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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a U.S. college or university, you will apply through that institution, even if you are not currently a resident there. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a Ph.D. degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and next steps.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts. Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered.


U.S. Professor/Administrator

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor or administrator at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award, you will need to apply through

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to the United States, you will need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country. Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program or Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

United Arab Emirates

3 Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Grant Period
Fall Start
Grant Length
3-10 Months
Award Type
Open Study/Research
Award Profile

The U.S. Fulbright Student Program is now open and accepting applicants for 2024-2025. The goal of the Fulbright Program in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is to ensure students have a deeply enriching and productive experience, academically and culturally, and to promote mutual understanding between the UAE and the United States. The UAE is a country with a rich history, a vibrant cultural scene, and a multi-cultural community. The UAE is supporting cutting edge research and innovation in a variety of fields and serves as a platform for regional economic, security, and cultural engagement. 

Clearance from the UAE government is required for all Fulbright U.S. Student grants and must be obtained by the host institution before award issuance. Final awards for 2024-2025 are contingent upon medical clearance, clearance by the UAE Government, and the availability of funds.

Grant Length
3-10 Months
Grant Period
Fall Start

Grant dates correspond with the academic year of host institutions in the UAE. Grants will begin on September 1, 2024 with an end date of May 31, 2025. Grants start dates are also subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi.  Exceptions to postpone a grant start date until will be considered, on a case-by-case basis.


Pre-Departure and In-Country Orientation

All grantees are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation in the United States during the summer of 2024 as a condition of their grants.

The U.S. Embassy will hold an in-country orientation for Fulbright grantees upon arrival in the UAE. The orientation will also include information about living and studying in the UAE, dependent support, program requirements, and the higher education system in the UAE.

Candidate Profile

Applicants who are graduating seniors, recent graduates, and master’s degree candidates/graduates are eligible will be considered. Ideal applicants should have strong intercultural and leadership skills. Applicants must have a well-defined research project and must have demonstrated ability to work independently, have a solid foundation in their subject areas, have demonstrated high levels of adaptability and maturity, and the ability to serve as a cultural ambassador. Applicants must be able to submit a distinctive research project that is relevant to the UAE and can be reasonably accomplished in a maximum of 10 months. Projects that help enhance the existing bilateral relations between USA and UAE are also preferred. Applicants possessing appropriate language abilities will find their research more effectively accomplished. However, the UAE is a diverse place and English is widely spoken and used.

Dual citizens of this country are NOT eligible
Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
3 Months
Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required

Most professional and academic work is conducted in English. Some Arabic proficiency is convenient for daily life but not necessary for study and research, with the exception of Arabic, Shari’a and certain law courses and research topics.

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Independent Study/Research:
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline

Fulbright students must seek their own affiliations with UAE public or private universities and research institutions. The U.S. Embassy to the UAE will liaise with UAE universities to confirm affiliation, and provide guidance regarding travel and arrival logistics. 

Fulbright grantees may be affiliated with more than one academic institution in the UAE. Placements and affiliations may include the following institutions:

United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain

Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi

Higher College of Technology, multiple locations

Ajman University, Ajman

Zayed University, Dubai or Abu Dhabi

American University in Dubai, Dubai

University of Sharjah, Sharjah

American University of Sharjah, Sharjah

American University of Ras al-Khaima, Ras al-Khaima

Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi

INSEAD, Abu Dhabi

Al Qassimi Foundation, Ras Al Khaimah

Fujairah Fine Arts academy, Fujairah

Sharjah Performing Arts Academy, Sharjah

Hamdan Bin Mohamed Smart University, Dubai

Mohamed Bin Rashed University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dubai

Mohamed Bin Zayed University for Humanities, Abu Dhabi

Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, Abu Dhabi

American University in the Emirates, Dubai

New Media Academy, Dubai

Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy, Abu Dhabi

Rabdan Academy, Abu Dhabi

It is required that applicants identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and that they include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. The U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi will assist in placing grantees at the appropriate academic institutions. An affiliation letter is not a guarantee of research or security clearance, but is essential to obtaining them.

Applicants needing potential contacts should email Jinan Jarrah, Exchange Programs Specialist, at

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Affiliation Fees/Tuition offered at discretion of host university/Award
Housing Arrangements

Host institutions may or may not provide housing. Unless the affiliate University is offering accommodation, the grantee must find nearby and appropriate housing. The grantee and host institution must agree upon fees and rental charges for lodging. In cases where housing is provided at no cost by host institutions, the housing stipend will be deducted from grant funding. Cost of living in the UAE is considered relatively high.

Dependent financial support is available

Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad to qualify for additional dependents benefits. In some cases, dependents may need to receive additional approvals to join the grantee. A modest financial increase in monthly stipend is offered to grantees with dependents (up to two). If needed, the UAE has numerous K-12 private school options designed for expats throughout the country, but tuition is not included in dependents benefits. Grantees are also responsible for securing the correct type of visa for dependents in collaboration with the host institution.

Research Clearance

Research clearance is assumed with university acceptance of the grantee.

A government security clearance check is performed as part of the visa process.

Security Information

For travel around UAE, please refer to the most recent State Department Travel Advisory for UAE.

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Jinan Jarrah: