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Application for the 2013 Fulbright Junior Staff Development Program for DRC - Information Sheet

The American Cultural Center welcomes applications from qualified Congolese to study towards a Masters degree and with full institutional backing. The Fulbright Junior Staff Development Program offers a limited number of fully funded scholarships to Africans to study towards a Masters degree in the U.S. The United States government funds these scholarships with some cost sharing by American universities. In addition to scholastic achievements, the factors taken into consideration include the potential benefits of applicants’ studies to Congolese Society at large, and the ability of the applicants to contribute to better understanding between the people of the United States and the DRC. 

All applicants should note that we provide funding for no more than two years of study. Applicants must comply fully with U.S. laws and regulations governing immigration and naturalization. All finalists must return to the DRC upon completion of their studies. 

The J.William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) in Washington, D.C administers the Fulbright Program under policy guidelines. The Board is responsible for approving all Fulbright awards.  The Board is composed of twelve educational and public leaders appointed by the President of the United States to formulate worldwide procedures and selection criteria for the Fulbright Program. The American Cultural Center supervises the program in the DRC.


A four year Bachelors degree from an accredited institution is required to qualify for Masters Degree studies in the United States.  Applicants must be Congolese citizens, in good health and proficient in English. Applicants who are chosen to be finalists must be available for a personal interview.

Application Procedures:

Candidates can access the application form at the following link

Applications must be completed online, printed and brought to:
American Cultural Center, Avenue Lt. Colonel Lukusa, Kinshasa, DRC.
Attention Cynthia Kalenga, Cultural Affairs Specialist +243 81 556 0151 ext 2194 or email to  no later than April 15, 2012.
No application form should be submitted on the Embark system prior to being advised by the American Cultural Center, doing so will lead to disqualification.

Please note that this application cycle is for the year 2013 intake. We will not consider your application if it is incomplete.

Candidates are advised to apply early and to ensure that all necessary documentation is received in a timely fashion. This includes all transcripts of university studies showing grades received, certified copies of all degree certificates, and three letters of reference (testimonials). At least two testimonials should be from academics who can attest to the quality of the candidate’s university study and academic potential. If degrees and transcripts are not in English, translations must be attached.
Applicants should also have investigated the programs offered in their fields by American universities and have clearly in mind the type of study program desired.
The Fulbright Commission works with the private, non-profit Institute of International Education (IIE) to place candidates at American graduate institutions. IIE cross-matches students’ degree objectives and university programs. Availability of tuition scholarships will be a factor in the final choice of schools. American universities usually announce their selection between March and June for the academic year beginning in August or September. However, last minute decisions can be made as late as August.

Required Standard Examinations:

It is important for Fulbright finalists to take the TOEFL, GRE and GMAT tests by August/ September 2012. This still ensures that the examination results will be available to the universities in time to make admissions decisions.
All foreign students, including Fulbright finalists, are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The examination is mandatory, even though one may regard English as the mother tongue.
The GRE is a general ability test, which indicates a candidate's aptitude for graduate level study.  Most American universities will not consider a candidate for admission who has not taken the GRE.  Management students are usually required to take the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) instead of the GRE.
All finalists will be provided with brochures and application forms to register to take these examinations. Fee guarantee certificates will also be provided.  However, each candidate is responsible for travel expenses to and from the testing venues.  Additional information will be given to finalists when they are notified of their status.

Any questions which you may have concerning the Fulbright competition should be directed to the  Cultural Affairs Specialist at the American Cultural Center,  498 Avenue Colonel Lukusa, Kinshasa, DRC or contact Cynthia Kalenga at 243 - 81 556 0151 ext 2194 or

Please note, only shortlisted candidates will be notified, requested to submit the application form online on the Embark System and take the required standard examination.