Scholarship and Exchange Program Opportunities

The U.S. Department of State sponsors a wide range of exchange programs through which approximately 1,000 Pakistanis travel to the United States each year.  We have a wide range of programs for audiences ranging from high school students to doctoral students to mid-career professionals!

Each of these programs has a different application process and timeline.  Please review the details below carefully.

For high school students:

  • The Summer Sisters Institute offers female high school students an opportunity to attend pre-college summer programs at prestigious American universities. Please visit for more details.
  • The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES) provides scholarships for high school students to spend up to one academic year in the United States. Students live with host families, attend high school, engage in activities to learn about American society and values, acquire leadership skills, and help educate Americans about Pakistan and Pakistani culture.  Please visit for more details.

For undergraduate students:

  • The Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders on Public Policy is an intensive short-term academic program whose purpose is to provide undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. Further details about this program are available on the American Embassy’s website during recruitment seasons. 

For individuals interested in graduate-level study:

  • The Fulbright Master’s and Ph.D. Programs fund graduate study for a Master’s or Ph.D program in the United States. Applications are typically due in May.  Please visit for more details.
  • The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings young and mid-career professionals from developing countries to the United States for a year of non-degree, graduate-level study and professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts, with professional focus areas that include public policy, educational administration, law and human rights, economic development, public health policy, journalism, and technology policy. Applications are typically due in July. Please visit for more details.
  • The Fulbright Scholar Program funds up to 10 months of lectureship, post-doctoral research, or a combination of the two for selected Pakistani scholars at U.S. college or university. Applications are typically due in October.  Please visit for more details.

For Educators:

  • The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program sends government sector secondary school English language teachers to the United States for a six-week professional development program, including language proficiency development, coursework on teaching methodology, technology training, and practical experiences in US schools. Applications for the 2017 season closes January 30, 2017. For more information, click here
  • The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant program sends teachers of the English language to a U.S. institution to improve their English teaching skills. These participants also teach Urdu, Pashto, or Punjabi at selected U.S. campuses during their 9-month program.  Applications are typically due in July.  Please visit for more details.
  • The Community College Administrator Program sends Pakistani officials with higher education planning responsibilities and administrators from post-secondary vocational and technical institutions in Pakistan to the United States for approximately six weeks to learn about the U.S. community college system. Applications are typically accepted in November. Please visit for more details.

For Journalists:

  • The U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership for Journalists program sends English-speaking Pakistani journalists to the United States for month-long professional placements with U.S. media organizations. Applications are typically due in December. Please visit for more details.
  • The U.S./Pakistan Professional Partnership Program for Urdu-Speaking Journalists sends Pakistani journalists to the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, at the University of Oklahoma for a news media exposure, training and exchange program. Applications are typically due in September.  Please visit for more information.

For Individuals Involved in the Legislative Process:

  • The Legislative Fellows Program brings legislators, legislative staff, and NGO representatives from overseas for four-week professional fellowships in the U.S., promoting increased knowledge of the legislative process and good governance principles. Applications are typically due in mid-April and September.

For Individuals Interested in Business:

  • Indiana State University – Bloomington’s Kelley Business School partners with the U.S. Department of State and the Coca-Cola Company to organize the Global Business Institute (GBI) for MENA scholars. This multi-faceted, immersive program was designed to give a select group of students from across participating countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Near Asia the opportunity to learn about business in the context of American culture. Students gain a basic understanding of American business practices and pedagogy through the accelerated 3.5-week curriculum based on the core elements of the Kelley School of Business undergraduate program. Applications are typically accepted in January.

For Young Professionals: 

  • The Community College Initiative Program allows young Pakistani professionals to pursue one year of non-degree study at accredited U.S. community colleges. Programs are offered in the following fields: Agriculture, Applied Engineering, Business Management and Administration, Media, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Public Safety (Rescue/Disaster Management Services) and Early Childhood Education. For more information, click here:

 After an Exchange…

Exchange program participants have the opportunity to join the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network upon returning to Pakistan. For more information about our alumni programs, click here: 

Additional Information

For additional details about exchange programs operated worldwide by the U.S. Department of State, please visit