USEFP opened fully-funded 2015 Fulbright Master’s and PhD study in USA

The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) announced that the 2015 competition for Fulbright Master’s and PhD scholarships is now open. The U.S. Government’s flagship scholarship program enables deserving Pakistanis to complete Master’s or PhD degrees, in a field of their choice, in universities across the United States. These scholarships are merit-based and cover tuition, textbooks, airfare, stipend, computer, settling-in allowance and health insurance. Of the 150 countries in which the Fulbright program operates, the U.S.-Pakistan Fulbright program is the largest, with 161 students receiving awards for fully-funded degrees in 2014. A similar number is expected to be selected in 2015. The application deadline for the 2015 competition is May 14, 2014.

usefp_ritaKicking off the 2015 Fulbright season, Deputy Cultural Affairs Officer Judith Ravin stated, “The U.S. invests more in Fulbright Pakistan than anywhere else in the world. For 64 years, the Fulbright scholarship program between the United States and Pakistan has fulfilled the dream of its founder: turning nations into people through educational exchange.” USEFP Executive Director Rita Akhtar encouraged students from all over Pakistan to take advantage of the 2015 Fulbright Program. “We hope to receive applications from graduates of every accredited university in Pakistan,” she said.

In addition to the 161 students who depart for the United States in the fall of 2014, 406 students from Pakistan currently study in the United States on Fulbright awards. The Fulbright Scholarship Program is an example of the long-term commitment by the U.S. government to the education of Pakistanis and to increasing mutual understanding between both countries. Each year the U.S. government sends more than 700 students to academic exchange programs and another 500 professionals to shorter, work-related programs in the United States. Since the inception of USEFP more than 62 years ago, over 5,000 Pakistanis have gone on USEFP-administered exchange programs to the United States. The Fulbright Program is among the 30-plus U.S.-government funded educational, professional, and cultural exchange programs that build people-to-people ties among Americans and Pakistanis.

The 2015 Fulbright competition is open to people from all provinces and areas of Pakistan. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. All disciplines are eligible, with the exception of the field of clinical medicine. Energy, water, and agriculture are priority disciplines, though the opportunity is open to other fields. More information about this program, as well as standardized testing and free educational advising services can be found on the USEFP website.

The U.S. Fulbright program in Pakistan is among the oldest worldwide. The governments of Pakistan and the United States signed an agreement to initiate the program on September 23, 1950. Within two years of its signing, the first Pakistanis and Americans traveled in both directions to begin their exchanges. It was one of the very first agreements of its kind; the Fulbright Program now operates in 150 countries around the world.

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