Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program

Due to current fiscal constraints, the State Department does not expect to recruit new Muskie participants for the upcoming 2014-15 academic year. The State Department is reviewing its portfolio of exchanges, and will ensure continued opportunities for university-level students and young professionals in these regions through the Fulbright Program and other exchanges, recognizing the critical importance of people-to-people engagement and the positive impact alumni of these exchange programs have on their communities after they return home. 

Program Goals

The Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program, a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, was designed to identify exceptional individuals who are committed to a future of service and leadership in their home countries and provide these individuals with Master’s level academic study and professional experiences in the United States.

Academic Program

The Muskie program provides opportunities for Master’s level study in the United States to citizens from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan in the following fields:

  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Environmental Management
  • International Affairs
  • Journalism and Mass Communications
  • Law
  • Library and Information Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy

Technical Eligibility Requirements

Candidates will be considered without respect to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, or gender. Competition for the Muskie Program is merit-based and open to anyone who:

  • Is a citizen, national, or permanent resident qualified to hold a valid passport issued by the country of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan;
  • Is the recipient of an undergraduate degree (four- or five-year study) by the time of the application (undergraduate degree must be in law in order to apply to the Muskie Program in the field of law);
  • Submits a complete application (original) and two copies (for a total of three) by the application deadline;
  • Is able to receive and maintain a US J-1 visa.

Individuals in the following circumstances are NOT eligible for the Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program:

  • US citizens and permanent residents of the United States;
  • Spouses of US citizens and permanent residents of the United States;
  • Individuals currently participating in academic, training, or research programs in the United States;
  • Individuals who have already been recipients of and participated in the Muskie Fellowship;
  • Individuals currently residing or working outside the 12 participating countries;
  • Individuals who have participated in an exchange visitor program sponsored or funded by the US government (e.g., Public Affairs Sections at US embassies or other US government agency) for a period of more than six weeks and who have not fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement by the time of application;
  • Individuals who have applied for US permanent residency in the past three years;
  • Local employees of US missions abroad who work for the US Department of State or USAID are ineligible for grants during the period of their employment and for one year following the termination of employment;
  • Immediate family members (i.e., spouses and dependent children) of US Department of State or USAID employees for a period of one year following the termination of such employment. This provision does not disqualify self-supporting members of families who live apart from their parents;
  • Persons arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a crime as further detailed by ECA;
  • Current Program Administrator employees and consultants and their immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings) are not eligible to apply for any Program Administrator-administered grant programs, either as individuals or as the responsible party representing an institutional applicant.

Application materials and more information:

If you have additional questions after reviewing the FAQ, please write Tashkent-program@state.gov with “E. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program” in the subject line or call (+998 71) 140-2447