KARACHI, Feb 9: The Fulbright Programme in Pakistan, the largest in the world, is accepting applications for 2014, said US Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) sources here.
The US governments flagship scholarship programme awards deserving Pakistani students full scholarships covering tuition, textbooks, airfare, a stipend, and health insurance to complete their Master’s or PhD degrees, in a field of their choice, in universities across the United States. Pakistan has the largest Fulbright programme in the world, and also one of the oldest, they said. The agreement initiating the programme was signed on September 23, 1950 and the first Pakistanis and Americans travelled each way in the same year.
Since USEFP’s inception more than 61 years ago, nearly 4,000 Pakistanis and more than 800 Americans have participated in USEFP-administered exchange programmes. The Fulbright Programme is one of many US-government funded educational, professional, and cultural exchange programmes that build people-to-people ties among Americans and Pakistanis.
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 programme, as well as standardized testing and free educational advising services can be found on the USEFP website at www.usefpakistan.org . It was one of the very first agreements of its kind and has since been extended to 155 countries around the world. Students from all over Pakistan are encouraged to take advantage of the Fulbright Programme in 2014.
In addition to the approximately 200 candidates 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 governments long-term commitment to the education of Pakistanis, and to increase mutual understanding between both countries, said the official.