Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities (LASPAU)

María Estefanía, 2018 Fulbright LASPAU Fellow is a Professor at Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC) currently studying a Masters in Toxicology at the Iowa State University.
María Estefanía, 2018 Fulbright LASPAU Fellow is a Professor at Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC) currently studying a Masters in Toxicology at the Iowa State University.

The LASPAU program provides the opportunity for Guatemalan university professors to study a Masters or Ph.D. in the United States. Applicants must be nominated by their University, be Guatemalan citizens with no dual U.S. citizenship, and have an advanced English level, among other requirements. Candidates must be committed to return to Guatemala after they finish their studies in the United States.

In order to be eligible for the Fulbright LASPAU Scholarship, candidates must be eligible for a J1 Visa.

How can I apply?

  1. Submit application

The application process is available online through this website: university titles and certificates must be uploaded to the platform in the official language of the University with an English translation. Documents in Spanish only without the required translation will not be considered. The application also requests 3 letters of recommendation. Recommenders can upload letters via this link:

The application for the 2020 cycle opened February 1, 2019 and will close midnight Guatemalan time May 1, 2019.
Candidates must submit their applications within these dates, applications submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed.

  1. Interviews
      • Candidates selected to move on in the application process will be interviewed. Interviews will be held in English. All interview notifications are sent via email. Candidates should check their inbox on a regular basis.
      • If you are not contacted to schedule an interview, you did not pass to the next stage. You will not receive a notice of non-selection.
    1. Exams
      Selected candidates will take the TOEFL and PAEP exam. GRE may be required in  in some cases. If you are selected to proceed to the testing stage, LASPAU will provide a voucher to cover the costs.
    1. Candidates selected as finalists are notified: Primary and alternate status.
    1. A Placement Advisor is assigned. This person guides in the creation of the Submission plan. Selected candidates will only apply to universities through this process. Separate applications should not be submitted to universities.
    1. University acceptances: Candidates are notified of the acceptances of the Universities where they applied through the Submission process indicated above. The final placement is made in concurrence with the Fulbright LASPAU Office, the candidate and the U.S. Embassy.
    1. Preparation for the travel and logistics: U.S. Embassy will support in the request of the J1 Visa and purchase flight tickets.
    1. Return to Guatemala: After Fellows finish their studies they become part of the USG exchange program alumni network of the U.S. Embassy. An in-person debrief will take place. 

How does the Fulbright LASPAU Scholarship work?

Is you are awarded with the Scholarship, you will be assigned a Placement Advisor with whom you will develop a Submission Plan to several universities. In this step, it is very important that candidates research different institutions and communicate their interests and academic justifications to the Placement Advisor. Then LASPAU will apply to the universities on the candidate’s behalf. You should not submit separate applications to universities outside the Submission process.

Candidates should research possible graduate programs in the U.S. in their field and indicate the academic placement suggestions in the online application. The most up-to-date source of information on the admission requirements of each university is the university website, specifically the graduate admissions page and the academic department of interest. The local EducationUSA office located at IGA in zone 4 can also guide you.

EducationUSA Guatemala
Walt Whitman American Center – IGA
Ruta 1, 4-05, zona 4
T 2422-5590

Which expenses are covered by the LASPAU Scholarship?

This Scholarship covers the candidate’s expenses of the visa, travel, lodging, university fees and medical insurance. Dependents are not covered.

More information available here:

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