Despite strained ties and mutual mistrust, the US on Friday announced the Fulbright Award to study for a Master’s or PhD in the US for 2013.
People having 16 years of education are eligible to apply for Master’s while those with 18 years of formal education are eligible to apply for the PhD award. The deadline to apply is May 16.
The US government’s flagship scholarship programme covers tuition, textbooks, airfare, a stipend, and health insurance. The programme in Pakistan is the biggest in the world.
The students are allowed to complete their Master’s or PhD degrees in a field of their choice in universities across the United States, said a handout issued by the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP). However, some students in the past have complained of not being alloted universities of their choice despite getting admissions due to financial constraints.
Kicking off the 2013 Fulbright season, Deputy Chief of Mission Richard Hoagland said, “We are proud that Pakistan has the largest Fulbright programme in the world, and also one of the oldest.”
There are 369 students currently studying in the United States on Fulbright awards and about 200 more will leave for the US in the fall of 2012.
More information about the programme can be found on the USEFP website at www.usefpakistan.org.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 11th, 2012.