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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. All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student, you are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at their most recent alma mater to inquire if the institution can support alumni/ae through the application process. If not, non-enrolled applicants are welcome to apply at “at-large” candidates.

Non-enrolled applicant 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.

Please visit the Getting Started page for 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. Faculty/Staff/Professionals

If you are a U.S. citizen and faculty or staff at a U.S. institution, or professional interested in applying, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to come 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 or Student Program.


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3 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
Award Profile

Oman is an Arab country located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, bordered by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. It is an absolute monarchy ruled by His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik.  Modern Oman is a young, growing country where the total population is 4.7 million, approximately 50% of which is under the age of 25. Oman is an increasingly urban country, with about 86% of the population living in cities. Close to half of the population lives in the Muscat (the capital) metropolitan area and half of that population are third country nationals—primarily from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh—who perform most of the clerical, construction, and service sector jobs in the country. Oman has a developed economy that is reliant on the oil and gas sector, and it continues to pursue a diversification strategy to expand other critical industries such as tourism, manufacturing, logistics, mining, and fisheries. Oman is a Muslim nation, with many observing the Ibadhi sect of Islam (practiced only in Oman and Zanzibar—a former overseas holding of Oman). There are also Sunni and Shia followers in the country, as well as Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, and others. Oman is a highly literate country with a literacy rate of 95.7%; before 1970—when Sultan Qaboos took the throne—Oman had only three formal schools in the entire country, with under 1,000 students. Today, Oman is one of the most stable partners the U.S. has in the Middle East and Arab World. As such, the goal of the Fulbright program is to continue to strengthen the U.S.-Oman relationship through educational and cultural partnerships.

Grant Period

10 Months

Fulbright grants will begin September 2021 and end June 2022, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Muscat. 

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation as a condition of their grants.

Arrival Orientation


All grantees are required to attend an Arrival Orientation at the U.S. Embassy in Muscat, Oman.

Candidate Profile

Applicants at all degree levels will be considered. Ideal applicants should propose a distinctive research project relevant to Oman that can be reasonably accomplished in 10 months. Although applicants are not required to have prior experience in Oman or in the Middle East, those who possess previous cross-cultural experiences and appropriate language skills may have a more enhanced research experience. There is a strong preference for those who have not previously held a Fulbright grant and who intend to promote long-term connections with Oman post-research.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Intermediate

Additional Information: Though not required, proficiency in Arabic is recommended to better carry out the proposed research. Spoken Arabic is helpful but not required. The local dialect is a mixture of Gulf and Modern Standard Arabic. English is the medium of instruction in all public and private colleges and universities. Courses in the Colleges of Arts, Education, and Islamic Sciences are often taught in Arabic. 

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


It is strongly recommended that applicants identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and that they include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. However, the U.S. Embassy in Muscat makes the final arrangements in placing grantees at the appropriate academic institution. All host affiliations must be approved by the Government of Oman's Ministry of Foreign Affairs; as such, the selection process for Oman may require additional time.

 Potential host institutions include:

  • Sultan Qaboos University
  • Modern College of Business and Science
  • National University for Science and Technology
  • University of Nizwa
  • Dhofar University
  • Sohar University
  • A’Sharqiyah University

Applicants who need to connect with potential contacts at host institutions can email Hala ElBingawi, Cultural Affairs Assistant, at for additional information.

Field of Study Restrictions

Proposals in all fields are welcome, with the following caveats: any subject related to politics is not recommended; and projects focused on social anthropology, religion, media, and governance may present issues depending on the specific nature of the proposal. Candidates with such proposals are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy early in the application process.

Research Clearance/Visa Requirements

Individual academic institutions are not able to grant permission for off-campus fieldwork. Students wishing to conduct field research will need permission from, and should seek affiliation with, the pertinent ministry dealing with their project area. Allow plenty of time for such clearances. 

Grantees will be requested to send their passport copies, photos, and curricula vitae to the U.S. Embassy before their arrival, and the Embassy will forward the documents to the host institutions in order to facilitate the visa issuance process.

Additional Dependent Information

Grantees may consider enrolling their school-aged children in private international schools that offer courses in English at the grantees’ expense.  Local schools can only accommodate Arabic-speaking students.  Applicants interested in bringing school-aged dependents can contact Hala ElBingawi, Cultural Affairs Assistant, at for additional information.

Security Information

Oman, in general, is considered to be one of the safest countries in the Gulf.  For latest travel advisories for Oman, please refer to the State Department’s Country Information for Oman.


Dependent support is available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Hala ElBingawi