Steps to apply for the 2018 Fulbright Program

Posted by on February 17, 2017 in Fulbright Pakistan | 36 comments

1) Online Application

To apply to Fulbright program you need to assemble a variety of materials to help the USEFP assess your qualifications. All materials must be submitted with your application by May 17th 2017. The following serves as a preview of what you need to prepare.

2) Transcript(s) and Degree(s)

All transcripts and degrees from a 4-year undergraduate degree or its equivalent – equivalent programs include international three-year bachelor programs, ACCA, or a 2 year Bachelor’s/2 year Masters degree. PhD applicants must also submit their MPhil or MS degrees and transcripts.

You can also apply while in your final year of undergraduate studies provided that you get your degree by December this year.

USEFP does not require transcripts or degrees attested by HEC – you could send your unofficial copies attested by the issuing authority (university registrar) from all universities that you have attended. Once admitted to the Fulbright program you will need to submit an official copy attested by HEC. If you have HEC attested documents already you can send those along with your application – attestation by issuing authority in that case is not required.

* The USEFP looks at your transcripts from a holistic perspective – not just your GPA. They take into account where you went for your education, the courses that you took and your performance in individual courses. They also account for the fact that different universities have different grading systems in Pakistan. There is no minimum GPA to apply, although most successful Fulbrighters have strong undergraduate records. Undergraduate academics are just one factor the Fulbright panel uses to evaluate a candidate.

3) GRE General Test

When submitting your application, you may report the unofficial GRE score given on the day of the test, or your official score if you have received it. Every applicant must request that ETS send an official score report directly to USEFP using the code 9388.

GRE general (international) test scores are required at the time of application. The deadline to submit your GRE scores is 17th May 2017. You MUST TAKE your GRE before 17th May. If you submit your application before 17th May and you have not taken your GRE by then, you must submit your GRE registration slip with your application. The date of GRE test must be before 17th May. A decent score for Engineering and Sciences on the GRE is 315+ and that for other fields is 310+.
GRE subject test is not required.

The minimum GRE score required to apply for the Fulbright is 138 for verbal and 136 for quantitative. But generally, accepted applicants have a GRE score in the upper percentiles. If you take the GRE test multiple times, you may report your best score, and Fulbright will only look at the scores that score.
TOEFL is NOT required at the time of the application submissions. You will have to take the TOEFL exam if you are called for an interview. IELTS is not acceptable.

4) Essays

There are two essays for the Fulbright application. Each essay must be written in the space provided in the application form, which approximates to 800 words. Don’t over craft your essays; just write in a clear language so that the Fulbright panel that doesn’t know your world can understand you better.
Before starting the essays you are going to need to figure out a marketing strategy for yourself. Successful applicants generally take 4-6 weeks writing and perfecting their essays. It takes long because it’s the strategizing and how you market yourself that takes a lot of brainstorming and revisions. Good essays are drafter 4-5 times at the minimum.

5) 3 Recommendation letters

You will need to have three recommendations submitted with your application by the application deadline. You can have 3 academic reference letters, OR 2 academic and 1 professional OR 2 professional and 1 academic. In other words, 1 academic reference letter is a must. Your referees need to fill the reference forms given in the application package and then sign, stamp and seal them in an envelope. Once you submit your online application your referees will be sent an online form via email. Your referees can submit the references either online or via mail at this address. Moreover REFERENCES MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE THE 17th MAY.

P.O Box 1128, Islamabad
Phone: (+9251) 8431300
Fax: (+9251) 8431555
E-mail: info@usefpakistan.org

There is no set formula for “who should write your references”. Sometimes it is also not possible to ask your employer to write your recommendation – USEFP does not want to jeopardize your current position for the application process. Just find people who know you well enough to answer them. It can be a former employer, teacher or researcher.

6) Resume

A current and most up-to-date resume should be added to the space provided on the application form. You do not need to have it in any special format. You can use whatever you would use to apply for a job.

7) Submit

There is no application fee for the Fulbright program. Applications must be sent to the USEFP Online.
Applications must be submitted online by or on 17th May 2017. Applications sent after 17th May will not be entertained.

8) Interview

After your written application has been submitted and reviewed, you may be invited to a panel interview. Interview decisions are made by mid-September and interviews are conducted in October. If you do not hear from USEFP by October it automatically implies that you have not been selected.

The interview is a positive indicator of selection, but is not a guarantee of admission. Interviews are scheduled in Islamabad at USEFP’s office. The format, timing or nature of the interview does not tell anything about your application or your candidacy.

Interviews are 15 to 30 minutes and are conducted by a panel of 4 people; two Pakistani Fulbrighters and two American employees of USEFP. You have to take your TOEFL registration slip with you on the day of the interview and it is not mandatory to have taken the TOEFL exam by the interview date.

Frequently Asked Questions?

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Sample Academic Letter of Recommendation of a Pakistani Applicant

Personal Statement and Study Objectives for the Fulbright

Can I see a Sample of Study Objectives of a Successful Fulbright candidate?

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What is the Difference between the Personal Statement & Study Objectives for the Fulbright Scholarship?

Sample Study Objectives for Fulbright Scholarship Pakistan

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Miscellaneous Questions

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I have not graduated yet, can I still apply for Fulbright?

