The Fulbright Student Program (Master’s and Ph.D.) for 2025 represents an initiative to facilitate graduate studies within the United States.
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Supported by the United States Department of State, the Fulbright Student Program is designed to provide comprehensive financial aid, covering tuition fees, textbooks, airfare, living stipends, health insurance, and additional assistance in the visa application process.
Administered by the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP), the Fulbright Student Program targets Pakistani citizens seeking educational opportunities in various academic disciplines, excluding clinical medicine. Its overarching goal is to foster academic growth and knowledge exchange while encouraging candidates committed to contributing to Pakistan upon completion of their studies in the U.S.
Through a stringent yet inclusive eligibility criterion, the Fulbright Program strives to identify exceptional individuals with diverse educational backgrounds and experiences, ensuring a robust cohort of scholars prepared to make significant contributions to their fields and communities upon their return to Pakistan.
Benefits of the Fulbright Student Program
The following are the benefits of the Fulbright Student Program:
- Financial Coverage: Tuition, textbooks, airfare, living stipend, and health insurance
- Visa Assistance: Support with the visa application process.
- Academic Exposure: Access to diverse academic environments and research opportunities
- Commitment to Return: Encouragement to return and contribute to Pakistan
- Alumni Network: Access to a robust global network of Fulbright alumni
Fields of study
The fields of study offered by the Fulbright Student Program are:
Diverse Academic Fields:
- Arts and Humanities
- Social Sciences
Range of Disciplines:
- There are various specializations within each field
- Opportunities across a broad spectrum of academic subjects
- Clinical Medicine
Accredited U.S. universities:
- Available courses offered by recognized and accredited institutions in the United States
Eligibility Criteria for the Fulbright Student Program
To be eligible for the Fulbright Student Program, the applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria:
For the Master’s Program:
- Need a four-year bachelor’s degree or a bachelor’s and master’s combined (16 years of education).
- Recent graduates are encouraged to apply, but MBA and public policy/administration applicants need 2 years of work experience.
For PhD Program:
- Require a Master’s, M.Phil., or equivalent degree (18 years of education).
- Having teaching, research, or public sector experience in Pakistan is preferable.
- All applicants must take the GRE general exam.
Not Eligible If:
- Have dual U.S./Pakistan nationality.
- A family member (spouse, parent, or child over 18) is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- Currently working for Fulbright, the U.S. Department of State, USAID, or related family members
- Previously received a Fulbright award.
- Currently studying in the U.S. or on a work/residence/student visa in any country
- Application Form: Complete the provided form accurately.
- Three Reference Letters: Obtain letters from individuals who can vouch for your abilities and character.
- GRE Score Report: Submit your GRE General exam scores.
- Scanned Transcripts: Provide transcripts from your educational institution, including an explanation of the grading scale. Documents are preferably attested by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), but those attested by the issuing authority are acceptable during the application.
Make sure to submit your application before the specified deadline. For the current cycle, the deadline is February 28, 2024.
How do I apply?
To apply for the Fulbright Student Program, follow these steps:
Complete Application Package:
- Fill out the application form accurately.
- Obtain three reference letters from suitable individuals.
- Submit your GRE score report.
- Provide scanned transcripts from your educational institution.
- Ensure all documents are complete and meet the requirements.
- Preferably, have your documents attested by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). If not possible, attestation by the issuing authority is acceptable during the application.
- Submit your complete application package online through the designated application portal.
- Note that paper applications will not be accepted.
Double-check that all required documents and information are included in your online submission. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Ensure that you adhere to the instructions provided and submit all necessary documents through the online application portal before the deadline for consideration.
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