USTL provides full scholarships to outstanding students from Timor-Leste for two to four years of study at high-quality undergraduate degree institutions in the United States. Scholarship awards include full tuition toward either a bachelor’s degree or associate degree, 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, ...



Announcing the U.S. - Timor-Leste Scholarship program fellows for 2023

Posted on: 20 August 2023 By: the USTL Team

The United States-Timor-Leste Scholarship Program (USTL) is excited to welcome its newest USTL fellows: Sedeligia Maria Da Conceicao Guterres, attending Fox Valley Technical College; Igor de Carvalho da Costa and Lucas Cornelio Xavier, attending West Virginia University; and Ivo Da Conceicao Tilman Ribeiro, attending t…

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Congratulations, Graduates!

Posted on: 12 May 2023 By: the USTL Team

The United States-Timor-Leste Scholarship Program (USTL) is proud to congratulate its newest graduates of the USTL Program: Eunique da Graca de Vasconselos (College of Southern Idaho), Alfredo Vandeling Mau (Southeast Missouri State University), and Maria Angelina Guterres (Fox Valley Technical College). They have each…

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Welcome, 2019 USTL Fellows!

Posted on: 20 August 2019 By: the USTL Team

The United States-Timor-Leste Scholarship Program (USTL) is proud to announce the arrival of its three newest 2019 fellows: Emilia Moreira Moniz, attending Fox Valley Technical College; Alfredo Vandeling Mau, attending Southeast Missouri State University; and Maria Lucia Da Silva, attending the College of Southern Idah…

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A Letter of Thanks For My Exchange

Posted on: 29 January 2019 By: Rania Goncalves

An American friend recently sent me a message about how proud she is of me. She said that I have come a long way, overcoming my obstacles and challenges. She watched me struggle on my first day learning English and adapting to the [American] culture. She praised my hard work on events on campus at Saint Michael’s Col…

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Reflecting on My Second Semester in the United States

Posted on: 25 April 2024 By: SGUTERRES

Time flies so quickly; I can hardly believe that I’m already in my second semester of studying in the United States. As I sit down to write about my experiences, I realize how much I’ve grown and adapted during this time. During my second semester, I began adjusting to various aspects of life here- academic process, the environment, cultural, and lifestyle differences. Being part of…

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Year One Recap

Posted on: 25 April 2024 By: LXavier

Starting with a dream and leaving the familiar behind, my journey was nothing short of transformative. Coming from the countryside, every moment felt like stepping into a new world, one I had only ever imagined. As I wrap up my first academic year, it's time to reflect on the experiences that have shaped me, the people I've met, and the lessons I've learned. The transition from living t…

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