USEFP Kicks Off 2020-2021 Fulbright Scholarship Program in Pakistan

Published Feb 27, 2020

United States Education Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) has opened its applications for the Fulbright 2020-2021 Masters and Ph.D. program. The application deadline is May 13, 2020. The scholarship pays for the following:

  1. 100% tuition fee
  2. Cost of books
  3. Free air travel
  4. TOEFL test fee
  5. Health insurance
  6. Visa fee
  7. Monthly stipend
  8. No money for dependents

150 Scholarships will be awarded in 2021 of which 50% will be for females, 30% for Ph.D. and 40% for Engineers.

How long is the application process?

  1. Between May and August 2020, all applications will be thoroughly reviewed.
  2. In August 2020, qualified applicants will be called for an interview to Islamabad.
  3. Interviews will be conducted in September 2020.
  4. In October 2020, selected applicants will be notified of their final acceptance.
  5. Between November 2020 and March 2021, applicants will apply for admissions with the help of their IIE admissions officers.
  6. From March 2021 to April 2021, applicants will accept their admissions offer and apply for the visa.
  7. The Visa process will end by June 2021 and applicants will leave for U.S. in July/August 2021.

Final successful applicants who are notified by an e-mail and by mail. Those who do not get selected are notified only by mail.

Eligibility Criteria

  • For the Master’s degree program, eligible candidates must have at least 16 years of formal education from an HEC recognized university. Fresh graduates can also apply except for MBA and Public Policy/Administration, which require at least 2 years of full-time professional work experience. For the MBA program, it is generally advisable that applicants should have 3-5 years of average work experience since most MBA programs require that much work experience.

    You can apply if you have a 3-year Bachelor’s degree, a 3-year ACCA degree or a one year Masters or M.Phil. degree. If you are still studying or haven’t received your degree or final transcript, you can apply as long as you can provide the final transcript by December 2020.

    For the Ph.D. program, a minimum of 18 years of education is mandatory. This is an odd requirement since many programs in the US accept students with 16 years of education in their Ph.D. programs. Whereas Fulbright only accepts applicants with 18 years of education.For Ph.D. programs, it is recommended that applicants have decent teaching and research experience. A few publications are also an added advantage for Ph.D. applicants. For those who are still doing their MPhil or are yet to receive their MPhil degrees and final transcripts can also apply if they can get their final degrees before December 2020. You cannot apply for Masters leading to Ph.D. You can apply for one degree only, either a Masters or Ph.D.
  • All academic disciplines are eligible to apply for the Fulbright except clinical medicine. MBBS students can apply for any non-clinical program such as Public Health. Some fields are given priority in selection such as Agriculture, Education, Public Health, Urban and Regional Planning, Arts and Culture Management, Environmental Science, Security/Peace Studies, Data Science/Analytics, Energy, Water, Social Sciences, Journalism and Mass Communication.

    Priority only implies that if Fulbright finds a competitive applicant in one of these areas then his or her application will take precedence over others. Some students would deliberately mold their application to apply in one of these areas so that they have a higher chance of getting selected. This will go against them if they do not have a convincing reason to apply in that field. So, we would warn you against pursuing fields that are not your natural career paths.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE General) is required for all applicants. GRE Subject Test is not required. Even business applicants should take the general GRE. If selected, they may be asked to take the GMAT. A minimum score of 136 in Maths and 138 in English is mandatory for the application. However, meeting the minimum score requirement is no guarantee of getting the Fulbright scholarship. GRE scores of most of the accepted applicants are averaging around 156 in Maths and 155 in English.

    The GRE must be taken before the application deadline. Taking the GRE after the application deadline will disqualify your application. If you don’t have your score report by the deadline you should upload the proof of your registration with the application showing that you took the exam before the deadline.Your GRE test fee will be refunded if you currently study or teach at a public university. To be eligible for the waiver, you should score at least 290 if you are an applicant from humanities and social science subjects or at least 300 if you are an applicant from an engineering and science subject. Just attach a request for reimbursement of the GRE cost with your application. Note that only 30 applicants are reimbursed on a first-come, first-served basis – so try to submit your application early. The USEFP code for sending your GRE score is 9388.
  • TOEFL is not required with the application. However, once called for the interview you will have to register for the TOEFL.
  • You must be a Pakistani citizen. Dual Pakistani/Non-US nationals can also apply.
  • People with disabilities and/or belonging to underprivileged areas such as FATA and/or Baluchistan are also encouraged to apply.

All successful candidates are required to sign a contract with USEFP and, for successful Ph.D. candidates, a bond with the HEC that binds them to return to Pakistan within 30 days of their program completion. Upon returning to Pakistan, applicants should serve Pakistan for two years after a Master’s degree and for 5 years after a Ph.D. degree. If you wish to stay in the U.S. then you must pay the USEFP, the full amount spent on you.

