US launches world’s largest Fulbright programme for Pakistan

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The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) announced the world’s largest Fulbright Programme in Pakistan for the year 2013. The US government’s flagship scholarship programme awards deserving Pakistani students full scholarships covering tuition, textbooks, airfare, a stipend, and health insurance to complete their Master’s or PhD 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 programme in the world, and also one of the oldest. Our agreement initiating the programme 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 Rita Akhtar echoed Ambassador Hoagland’s sentiments and encouraged students from all over Pakistan to take advantage of the Fulbright Programme 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.