City reporterFriday, February 08, 2013 - Islamabad—The Fulbright Programme in Pakistan has started accepting applications for 2014 under which about 200 Pakistani talented, hard work and shinning students will be provided fully funded scholarships for their higher studies at different educational institutions of the Untied States.
The US government’s flagship scholarship programme awards deserving Pakistani students full scholarships covering tuition, textbooks, airfare, a stipend, and health insurance to complete their Master’s or Ph.D under this Fulbright Scholarships programme.
Addressing a press conference here at the office of USEFP, U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Kathryn Schalow said, “We are proud that Pakistan has the largest Fulbright programme in the world, and also one of the oldest.”
She said, “Our agreement initiating the programme was signed on September 23, 1950 - and the first Pakistanis and Americans traveled each way in the same year and it was one of the very first agreements of its kind and has since been extended to 155 countries around the world.”
Executive Director U.S. Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) Rita Akhtar said USEFP administered the Fulbright Programme. Rita Akhtar echoed Ms. Schalow’s sentiments and encouraged students from all over Pakistan to take advantage of the Fulbright Program in 2014.
She said in addition to the approximately 200 who will depart in the fall of 2013, there are 391 students currently study in the United States on Fulbright awards.
Rita Akhtar said this is one example of the U.S. government’s long-term commitment to the education of Pakistanis, and to increasing mutual understanding between both countries.
She said since USEFP’s inception more than 61 years ago, nearly 4,000 Pakistanis and more than 800 Americans have participated in USEFP-administered exchange programs.
The Fulbright Programme is one of many U.S.-government funded educational, professional, and cultural exchange programs that build people-to-people ties among Americans and Pakistanis, she added.
She said the scholars are being selected through an independent, transparent merit system and women, minorities, people with disabilities, and students from FATA, Balochistan, and all of Pakistan’s provinces are strongly encouraged to apply.
Rita said all disciplines are eligible, with the exception of the field of clinical medicine.
She said 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.