FULBRIGHT FOREIGN STUDENT PROGRAM
The Embassy of the United States of America in Armenia is pleased to announce the Fulbright Foreign Student Program competition. The program will enable students to study for a Master’s Degree in the U.S. during the 2016-2017 academic year.
The Fulbright Program was named after Senator J. William Fulbright from Arkansas, who proposed the program in 1946 "to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries." All grants are approved by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (12 members), which is appointed by the President of the United States.
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program awards grants to foreign students to conduct Master’s Degree studies at U.S. universities. These studies will be funded for one year, according to J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) policy, and are contingent upon final approval by the FSB; eligibility to obtain a J-1 visa; receipt of medical clearance; successful academic placement at a U.S. institution of higher education by the Institute for International Education (IIE); and availability of funds.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP:
- Armenian citizenship and residency
- Completed BA studies by the start of the grant
- Proficiency in English/successful TOEFL and GRE exams
- Completed online application, including research paper
- Three reference letters
- Military service completion or proof of military service deferment
- Good health and physical condition
PRIORITY FIELDS ARE:
- Economic Development
- Education Administration
- International Relations
- Journalism and Communication
- Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
- Environmental Studies
- Public Health Policy and Management
APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND COMPETITION SCHEDULE
Application Submission Process:
Interested applicants must complete an online application on the https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/international site. Please register by creating a user name and a password, and proceed as prompted by the application. Save your data after completing each page. After saving a page, you will be able to log off and return to your application later. The applicants will be able to send online requests for recommendation letters to their recommenders. Please submit your online application ONLY when the information is complete and the supplementary documents are obtained. Once you submit your application, you will not have access to it and will not be able to view it.
Only online applications will be considered.
The application form consists of the following documents:
- Application form
- Personal Statement essay
- Field of Study essay
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- Standardized Test scores (if available by the time of application submission; otherwise selected candidates will be required to take the official TOEFL, GRE tests by October 1st, 2015. The Embassy will help with the test arrangement.)
All applications, including references, undergo technical and academic reviews. Candidates who satisfy all requirements will be interviewed by the Embassy Fulbright Selection Committee. The Committee will submit the names of the finalists to the Fulbright Board of Foreign Scholarships in the U.S. for final approval. Selected grantees will be notified of final approval when their affiliations at U.S. universities are confirmed in June 2016 and funding is available.
For questions that have not been covered in this announcement, please email Fulbright@usa.am.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- What are the selection criteria? The following factors are considered: professional qualifications, research proposal (quality, feasibility), how the acquired knowledge will be used upon return, English language competence, need for the project to be undertaken in the United States, quality of references. Preference will be given to candidates with little or no previous experience in the United States.
- What are the basic benefits? Round-trip international travel; tuition at the U.S. university; a monthly stipend for up to 12 months; supplemental health and accident benefits; a book and materials allowance; and participation in Fulbright enrichment activities.
- Can family members accompany? Yes, but you will be financially responsible for them.
- Do I have to arrange university placement in the United States? Institute of International Education (IIE) is responsible for placement of Fulbright Visiting Students in U.S. universities. IIE works to ensure the best placement available in accordance with the applicant’s field of study, research interests and qualifications. Applicants may indicate preferences for institutional affiliation on their applications with the understanding that IIE will also take into account factors such as appropriateness of program and institution for the applicant, availability of financial assistance, and diversity in terms of type of institution and geographic location.
- How should I provide the references? References should be provided online together with the application. The request for the letter is sent to the recommender through the online system and is received by the program coordinator at the U.S. Embassy. You will receive a notification when the recommendation letter is submitted.
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