Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program application information
We are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program (TJSP).
The deadline to apply is Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Tunis time.
Please read the application materials carefully before beginning the application.
Program Details and How to Apply
- Program Information (Arabic and English) (PDF, 367 KB)
- Tips for applying (PDF, 125 KB)
- Frequently asked questions (PDF, 178 KB)
- Eligible institutions (PDF, 294 KB)
- Academic integrity guide (PDF, 127 KB)
The Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or another other protected characteristic as established by U.S. law.
Competition for the Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program is merit-based and open to anyone who:
- Is a Tunisian citizen;
- Currently resides in Tunisia;
- Is enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing at the time of application at a registered university or academic institution in Tunisia;
- Is NOT in the final year of their undergraduate program at the time of application
Architecture students are eligible in their first, second, third, or fourth year of study. Engineering students are eligible in their first or second year (preparatory classes), and third and fourth year of undergraduate study
- Is able to receive a U.S. J-1 visa;
- Is at least 18 years old by July 1, 2021;
- Is committed to returning to Tunisia after completion of the program;
- Is able to achieve a TOEFL score of at least 500, either at the time of application or after short-term pre-academic English language study in the United States; and
- Completes the academic year prior to study in the United States in good standing with a passing average (aka moyenne générale)
Please note that you do not need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to apply for this program. Only semifinalists are required to take the TOEFL, and testing will be provided for them free of charge.
Application and Instructions
The application must be completed online. Applicants must fill out all required sections of the application and provide contact information for two references. Reference 1 and Reference 2 must be completed by two different individuals who can speak to your suitability as a potential scholarship recipient.
Complete copies of all application materials must be received together in one package as per the application instructions by Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Tunis time. Only complete applications, which include a complete application form with two reference forms, will be forwarded to the selection committee.
Go to a complete list of application instructions.
To learn more about the program and share program information with interested applicants, please read the following:
- Press release (Arabic, French, and English) (PDF, 203 KB)
- Letter to parents (Arabic and English) (PDF, 154 KB)
If you have questions about the TJSP application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Thomas Jefferson Scholarship Program is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Department of State and implemented by IREX.