Ineligibility

  1. Persons with a dual U.S./Pakistan nationality or those having a spouse, parent, fiancé or child over 18 years of age who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Employees of the Fulbright organization or the U.S. Department of State and their spouses, fiancés, siblings, dependents, children, and parents. For programs funded by their agencies, employees of USAID or the HEC and their spouses, fiancés, siblings, dependents, children, and parents.
  3. Persons already studying in the U.S. or on a work/residence visa in any country.
  4. Applicants with a U.S. education in the past 5 years

Students who have not previously received a Fulbright grant are given preference; though a lot of UGRAD and other USAID funded scholars do end up getting the Fulbright scholarship. Moreover, students who have not previously studied abroad are also given preference. However, 5-10% of students do get the Fulbright scholarship despite having a degree from outside of Pakistan.

How to apply

A complete application package includes:

  1. In order to apply, you must fill the online application form and attach all the supporting documents online by May 13, 2020.
  2. Scanned transcripts, including an explanation of the grading scale of the university issuing the degree, should be uploaded as well. Please note that HEC-attested documents are preferable with the application, but degree and transcripts attested by the issuing authority will be accepted at the time of application.
  3. When you submit your application online, an auto-generated email is sent to your referee asking for your recommendation letter. He/she has the option to submit the letter online or send the paper copy through courier at the below address before May 13, 2020.

USEFP, Street 17, F-6/2, Islamabad, Pakistan

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Mohiqab Hayat
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Mohiqab Hayat

Dear Talha
Could you guide, what should we write in Fulbright application in section of “Personal Financial Information”. If we don’t have much personal funds.
Secondly, could I provide for my wife from the Fulbright stipend? Is this stipend sufficient enough? and Is this okay to write this in application form.

Regards
Mohiqab

aisha nawaz
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aisha nawaz

hi talha. i just want to know could i apply for ph.D in microbiology. please help me

Humaira
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Humaira

hi mr Talha today i have seen this site,but unfortunitly now i m late for applying tihs scholarship because date have been expired, so what can i do??i want to apply..

m akbar
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m akbar

AOA.dear i belong to mohmand agency.i hve recently completed BS MICROBIOLOGY.how can i get scholarship for M.Phil.i am weak financially.plz guide me.thanks

Muhammad Haleem
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Muhammad Haleem

Assalam o alikum

thanks for your guidance and helping the people.
i m a student of final year of BE and it will completed in Dec 2013.i want to know that can i apply for Fulbright program.

hussain
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hussain

sir, how can i attest my b.sc degree from HEC? how long does it takes as i am in islamabad now?
secondly, if my university will give me my degree and transcript after the Fulbright deadline, what documents then i will need in place off my degree?
I really appreciate the help you are giving us ,thank you .

Walle
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Walle

Sir i need to know can IELTS score work instead of TOFEL ? What is a good score of GRE for wining full bright ??

Ali
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Ali

I have a question regarding work experience, i was to pass and get my bachelors degree two years ago in march 2011, but i failed in a subject and instead of clearing it then, i started doing a job(with uni. permission). I worked for 18 months and then left it in September 2012, now that i have re-enrolled my remnant subject in my university and am working on it and inshallah will pass before April this year. Kindly guide me that if i apply to FB this year, will my experience count, will they reject me on basis of a… Read more »

ali
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ali

mr. talha, please reply to my question as i am in qualms regarding Fulbright this year, will be highly thankful.

Hot Chand
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Hot Chand

Sir it is request to you, kindly tell me that I have got pass certificate in BSc in the year 2009 and now I want to apply for fb, but one thing is that I have not gave any TOFEL etc test, without it Can I APPLY for master??? PLZZZ Sir

Irene
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Irene

I have a question about the educational documents. Do we need to get them all ( Matric/O Level, Intermediate & Bachelors) attested by HEC before sending off with the FB application?

Naayaaab
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Naayaaab

I will graduate in August 2014. So when should I apply for a FB scholarship>

MIRA
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MIRA

Dear, what is the usual time in days that we will get the GRE test result report ?
if May 15th is the deadline of fulbright,how much late can i get to appear for GRE,and what if my GRE test result report gets late,can i still apply for fulbright?
thank you

mariam
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mariam

i have not appeared in any GRE test before , so can i apply for fb if i havent given any GRE uptil now?? when is the next GRE test?

mariam
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mariam

please help me regarding the subjects in GRE test?

