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    Fulbright Program for Citizens of Afghanistan

    The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government. The Fulbright Program in Afghanistan is currently one of the largest Fulbright Programs in the world. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of Afghanistan. The Fulbright Program provides participants – chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential – with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbright, the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world, actively seeks out individuals of achievement and potential who represent the full diversity of their respective societies and selects nominees through open, merit-based competitions.

    If you are a university graduate and/or a teacher or lecturer, find out more about the programs available and start preparing for next the Fulbright season, which has started on January 12, 2015. Please see the following links for general information about the specific Fulbright programs.

    These Fulbright Programs fund graduate study in the United States for a Master’s or Ph.D. degree:

    Updates to Application Procedures

    Note that there are a few new application procedures this year to keep in mind before applying:

    1. To apply for the Fulbright Program in Afghanistan, download the MS Word application form via Master (for Master’s applicants) or Doctoral (for Ph.D. applicants). Applications are no longer accepted through the Embark system. After downloading the application materials, please read the instruction page carefully and be sure that you meet each of the qualification requirements before you apply. Complete the MS Word application form, sign the first page (instruction page), and collect all requested supplemental documents, then scan them all together with the completed application as a single PDF file. Send complete application (all application materials as one single PDF file) as an email attachment to KabulPDExchanges@state.gov by 11:59 pm (23:59) Kabul time on March 20, 2015. Late applications will not be accepted. A complete application package must include a scanned  PDF file of the following: completed application form, including the signed application checklist; copies of attested diploma(s) and transcript(s); screenshot of TOEFL/iBT score; scanned copies of three recommendation letters; current CV or resume; and (for Ph.D. applicants only) a sample of professional writing (10 to 15 pages).
    2. Please note that late applications will not be considered, and online applications via Embark are no longer acceptable.
    3. A minimum TOEFL score of 75 Internet-Based Test (iBT) is required to pass the initial technical review process for the Fulbright Master’s Program. A minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT is required to pass the initial technical review process for the Fulbright Doctoral Program. These scores are only minimum requirements for further consideration of the application, and are not a guarantee for selection. Only iBT scores are acceptable; IELTS or PBT scores are not acceptable alternatives. You must submit a legible screenshot of your TOEFL iBT score with your application.
    4. Only applicants who have graduated and received their four-year bachelor’s degree on or before the March 20, 2015 application deadline are eligible for consideration. Applicants who have completed their bachelor’s degree before March 20, 2015, but have not received their official diploma, may in lieu of the diploma attach an official letter from the Ministry of Higher Education certifying their graduation as well as their final transcript evidencing attainment of a bachelor’s degree. However, for further consideration of the application, those submitting a MoHE letter must provide their official diploma as soon as possible. Those expecting to graduate after March 20, 2015 are not eligible at this time, but may apply in the future.

    Source:U.S. Embassy Kabul

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