Fulbright Foreign Student Program

2018 Fulbright Foreign Student Program


The American Embassy is pleased to offer an award for full-time study towards a degree at an academic institution in the United States for 2018-2019.  Fulbright funding is limited to TWO years.

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is designed primarily to strengthen African universities and other institutions through higher-degree training.

To be eligible for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, applicants must:

  • Be citizens and nationals and currently residing in Madagascar or in the Union of the Comoros
  • Hold a “Maîtrise” degree, or an equivalent four-year university degree, the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree in his/her field of specialization; please note a 4-year level certificate will not be accepted.   Applicants at the Master’s level will be given priority.
  • Have a high enough level of English proficiency to realistically accomplish full-time graduate-level study in the U.S.;
  • Have outstanding academic records, references, and experience in the chosen field;
  • Are highly motivates and seriously committed to completing the program and to returning home.
  • Have no extensive or recent U.S. experience.


Application Procedures

Applications must be completed and submitted online before February 24, 2017.  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.  This includes all transcripts of university studies showing grades, certified copies of all university diplomas, and four letters of reference.  At least three letters of reference should be from academics who can attest to the quality of the candidate’s university study and academic potential. If degrees and transcripts are not in English, official translations must be provided.
Applicants should also have investigated the programs offered in their fields by American universities and clearly have in mind the type of study program desired.

Required Standard Examinations

All applicants will be notified after the U.S. Embassy has reviewed all applications.  Fulbright finalists will be given information on how and where to take the TOEFL, GRE and/or GMAT tests at Embassy expense.

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.  TOEFL and GRE are administered in Madagascar, and the cost for these tests will be covered by the U.S. Embassy.

Management students are usually required to take the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test).  Since the GMAT is not offered in Madagascar, finalists selected for a degree program requiring the GMAT will be asked to take the GRE instead.

For further information, please contact the American Embassy by telephone at 23-480-00, ext. 2282 or 2210, or by email at harivelol@state.gov or raharijaf@state.gov