Opportunity Funds Program Application

EducationUSA Opportunity Funds Program

If you are a bright and highly motivated student with a dream of studying in America, we want to give you money to make that possible. EducationUSA’s Opportunity Funds Program incentivizes Sri Lankans to apply to U.S. institutions of higher education by helping you with the upfront costs. The Program guides students with comprehensive advising to identify appropriate universities, prepare for standardized tests and apply for admission.

Applications for our Opportunity Funds Program are accepted anytime of the year from students applying for Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. degree.  Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Grant Benefits 

The Opportunity Funds Program will reimburse fees for admission applications, preparation for standardized test (SAT, ACT, GRE/GMAT, TOEFL/IELTS, etc.), test registration, score reporting, visa and SEVIS fees, airfare to the U.S., one-time settling allowance, etc. Please contact EducationUSA Student Advisor Sabitha George with any questions.

Please Note: Opportunity Funds Program does not cover cost of tuition, rooming, food, or other costs once you are admitted.

Eligibility Requirements 

  • Sri Lankan citizens applying for Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. degrees in the U.S. shall meet the following:
    • Applicants for a Bachelor’s degree: Three (3) ‘A’ passes at the G. C. E. Advanced Level Examination
    • Applicants for a Master’s/Ph.D. degree: Four-year bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.5 or first-class honors.
  • All applicants should have the potential to secure scholarships to study at U.S. universities but do not have the financial means to cover up-front costs.
  • Must not be applying for or holding permanent resident visa (Green Card) in the United States, not be dual U.S.-Sri Lanka citizen, and not hold work or resident visa in another country.

Eligibility Preferences

  • Demonstrate strong academic and leadership potential.
  • Demonstrate the ability to function well in a U.S. institute of higher education.
  • Be able to live and work closely with people from a variety of backgrounds and interact in a culturally sensitive way with others.
  • Commitment to return to Sri Lanka after receiving degree.

Not Eligible

  • Staff or families of staff at a U.S. Embassy or US-SLFC.
  • Misrepresentation, false information, or plagiarism of any kind will disqualify you from receiving Opportunity Funds.

Period of Opportunity Funds Program

The Opportunity Funds Program is open at any time for Sri Lankans applying to study in the U.S.

Application Deadline

Sunday, June 30, 2024.

To Apply

  1. Application – DOWNLOAD
  2. CV/Resume
  3. Copies of educational certificates and academic transcripts
  4. Evidence of financial need such as family income, family assets, household size, student’s salary, etc.
  5. Awards or accomplishments
  6. Grades/Transcript
  7. A short statement (500 words or less) on “Why I dream of studying the United States and how the Opportunity Funds Program will help me realize that dream?”

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
For questions, write to: advising@fulbrightsrilanka.org