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Fulbright Scholarship 2025: Fund Your Master’s or PhD Studies in the USA

Path to Success 06 Jun 2024 29 Views

The US Fulbright Scholarship is one of the most popular scholarships announced yearly. It enables Pakistani scholars to engage in academic exchange, strengthen cross-cultural connections, and contribute to Pakistan’s development when they return. This scholarship program is limited to master’s and doctoral studies. It covers all expenses for students selected for this scholarship program. The scholarship is a US Government initiative, fully funded by USAID.

Scholarships are available for master’s and PhD degrees in subjects other than clinical medicine. Many international students from 150 countries apply and are accepted for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program through this scholarship every year.

No. of scholarships: 150 scholarships

Host country: Selected applicant will continue their studies in the USA

Level of study: Master’s and PhD

Courses of study: For all courses except medicinal course

Host institutes: Universities in America

Top Universities Where Students Can Get Admission 

The following are the significant universities where Fulbrighters are sent for higher education:

No.Institutes All Time Scholars Produced 
1.Harvard University1,437
2.Yale University1,199
3.University of California, Berkeley996    
4.Columbia University986
5.University of Michigan-Ann Arbor931    
6.Princeton University      882    
7.University of Wisconsin-Madison802
8.Stanford University799
9.University of Chicago758
10.Brown University708

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Brief Description of Fulbright Scholarship

  • Students from Pakistan can be admitted to all fields except clinical medicine.
  • Online applications for Fulbright Master’s and Doctoral programs
  • The host country for the Fulbright Scholarship Programme 2024 is the United States of America.
  • Students can apply online to any accredited university in the United States.

Benefits/Expenses Covered By The US Scholarship

The grants from the US state cover nearly all of the expenses under the Fulbright scholarship, as follows:

  • Tuition fee
  • Textbooks and all other necessary study materials
  • Living expenses
  • Airfare
  • Stipend for living expenses.
  • Health Insurance

What are the Eligibility Criteria for Submitting a Fulbright Scholarship Application?

  • Pakistani nationals with solid educational backgrounds are eligible.
  • The applicant must be a permanent resident of Pakistan.
  • All study disciplines are welcome to apply except clinical medicine.
  • Applicants in energy, water, agriculture, health, education, social sciences, and the environment are encouraged to apply. 
  • Master’s programs require a bachelor’s degree, while PhD programs require a master’s degree.

For Masters.

  • Candidates for the master’s degree program must hold four-year bachelor’s degrees or have completed 16 years of education at an accredited university.
  • Fresh graduates are encouraged to apply, except MBS and Public Policy applicants, who must have two years of experience and a bachelor’s degree.

For Doctoral Degree

  • The applicant for the PhD degree program must have completed at least 18 years of formal education and hold a master’s or M.Phil degree from an accredited university.
  • The applicant must have prior experience in teaching, research, or the public sector in Pakistan.

Candidates Who Cannot Apply

  • Individuals with dual nationality are not eligible.
  • Persons with a sibling, child, or spouse who is a US citizen are not eligible.
  • Employees who have close relations (spouse, child, sibling, parent) with employees of the Fulbright organization are not eligible to apply.
  • People who have already received a Fulbright award for any degree are not eligible.
  • Individuals residing in any foreign country on a work or study visa are not eligible.

How To Apply For Fulbright Scholarship Program?

Applications are open for the Fulbright Scholarship 2024 program; an online application with references and required documents must be submitted by uploading the following documents along

  • Application form
  • Three reference letters
  • GRE Score report
  • Scanned educational transcripts along with an explanation of the grading scale of the university issuing the degree
  • HEC attested documents
  • The issuing authority must authorize educational degrees and transcripts at the time of application.

Documents Needed for PhD and Master’s Programmes

  • All fields are eligible for the master’s and PhD programs, except clinical medicine.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of at least 138 in the verbal and 136 in the quantitative sections
  • English spoken and written must be proficient.
  • The selected candidate must sign a contract committing them to serve Pakistan for at least two years and return home immediately after their US program.

Timeframe to Get an Interview Call:

Initial Review: USEFP usually takes a few months after the application deadline to complete the initial review and shortlist candidates for interviews.

Interview Notification: Shortlisted candidates are typically notified within 3-6 months after the application deadline. This period can vary based on the number of applications received and other administrative factors.

 

Interview Process:

  1. Number of Interviews: Generally, shortlisted candidates are required to attend a single interview.
  2. Interview Panel: The interview is conducted by a panel of American and Pakistani academics and professionals.
  3. Interview Focus: Questions usually revolve around the applicant’s academic background, proposed study/research plan, motivation for applying, and future plans after completing the Fulbright Scholarship Program.
  4. Duration: The interview typically lasts between 20 to 30 minutes.

Post-Interview:

  1. Selection Notification: Final selection notifications are generally made several weeks to a few months after the interview.
  2. Final Approval: Final approval is subject to obtaining a US visa and medical clearance.

General Tips:

Prepare Thoroughly: Be well-prepared to discuss your academic background, study/research plans, and how you intend to contribute to Pakistan’s development after the Fulbright experience.

Practice Common Questions: Practice answering common interview questions confidently and clearly.

Be Genuine: Authenticity and clarity of purpose are crucial.

For the most accurate and updated information, it is advisable to regularly check the official USEFP website and other official communication channels of the Fulbright Program in Pakistan.

Pakistani students have an excellent opportunity to study for their Master’s or PhD in the United States through the Fulbright Scholarship Program. It provides complete financial assistance and access to the nation’s best universities. The Fulbright Scholarship is well worth considering if you are a highly motivated Pakistani student with a solid academic background and a desire to support the advancement of your nation.

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