Academic Exchanges

Fulbright Scholarships (for graduate study only)

2021-2022 Scholarship Programs

Eligibility requirements:

  • Be a national of Trinidad and Tobago;- Be a holder of a Trinidad and Tobago Passport.
  • Not be a Permanent Resident of the United States or a holder of a U.S. “Green Card” (U.S. alien registration card; No dual citizens of the U.S. and TT);
  • Graduated from a local tertiary-level institution with a high passing grade (e.g. upper second class hons. or first-class hons. Bachelor’s degree).
  • Applicants must not have spent a considerable time living or studying in the U.S. within the past 3-5 years.  The objective of the Fulbright program is to provide an educational exchange experience to those not previously afforded such an opportunity, preference will be given to candidates who have not had extensive recent experience in the United Sates or any other foreign country.
  • Applicants should clearly indicate career goals in the application and exceptional promise of contributing to national development.
  • Candidate must be dedicated to returning to Trinidad and Tobago upon completion of their studies for at least two years, as required under the J-1 visa awarded to recipients of Fulbright Scholarships.
  • Candidates can apply for a Masters or PhD in any field of study; but must not require student to fulfill clinical practicum on clients or patients.

Scholarship Coverage:

  • Airline travel to and from the United States (NB: this only covers the initial flight at the beginning of the program and for the return flight to Trinidad and Tobago at the end of the program)
  • Tuition assistance in the form of a scholarship as placed by the administering partner Institute for International Education (IIE)
  • A monthly stipend
  • A monthly book allowance
  • Health insurance (basic coverage)
  • J1 visa
  • Students are only eligible for up to two years of funding

Websites for downloading application forms, etc, for some of the scholarships, wherever possible, have been provided, or you may e-mail: ircpos@state.gov to request them.

Fulbright Scholarship Offerings for 2021-2022:

 

FULBRIGHT LASPAU FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AND FULBRIGHT 2000 PROGRAM TO THE UNITED STATES

 

The Fulbright-LASPAU program supports graduate study in the United States for professionals who are dedicated to college or university teaching.  The grant competition is open to professors who are nominated by institutions of higher education in Trinidad and Tobago and who have outstanding academic and professional qualifications.

Fulbright-LASPAU grantees receive a monthly maintenance stipend (which varies according to the cost of living in different locations in the U.S.), a book allowance, health insurance, and round-trip airfare to the U.S.  Funds are also available to cover expenses related to graduate study such as thesis preparation.  The admitting university covers tuition.  Grantees receive up to two years of funding for master’s level or doctoral-level studies.  Candidates for doctoral-level study must already possess a master’s degree.  The grant does not provide funding for grantees’ family members.  Expenses for dependents are the grantee’s responsibility. Please see the following link for supplemental forms for Trinidad and Tobago applicants:

Application Process:

  • Qualified candidates must submit their applications here no later than May 1, 2020.
  • Before filling out the application, candidates will be asked to fill out the Fulbright Applicant Information Form, allowing us to determine whether applicants are eligible for the Fulbright scholarship based on their country of citizenship.   After applicants complete the form and are determined to be eligible, they will receive an email with a direct link to the full Fulbright application.
  • Applicants should only fill out the Fulbright Applicant Information Form once. To continue an application previously started, applicants should login here.
  • If you are having technical difficulty with the application, please contact techsupport@laspau.desk-mail.com
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. At least one letter should be from an academic who can attest to your academic potential. Letters of recommendation must be submitted directly by your recommenders via the online application with the Fulbright letter of reference cover letter.
  • These are the required supplemental forms for applicants of Trinidad and Tobago applying for the LASPAU Faculty Development Program: LASPAU checklist of Required Documents, Letter of Reference Form and the Nominating Institution Form
  • Once notified as a finalist, you are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Interested persons are advised to take the GRE/GMAT exam as soon as possible.
  • Supporting documents should be uploaded electronically as part of the online application. These are: CV, Passport Identification Page, Statement of Purpose, Transcripts, and the Nominating Institution form.
  • Copies of diplomas, university degrees and transcripts must be submitted with your online application. If not currently available at the time of application, please justify.
  • Once notified of finalist status, you are required to have sealed official transcripts mailed to our Fulbright Office at:
    Public Affairs Section
    U.S. Embassy, Trinidad and Tobago
    15 Queen’s Park West
    Port of Spain

NB: Please review the Checklist of Required Documents to ensure that all documentary requirements are met.

