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Fulbright Foreign Student Program


The Fulbright Foreign Student program offers graduate students and young professionals the opportunity to study in the United States and earn a master’s degree.  

Eligible Fields of Studies 

The program is open to all fields of study.  However, priority consideration will be given to qualified candidates in the STEM fields, especially in high-growth potential sectors, environmental science, renewable energy, and agriculture. Candidates in a wide range of fields including public health, public health management, molecular/microbiology, biochemistry, biophysics, medical engineering, and similar fields will be also a focus cohort for the program selection. 


  • Applicants must be citizens of Kazakhstan, residing in Kazakhstan at the time of application.
  • Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education and hold at least a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. 
  • Applicants must have at least 2 years of substantive professional experience after  university graduation. Applications from 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students will not be considered.
  • Eligible applicants must not have a university degree from a U.S. higher education institution. 
  • Eligible applicants must not have master’s degrees from universities in Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. 

Complete Application Includes:

  • Completed online application form
  • Official copies of academic transcripts, diplomas, and translations
  • Three reference letters from university professors or employers 
  • TOEFL and GRE/GMAT test scores. Applicants do not have to submit the test results by the application deadline.
  • Resume or CV
  • Copy of passport bio-data page

All supplementary documents should be uploaded into the application. Only nominated candidates will be requested to submit original paper copies of the supplementary documents. 

Grant Benefits:

  • J-1 visa support
  • Tuition and fees
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Monthly stipend 
  • Books and supplies
  • International airfare to and from the US

Selection Criteria:

  • Nominees must have a sufficiently high-level of English to undertake full-time graduate level study in the U.S.
  • Nominees should have an outstanding academic record.
  • Nominees must have satisfactory TOEFL and GRE/GMAT test scores.
  • Nominees must demonstrate high motivation, serious commitment to completing the program and the leadership potential to create positive influence upon returning home.

Selection Process:

After the application deadline, all submitted online applications undergo a technical review. Applications that pass the technical review will then be reviewed by an independent reading panel that will evaluate and score each application based on a set of standard criteria. Applicants with the highest scores will then be invited to an interview, held in Nur-Sultan. Nominations will be made from the top candidates, after the interviews. All nominated candidates will be requested to register for TOEFL and GRE/GMAT if they have not taken the tests already. The nominated candidates are entitled to an exemption from the test fees by vouchers. Vouchers will be distributed by the U.S. Embassy. Final grantee selection is contingent upon the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board’s (FSB) approval, available funding, and successful academic placement. The selected grantees are expected to travel to their host universities in the US in July or August 2024.

Application Deadline:  June 30,2023 at 24:00 hours Nur-Sultan time (02:00 p.m. EDT). Potential applicants can access the online application by going to https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2024/

All applicants are recommended to read the application Instructions before starting the                             

Prospective Fulbright participants should be aware that public health conditions, availability of consular services and travel, as well as U.S. institutional operating status and policies may affect their ability to travel to the U.S. and participate in academic programs.