When it comes to the international scholarships, The Fulbright Scholarship for foreign students tops the list. There are plenty of attention grasping and grabbing programs that are offered here to build up positive relationship between US and other countries around the world.

Despite the fact that most of us only want to know the programs offered at Fulbright but we find is suffice enough to put light on what Fulbright scholarship is.

There are other scholarship programs available out there; like, DAAD, Commonwealth and Chevening Scholarships but amongst these Fulbright withholds dominant position.

It provides scholarship programs to international students from around the world along with US students, Scholars, Teachers, Scientists, Artists and Professionals. The name of the scholarship is named after a well-known scholar J. William Fulbright who in collaboration with the US government created opportunities for all who starve for higher education.

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The programs offered at Fulbright are best suited for the student belonging to developing countries, like Pakistan. Palpable is the fact that there are not much opportunities and resources available in developing countries, when it comes to attaining higher education. So, in such a situation the scholarship programs like Fulbright offer students a chance to pursue their education in the best US institutes.

Moving on to the Programs offered at Fulbright Scholarship Programs. The eligibility criteria and application process both are provided with every degree offered at the Fulbright Scholarship Program. Let’s have a look at the programs offered.

Fulbright Scholarship Programs – Which one will you go for?

As already mentioned, Fulbright provides scholarships not only to international students but also to the US Scholars along with institutions. The programs are divided into four categories which are sub-categorized into various programs.

Chiefly, the programs are accessible to US Scholars, Visiting Scholars and US Institutions, each one withholding list of various programs and awards under them. let’s have an overview over it.

Programs for U.S. Scholars

  • Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
  • Fulbright NEXUS Regional Scholar Program
  • Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards
  • Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminars
  • Fulbright Arctic Initiative
  • Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards
  • Fulbright Global Scholar Award

Programs for Visiting Scholars

  • Fulbright NEXUS Regional Scholar Program
  • Core Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program
  • Outreach Lecturing Fund
  • Fulbright Arctic Initiative
  • Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Programs

Programs for U.S. Institutions

  • Outreach Lecturing Fund
  • Afghanistan Junior Faculty Development Program
  • Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program
  • Faculty Development Programs
  • Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Program for Lebanon
  • Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Program for Egypt
  • Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq

There are some other programs available at Fulbright to bring a little more diversity into the scholarship program. These programs cater to extensive number of students belonging to various international platforms with purpose to create better terms with other countries and also to promote diversity overall.

Other Programs for International Students

  • Fulbright Student Program
  • Fulbright Teacher Exchange Programs
  • Fulbright Specialist Program
  • Fulbright-Hays Program

Taking Pakistani students and scholars into an account there are you can opt for any degree program in the US relating field of your choice excluding clinical programs.

There are three kinds of Programs for which Pakistani students or scholars can apply; Fulbright Degree Program and Fulbright Scholar Program. All three programs are extremely helpful and fund students in many ways, however, each program has its own criteria of selection which is quite imperative to put under limelight.

Fulbright Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

As mentioned above, Pakistani students can apply for Degree and Scholar programs under Fulbright Scholarship. The criteria for both the programs are not so extensive and the official Fulbright website provides a detailed information on important facts needed to apply for respective degrees that you want to apply for. However, overall criteria for both programs is presented below.

  • Fulbright Degree Program Pakistan

Apply for Master or PhD degrees under this program relating all fields except clinical medicine. The applicant must have a strong educational and academic history, along with having a Pakistani nationality, residence and who also works in Pakistan.

The selected person is expected to share the information on their culture with the colleagues or people belonging to U.S. or other nationalities. Moreover, upon their return the selected applicant must share their experience with colleagues in Pakistan, in hopes to bring positive light on both cultures.

  • Fulbright Scholar Program Pakistan

If you want to apply for post-doctorate research, lectureship or both then this is where you should explore. However, all students belonging to any field are welcomed here except for a medical student. Moreover the aim and objective of this program is same as the Degree program; the selected person should share his own culture with US and must also put light on the international experience with colleagues in native country.

Remember, every applicant must either possess Ph.D. or terminal degree in the respective field with a substantial command over written and spoken English along with a well-formulated proposal about the things they want to accomplish.

U.S. Universities Producing Top Fulbright Scholars – The Universities to Consider

Fulbright Scholarship top producer

Although, it is quite important to know the programs and details on eligibility for the degrees that are offered at Fulbright but what also strikes a person’s mind is which universities he/she can apply in. According to the Fulbright official site in the year 2016-2017, there are various universities that passed out top Fulbright scholars. So, while you are applying for Fulbright Scholarship, take the following mentioned universities under account to make them your host universities. However, the list caries the name of only 20 universities out of many credible universities that in collaboration with Fulbright Scholarship provides seats to international students.

  • University of Florida
  • Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • University of Southern California
  • Michigan State University
  • Purdue University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Cornel University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Washington
  • Western Michigan University
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Salem state University
  • James Madison University
  • Jacksonville State University
  • San Jose State University

There is no question about the diversity and depth that The Fulbright Scholarship puts in plate for students and scholars alike.

It is a go to place for many bright and intellectual students and especially for those who dream big. So, if you are one of them then you should surely apply for the scholarship and see how your educational and professional life changes.

Be Bright, be brilliant and apply for Fulbright Scholarship Program. Good Luck!

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