Ali
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Ali

i am student of m.phil going to complete in oct 2013, can i apply for FB phd scholarship? i case i can what would b minimum cGPA required?

unaiza saif
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unaiza saif

Can i give GRE after submitting my application and submit my score later

Mehroze
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Mehroze

Hey Talha,

I want to apply for PhD and my MPhil is in progress and expected to finish lately this year, so can I apply for PhD ?

Asif Afridi
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Asif Afridi

talha sir, yu r lik a god father here nd v realy appreciate wht u r doing for every one. i have got 63 marks in GAT General so will it work instead of toefl and plus non of pur family member hav even bank account nor i am able to cmplt my education on my own financial sourcese so can i then apply ??

saifullah afridi
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saifullah afridi

hello sir hi,plz sir tell me that what is the address that we send the FB application form and another is that can we send only one complete application form or we should send one extra copy of the application form as well.
also told me that recommendation letters should be send by our professor or not?

saima
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saima

sir can u plz tell me about a fullbright phd scholar after returning to pakistan, has he/she to serve for two year in an institute selected by hec? during this period does he/she get pay?

saima
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saima

sir when we apply for phd fullbright scholarship, then will we take gre general or gre subject?

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sir aoa.i want to admisson in anthropology or sociology and i apply for m.phil leading to phd.basically i want information about expenses

Muh Aurnag zaib
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Muh Aurnag zaib

sir ii m the student of BBA(HONS) 8th semster and i want to get admsion on scholarship in any foreign university for master degree can u plzzz help me in further proceding …can i eligible to get a scholarship ??? my current cgpa is 3.12?? plzzz tel me something which help me in future??

Sidra
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Sidra

sir i have a query that will this scholarship be announced in JANUARY or in fall? as i have little bit issue regarding GRE, because i belong to Quetta and here, no GRE center is availabe and it will require to go out of city to take the test…

ik
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ik

sir i have a question regarding the documents. am i supposed to attest all the documents from HEC or first from the universities/board that issues the degree and then from HEC?
reply asap, il be thankful.
regards

ik
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ik

i forgot to mention that my question is about FB scholarship

Asif khan
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Asif khan

Salam sir. sir i have done master in chemisrty from malakand university in 2011 and now job in pharmaceutical and field marketing now i want m.phil or phd in a branch of chemistry( envirnmenal chemistry ) so what is the process of admission in this field and can i apply next year under this program? please guide me in detail i will be highly thankful to you for this act of kindness. thank you

arif ahmed
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arif ahmed

hi i hope you are doing well. sir i have question for my eligibility to the FB scholarship i have got only two year degree in commerce am i eligible for this scholarship i have not completed sixteen years of education can i pursue master degree on the basic of fourteen years of education

mary gill
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mary gill

hello sir…. i want to know the procedure to apply the scholarship and get the scholarship…. please sir help me i need this scholarship… thanks alot

Ayaz
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Ayaz

Dear,

Can we use the NTS GRE for FB scholorship or we should go for ETS

fatima
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fatima

im a dual canadian/pakistani national, am i eligible for FB?

Thank you.

Sidra
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Sidra

Dear can you tell me whether a GRE score of 149V/158Q is good enough for masters in any engineering subject for fulbright?
my cgpa is also a bit lower than 3.0,how would you rate an fulbright application with such scores?

Sehr
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Sehr

Hey Talha, I needed some urgent advice. I have been preparing my FB application for a while and its all pretty much done, however I made the mistake of deciding to give the GRE this late. I had to cancel a previous date I picked due to personal circumstances, and now when I check to reschedule, there are no dates left except for 1st week of May (6-7th) near my city. There is no way my results will reach before the 15th. Do you think I should still do it? Or just scrap the idea? I am pretty upset over… Read more »

Bushra
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Bushra

I have heard that if you are applying for Post doc you don’t need to give GRE. Is it true?

Nasir
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Nasir

dear talha, my teacher, who will write a recommendation letter for my FB application has said that he does not use internet email and will be unable to further communicate with fulbright if my application has be passed forward, he offered me to use any other email id so that the verification process goes without hindrance, what should i do as he is amongst the best referee for me ,can i use an email on his behalf as per his offer? please guide in line with your past experience of referees and their email ids

Aun Naqvi
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Dear, Kindly let me about: To avail Post Doc fellowships in USA, is it necessary to have GRE score (even if he has already completed his PhD) to avail FB..

