U.S. Embassy EducationUSA Scholars Program | Closing: Friday, September 10th at 5:00pm EAT.

U.S. Embassy EducationUSA Scholars Program 

U.S. Embassy Kampala seeks to identify 30 academically talented Ugandan students to join the 2021 EducationUSA Scholars Program. The EducationUSA Scholars Program facilitates access to U.S. higher education.  Please note THIS IS NOT A SCHOLARSHIP

EducationUSA Scholars Program students will work with the EducationUSA office at the U.S Embassy as they navigate the admissions process for colleges and universities in the United States. Selected students will attend regular seminars that will assist them through the application process. These will be conducted mostly online and some in person, depending on how the COVID-19 situation evolves. Students will work with our educational advising staff over this year and the next year to try to secure admission and financial assistance to begin study in the United States in August 2022.

Students will be selected based on academic records, essay writing, leadership skills and a virtual interview. Among the total 30 finalist candidates, 10 highly qualified, economically disadvantaged students will be selected to benefit from the Opportunity Fund Program.

The Opportunity Fund Program is part of the EducationUSA Scholars Program and supports academically talented but economically disadvantaged international students who are highly competitive for full financial aid but do not have the financial means to apply to universities in the United States.  Students are assisted with the up-front costs of applying to U.S. colleges and universities, including application fees, standardized testing, internet data costs, visa fees, and international airfare. Opportunity Funds program only covers the costs associated with the application process to degree programs at accredited colleges and universities in the United States and offers no guarantee of acceptance or financial aid awards at U.S. institutions.

Opportunity Fund eligibility: 

To be eligible for Opportunity funding in Uganda, a student must:

  • Be a citizen of, or officially recognized refugee residing in Uganda;
  • Demonstrate that a candidate and their family are not able to pay for the application process;
  • Apply to Bachelor’s/Master’s/PhD programs at accredited higher education institutions in the United States in the fall of 2022;
  • Apply for full financial aid.

EducationUSA Scholars Program students who are not selected for the Opportunity Fund program should be prepared to pay for the costs of the university application process, which may include but is not limited to: registration fees for required SAT and TOEFL examinations; college application fees; and SEVIS/VISA fees.

How do apply for the EducationUSA Scholars Program: If you’re interested in being considered for the EducationUSA Scholars Program, please complete the online form. You must fill out the form in one sitting, so we recommend preparing your answers using the pdf document attached and copy/pasting the responses into the form for faster submission. You will also be required to upload a scanned copy of your S4 certificate or pass slip, S.6 certificate of pass slip or an updated copy of your university transcript if you are a graduate student.

The 2021 U.S Embassy Uganda EducationUSA Scholars Program Application Form can be found at:


Application deadline is Friday, September 10th at 5:00pm EAT. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by the end of September 2021. Those applicants who have not received responses by October 1st, 2021, should consider their application unsuccessful.


You will need a Gmail account in order to successfully complete this application. A full list of application questions is available here. Please direct any questions to kampala@educationusa.orgWe look forward to receiving and reviewing your applications!