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 U.S., and visa costs. USTL is a program of the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State.


Candidates will be considered without respect to race, color, religion, national origin, or gender. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Competition for the USTL is merit-based and open to anyone who...


USTL participants are expected to complete a four-year undergraduate degree at the U.S. university or college at which they are placed. Students live with U.S. roommates on the campus of their host institution and attend classes full time. Based on their academic interests, career goals, and English proficiency, ...



Congratulations and Welcome to Our 2017 USTL Fellows!

Posted on: 01 November 2017 By: the USTL Team

Please join us in congratulating the 2017 recipients of the United States-Timor- Leste (USTL) Fellowship: Danira Deolinda Corbafo da Costa Ernania Bonifacia Amaral Sofia Rana Sagran Husin We would like to congratulate these remarkable fellows who received full funding to complete undergraduate degrees in the U.…

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Warmest congratulations to our 2016 USTL fellows!

Posted on: 12 May 2016 By: the USTL Team

Please join us in congratulating the 2016 recipients of the United States-Timor- Leste (USTL) Fellowship: Aida Maria da Silva Imanuela Nadia Sequeira Ribeiro Natalino de Jesus Soares These remarkable students were selected from almost 300 applicants for the fellowship this year. They will receive full funding t…

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Announcing the U.S. - Timor-Leste Scholarship program fellows for 2015

Posted on: 08 May 2015 By: the USTL Team

American Councils for International Education is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2015 U.S.-Timor-Leste Scholarship program (USTL). The fellowship provides full support for four years of undergraduate study in the United States. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educationa…

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Living Abroad

Posted on: 04 April 2017 By: MLiu

As an international student with professional work experience before coming to the United States, living here is remarkable. The experiences that I have gained here as a Social Ambassador as well as a member of Diversity and Inclusion Committee enrich my cultural knowledge specially in dealing with younger folks. Most of the students that I worked with are half of my age. They have a lot…

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The Transition to be an Engineering student

Posted on: 25 October 2016 By: GMayella

I had a mixed feeling when I graduated from ESL school. Indeed, I felt a bit sad due to the realization that I was going to leave the school, which had assisted me to enhance my English skills, and many international students with whom I made friends. In addition, I was given an opportunity to do numerous volunteer activities such as serving to disable people with their family during tha…

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