Thanks

zuhra gul
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zuhra gul

sir,i passed my b.A exam in 2012.now i want to get admission in LLB on scholarship in any university in khyber pakhtunkhwa . sir can i eligible to get a scholarship .and i want to know the procedure to apply the scholarship and get it

pina
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pina

Hi,
I want to know that since there is a complete ban on printing Pakistani passports these days, I am unable to get mine renewed. Is there a chance that FB understands that and gives Pakistani nationals the leverage to send their GRE scores later?

isma
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isma

Aoa, sir i did my BBA(HONS) with major in finance, in 2012 and i plan to apply for fb. my GRE Is on 7th may. i want to know whether i can apply in MBA programme as it is clearly mentioned at FB website that students should not apply for MBA without 3 years work experience. Also can i apply for Masters in human resource development or masters in international business instead of MBA having a degree of BBA with major in finance?

faraz
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faraz

Hi

I have done MBA and MPHILL in Finance and I am planning to get a PHD in Finance. Am I eligible for Fulbright scholarship?

You wrote in an earlier blog that PHD in Business Administration with major in Finance is not allowed, while PHD in finance is. What exactly is the difference between the two?

Regards

Saad Akhtar
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Saad Akhtar

Hi Talha hope you are doing well. I have applied to US universities on my own for fall 2013 and got into some but without any funding. In fulbright application there is a section in which you have to write the names of US universities you have applied to in previous three years along with the results. What do you suggest? should I leave it blank or will filling it have any negative impact on my application. Also I think I shouldn’t leave it blank because on my GRE score report the universities I have reported the scores to would… Read more »

junaid
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junaid

i applied last year to fb and got rejected,my friend applied and he was selected.we prepared our apps with coordination and had almost same academic credentials,but difference was the refrence letter!
I got my letters from my teachers which were like writtem in a hurry whereas my friend used ambiguous source letters and it very well supported his proposal as well,my worry is that if we can make our own then why to go to others/teachers? and how is it possible that someone baffled FB?

zoya
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zoya

Helo Talha.. I have done the exam of matric class..I want scholarship at the age of me now i enter in college…i want to study abroad i want to know the procsee of scholarship at my age 16+.. I’ll be very thankfull to..

asima zeeshan
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sir aslamoalaikum m taking some information 4rm you I m tring to get fb I have completed msc in statistic 2008 as well as b.ed I have 3 year teaching experience m preparing gre test now adays maths is easy but English is too much difficult time duration is very short plz suggest me how can n from which materials I make strong my verbal n analytical issue task n argument it is so difficult for me to know complicated words and my b.ed degree will be issued after 15 can I attach dmc and will HEC will attest all… Read more »

Shahzaib
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Shahzaib

Hello sir, I am an undergraduate student and I want to apply for this scholarship. am I eligible for this?

If I am , then please help me what is the procedure of applying and also the requirements for applying????

Miss
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Miss

I got 147 in verbal and 154 in quant in GRE in 2011. Will it give me a fair chance? I could not apply for a retake since GRE is pretty expensive and I was not sure whether I ll get in.

sumaiya
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sumaiya

Hello Talha,

I was in a mess regarding my GRE score submission, and thought of you to ask for help,
I sent my Scores to USEF pakistan on the test date and they recieved it after a few days, what i was wondering about is do i have send a copy of score report with the form or electronically sent scores are just what they want? if i have to send a copy, where should i get it from? my GRE account?

Please reply and save my life!

Fatima
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Fatima

Hey Talha. Would one be considered ineligible for FB if s/he has his/her immigration for US filed but is most likely to have been exempted from it for being overage, i-e 21??

Umaima Saleem
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Umaima Saleem

Hello ! Hope this post finds you in good health ! Does FB offers the preparation for the GRE and TOEFL exams under the supervision of US embassy in every country ? Because passing the GRE and TOEFL then you are eligible for the scholarship and if not done yet you are required to mention the date in the form so how would we be able to know when they will conduct preparation classes in our country and how to apply for that ?

isma
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isma

Aoa, sir i did my BBA(HONS) with major in finance, in 2012 and i plan to apply for fb. my GRE Is on 7th may. i want to know whether i can apply in MBA programme as it is clearly mentioned at FB website that students should not apply for MBA without 3 years work experience. Can i apply for Masters in human resource development or masters in international business instead of MBA having a degree of BBA with major in finance?

asimazeeshan
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aslamoalakum I think you u did not receive me msg above by the same name if u read plz reply ok can gre test give after 16 may

Saddaf
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Saddaf

Hello Sir,

I have done my MS Computer Software Engineering in 2012. Now I am serving as Lecturer at NUST. I have cleared my GRE but not with really good competitive scores. I want to apply for FB, this year the only field i find is mixing somewhat computers with agriculture. What do you suggest…?

asimazeeshan
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aslamoalaikm sir ; I m preparing gat test for MPhil I want to get higher score above 70 inshallah so plz tell me best books of gat or any other which have gret or complete requirement of verbal n analytical section thanks waiting for reply

asimazeeshan
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sir u r saying in ur post that Lsat is a best book for GAT prepration so plz tell the author or edition of book. thanks

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