Fulbright Outreach Fellowships

Program Overview


Approximately five  Fulbright Outreach Program Fellowships will be awarded to outstanding students planning to begin Master’s degree studies at American universities in the fall semester of the 2017/2018 academic year. This program is open to Arab-Israeli students and to Ethiopian-Israeli students.

This program is open to students in all fields of study, except those in which hands-on contact with patients is required such as  medicine, dental medicine, veterinary medicine, and nursing.

Fulbright Outreach Program candidates do not apply directly for admission to US universities.  Instead, submission of their applications for admission is carried out by the Institute for International Education (IIE).  IIE formulates an application program on the basis of the candidates’ expressed preferences, the placement counselors’ evaluation of candidates’ qualifications relative to university admission standards, and considerations growing out of Fulbright program objectives.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact USIEF’s educational counseling center (EducationUSA) for information on American universities and the programs of study that they offer.

Grant benefits

  • tuition and fees for a maximum of two years;
  • monthly maintenance allowance, fixed according to IIE estimates, for a maximum of two years for the grantee only;
  • book, professional enhancement and equipment allowances;
  • health insurance  for the grantee only for the duration of the grant;
  • roundtrip airfare from Tel Aviv to the US academic institution for the grantee only;
  • pre-departure orientation meeting in June;
  • a support agency in the U.S. that assists with visas, events and networking.
Eligibility criteria


  • Israeli citizens of Arab origin or of Ethiopian origin are eligible. Dual American-Israeli citizens or permanent residents of the United States are not eligible to apply.
  • Candidates will be considered without regard to race, religion, gender, age, and/or physical impairment.
  • Candidates must be resident in Israel at the time of application and must continue to be resident in Israel until the beginning of their studies in the United States as Fulbright Outreach Fellows.  Candidates working, residing, or studying outside of Israel are not eligible to apply.
  • Students who have already begun their program of studies in the United States or who are planning to begin study in the US before the Fall 2017 semester are not eligible to apply.
  • Those who have already been awarded Bachelor’s degrees and students who will complete their Bachelor’s degree studies during the 2015/2016 academic year are eligible to apply. Before taking up their grants, those selected as program fellows will be required to provide proof that they have been awarded a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Candidates who have already received a Master’s degree are not eligible to request a Fulbright Outreach Fellowship in support of study towards the receipt of an additional Master’s degree.
  • Students in medicine, dental medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing and other programs which involve treatment of patients are not eligible for Fulbright grants.
  • Candidates who have applied on two occasions in the past and whose applications have not been accepted are not eligible to reapply.
  • All candidates, including those who have studied in English-speaking countries, must submit a recent TOEFL score of at least 90 (Internet-based test).  No application will be considered without a valid official TOEFL score.  When registering for the test, be sure to note that your score should be sent to USIEF, code 5373, and to IIE, code 2326. Visit the TOEFL website for further information.
  • All candidates, except those in law, must submit a recent GRE/GMAT score. No application will be considered without a valid official GRE/GMAT score. When registering for the test, be sure to note that your score should be sent to USIEF, code 5373, and to IIE, code 2326. Visit the GRE website/GMAT website for further information.
  • Candidates must be in good health. All applicants selected for a Fulbright grant are required to submit a Medical History and Examination Report before their grants can be activated.
  • Prior conviction or current indictment for a felony may result in disqualification.
Evaluation criteria


  • Academic excellence is an important criterion for the evaluation of candidates.
  • Since the aim of the Fulbright Program is to foster cultural understanding between the US and Israel, preference will be given to applicants who have not had a substantial recent academic experience in the United States or another English-speaking country.
  • Leadership qualities are an important evaluation criterion.
  • English language proficiency is an important evaluation criterion.
  • Demonstrable ambassadorial skills required to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Israel is an important evaluation criterion.
  • Fulbright fellows serve as cultural ambassadors and should be prepared to speak about their countries, cultures and research to academic and community groups.
Conditions of award


