Successful Applicant 19 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 116 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 162, 155, 4 • BS Electrical Engineering from LUMS, CGPA 2.87 • Prospective Degree Program: Master’s in Technology Management • 27 Male • 3.5 years of work at a tech consultancy and a startup in business and engineering management roles • Community Services work at LUMS, TEDxLahore. Volunteered with Dev in Literacy. Taught in LUMS National Outreach program. TA for Computer programming courses. • Who wrote your reference letters? CEO of the startup I work at. VP of the company. And a LUMS...

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Successful Applicant 20 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 111 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA) 154, 152, 3.5 • 30 male • Undergraduate in Pharmacy from University of Karachi with CGPA 3.43 • Masters in Medical Biotechnology from United Kingdom with CGPA of 3 • Prospective Degree Program: PHD in Stem cells and regenerative medicine • 5 years of work experience • 7 research publications (international) • Reference letters were written by my University...

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Successful Applicant 21 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 105 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA) 315 • Undergraduate in Software Engineering from NUST with CGPA 3.15 • Prospective Degree Program: Masters in CS • 24, Female • 1 year of work experience • Head girl in school, 500 hours of community service, batch president at NUST, worked with PUAN, iEARN pakistan for community service projects, US Exchange program Alumni • Who wrote your reference letters? 1) Employer2) Final year project Adviser 3) Favorite teacher at...

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Successful Applicant 22 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 106 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA) 162, 150, 4.5 • Undergraduate Institution: SZABIST (BBA) • Undergraduate CGPA: 3.02 • Prospective Degree Program: Agribusiness • 27 Male • 4.5 Years – Media Planning, Tobacco and Agriculture Industry experience • Active member of campus societies. President of student council & Sports Society during BBA. • Alternate Candidate, also did my MBA with GPA 2.92 • Who wrote your reference letters? Current supervisor, ex-supervisor & Head of Student Affairs at...

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Successful Applicant 24 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score 103 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA) 148,148, 5.0 • B.Sc. (Honors) Psychology Forman Christian College • Undergraduate CGPA: 3.774 • Prospective Degree Program: Master Psychology • 25 – Female • 5 years of work experience • One paper published in the philosophy journal at FCCu • I was not too active during college, but I have served as the vice president of the International Affairs Society. Apart from this, I worked at Non-profit during my Undergraduate. • Who wrote your reference letters? 1 University Professor, 1 Employer, 1 University professor from...

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Successful Applicant 25 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 113 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA) 164, 158, 4 • Undergraduate Institution LUMS BSc Accounting & Finance • Undergraduate CGPA: 3.33 • Prospective Degree Program: MSc. Marketing • 23, Female • 1 year work experience at a startup as a social media manager • Who wrote your reference letters? Two instructors from LUMS, I had worked under one of the instructors as his TA. Another reference letter was from my manager who is a Fulbright...

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Successful Applicant 26 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 109 • GRE Score: 308 • BBA Honors from FAST with CGPA 3.52 • Prospective Degree Program MS Supply Chain • 25, female • 2 years of relevant work experience, I have handled procurement of several major categories. Since I am working for the market leader of the industry, I am procuring the biggest volumes in my buying categories • Wrote a thesis on cross cultural communication and presented it at MAJU • Head of Publications in student council, Headed several events at my university • I think that FB is now looking past the regular degrees it preferred earlier (such as MPA) and the most important thing in an application is to link it to development of Pakistan • Reference letters by my department director and two of my university...

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Successful Applicant 27 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 108 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 167,152,4 • Undergraduate: BS Mathematics/economics LUMS CGPA 3.31 • Prospective Degree Program: MS Applied Mathematics • Male • 2 years of work experience with no extra-curricular activites • 2 academic reference letters by teachers, 1 by boss

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Successful Applicant 14 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 112 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 147, 154, 4 • LLB from International Islamic University Islamabad – CGPA 3.9 • Prospective Degree Program PHD (Human Rights & Islamic Law) • 29 Female • LLM from International Islamic University Islamabad with CGPA 3.9 • Research Associate at IIUI, Gold Medalist (LL.B & LL.M) • 1 Conference Paper • Mooting (won the National Henry Dunant Moot Court Competition 2008 & and represented Pakistan at the Jean Pictet Competition in France 2009) and Sports (captain of the university Basket Ball and Volley Ball teams) • LOR by Professors and Employer (Faculty...

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Successful Applicant 13 Fulbright 2016

• 28 female • TOEFL Score: 101 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 152, 153, 3.5 • Undergraduate program in Doctor of veterinary medicine PMAS arid agriculture university Rawalpindi – CGPA 3.6 • Masters in epidemiology and public health from University of veterinary and animal sciences, Lahore – CGPA 3.88 • Prospective Degree Program: PHD in epidemiology public health with focus on wildlife • 1.5 years of work experience with 2 research publications • Extra-Curricular Activities include event management, dramatic club, sports, English story writing • Reference letters written by ex-employer, M.Phil supervisor and DVM...

