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 Kyrgyzstan for master’s degrees beginning in academic year 2020-2021.
The Fulbright Foreign 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; however Medical graduates may seek a Master’s Degree in Public Health or Hospital Administration.
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.
- Applicants must be citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic or permanent residents qualified to hold a valid passport issued by the Kyrgyz Republic.
- Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education and hold a diploma of a degree equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor’s degree.
- Applicants holding a Master degree from a 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.
- 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 to apply.
- Applicants must currently reside in the Kyrgyz Republic.
- 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.
Program Provisions: All grantees receive full 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.
How to Apply: The Fulbright Foreign Student Program application should be completed online here: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2020
Before you start, we highly recommend you to carefully review the Instructions for Completing the Fulbright Foreign Student Program Application (PDF 770 KB) in its entirety so that you understand the requirements.
The application deadline is May 30, 2019, 15:00 Bishkek time.
ONLY SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES WILL BE NOTIFIED AND INVITED FOR INTERVIEWS.
After the application deadline, all submitted online applications undergo a technical review. Applications that pass the technical review will then be reviewed by an independent reading panel that will evaluate and score each application based on a set of standard criteria. Applicants with the highest scores will then be invited to an interview, held at the U.S. Embassy. Nominations will be made from the top candidates, after the interviews. All nominated candidates will be requested to register for TOEFL and GRE/GMAT. The nominated candidates are entitled to an exemption from the test fees by vouchers. Vouchers will be distributed by the U.S. Embassy. Final grantee selection is contingent upon the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board’s (FSB) approval, available funding, and successful academic placement. The selected grantees are expected to travel to their host universities in the U.S. in Spring-Fall 2020.
What do we look for in our Fulbright applicants?
- Sufficiently high level of English to undertake full-time graduate level study in the U.S.
- Evidence of ambition, high motivation, serious commitment and leadership potential,
- Strong academic records.
- Demonstrable ambassadorial skills with evidence of cultural sensitivity and a genuine desire to learn more about the United States and share with American citizens aspects of Kyrgyz culture,
- Experience and interest in extracurricular and community activities.
- Desire to further the Fulbright Program and give back to your home country upon returning.
- Incomplete or late applications will NOT be considered.
- 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 to promote mutual understanding.
- Plagiarism detected in any part of the application will result in ineligibility.
- Fulbright Program reserves the right to check any information given in the application documents. In case any discrepancy with real facts is revealed the applicant participation in the Fulbright competition will be suspended.
- Nominated candidates do not participate in university placement process; they are only informed of the final choice.
The list of FAQ and Application Guidelines on the Fulbright Foreign Student Program are comprehensive and should answer most of the questions on the program. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, you may direct your questions to USKGCulturalAffairs@state.gov with 2020 Fulbright Foreign Student Program in the subject line.