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Maldivians can now apply for Fulbright Foreign Student Program

The programme now invites Maldivians aged 24-30 years old who are interested to pursue their master's degree in US. Source: Shutterstock

Maldivian students interested in pursuing their master’s degree in the United States can now apply for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, which is offering one or two fully-funded scholarships to the most qualified candidates, the US Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka announced earlier this week.

It is offered to Maldivian nationals aged 24 to 30 years old, for degrees in these fields: History /American History, English Literature /American Literature/ Linguistics, Economics, Political Science, International Relations, Journalism/Mass Communication, Public Administration, Sociology/Anthropology, Business Administration, Finance/Management, Women’s Studies/Gender Studies.

To be eligible, candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree, outstanding academic record, two years of professional experience and agree to return to Maldives after the completion of their studies.

Candidates must not already have a degree from a US university or a master’s degree from a third country.

If selected, the scholar will start at their US university next fall. The grant will cover round-trip airfare, tuition fees, a monthly stipend, board incidental expenses, health and accident insurance, travel allowance, and pre-academic English language training.

The Fulbright Program, founded by J. William Fulbright in 1946, is one of the most prestigious in the world. It is sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and aims to forge mutual understanding between Americans and those from other countries through the exchange of people, knowledge and skills.

Its notable alumni include Nobel Laureates such as Muhammad Yunus (founder of Grameen Bankand 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient) and Riccardo Giacconi (physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate), Pulitzer Prize winners such as Sylvia Plath (poet and 1982 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry) as well as heads of state and government such as Gary Conille (former Haiti prime minister) and Juan Manuel Santos (Colombia president).

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