NOTE: When applying, applicants under the Foreign Student Program may ignore prompt to contact the Embassy if all eligibility requirements as outlined above have been met. 

 

FULBRIGHT HUBERT H. HUMPHREY PROGRAM TO THE UNITED STATES

 

Appropriate candidates are young and mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement. Prospective Fellows should have a minimum of five years full-time professional experience (prior to August 2020) in the relevant field, after completing a university degree, and should be interested in the policy aspects of their field of specialization. Please note that candidates must have completed a university degree program requiring at least four years of full-time study to qualify for participation in U.S. graduate study programs. Candidates should be proficient in both written and spoken English and should normally have a minimum TOEFL score of 525 (paper based) or 71 (internet-based), although exceptionally promising candidates with lower scores may be nominated for the Long-Term English (LTE) training. Candidates should have both the need to participate in the program and the potential to benefit from it.

Social Media: The Humphrey Program is on Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn. Interested applicants can interact with current Fellows and alumni, and learn more about the program through our semi-weekly posts on Facebook. Access our YouTube page to see videos of Fellows and alumni discussing their Humphrey Programs. Candidates can join LinkedIn to participate in field-specific discussions with Fellows and alumni.

Please review additional information (169KB).

Applications can only be submitted online at: https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey.

FULBRIGHT FOREIGN STUDENT PROGRAM TO THE UNITED STATES

 

This program provides grants to nationals of Trinidad and Tobago to earn a Master’s degree or Ph.D. from a university in the U.S.  Full grants are offered and are administered by The Institute of International Education (IIE). Applicants must have earned a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with honors from a local institution. Test scores that ensure competitiveness for U.S. university admission is required for those seeking admission in all fields. The student application form is located at:

Supplemental forms for Trinidad and Tobago students are available here.

Application Process:

  • Qualified candidates must submit their applications online at https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2021 no later than June 15th, 2020. When completing the application form, applicants must select the 2021/2022 cycle.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. At least one letter should be from an academic who can attest to your academic potential. Letters of recommendation must be submitted directly by your recommenders via the online application with the Fulbright letter of reference cover letter.
  • The supplemental forms for applicants of Trinidad and Tobago applying for the Foreign Student Program are the Academic Records Information Form and the Letter of Reference Cover Letter.
  • Once notified as a finalist, you are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), dependent on the field of study, before September 15th, 2020.
  • Copies of diplomas, university degrees and transcripts must be submitted with your online application. If not currently available at the time of application, please justify.
  • Once notified of finalist status, you are required to have sealed official transcripts mailed to our Fulbright Office at:
    Public Affairs Section
    U.S. Embassy, Trinidad and Tobago
    15 Queen’s Park West
    Port of Spain

NB: Please review the Checklist of Required Documents to ensure that all documentary requirements are met. For more details please review the Foreign Student Program Application Instructions.

U.S. Exchange Alumni Association of Trinidad and Tobago

 

Current Board Members

  • Dr. Charisse Griffith-Charles, Lecturer, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus (President)
  • Andrew Hunte, Lecturer, The University of Trinidad and Tobago (Vice President)
  • Rahanna Juman, Director (Ag.), Institute of Marine Affairs, Hilltop Lane, Chaguaramas  (Secretary)
  • Charlene Roach, Lecturer, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus (Treasurer)
  • Kervelle Durant-Julien, Cultural Affairs Specialist & Alumni Coordinator, U.S. Embassy (Liaison Officer)

The Fulbright Alumni Association of Trinidad and Tobago was inaugurated on Friday, August 2, 1996. Membership size: Approximately 270

Objectives

  1. Foster interaction among Fulbright Alumni in Trinidad and Tobago.
  2. Promote links with Fulbright Alumni at the regional and international levels.
  3. Enhance the professional development of its members by organizing and encouraging their participation in workshops, seminars, symposia and continuing professional development programs relevant to the needs of the members.
  4. Promote the ideals and spirit of Senator William Fulbright as embodied in the Fulbright Program.
  5. Foster nation building and regional integration among the countries of the Caribbean region.
  6. Assist in the recruitment, selection and orientation of Fulbright Fellows, including arranging pre-departure meetings and re-entry assistance, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy and the Institute of International Education (IIE).
  7. Facilitate Fulbright Alumni from other regions on visits to, and travel within, the Caribbean region.
  8. Maintain relationship with other Fulbright Alumni Associations and their programs around the world.
  9. Undertake programs of action in accordance with the identified needs and problems of the Caribbean region.
  10. Do all other things incidental to and conducive to the attainment of the objectives of the Association.