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 Educational 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 two to four years of undergraduate study at a U.S. university, college, or community college and obtain either a Bachelor’s Degree or Associate Degree. 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, ...



Welcome and Congratulations to our new 2018 Fellows!

Posted on: 21 September 2018 By: the USTL Team

We are thrilled to welcome the newest 2018 United States-Timor-Leste Scholarship Program (USTL) recipients: Jorguino Aparicio Savio, Aderito Do Rosario Da Cunha Mambares, and Clinton Domingos Guterres. During the coming years, these Fellows will be attending the University of Minnesota, Tennessee Tech University, and …

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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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My experience in Music

Posted on: 02 October 2018 By:

Natto Soares Me and the Music “Singing is like a celebration of Oxygen” this quote from Bjork a famous Icelandic singer describes everything about how passionate I am at Music and singing. I have been singing since I was very little and I got the inspiration from my beloved Dad who introduced me to so many different genres of music. From Abba to the Beatles and even a famous country…

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My Final Semester at Saint Michael’s College

Posted on: 23 September 2018 By:

Marking my last year at this college which I called home for more than 3 years, I thought this might be my last opportunity to get fully involved and immerse myself into knowing more about things that I might be missing or improve what was not perfect. Even though my academic workload is high, it did not stop me from wanting to be actively involved in extracurricular activities such as c…

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