Fulbright Foreign Student Program in Central Asia

The State Department of the United States of America and the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek are pleased to announce the new competition for Fulbright Foreign Student Program in Central Asia for two-year master’s degrees beginning in academic year 2014-2015.

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals, and artists from abroad to research and study in the United States for one year or longer. The Fulbright Visiting Student Program is open to Kyrgyz university graduates in the arts, engineering, natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. Medicine is not eligible for a Fulbright award.

Participants will be recruited through a merit-based, open competition and chosen based upon their leadership potential, academic excellence, maturity, ability to adjust successfully to life in the U.S., strong interest in engaging Americans, and potential to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Kyrgyzstan.

Program Requirements:

Applicants must be citizens or nationals of Kyrgyzstan or permanent residents qualified to hold a valid passport issued by the nominating country.

Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education and hold a degree equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor's degree by the start of the grant period.

Applicants holding a Master degree from U.S. university are not eligible to apply for this program.

Applicants should have a sufficient level of English to enable them to successfully complete full-time graduate study in the U.S. with a recent paper-based TOEFL score of 550 or higher or equivalent test (i.e. internet-based TOEFL (IBT) or computer-based TOEFL (CBT)).

Strong preference will be given to applicants who have not had extensive recent experience in the U.S.

An applicant who is currently in the U.S. is ineligible for a grant.

In order to be eligible for the program, applicants must currently reside in their country of citizenship.

An applicant’s financial need or status should not be a factor in the selection process.

Important: All grantees are expected to return to their home countries for at least two years at the conclusion of their grant in compliance with the J-visa requirements and to promote mutual understanding.

Program Provisions: All grantees receive tuition, a monthly stipend for up to 24 months, supplemental health and accident benefits, a book and equipment allowance, travel support, and the opportunity to attend Fulbright enrichment activities.

Application Procedures and Deadline:

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program application should be completed online at the Embark website: https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/international/20/

The application deadline is 5:00 pm on May 31, 2013.

You must read the application instructions that are provided on this website very carefully.

In addition to the online application, you must mail the following supplemental materials in hard copy to the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy:

Signature form

Three letters of reference (or complete online)

Report on Proficiency in English

Official academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions

Copies of diplomas from all post-secondary institutions

Original English translations of all document

Submitting your application:

Four hard copies of all supplemental materials should be delivered to:

U.S. Embassy Bishkek

171 Prospect Mira,

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

Please address your questions to Aziz Kudaibergenov, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic, Phone: 551241 ext. 4434, e-mail: kudaibergenovak[at]state.gov