The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 J. William Fulbright Graduate Scholarship Program for citizens of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. The scholarship pays for up to two years of graduate study in the United States.
One Fulbright scholarship recipient will be chosen for his or her academic merit and leadership potential. Only online applications will be accepted this application cycle. Applications are due on Friday, May 25, 2018 via https://iie.embark.com/apply/ffsp.
The successful candidate will be able to earn a Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), Master of Public Administration (MPA), or a Master of Law (LLM) degree. Scholarship recipients receive a tuition grant for their coursework and a monthly stipend to cover living expenses at their host institution. Recipients also receive roundtrip transportation and health benefits. In addition, recipients may also attend special enrichment activities throughout their program. These activities are excellent opportunities to network with fellow international Fulbright recipients and to interact with prominent Americans across a range of professional fields. The selected candidate may be required to travel to the United States as early as August 2019 for pre-academic programs.
About the J. William Fulbright ProgramThe J. William Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. In addition to receiving the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, recipients will also become part of the global network of renowned Fulbright Alumni who have achieved distinction in countless fields including government, science, the arts, and business:
J-visa requirements: All scholarship recipients are required to return to their country of citizenship for at least two years at the conclusion of their scholarship in compliance with the J-visa requirements, to promote mutual understanding, and serve as future leaders in the public and private sectors of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. After recipients return to their country of citizenship and establish themselves in their careers, it is still possible to get a temporary visa to the U.S. allowing travel back and forth for business and tourism purposes. The restriction is on permanent work or immigration U.S. visas.
Application InstructionsStep 1: Determine eligibility. Read the instructions carefully. Before you apply, be sure that you qualify.
Step 2: Create an Embark account with a valid e-mail address at https://iie.embark.com/auth/login. You do not have to complete the entire application in one sitting; you can continue the application later using your Embark account information.
Step 3: Start and complete all sections of the online application. For helpful hints, please refer to the tips for success section on the top right of this page.
Previous Fulbright Scholarship ApplicantsAny person who has previously submitted a Fulbright application must submit a new application. If you have submitted a previous application via the online platform, you must create a new account and create a new application to avoid technical complications. Fulbright becomes more competitive each year as the number of applicants increases. Therefore, you are encouraged to revise your essays and update your information.
What is TOEFL?Commonly known by its acronym TOEFL, the Test of English as a Foreign Language exam measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level. The test evaluates how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks.
The TOEFL exam is required by almost every school for foreign students who want to study any subject in the United States. While there are additional requirements for international students to study in the U.S., the TOEFL is one of the most important standardized tests. Schools look to the TOEFL as one of their earliest indicators to see if a foreign student is ready to study in the U.S. Students should put in plenty of preparation to ensure they get a top score.
What is GRE?Graduate Record Examination – or the GRE exam – is the most commonly required standard test for graduate (Masters Programs) school. It is a broad assessment of your critical thinking, analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning skills — all skills developed over the course of many years.
Admissions committees use the scores from the GRE along with undergraduate records, recommendations and other relevant criteria in evaluating candidates for admission to graduate courses. For some courses, GRE is a prerequisite; for others it may be recommended or not required. Always check the requirements of individual institutions before applying.
Where can you take the TOEFL and GRE in PNG?Currently both these tests can be taken at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) in Port Moresby and the TOEFL can also be taken at Ukarampa, Eastern Highlands Province.
To find out more information about the tests and how to register, use the following URL addresses. Registration is all online.
For the Fulbright program you do not need to sit the test to send in your initial application.
TOEFL – http://www.ets.org/toefl
GRE – http://www.ets.org/gre
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