The Fulbright Master's and PhD Program finances postgraduate studies in America. These grants, provided by the US Department of State, cover tuition, books, airfare, living expenses, and health insurance. USEFP also helps with visa procedures.
To qualify for the Master's program, applicants must hold a four-year Bachelor's degree or a Bachelor's and Master's degree from an accredited university, totaling 16 years of education. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply, with the exception of MBA and Public Policy/Administration applicants, who need 2 years of work experience.
All successful candidates are required to sign a contract with USEFP and, for successful PhD 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.
- University: USA Universities
- Degree level: Masters, PhD
- Scholarship coverage: Fully Funded
- Eligible nationality: International
- Award country: United States
- Deadline: 12 April 2023
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Applications are received annually between January and February, with a submission deadline of approximately April or May. The review and interview process for applications runs through September, and the results are announced in mid-October. Upon selection, the process of submitting and placing candidates in universities continues until February. Visa interviews take place until June, and departure to the United States begins in July and can extend beyond, depending on the universities' reporting dates.
Individuals with a strong academic background, who are Pakistani citizens residing in Pakistan and committed to returning and serving their country, are encouraged to apply for the program. All fields are eligible except for clinical medicine, with particular emphasis on energy, water, agriculture, health, education, environment, and climate change.
To be eligible for the Master's program, applicants must hold a four-year Bachelor's degree or a combination of Bachelor's and Master's degrees, totaling 16 years of formal education from a recognized university. For the PhD program, candidates should have a Master's, M.Phil, or comparable degree (equivalent to 18 years of formal education) from an accredited institution.
Applicants must be prepared to undertake the program without dependents if necessary.
The following individuals are ineligible for the program:
- Those who hold dual U.S./Pakistan nationality, or who have a spouse, parent, sibling, or child over 18 years old who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- Employees of the Fulbright organization, the U.S. Department of State, or USAID, as well as their spouses, children, fiancés, siblings, dependents, and parents.
- Individuals who have previously received a Fulbright award for any degree program.
- Persons who are currently studying in the U.S. or holding a work/residence/student visa in any country.
How to apply
- To apply for the program, interested individuals can access the application form at https://www.usefp.org/scholarships/fulbright-degree.cfm.
- Applicants are required to submit three reference letters, a GRE score report, and scanned transcripts that include an explanation of the grading scale used by the university that issued the degree. While HEC-attested documents are preferred, the application will also accept degree and transcripts attested by the issuing authority.
It is essential to submit a complete application with all references and supporting documents uploaded online. Paper applications will not be accepted, and incomplete applications will not be considered