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36 Comments

  1. I have been reading your Blog regularly and they have helped me a lot…However, I still need your guidance for my college application. Before I explain my queries let me tell you a little about myself.
    I recently appeared in GRE Exam and scored 310 (149 Verb and 161 Quant. 3 AWA). I plan to pursue my Graduate study in the subject of Civil Engineering. I graduated in 2012 from NUST (National University of Sciences and Technology) standing 3rd among 130 students with a CGPA 3.82 out of 4. Immediately after that I started working with NESPAK Pvt. Limited Engineering Consulting Company which is the only of its kind in Pakistan.
    I aim to apply through Fulbright and a bit reluctant to apply as have fear of rejection. Furthermore, people doing job soon feel their work banal and routine, work of zero importance. Thus, it makes even difficult to describe your work as a real piece of art in one’s personal statement. I just need your help to actually decide from where and I should start.

    I’ll be so grateful and undoubtedly you doing a great job.

    • Well main interest of FB is the impact that you are going to make on your return to PK. Focus on that and try to link it with the MS program and what you have already done before. I will advise you to call us at 0331-4513196 to discuss in detail

  2. Dear Talha Omer,

    Thank you for this amazingly helpful website. Your work is helping hundreds of Pakistani students each year.

    I wanted to seek your advice. I have received an admission offer from Cornell University for MPA 2017. I will not be able to afford it on my own. If I apply to Fulbright this year, can this admission offer from Cornell be used in my application and funding for it somehow received from Fulbright? Is there a way?

    Conversely, should I ask Cornell to somehow link my offer to Fulbright sponsorship? I can see a complication; since the offer I have received is for fall of this year while the Fulbright application will be for 2018 intake. What is your view/advice on this?

    Thank you,
    Zain

    • Thank you Zain 🙂 Nope this admission will not help you secure FB since FB has its own process of selection. The only hope is that you defer admission in cornell and then apply for FB and if you get FB you can then let them know about it

  3. Dear Talha,

    How to submit the attested transcripts and degrees for the fulbright application 2017? Can we submit the scan copies online or we have to send attested hard copies through TCS.

    • 2018 fulbright program*

    • Yes you can submit scanned copies.

  4. Dear Talha,

    There are two ways to submit the recommendation letters, my question is, can we sent the hard copies of the reference letters before submission of the online application?

    • Hello Qaisar – yes you can

      • My parents are going to USA on immigration visa… So i want to ask that is there any policy not to take above any child with u who is above 21?

        • Yes they cannot take any child above 21

  5. Hello,
    I am unable to find the TOEFL code for USEFP. Do I just have to upload my test report or sending the scores is necessary? In case it is is necessary what is the code for USEFP?

    • Hello Akif – 9388. Just uploading is fine as well.

  6. Hello Talha and thank you for this amazing website.

    I just needed to verify one small confusion that i had in mind.

    Do we only have to submit documents online? or do we also have to send in hard copies?

    Thanks once again.

    • Hello Fahad – you are most welcome 🙂
      Only online.

      • Great to hear that! and thanks for the prompt reply!

  7. Hi Talha Omer,

    Thank you for this amazing website and all your help.

    I’ll graduate in the spring semester 2019 (we get our results around August). When should I start preparing for my FB Application and when will I submit it?
    I don’t want to waste any time after my bachelors, I’d want to start with my masters degree right away so I just want to know till what month would I have to wait for an answer?
    Also can all the three Referees be my instructors?

    • Most welcome Hina. Well you cannot apply in 2018, you will have to apply in 2019 May and you will start your studies in Fall (August) 2020. In your case you will be wasting a year and a half after you graduate since you will not be eligible to apply in 2018.

      Thanks

  8. Hi, where can I find the list of ‘field of study’? Does it change every year?

    • Hey Kiran, It is the same for each year. You can apply in all fields except clinical medicine. Thanks

  9. Can I see my Fulbright application after submission?

  10. AOA, Sir has the emailing process for the rejection or interview call of Fulbright 2018 Started ?

    If so, it would be nice of you to create a separate Blog where 2018 applicants can communicate/share their experiences/Interview calls/Rejections etc in the comments section . Thanks.

    • WS Hamza, nope it will start inshAllah in September. Definitely I will 🙂

      • Okay, Thanks.

  11. Dear Talha Umer
    i have done Ph.D in Pashto Language and Literature in 2011 , now i want to do Post Doc, are there any Post doc scholarship,and is i am eligible ?

  12. Online application system seems to have saved up time… they’ve already started calling the applicants for interviews; Keep your fingers crossed people!

    • How do you know?

  13. Dear Talha, your blogs are of great help to all aspiring FB applicants.

    Since Interviews have already been conducted, it would be very kind of you if you could create a separate blog about this year’s interview experiences where applicants can communicate and share their experiences.

    Thanks. Stay blessed.

  14. Dear Talha,
    Is there any website to gauge the progress of the process.
    Are the interviews still in process or it’s all done?
    Till when one can be hopefull?

    • Hello Amman – FB interviews are now over. 🙁

      • When are the results expected, did anyone get a call?

        • Results will be given by early October

  15. When are the results expected, did anyone get a call?

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