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Successful Applicant 12 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 102 • 23 Female • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 159, 148, 3.5 • Undergraduate Institution: BBA NUST • Undergraduate CGPA: 3.30/4.00 • Prospective Degree Program: MSc in Marketing • 2 Internships (Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Limited- Marketing Intern, Abu-dawood Pakistan- Sales Intern) • Member of Pakistan Adventure Club, Executive Member of NUST Entrepreneurs Club, Executive Member of NUST Adventure Club, Worked for a Student-led Startup company during undergraduate studies • University Instructors wrote all three of my reference...

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Successful Applicant 11 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 106 • GRE: 320 (Q170, V150, AWA 3.5) • 24 Male • BS Electrical Engineering from UET Lahore – CGPA 3.28 • MS Energy Systems Engineering from NUST Islamabad – CGPA 3.7 • Prospective Program PhD Electrical Engineering (Smart Grid) • Worked as Resaerch Engineer at SysNet Research Lab at FAST-NU Islamabad for 2 years. Currently working as Research Assistant at AdCom Research Lab at LUMS. • 3 Conference Publications in the top two conferences in the area of Smart Grids • Co-founded a Student Welfare Society in my home town • 1 reference letter from Dr. Affan at SysNet Lab, 1 from NUST teacher, 1 from UET...

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Successful Applicant 10 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 109 • GRE Score: 153 Q, 153 V, 3.5 AWA • BBA Finance from IBA • CGPA: 3.63 • 24 Female • Prospective Program in Education Policy • Working for 1.5 Years at Teach For Pakistan • Extra-Curricular: Member at AIESEC for 1 year, Member Lions Clubs International • Reference letter by an Ex Fulbright Scholar and one by Visiting Faculty at IBA.

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Successful Applicant 9 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 119 • GRE Score: 326 (164 Q, 162 V, 6.0 AWA) • Undergraduate Institution: Forman Christian College • Undergraduate CGPA: 3.96 • Prospective Degree Program: Masters in Neuroscience • Age and Gender: 23 and female • Undergraduate Degree Program: BSc. (Hon.) Biotechnology and Psychology • 2 years part – time; freelance content writer for a student-run organization • Extra-Curricular: 3 years office bearer in FCC Model United Nations and organized 3 international conferences; 1 year as Media Manager for Senior Biology Society FCC and organized 1 international conference. • Reference letters: An ex – Fulbright scholar and former faculty member at FC, an assistant professor and professor (former Head of Department) both current faculty members at...

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Successful Applicant 8 Fulbright 2016

• 3.90 CGPA • 332 GRE • 23 year old male • Bachelors in Business Administration from IBA Karachi • Prospective degree in MS Data Science • 1 professional letter of recommendation from director of company, 2 academic references: 1 from a PhD in Math and 1 from a PhD candidate in Marketing • One year of work experience at a Business Process Outsourcing company. Plus experience in running own charity venture. • Extracurricular: Running a charity to fund children’s education as well as teaching in various programs as a Mathematics...

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Successful Applicant 7 Fulbright 2016

• 25, Female • 305 GRE • 3.56 GPA • BS Environmental Sciences from International Islamic University, Islamabad – IIUI • Prospective program: MS Water Resources • Work Experience: Founder and Chairperson of Nonprofit working for environmental development since 2012, Journalist (Columnist), Ex Bureau Chief Islamabad of an environmental magazine for 6 months, Secretary General of an association of green agricultural journalists since 2014, currently teach at a local school. • Extracurricular: Global Undergraduate Student Exchange Program’s Alumni; volunteered in clubs and societies, WWF-Pakistan (3years), Shifa hospital, and in USA during exchange program; won two awards for the work done by the nonprofit; 2 research papers pending for publication • Goal: To teach, contribute to research on water resources, and expand work in...

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Successful Applicant 6 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL: 104 • GRE: 312 (156 V, 151 Q, 5 AWA)(Retaking in December) • 26 Year Old female • CGPA: 4.00 • Previous education: M.Phil. (Dec, 2014) Biotechnology (Environmental Biotechnology concentration) from NIBGE, PIEAS. • Prospective Program: PhD in Environmental Sciences/Environmental engineering • 3 international (>3 IF) publications, 2 more just submitted. 1 conference presentation • Co-curricular roll of honor, certificate of distinction, and certificate of merit from GCUL • International representation for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Biotechnologist at universities in Bangladesh (2011) • Been working as a teacher at Beaconhouse School System since Jan 2015 but resigned in October 2015, internship at international center for chemical and biological sciences,...

