The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) is thrilled to announce the opening of applications for the 2024 Fulbright Scholar program, a prestigious opportunity designed to foster cultural exchange and academic collaboration between the United States and Pakistan.
This program invites scholars, professionals, and artists to embark on a transformative journey, aiming to make a significant impact in their respective fields while building bridges of understanding between the two nations. Applicants for the Fulbright Scholar Program are required to have a well-prepared proposal outlining their research objectives and how their work can benefit the Pakistani community.
An Overview of Fulbright Scholar Program
The Fulbright Scholar Program 2024 is a fully funded initiative that caters to individuals interested in lectureship, post-doctoral research, or a blend of both. This program offers a platform for Ph.D. scholars to showcase their research prowess and contribute to their societies.
During the scholarship period, participants will conduct research at renowned U.S. colleges or universities, immersing themselves in an environment that encourages academic exploration and growth.
USEFP Fulbright Scholar Program – What to Expect
The Fulbright Scholar Program goes beyond academics; it’s about cross-cultural learning and engagement. Scholars are encouraged to immerse themselves in the U.S. culture and norms during their 12-month stay. This experience serves as a means to broaden horizons and enhance mutual understanding.
Upon returning to Pakistan, scholars are expected to integrate their newfound knowledge and experiences, contributing to their society’s growth. The program selects approximately 15 scholars each year, with 13 slots dedicated to faculty and early-stage researchers (2-7 years from completion of Ph.D.) and 2 slots for senior scholars (8-15 years from Ph.D. completion).
- Participating scholars receive a range of benefits, including research allowances, living stipends, airfare grants, and health insurance coverage.
- In addition, one fully funded dependent of the selected candidate can join them in the U.S., further enhancing the experience for scholars and their families.
- USEFP extends its support by aiding scholars in visa processing, ensuring a smooth transition to the U.S.
- The program is open to scholars, professionals, and artists from various fields, excluding clinical medicine.
- Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree in their relevant discipline, with at least two years of relevant experience.
- Candidates should be Pakistani citizens residing and working in Pakistan.
- Special emphasis is placed on encouraging women and disabled persons from specific regions to apply.
Applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program involves:
- Completing an online application via the official USEFP website at https://www.usefp.org and submitting the required materials
- Applicants are advised to thoroughly review the “Application Instructions” before filling out forms.
- A clear, well-structured proposal outlining the applicant’s objectives and expected outcomes is a key component.
- Also, having at least two invitation letters from U.S. universities is crucial.
The deadline for submitting applications is September 20, 2023.
Can candidates with dual US/Pakistani nationality apply for the Fulbright Scholar Program?
No, candidates with dual US/Pakistani nationality are not eligible to apply.
Are candidates with a US national spouse or child above 18 years eligible?
No, candidates with a US national spouse or child above 18 years cannot apply.
Can candidates who have been studying in the US for the last five years apply?
No, candidates who have been studying in the US or in a long-term program for the last five years cannot apply.
Are employees or dependents of USEFP eligible to apply?
No, employees and dependents of USEFP, are not eligible to apply. This also includes U.S. Department of State.
What is the significance of the Fulbright Scholar Program’s cultural exchange?
The Fulbright Scholar Program emphasizes cultural exchange as a means to broaden horizons and facilitate understanding between nations, fostering a diverse and interconnected global community.
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