Fulbright Advanced Degree Awards 2012: Study for a Master’s or Ph.D. in the United States
These awards fund graduate study in the United States for a Master’s or Ph.D. degree program. The programs are funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
For the Master’s 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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. candidates have work experience in teaching, research, or the public sector in Pakistan.
Which academic disciplines are eligible?
For both the Master’s and Ph.D. programs, all academic disciplines are eligible, except clinical medicine. Priority fields for the 2012 Fulbright advanced degree programs are:
- Energy (all aspects including energy sciences, energy technology, policy, mining of indigenous gas, petroleum and coal resources, hydro-electric power, alternate energy resources, energy conservation, etc.)
- Water (all aspects including hydrology, agricultural hydrology, surface hydrology, hydrogeology, drainage basin management, water quality, water resource management, effects of climate change on hydrology, etc.)
Who is eligible for these scholarships?
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.
When will the program begin?
Fall of 2012.
What do the grants fund?
The grants fund tuition, required textbooks, airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance. USEFP also assists with the visa process.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all applicants. A minimum score of 300 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. Applicants will be required to bring proof of TOEFL registration with them to the interview if they are short-listed.
All successful candidates are required to sign a contract with USEFP and, for successful Ph.D. 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.
Who is ineligible?
- Persons with a dual U.S./Pakistan nationality or those having a spouse, parent, fiance 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, fiances, siblings, dependents, children and parents.
- For programs funded by their agencies, employees of USAID or the HEC and their spouses, fiances, 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.
How do I apply?
For more information and to download an application form, visit www.usefpakistan.org. A complete application package includes application form, three reference letters, GRE score report and photocopies of transcripts including an explanation of grading scale of university issuing the degree. Most recent transcript must be attested by the issuing authority or the Higher Education Commission (HEC). Incomplete applications will not be considered. Original application with references and attested copies of supporting documentation along with one additional copy of the complete application must be received by the deadline at P.O. Box No. 1128, Islamabad before 04:30 pm. Please note that you cannot send application through courier to a P.O. Box address.
Application deadline for this award is May 18, 2011.
Women, minorities and persons from FATA, Gilgit/Baltistan and other remote areas, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
For further information, you may please contact:
The United States Educational Foundation (USEFP)
Telephone: +92 (051) 8431300
E-mail: info (at) usefpakistan (dot) org