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U.S. Launches World’s Largest Fulbright Program for Pakistanis

2013 Program for fully-funded Fulbright Masters or PhD Study now open!

Feb 10, 2012, Islamabad -- The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) announced the world’s largest Fulbright Program in Pakistan for the year 2013. The U.S. Government’s flagship scholarship program awards deserving Pakistani students full scholarships covering tuition, textbooks, airfare, a stipend, and health insurance to complete their Master’s or Ph.D. degrees in a field of their choice in universities across the United States.

Kicking off the 2013 Fulbright season, Deputy Chief of Mission Ambassador Richard Hoagland stated, “We are proud that Pakistan has the largest Fulbright program in the world, and also one of the oldest. Our agreement initiating the program was signed on September 23, 1950 – and the first Pakistanis and Americans traveled each way in the same year. It was one of the very first agreements of its kind and has since been extended to 155 countries around the world.” USEFP Executive Director Ms. Rita Akhtar echoed Ambassador Hoagland’s sentiments and encouraged students from all over Pakistan to take advantage of the Fulbright Program in 2013.

In addition to the approximately 200 who will depart in the fall of 2012, 369 students currently study in the United States on Fulbright awards. This is one example of the U.S. government’s long-term commitment to the education of Pakistanis and to increasing mutual understanding between both countries. Since USEFP’s inception more than 61 years ago, nearly 4,000 Pakistanis and more than 800 Americans have participated in USEFP-administered exchange programs. The Fulbright Program is just one of many U.S.-government funded educational, professional, and cultural exchange programs that build people to people ties among Americans and Pakistanis.

Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and students from FATA, Balochistan, and all of Pakistan’s provinces are strongly encouraged to apply. All disciplines are eligible, with the exception of the field of clinical medicine. Applicants studying energy, water, and agricultural disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply. More information about this program, as well as standardized testing and free educational advising services can be found on the USEFP website at