Apply for the Fulbright Scholarship Program 2011-2012.
Please read the following information carefully to determine if you meet all requirements, and follow the directions to submit your application online by the deadline date.
Fulbright Scholarships for Graduate Studies to start academic studies in the United States between August and September 2011.
The Public Affairs Office of the United States Embassy-San Salvador offers scholarships for graduate studies in an American university for a maximum period of two years. The Fulbright Scholarship program is designed for professionals with academic excellence, superb leadership skills, civic spirit, and a special vocation to public service. While scholarships for Nursing, Dentistry, and other medical careers are not considered for this program, Public Health is considered. We especially encourage female applicants, applicants from outside the metropolitan area, and professionals interested in public and/or educational services.
- Salvadoran citizenship, currently residing in El Salvador
- Completed preliminary online application
- Bachelor’s Degree and University Diploma
- An excellent Grade Point Average in prior studies
- English proficiency. This must be demonstrated by taking an English Proficiency Test, or by attaching TOEFL scores to the application if the applicant has already completed testing (minimum acceptable score is 80 points on the IBT version of the TOEFL)
Candidates will not be able to apply if:
- They have received a Fulbright Scholarship previously
- They have dual citizenship (American- Salvadoran) or US residency
- They have obtained an academic degree or a university diploma in the United States
- They have been admitted to an American university at the time of application to the program
- They are not living in El Salvador at the time of application
- They have had long academic or professional experience in the U.S.
Process and Selection Criteria
The Fulbright Scholarships are highly competitive, and applicants must fulfill the eligibility criteria established by the program. Based on the recommendations of the Selection Committee, the names of selected applicants are sent to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) in Washington, D.C for final approval as follows:
- Selection Committee receives pre-applications
- Selection Committee pre-selects candidates for interview
- Selection Committee receives two sets of official documents from pre-selected candidates
- Selection Committee interviews candidates
- Selection Committee nominates grantees
- Applications are sent to the Fulbright Scholarship Board in the US for approval
- Candidates are officially notified of having been granted a Fulbright Scholarship in home country
- IIE Foreign Fulbright Programs Division (FFPD) receives approved Fulbright applications
- FFPD reads applications and works with Placement and Pre-Academic divisions to ensure best program for student
Benefits of the Program
The scholarships are assigned on a yearly basis and renewal will be considered upon successful academic performance of each grantee in the United States. This scholarship covers the living costs of the grantee in the U.S., but does not cover the expenses of the grantee’s accompanying family members.
The benefits of the Fulbright Scholarship Program are:
- Assistance to the grantee in the identification of and application for admission to American Universities
- Costs of standardized tests required for admission at those universities.
- Pre-departure Orientation
- Assistance in obtaining the J-1 visa (Exchange Program Visa)
- Round trip airline ticket
- Medical Insurance provided by the Government of the United States, which fulfills the minimum requirements established by the J-1 visa and by the Fulbright Program.
- Living expenses which vary depending on city of destination
Pre-academic programs in the U.S. The lengths of these programs vary between four days and eight weeks, and are held before the graduate study program begins.
In order to make sure that El Salvador receives the benefits of the Exchange program, (J-1 visas for grantees and J-2 visas for the Fulbright grantee’s dependents) requirements state that visitors under an exchange program return to and remain in El Salvador for a Minimum Period of Two Years After Completion of Their Program. The commission will also assist the grantee in obtaining J-2 visas for their families, though the grantee is responsible for their living expenses.
Would You Like to Participate in the Fulbright Scholarship Program?
We are pleased to announce that the Fulbright Foreign Student 2012-2013 application cycle is now available. Potential candidates can access the application at: https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/international/20/.
Application Deadline: April 2011
If so, please click on the web site below and follow the instructions exactly.
If you are selcted for the interview you will receive an email, and you will have a week to present two sets of all original documents.
Those documents must be delivered to:
- Fernando Herrera
- Especialista Cultural
- Oficina de Asuntos Públicos
- Embajada de Los Estados Unidos
- Final Boulevard Santa Elena
- Antiguo Cuscatlán, La Libertad
- Two copies of a Professional Diploma conferred by the university in which the applicant studied which must have all corresponding certificates of the MINED and the MIREX or Apostille.
- Two copies of a Global Grade Certificate, conferred by the university, in which the GPA, the grade of the Professional Practice, and the grade of the thesis and/ or Graduation Exam are given. All these documents must have all the corresponding certificates of the MINED and the MIREX or Apostille.
- Two copies of Ranking Certificate which must indicate the position of the candidate out of the total number of graduating students in his/her class. The certificate must have the corresponding seal of the university where the candidate pursued his undergraduate studies.
- Two copies of three letters of reference in sealed envelopes.
- If you have any scores for the TOEFL (80 points is the minimum acceptable score in the IBT version of the TOEFL), and for the GRE, please attach them to the application form. Scores for the TOEFL are valid for two years. It is not required, but good scores in these tests give the applicant a better chance of being selected.
- If applications do not fulfill all requirements, they will be eliminated from the process. For any additional information contact the Public Affairs Office at the United States Embassy at 2501-2471 or the Oficina de Asesoría Estudiantil at Centro Cultural Salvadoreño Americano at 2260-9024.
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