Fulbright Degree Grants for Pakistani Students in USA, 2015

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Applications are invited for Fulbright degree program available for Pakistani students to pursue graduate study (Master’s or PhD degree) in the United States. In 2015, USEFP hopes to award about 150 grants to cover tuition, required textbooks, airfare, a living stipend and health insurance. All disciplines except for clinical medicine are eligible to apply. Women, minorities, people with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds are also especially encouraged to apply. All Pakistanis selected for Fulbright awards are obliged to return to Pakistan within 30 days of completing their programs and to serve a residency requirement (a minimum of two years).

Study Subject(s): Grants are awarded in all academic disciplines, except clinical medicine or PhD in Business Administration.
Course Level: Grants are available for pursuing master’s and doctoral degree at a US university beginning in fall of 2015.
Scholarship Provider: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Scholarship can be taken at: USA

Eligibility:
-Pakistani citizens, residing and working in Pakistan, with strong academic histories in all disciplines except clinical medicine are welcome to apply. In addition to academic work, persons selected for Fulbright programs are expected to share information about Pakistani life and culture with their U.S. colleagues and with community groups in the U.S. On returning to Pakistan, Fulbright grantees are expected to share their U.S. experiences with colleagues and community groups in Pakistan. Successful candidates should be poised to assume leadership positions in their fields and must be committed to returning and serving Pakistan.
-For the Masters degree program, eligible candidates will have either a four-year Bachelor’s degree or a Bachelor’s and Master’s combination totaling 16 years of formal education from an accredited university. Recent graduates are strongly encouraged to apply, except for MBA applicants, who require 3 years of work experience.
-For the PhD degree program, eligible applicants will have a Master’s, M.Phil or comparable degree (a minimum of 18 years of formal education) from an accredited university. It is highly desirable that candidates have work experience in teaching, research, or the public sector in Pakistan.
-The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all applicants. A minimum score of 136 is required on each section of the GRE examination, with a higher score on the section most applicable to your field of study. Applicants must also possess a high level of fluency in spoken and written English. Short-listed applicants will be required to bring proof of TOEFL registration with them to the interview.

Ineligibility: -Persons with a dual U.S./Pakistan nationality or those are having a spouse, parent, fiancé or child over 18 years of age who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
-Employees of the Fulbright organization or the U.S. Department of State and their spouses, fiancés, siblings, dependents, children and parents. For programs funded by their agencies, employees of USAID or the HEC and their spouses, fiancés, siblings, dependents, children and parents.
-People who have a pending application for immigration to any country.
-People who have already availed one Fulbright scholarship for any degree program. Persons already studying in the U.S. or on a work/residence visa in any country.

Scholarship Open for International Students: The Pakistani students can apply for this Fulbright degree program.

Scholarship Description: FulbrightThe Fulbright Masters and PhD Program funds graduate study in the United States for a Master’s or Ph.D. degree. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), these grants cover tuition, required textbooks, airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance. USEFP also assists with the visa process. For both the Masters and PhD programs, all academic disciplines are eligible, except clinical medicine or PhD in Business Administration. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all applicants. A minimum score of 136 is required on each section of the GRE examination, with a higher score on the section most applicable to your field of study. Applicants must also possess a high level of fluency in spoken and written English. Short-listed applicants will be required to bring proof of TOEFL registration with them to the interview. All successful candidates are required to sign a contract with USEFP and, for successful PhD candidates, a bond with the HEC that binds them to return to Pakistan immediately after their program in the U.S. and serve the country for the number of years equivalent to the length of their scholarship program. This contract is redeemable on a year-for-year basis minimum of two years; as long as a person fulfills the service requirement, he or she will pay nothing.

Number of Award(s): In 2015, USEFP hopes to award about 150.

Duration of Award(s): Not known

What does it cover? The grant funds tuition, textbooks, airfare, a living stipend and health insurance.

Selection Process: Selection process has four stages:
1: All applications are screened by USEFP staff for completeness and minimum qualifications.
2: Complete applications that meet the minimum qualifications are evaluated according to a set of established criteria and shortlisted. Round 3: In-person interviews of short-listed applicants take place in Islamabad between June and September. The interview panels are made up of both U.S. and Pakistani citizens.
4: Final candidates and alternates are selected in October. Applicants who have become finalists or alternates will be notified by e-mail and official acceptance letter. Those who do not get selected are notified only by mail.
Final approval is given by the Foreign Scholarship Board in Washington, D.C.

Selection Criteria: A good candidate will have a strong academic background, demonstrated commitment to his/her community, good English language skills, and an appropriate Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score. There are no quotas. Applicants are considered on the basis of merit. However, merit is assessed by looking at the applicant in terms of what they have achieved given their circumstances and their potential to succeed.

Notification: The application review and interview process continues until September and the results are announced in mid-October.

How to apply: A complete application package includes; Application from, three reference letters, GRE score report and attach photocopies of transcripts including an explanation of grading scale of university issuing the degree. Most recent transcript must be attested by Higher Education Commission (HEC). Incomplete applications are not considered. Original application with references and attested copies of supporting documentation along with one additional copy of the complete application must be submitted by post before the deadline.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Applications must be received by May 14, 2014.

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