  • Funding is for a maximum of two years.
  • While applicants’ personal academic and professional plans and university preferences are taken into consideration, candidates should be aware that the final decision as to which programs of study will be supported by Fulbright Outreach  Degree Fellowships is made by the United States Department of State, taking into account all relevant considerations.
  • Prospective candidates who plan to earn a PhD at a later stage at an Israeli university are strongly advised to check in advance whether and to what extent credits earned in an American Master’s degree program will be recognized by the Israeli PhD programs in which they wish to enroll.
  • Grantees must travel on a J-1 Exchange Visitor visa sponsored by the Fulbright program.
  • After completion of their Fulbright Outreach  program, Fulbright grantees are eligible to apply for a visa for up to 18 months of academic training (provided the fellow has a concrete job offer).
  • It is a condition of the visa that after completion of their Fulbright program, including any transfer of visa sponsorship, grantees must return to Israel and reside in the country for two years before being eligible to immigrate to the US, to take up permanent residence there, or to enter the US with a work permit. The purpose of the two-year home residency requirement is to ensure that exchange visitors return home and fulfill the exchange objectives of the Fulbright program.
  • Holders of J-1 student visas who have departed from the United States after a stay of six or more months will be required to remain abroad for up to twelve months before being allowed to re-enter the United States with a J-1 professor/research scholar visa.
  • The above restrictions do not apply to re-entry to the United States as the holder of a J visa in another category (short-term scholar, specialist, international visitor), or as the holder of a student or tourist visa.
  • Dependents of grantees will enter the US as holders of J-2 visas. Many conditions applying to the grantees as holders of J-1 visas, such as the two-year home residency requirement and other restrictions, also apply to the holders of J-2 visas.
  • Dependents may not travel to the United States until the conclusion of the grantee’s first semester of study, unless the grantee presents extenuating circumstances which justify an earlier arrival.
  • Unless they have received a waiver of the two-year home residence requirement, Fulbright Students, holding J-1 visas, are ineligible to change their status from J-1 to J-2 while in the US. Similarly, accompanying dependents, who possess J-2 visas, are ineligible to change their status from J-2 to J-1 while in the US, unless they have received a waiver of the home residence requirement.
  • Grantees must begin their studies in the United States no later than the fall semester of the 2017/2018 academic year.
  • Awards cannot be deferred to the following academic year.
The interview process


The highest-ranked candidates will be invited for an interview in Israel in June.  All interviews are held on the same day. In order to be considered for an award, applicants must be available for interview in person on the date fixed by USIEF.

Candidates selected by the interview committee will be referred to the Institute of International Education (IIE) for placement at American universities.

The Foundation reserves the exclusive right to determine, within the framework of applicable law and regulations, the qualitative standards for the evaluation of applications and the selection of the candidates to be referred for placement.  The Foundation is not under any obligation to provide the reasons for its decisions regarding the allocation of Fellowships.

It should be noted that referral to IIE by USIEF does not guarantee that a candidate will be awarded a fellowship.  The final decision whether or not to award a scholarship will be made by the United States Department of State. It should also be noted that, if it is decided to offer a fellowship to a candidate, the Department of State retains sole authority to select the institution at which the candidate’s studies will be supported. Candidate preferences will be taken into account when making such decisions, but other considerations, such as cost, geographic distribution, etc. will also be taken into account.


Fulbright Outreach Fellowships

Timetable for 2016/17

Earliest date for submission of applications December 01, 2015
Final deadline for submission of applications March 31, 2016
Academic referees review applications May 2016
Interview of finalists June 2016
Candidates notified of results June 2016
Placement of candidates October 2016
J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board approves selection of candidates January-February 2017
Nominees notified if accepted to studies by American universities March-April 2017
Program Fellows begin studies in the United States and awards commence Fall semester, 2017/2018 academic year

Application form

To download the application form, click here

 For further information or inquiries, please contact Sandy Mattar:

03-5172131 Ex.204  or Smattar@fulbright.org.il