  1. Take part in tailored graduate-level seminars at a U.S. host university.
  2. Observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in U.S. secondary schools.
  3. Engage in an online professional learning community with other participants to share best practices and other elements of host and home country educational systems; and
  4. Take part in other educational and cultural activities while on program in the United States.

University Coursework (Weekly Seminars): Teachers will participate in weekly seminars at their host university featuring presentations and discussions led by university staff, faculty members, and invited educational experts. The Fulbright TEA Program provides academic seminars focusing on new teaching methodologies, student-centered learning, content-based instruction, lesson planning, and instructional technology training for teachers.

U.S. School Placements: The program will also include a practicum of at least 40 hours with a U.S. partner teacher in a secondary school near the host university to actively engage participants in the U.S. classroom environment. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided to participants throughout the program.

Online Professional Learning Community: Each Fulbright teacher will participate in a virtual community with other international educators to collaborate and share best practices about education and leadership in the participating countries. 


  • Current secondary-level, full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), math, science, or social studies including special education teachers in those subjects at institutions serving primarily a local population
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Minimum of three years of experience of full-time teaching by the start of program, with a preference for those who have completed at least five years of full-time experience
  • Demonstrated oral and written English language proficiency
  • Citizen and resident of participating Fulbright TEA country