Fulbright is the flagship scholarship program of the U.S. Department of State. Fulbright Awards are offered in 160 countries in the world. Since 2005, Pakistan has had the largest Fulbright Program in the world due to generous funding from the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan.
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan is also collaborating with Fulbright Program to fund 25 PhD scholarships each year for the next five years. These awards will be administered under Fulbright policies and regulations.
- Level of Study: MSc | PhD
- Institution(s): Fulbright
- Host country: USA
- Reward: Fully funded
- Deadline: 11th May 2022
- Pakistani citizens with strong academic histories, residing (throughout the process) in Pakistan and committed to returning and serving Pakistan are welcome to apply.
- All disciplines are eligible except clinical medicine. All disciplines except for clinical medicine are eligible to apply. Applicants are especially encouraged in the fields of Energy, Water, Agriculture, Public Health, Education, Social Sciences, Journalism and Mass Communication, Arts and Culture Management including Heritage Conservation and Museum Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Science/Studies, Security/Peace Studies, and Data Science.
- Eligible Master’s applicants will have a four-year Bachelor’s degree or a Bachelor’s and Master’s combination (16 years of formal education) and PhD applicants will have Master’s, M.Phil., or a comparable degree (18 years of formal education) from an accredited university.
- Applicants should be prepared to complete grants without accompanying dependents, if need be.
- The Graduate Record Examination (GRE General) is required for all applicants. Under the new scoring system, minimum scores of 138 in the verbal and 136 in the quantitative sections are required.
- Applicants must also possess a high level of fluency in spoken and written English. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) will be required from all the selected candidates.
- 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.
- Note: TOEFL is not mandatory with the application. Only selected candidates will be required to take the TOEFL.
- Persons with a dual U.S./Pakistan nationality or those having a spouse, parent, siblings or child over 18 years of age who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- Employees of the Fulbright organization, the U.S. Department of State, or USAID and their spouses, children, fiancés, siblings, dependents, and parents.
- People who have already availed one Fulbright award for any degree program.
- Persons already studying in the U.S. or on a work/residence/student visa in any country.
In 2023, USEFP hopes to award 150 Fulbright scholarships.
- The grant funds tuition
- a living stipend
- health insurance
- visa fees
- a computer and settling-in allowance.
Fulbright awards enable grantees to live at the same standard as most American graduate students.
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A complete application package includes:
- An application form
- Three reference letters
- GRE score report
- Scanned transcripts, including an explanation of the grading scale of the university issuing the degree should be uploaded. Please note that HEC-attested documents are preferable with the application but degree and transcripts attested by the issuing authority will be acceptable at the time of application.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. An application with references and required supporting documents must be submitted online. Please note that paper applications will not be accepted.
Selection process has four stages:
Round 1: All applications are screened for completeness and minimum qualifications.
Round 2: Complete applications that meet the minimum qualifications are evaluated according to a set of established criteria and shortlisted.
Round 3: In-person or virtual interviews of short-listed applicants take place between July and September. The interview panels are made up of both U.S. and Pakistani citizens.
Round 4: Final candidates and alternates are selected in October. Applicants who have become finalists or alternates will be notified by e-mail and official acceptance letter. Those who do not get selected are notified only by mail.
Final approval is given by the Foreign Scholarship Board in Washington, D.C.
How to apply
Read all of the application instructions carefully before beginning the application.
Applications must be submitted online on or before May 11, 2022.