Islamabad, April 24, 2015 (PPI-OT): The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) has announced to extend the application deadline for the 2016 Fulbright Masters and PhD program to June 1, 2015. According to a press statement issued by the USEFP on Friday, this extension will allow more eligible applicants, from all regions and backgrounds in Pakistan, to apply for the prestigious scholarship. USEFP strongly encourages current university faculty, who do not have PhD degrees, to apply for the PhD program.
Applicants who were unsuccessful previously are also encouraged. The extension also means that candidates who had difficulty in registering for the GRE exam now have the time to do so. In all, more than 150 scholarships will be awarded to study at the best universities in USA.
In addition to the 183 students who have departed for the United States in the fall of 2015, 390 students from Pakistan currently study in the United States on Fulbright awards. The Fulbright Scholarship Program is an example of the long-term commitment by the U.S. government to the education of Pakistanis and to increasing mutual understanding between both countries.
Each year the U.S. government sent more than 700 students to academic exchange programs and another 500 professionals to shorter, work-related programs in the United States. Since the inception of USEFP more than 64 years ago, over 5,000 Pakistanis have gone on USEFP-administered exchange programs to the United States. The Fulbright Program is among the 30-plus U.S.-government funded educational, professional, and cultural exchange programs that build people-to-people ties among Americans and Pakistanis.
The 2016 Fulbright competition is open to people from all provinces and areas of Pakistan. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. All disciplines are eligible, with the exception of the field of clinical medicine. Energy, water, health, education and agriculture are priority disciplines, though the opportunity is open to other fields. More information about this program, including application form and instructions, can be found at www.usefpakistan.org.
The U.S. Fulbright program in Pakistan is among the oldest worldwide. The governments of Pakistan and the United States signed an agreement to initiate the program on September 23, 1950. Within two years of its signing, the first Pakistanis and Americans travelled in both directions to begin their exchanges.
It was one of the very first agreements of its kind; the Fulbright Program now operates in 150 countries around the world. USEFP also operates Prometric Testing Centers and offers free educational advising services at its centers in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi.
For more information, contact:
United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP)
P.O Box 1128, Islamabad
Phone: (+9251) 8431300
Fax: (+9251) 8431555