Fulbright Graduate Fellowship Program for Citizens of Afghanistan in USA, 2015/16

Fulbright Graduate Fellowship Program for citizens of Afghanistan
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Applications are invited for Fulbright graduate fellowship program available for Afghan citizens. For the 2015-2016 program, as many as 65 graduate fellowships may be available. The Fulbright graduate fellowship pays for up to two years of graduate study in the United States to earn an MA, MS, MBA/MPA, LLM or similar graduate degree. Selected candidates may be required to travel to the U.S. as early as January 2015 for pre academic Intensive English Program, or as late as the start of the academic year in late summer 2015. The application deadline is April 12, 2014.

Study Subject(s): Fellowships are awarded for Master’s level graduate studies in almost any field of study. Successful fellows can earn a MA, MS, MBA/MPA, LLM, MPH or similar degree. Medical degrees (other than Public Health or Global Medicine) or degrees in curative medicine are not available. In addition, some candidates may be eligible for additional English preparatory training.
Course Level: Fellowships are available for Master’s level graduate studies in the United States.
Scholarship Provider: U.S. Government
Scholarship can be taken at: USA

Eligibility:
-Applicants must be citizens of Afghanistan and currently reside/live in Afghanistan;
-Applicants must have a four-year bachelor degree (first university) degree by July 2014 and a strong academic background as demonstrated by their post-secondary transcripts.  Please note that if you have a 3-year bachelor’s degree from any country, you are required to have at least a 1-year Master’s/post-baccalaureate diploma in order to be competitive and be placed in a U.S. university;
-Applicants must present three letters of recommendation from their professors and/or employers (usually two from professors and one from an employer);
-Applicants must score a minimum of 75 on the Internet-based TOEFL exam and submit their score with their Fulbright application. Applicants who already have a valid paper-based TOEFL score of 537 or higher can submit that score in lieu of an Internet-based score. For more information about TOEFL.
-Applicants should demonstrate leadership qualities — including volunteer experience and involvement in their communities;
-For some fields of study work experience is strongly preferred (e.g. Public Health, MBA)
-All grantees are required to return to Afghanistan for at least two years at the conclusion of their grant in compliance with the J-visa requirements, to promote mutual understanding, and serve as future leaders in the public and private sectors of Afghanistan.  After grantees return to Afghanistan and establish themselves in their careers, it is still possible to get another visa to the U.S. allowing travel back and forth on necessary business.

Scholarship Open for International Students: The students of Afghanistan can apply for these scholarships.

Scholarship Description: The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Fulbright Graduate Fellowship Program for citizens of Afghanistan to pursue a fully-funded Master’s degree in the United States.  The Fulbright Graduate Fellowship pays for up to two years of graduate study in the United States to earn an MA, MS, MBA/MPA, LLM or similar graduate degree. For the 2015-2016 program, as many as 65 graduate fellowships may be available. Fellows receive a tuition grant for their coursework and a monthly stipend to cover living expenses at their host institution. Fellows also receive roundtrip transportation and health benefits. In addition, Fellows may also attend special enrichment activities throughout their program. These activities are excellent opportunities to network with Fulbrighters from other countries and to interact with prominent Americans across a range of professional fields. Selected candidates may be required to travel to the U.S. as early as January 2015 for pre-academic English and writing seminars, or as late as the start of the academic year in late summer 2015.

Number of award(s): For the 2015-2016 program, as many as 65 graduate fellowships may be available.

Duration of award(s): The Fulbright Graduate Fellowship pays for up to two years of graduate study.

What does it cover? Fellows receive a tuition grant for their coursework and a monthly stipend to cover living expenses at their host institution. Fellows also receive roundtrip transportation and health benefits. In addition, Fellows may also attend special enrichment activities throughout their program. These activities are excellent opportunities to network with Fulbrighters from other countries and to interact with prominent Americans across a range of professional fields. Selected candidates may be required to travel to the U.S. as early as January 2015 for pre-academic English and writing seminars, or as late as the start of the academic year in late summer 2015.

Selection Criteria: The Fulbright Program’s application process is lengthy and rigorous, and prospective applicants are encouraged to consider carefully their intentions, goals, future plans and prospective projects before applying for a Fulbright grant. Participants will be recruited through a merit-based, open competition and selected based upon their leadership potential, academic excellence, community involvement, maturity, ability to adjust successfully to life in the U.S., strong interest in engaging Americans, and potential to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Afghanistan. Applications are reviewed by an American-led panel from the U.S. Embassy and the applications of the finalists are submitted to the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York.

Notification: The application review and interview process continues until June and selected Fulbright finalists are notified sometime in July.

How to Apply: The mode of applying is online. While submitting your application online, please make sure to choose the 2015-2016 cycle on section 11 of the online application.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is April 12, 2014.

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