Steps to Apply for the Fulbright Program

Posted by on February 11, 2016 in Fulbright Scholarship | 50 comments

Written 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 11th 2016. The following serves as a preview of what you need to prepare.

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.

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 11th May 2016. In case you are unable to find a GRE test date before 11th May, you can take the earliest date available after the deadline and submit a copy of your registration slip with your application. 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.


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.

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. Envelope should also be signed and stamped across the seal. Online reference can also be submitted at

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.


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.


There is no application fee for the Fulbright program. Applications must be sent to the USEFP by postal mail at the address below – Online submissions are not an option. Optionally only references can be sent via email to

P.O Box 1128, Islamabad
Phone: (+9251) 8431300
Fax: (+9251) 8431555

Applications must be posted by or on 11th May 2016. Applications sent after 11th May will not be entertained. You will receive an email from the USEFP in June regarding the receipt of your application. Do not contact USEFP before June 1, 2016 to check whether your application has been received.


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?

GRE for Fulbright

When Should I Take the GRE for the Fulbright Scholarship?

Is GRE Subject Test Required for Fulbright Scholarship?

What is a Good GRE score for Fulbright Scholarship Pakistan?

What is the Average GRE scores of Pakistani Students?

Is TOEFL Required before the Fulbright Deadline?

Can I take GMAT for Fulbright Scholarship?

Can I give the GRE for Free?

GRE Test Preparation

What are the Best GRE Books to Prepare from?

What is it like to prepare and give the GRE Test?

How to I improve my GRE verbal basics?

How to prepare for the GRE Verbal Section?

Fulbright Scholars Profiles

What are the Profiles of Admitted Fulbright Scholars like?

Who were Admitted by the Fulbright Program last year?

Fulbright Evaluation Criteria Profiles

What is the Fulbright Evaluation Criteria?

What Trait should a Fulbright Applicant have?

How people get the Fulbright Scholarship?

Do Top Candidates Get Rejected By Fulbright?

What are my Chances of Getting the Fulbright Scholarship?

Does GPA matter for Fulbright Scholarship?

Fulbright Interview

What are the Most Important Fulbright Interview Questions?

Fulbright Interview Questions

Fulbright Pakistan Interview Experiences

Recommendation Letters and Resume for the Fulbright

How to Write a Fulbright Professional Recommendation Letter

Sample Work Recommendation Letter of a Pakistani Student

How to write a Resume for Fulbright Scholarship

How to Send Reference Letters to Fulbright?

Who Can Write Letters of Recommendation?

Sample Professional Letter of Recommendation of a Pakistani Applicant

What is a Poor Academic Recommendation Letter?

Reference or Recommendation Letter for Fulbright Scholarship

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?

Can I have a look at a Sample Personal Statement for Fulbright Scholarship?

Can I see a Sample Personal Statement of someone in the field of health sciences?

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

Sample Study Objectives for Fulbright Scholarship Pakistan

Another Sample Personal Statement for Fulbright Scholarship

How to explain low GPA in Personal Statement?

Writing a Personal statement for Fulbright Scholarship?

Miscellaneous Questions

How to Fill a Fulbright Application Form?

What is the Fulbright Offer letter, Contract and Bond like?

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

At Which Universities do Fulbright Grantees Study?

What fields are Eligible to apply for the Fulbright Scholarship?

What are the Advantages of Fulbright Scholarship?

What are the Disadvantages of Fulbright Scholarship?


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    Dear Talha,

    I intend to apply for PhD. Do I need to get my Matric and F.Sc degree attested from Relevaant boards?

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      no attestations needed in your case. Just send copies of your degrees and they will ask for attestations after you get selected.

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    And one more question on USEFP website it says
    “attach photocopies of transcripts including an explanation of grading scale of university issuing the degree. Most recent transcript must be attested by the issuing authority. ”

    Does that mean I have to only get my Masters degree attested by Univ. Registrar or getting Bachelors degree attested is must too?

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      MS only needs to be attested not BS

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    Do they accept IELTS?

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    11th May is the deadline. when should latest one appear for GRE to be on the safe side as well as have maximum time for preparation as well. My regards

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    Hi, I am interested in post-doc or fellowship program scholarship, can u please provide me information that how n when I can apply?
    Thanking You.

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    need fully funded scholarship in abroad …….i am from pakistan

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    i need contact details of talha.

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    i done B.Com but in bachelors my grade was C… CAN I apply in this situation for Masters.?

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    sir, i m in my last year of LLB. can i apply for llm this year?? if yes then what is the procedure to apply for full scholarship?

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    ye scholarships ks base py mil rhy r kb tak apply krty ???

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    Hi, I am an ACCA member. am I eligible to apply? Do i need more documents if I want to apply with ACCA?

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    Hi Mr. Talha, Could you please tell me the upcoming date fulbright scholarship? As the deadline has been passed.

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      Hello Abdul – InshAllah May 2017.

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    i want to get scholarship

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    sir I have done m.a in English literature as private and I have obtained 2nd class. can I eligible for m Phil program for fb scholarship plz sir guide me I want to study in m.Phil

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    hey.i want to apply fullbright schlorship for one year programe..when am going to apply?please tell me..

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      You can apply after Feb 2017 and before May 2017

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    Hi Talha. I am a mbbs doctor. How can i apply for masters and doctoral programmes and in which fields i can apply for?

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      Yes you can apply in any thing but clinical medicine

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        I Ve done my MIT any scholarship fr me?

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          You can check the Fulbright program above.

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    m doing m.phill chemsitry.. it will be cmpletedd in 2018.. can i apply for full bright scholarship in 2017?

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    Salam. I have to apply for MPhil scholarship in 2017 .when the schorship will be announced?

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    Salam…. I have to apply for M.phil Scholarship in 2017… how can i apply??

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    I want to apply for FLTA……plz guide me about GRE test…is it necessory…and reference letters….and lastly attestation..can it be through 19 or 20 scale govt servent ?

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      Attestations through HEC, No GRE needed.

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    asalamo alikum sir,
    i want to apply for phd in business management for 2018. i have recently done my MS with good GPA. plz guide me how i can apply for it and what will be the last date for applying ?

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      WS Saad – first take the GRE test and then apply next year in March when the applications open. Thanks

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    can anyone who does not have academic achievements get Fulbright scholarship?

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      Yes definitely

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        I have done bs in civil technology..I am eligible to apply

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    Bro I have done my BS(Physics) , then MS(Nuclear Engineering) bur I want to do PhD in Physics , can I be eligible.

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