US launches world’s largest Fulbright programme for Pakistanis

US launches world’s largest Fulbright programme for PakistanisISLAMABAD: The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) announced the world’s largest Fulbright Programme in Pakistan for 2013.

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 degrees in a field of their choice in universities across the United States.Kicking off the 2013 Fulbright season, deputy chief of the mission Ambassador Richard Hoagland, stated, “We are proud that Pakistan has the largest Fulbright program in the world, and also one of the oldest. Our agreement initiating the programme was signed on September 23, 1950 – and the first Pakistanis and Americans traveled each way in the same year. It was one of the very first agreements of its kind and has since been extended to 155 countries around the world.”

USEFP Executive Director Rita Akhtar echoed Ambassador Hoagland’s sentiments and encouraged students from all over Pakistan to take advantage of the Fulbright Programme in 2013.In addition to the approximately 200 who will depart in the fall of 2012, 369 students currently study in the United States on Fulbright awards.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 just 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 and those studying energy, water, and agricultural disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply. –  Dailytimes