The Fulbright Programme in Pakistan has started accepting applications for 2014.
The US government’s flagship scholarship programme awards full scholarships to deserving Pakistani students who wish to complete their Masters or PhD, in a field of their choice, in universities across the United States. These scholarships cover tuition fee, textbooks, airfare, a stipend and health insurance.
US Embassy Public Affairs Officer Kathryn Schalow said, “We are proud that Pakistan has the largest Fulbright programme in the world, and also one of the oldest. Our agreement initiating the programme was signed on September 23, 1950 – and the first Pakistanis and Americans travelled each way in the same year. It was one of the very first agreements of its kind and has since been extended to 155 countries around the world.”
The US Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) administers the Fulbright Programme. USEFP Executive Director Rita Akhtar encouraged students from all over Pakistan to take advantage of the Fulbright Programme in 2014.
In addition to approximately 200 students who will depart in the fall of 2013, 391 students currently study in the United States on Fulbright awards. This is one example of the US government’s long-term commitment to the education of Pakistanis, and to increasing mutual understanding between both countries.
Since USEFP’s inception more than 61 years ago, nearly 4,000 Pakistanis and more than 800 Americans have participated in exchange programmes administered by the USEFP.
Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and students from FATA, Balochistan, and all of Pakistan’s provinces are strongly encouraged to apply. All disciplines are eligible, with the exception of the field of clinical medicine. Applicants studying energy, water, and agricultural disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply. More information about this program, as well as standardised testing and free educational advising services can be found on the USEFP’s website, http://www.usefpakistan.org