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Successful Applicant 5 Fulbright 2016

• 319 GRE • 2.8 GPA • 28-year-old male • Undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering • Prospective program – MS in mechanical and automation engineering • Work experience includes five years at an automation-consulting firm as an engineer • Extracurricular involvement in a employee resource group, including one year as company of the company cricket team; set up social events, executive speaker series; also three years as a volunteer at a local girls science and technology program • Goal: To move into engineering consulting in the textile...

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Successful Applicant 4 Fulbright 2016

• 316 GRE • 3.9 CGPA • 23-year-old female • Undergraduate degree in economics from LUMS • Prospective program – MS in economics • No Work experience – only two internships in the banking sector. Work mainly involves clients in the government/public sector who issue bonds and agricultural loans. • Extracurricular involvement as a TA in university; also a volunteer mentor for A-levels students • Goal: To work at a top public firm that focuses on issues that involve the intersection of the private/public sectors and/or international...

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Successful Applicant 3 Fulbright 2016

• 298 GRE (Improving now) • 3.1 GPA (His last two semesters GPA was above 3.5) • 27 year old male • Undergraduate degree in business (Has decided not to disclose his undergraduate institution) • Prospective degree is Masters in Psychology • Work experience includes two years as a management trainee in consumer psychology for a local company • In first year, managed a field team of 50 people and gained a promotion • Now managing a 10 crore project for his firm – also interned at UN and UNICEF during his undergraduate program • Goal: To use the degree to go into social entrepreneurship • Extracurricular involvement includes volunteer work as a radio host with own...

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Successful Applicant 2 Fulbright 2016

• 307 GRE • 2.97 CGPA • 24 year old female • Undergraduate degree from FC College in Political science • Prospective Degree in Education Policy • 1 reference letter from her manager at the NGO, 1 academic letter from the head of the department at FC College and 1 letter from a community head of a minority group • One year of work experience working full-time for a renowned NGO in Lahore. Mostly worked on minority issues such as social and economic discrimination. • Extracurricular involvement representing her NGO at conferences, member of the local swimming team, independent project for a political party evaluating the election campaigns • Goal: To get the policy savvy to create a new kind of innovation consultancy capable of delivering a full range of education policy solutions – as a stand alone unit or which in a...

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Successful Applicant 1 Fulbright 2016

• 3.4 CGPA • 321 GRE • 25 year old male • Undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from NUST • Prospective degree in MS Power Electronics • 1 professional letter of recommendation from an ex-Fulbright scholar, 1 academic reference from a Stanford professor and another one from a public servant for his volunteer work. • Two years of work experience at an MNC in a technical role with 2 promotions in this time period. • Two years experience as a community head for the employees of the MNC • Extracurricular involvement as a volunteer in several Punjab government sponsored projects in healthcare and education. Volunteered to extensively collect data on gaps in the education system of...

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Best Novels to Read for GRE Preparation

Should you read novels to improve your GRE verbal section? Don’t if you plan to give the GRE within the next 2 to 3 months unless you spend hours every day just staring at a wall. However if you plan to sit the GRE exam after at least 6 months then reading novels can be beneficial.

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Best and Worst GRE Books to Prepare From in 2015

Every day I get many emails, texts, Facebook messages and visits to my office, loaded with queries related to which are the best books for GRE preparation for students in Pakistan. So I decided to write this post – although I do not think there is one single book that prepares you well for the GRE, however a combination of books can be used to ensure that you do decently on the GRE exam.

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Filled Out Sample Fulbright Application Form 2016

Many Fulbright Applicants in Pakistan ask me various queries regarding filling the Fulbright application form. I have posted a completely filled sample Fulbright application form for 2016 Fulbright application. Please note that I have scrambled the data in this form to keep it anonymous. The purpose of this form is to inform you on what type of information goes in what sections.

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2016 MBA Class Profile USA

Many students in Pakistan apply for a good MBA program in the US either directly or through the Fulbright program. Choosing the right MBA program can be a little challenging and sometimes students do not know what is exactly the kind of profile that is desirable for an MBA. This infographic will help you with your program search.

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Free IELTS Seminar

Register for an upcoming free seminar on IELTS. This 60-minute session – hosted by Brightlink Prep in collaboration with the Royal Linguistic academy is a terrific way to jump start your prep. The seminar will also cover the basics of IELTS, giving you a leg up in your preparation.

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Free TOEFL Seminar

Register for an upcoming free seminar on TOEFL. This 60-minute session – hosted by Brightlink Prep in collaboration with the Royal Linguistic academy is a terrific way to jump start your prep. The seminar will also cover the basics of TOEFL, giving you a leg up in your preparation.

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