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The USA provides a number of international scholarships to students from around the world. These scholarships not only help strengthen foreign relations but also allow the brightest minds from around the world to pursue their education on US soil. One such scholarship program is the Fulbright scholarship program founded by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946. The scholarship is awarded to students who have shown prowess in leadership and public activities. The scholarship program is provided by the US department of State’s for educational and cultural affairs bureau and serves 7,500 new students annually.
Selection is done by a board of 12 members appointed by the President himself. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has provided the guidelines for selection. The eligibility criteria are set by the members of the board who are educational or opinion leaders.
The Fulbright Scholarship program is available in different categories:
- The Fulbright Specialists program.
- The Fulbright visiting scholars program is provided to 850 students from around the world who are performing post doctoral work in the US.
- Fulbright scholar in residence program arrange lecture for international students on different topics.
- The Fulbright scholars visiting specialists program is for the Islamic community.
- The Fulbright new century scholars global program is given to best 30 research scholars around the globe.
- Fulbright foreign student program is planned for promoting foreign artists and professionals.
- Fulbright teacher exchange program is also arranged for teachers of primary and secondary schools.
These were some of the various categories in which the Fulbright scholarship program is being offered. Furthermore, there are some special details that a student must be aware of. Firstly, to get the detailed information about the Fulbright scholarship program you can visit the website of the program that is setup specifically for your country. This is important because it will provide you with the information that is relevant to your country. You can get information about the fields of study that are eligible, categories of scholarships, the number of seats in each category and the all important eligibility criteria. Secondly, you may be required to take the TOEFL and/or the GRE (general/subject) test so you must be prepared for that too. Lastly, you will be required to write a personal statement detailing you objectives in the U.S and you will also be required to produce reference letters and attested photocopies of your documents. Also take note of the deadline of form submission.
The United States has been a favorite place to study for international students since a long time. It has some of the most prestigious universities of the world, and it offers many prestigious academic programs in the fields of medical and science.
The cost of living and tuition fee are generally high in the US, so most international students coming to US for study will find it difficult to fund their studies with just part time jobs. Students are generally allowed to work only 20 hours per week during session. There are less scholarship opportunities for intentional students who wish to study in the US. Some scholarships are offered by different business organizations and colleges, if you want to study in US you will have to put in a lot of effort in searching for a scholarship. In this article I will explain some aid programs available to international students coming to US.
Fulbrite is a scholarship programs that offers financial aid to international students from all over the world based on academic merit.
The Soros Foundations Network gives scholarships to students from specified under developed countries. These scholarships are also based on academic merit.
Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) is large institution with more than 38,166 students in their six campuses. About one-third of their students are from other countries. The college offers a scholarship of up to $1000 to all international students and more scholarships to deserving students.
American Councils for International Education gives out scholarships specifically to students from the countries which were part of ex Soviet Union.
In addition to the above programs you will be able to find more international scholarship, information on scholarship programs can be found online. There are some websites that provide good database of scholarship listings, such as the ScholarshipExperts.com and International Education Financial Aid. You can make use of these search sites to search for the required scholarship more conveniently. They can also automatically search for a scholarship you may qualify for according to the information provided by you.
You should also look for scholarship programs offered in your home country. Many business organizations in your home country may be offering financial aid to help you study in US. Most of the governments of developing countries also run special programs to help their students study in US and other developed countries. These programs are generally merit based, and you may qualify for them if you have an excellent academic background.