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, ...



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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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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Posted on: 03 April 2023 By: EVasconselos

Hey, I’m back again! It’s been a while since I wrote my last blog. In this blog, I’m going to write about how I celebrated my last Christmas here in the US, it was another dream being fulfilled! Remember my friend Amelia who invited me over during summer, well last Christmas she invited me over again to celebrate Christmas with her and her family. What an amazing friend! Back h…

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Posted on: 10 February 2023 By: ASoares

I honestly lost track of time. While writing this blog, I realized that this is already my second year in the U.S pursuing my degree in my host institution. As people say, it is true that when you are busy studying what you love, time goes by so fast, and I am ready for what is coming next semester. Looking back at my first semester, a lot of challenges, achievements, skills, knowledge, …

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