United States Timor-Leste Scholarship Program

Outstanding students from Timor-Leste are awarded full scholarships to earn undergraduate degrees from institutions of higher education in the United States.

The United States Timor-Leste Program (USTL) is a program of the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA), US Department of State. USTL provides full scholarships to outstanding students from Timor-Leste for four years of study at high-quality undergraduate degree institutions in the United States. Scholarship awards include full tuition for four years of undergraduate study, travel, living stipends, medical insurance in the US, and visa costs.

Applicants may also receive up to one year of additional, intensive English-language training in the US before beginning their four years of degree-related study. Participants are enrolled full time and live on-campus with an American roommate. Participants are placed at carefully vetted, high-quality US colleges and universities that match their academic interests and provide outstanding student support. All host-institution placements are final.

In addition to academic study, the USTL program provides participants the opportunity to engage in community service and internships related to their professional interests. Participants may apply to pursue a wide range of academic disciplines, including but not limited to agricultural science, business communication, economics, education, environmental science, international relations, political science, psychology, and sociology.

USTL is a merit-based, open competition. Candidates will be considered without respect to race, color, religion, national origin, or gender; persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be students enrolled in their final year of secondary school or undergraduate study who are proficient in English and have demonstrable leadership skills, a strong interest in cross-cultural understanding, and a commitment to return to Timor-Leste upon completing the program.

The USTL scholarship provides:
J-1 visa support;
Round-trip coach class travel from participant's home city to host institution in the United States;
Health benefits;
Tuition and mandatory university fees;
Room and board (housing and meals);
Orientation and Re-Entry Workshop in Washington, DC;
Monthly stipend and book allowance; and
Other special allowances where applicable.

Funded by

US Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs

Program Funding

Fully funded


High school students from Timor-Leste