Advantages of Fulbright Scholarship Pakistan
Yes, scholarship is important. It helps make education free for the deserving. Moreover in Pakistan where many deserving students do not get the opportunity to go abroad to a progressive country like U.S., a scholarship is the only means to the achieve that end. Therefore I decided to help you guys by explaining to you all the advantages of Fulbright Scholarship Pakistan.
When it comes to studying in America there is a great deal of hype around scholarships especially Fulbright Scholarship for Pakistani students. However, I have come to realize that many of the students in Pakistan don’t quite research deeply before choosing it. They do not explore many other opportunities that the U.S. presents before them other than, as I say, one of the ‘best’ scholarships around – the Fulbright Scholarship for Pakistan.
Choose the right scholarship or funding opportunity and it will create the most glorious experience for you at the university.
Choose the wrong one and it will create tear-inducing experience that will cause you to bang your head against the wall.
When I was studying in United States, I met several Fulbright scholars from Pakistan studying in different universities across America. To my surprise some of them were not happy with the Fulbright, whereas many were content. During my interactions with them I learned a lot about their Fulbright experiences and thought it would be helpful to share these experiences with future Pakistani Fulbright applicants like you.
On a daily basis I receive a lot of questions revolving around the advantages of Fulbright Scholarship Pakistan. Earlier I wrote an article that answers many questions about the Fulbright program in Pakistan. Today my main focus will be to help prospective Fulbright students decide whether or not the Fulbright Scholarship in Pakistan suits their career goals and ambitions.
I will shed light on the benefits of the Fulbright funding for Pakistani students and hope that by the end you will be able to base your decision on rationale rather a blinded one. In another post, I have also put some lime light on the negative aspects of the Fulbright program.
Advantages of Fulbright Scholarship Pakistan
Fulbright Scholarship is one the most financially beneficial scholarships to study in the U.S. for students from Pakistan. There are numerous monetary benefits of Fulbright Scholarship Pakistan such as the following:
100% tuition waiver
Under the Fulbright Scholarship program for Pakistan, every admitted Pakistani applicant gets a full tuition waiver i.e. they attend the entire degree program for free.
One return air ticket between U.S. and Pakistan
The Fulbright organization in Pakistan pays for and arranges the two way international travel of every student from Pakistan and back. So you do not have to worry about arranging a flight and scheduling it for the right time – all of this is taken care of by the Fulbright body Pakistan.
Sufficient monthly allowance for living & food
The Fulbright Scholarship Pakistan provides a monthly stipend based on the cost of living in the location of your university. Since every state and the corresponding university has different cost of living, therefore the allowance varies. For example someone studying in New York will get a larger allowance than someone in Texas – since NY is a very expensive place to live. But this stipend is sufficient to cover the living expenses of an individual student.
Free health, accidental and sickness insurance
One of the benefits of the Fulbright grant in Pakistan is the health coverage for accidents and sickness. Health and medical is extremely expensive in the U.S., hence having a fully covered and paid for heath benefits is one of the great advantages of Fulbright program for Pakistani’s.
Initial setup and relocation allowance
As part of the Fulbright fund every successful applicant gets a onetime allowance to help cover the cost of finding housing and buying items needed to set it up after arriving in the U.S. This amount of money is sufficient to buy all the necessary things needed to live comfortably.
Books, Stationary and Research Allowance
This allowance is used to purchase semester books, stationary supplies, educational materials and a computer or its accessories. Again the amount varies per program and host university.
Language study programs
English language training is compulsory for all Fulbright students in Pakistan and it is provided under the pre-academic programs. This has to be taken by every Pakistani Fulbright students irrespective of the fact that they have given the TOEFL exam.
It takes place just before Pakistan Fulbright students begin their academic programs in the U.S.; its focuses on language and communication skills especially in the academic setting. This provides Pakistani students a lot of assistance to succeed in their graduate programs. This program includes a bunch of activities and topics such as instructional seminars, research sessions, and academic writing.
Pre-departure and in-country orientations
As a Fulbright student from Pakistan you do not need to worry about getting your questions answered regarding America and its life. Fulbright does that for you so that when you reach U.S. you are already aware of a lot of things about this country.
Two major orientations are held by the Fulbright organisation for Pakistani’s – one on the day of departure from Pakistan and the other one on the day of arrival to U.S. These sessions mainly focus on a brief overview and description of the Fulbright Program for Pakistan – their legal rights and responsibilities as International students.
These seminars also introduce Pakistani students to the U.S. academic system and culture. Such orientations are very beneficial to us in Pakistan since they provide an early opportunity for Fulbright students to learn about U.S.
Once in the U.S., Pakistani students also attend social events so that they can introduce and mingle with the Americans. Special field trips are also organised as part of this awareness program for free.
Visa assistance and Fee
Although you have to submit your forms yourself in order to apply for the visa, the Fulbright does provide visa guidance and counseling to Pakistani Fulbright applicants for free. Also there is no cost for applying for a visa and that is waived off for all Fulbright applicants in Pakistan. Unless there is a genuine security clearance issues, generally I have seen Fulbright students from Pakistan get their U.S. J-1 visa easily.
To apply for Fulbright or get more information please visit the official website of Fulbright Pakistan.