2012 Fulbright Science and Technology Scholarship – Qualifications & Applications

Send questions to: bridgetownpublicaffairs @state.gov or call Juanita Lynch 246-227-4102 or Dr Joseph Schaller 246-227-4182

The U.S. Embassy at Bridgetown is inviting applications for candidates to participate in the 2012 International Fulbright Science and Technology Scholarship. Approximately 40 awards will be granted worldwide for candidates who demonstrate high aptitude and potential for innovation in scientific fields. Successful applicants will be enrolled for Ph.D. study at top U.S. universities in the fields of science, technology, or engineering for the academic year beginning in August 2012. The International Fulbright Science and Technology Award is a worldwide program. The 18 eligible fields are: aeronautics and aeronautical engineering, agriculture (theoretical or research-based focus only), astronomy/planetary sciences, biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, computer sciences/engineering, energy, engineering (electrical, chemical, civil, industrial, mechanical, ocean, and petroleum), environmental science/engineering (theoretical or science research-based focus only), geology/earth and atmospheric sciences, information sciences and systems (engineering focus only), materials science/engineering, mathematics, neurosciences, oceanography, public health (biostatistics or epidemiology) and physics.

Please note that this award is for applicants wishing to pursue theoretical and research-based study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas only. Policy or social science research such as environmental or health management, energy policy, research pertaining to analysis of health systems etc. will NOT be considered. A brief description of each field of study is available at http://scienceandtech.fulbrightonline.org/eligibility

The State Department’s Office of Academic Exchange Programs will fund grants for up to three years for this award. After three years as long as the student has made satisfactory progress U.S. universities will fund the remaining expenses toward completion of a Ph.D. The Institute of International Education (IIE) will handle student placement. Successful applicants will be enrolled for Ph.D study at top U.S. universities for academic years 2012-2013.

Last year’s STEM winners will be placed this September at centers of excellence at top U.S. institutions where their particular research can best be pursued, including Brown University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue University, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Deadlines: Interested applicants must notify the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Public Affairs bridgetownpublicaffairs@state.gov of their intention to apply, and of their names and proposed fields of study by May 31, 2011 at latest. Completed applications including all supporting documents and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) http://www.gre.org test scores must be submitted via the online system by June 15, 2011 at latest.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Completed applications including all supporting documents and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) http://www.gre.org test scores must be submitted via the online system by June 15, 2011 at latest. An applicant is expected to achieve a GRE quantitative score of at least 700. Applicants should arrange to take the GRE as soon as possible. (Note: a GRE Subject Exam score report will also be needed for all selected candidates in the following fields of study: biology; biochemistry, cell and molecular biology; chemistry; computer science; mathematics; and physics. GRE subject testing occurs in October each year.) Applicants should register for exams as soon as possible in order to ensure that test scores can be received by IIE by June 15, 2011.

Eligibility: Applicants must be citizens of Antigua/Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts/Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Applicants must NOT be living in the United States at the time of application.

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree before August 1, 2012.

Applicants must apply in one of the 18 eligible fields listed above.

Benefits: The STEM scholarships provide tuition, a monthly stipend that covers room, board, and incidental expenses for up to three years, health and accident insurance, and a book and equipment allowance. Participants also receive round trip travel and are eligible to apply for up to $10,000 in supplemental allowances for research funding and professional domestic and international conference attendance. After three years U.S. universities either fully fund or work with the grantee to identify funding options such as scholarships or teaching assistantships for the Ph.D. completion. Successful applicants are invited to participate in the annual Fulbright Science and Technology conference, and in the final year of their grant participants attend the Fulbright Science and Technology Capstone Seminar in Washington, D.C. More information about funding can be found at http://scienceandtech.fulbrightonline.org

Application procedures: The application form will be available from February 1, 2011 at: https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/international

A complete application includes:
o the online application including:
o a clearly written research and study objective
o a clearly written personal statement
o three letter of recommendation
o a professional resume or curriculum vitae
o three letters of reference which should be scanned into the application (the originals should be brought or mailed to the U.S. Embassy
o a Fulbright Committee nomination advice form (completed by the U.S. Embassy)
o transcripts of all post-secondary (including community college) study attempted. The transcripts should be scanned into the online application and the originals send directly from the college/university to the U.S. Embassy
o GRE general test score reports
o GRE subject test results if you are applying to study biology; biochemistry, cell and molecular biology; chemistry; computer science; mathematics or physics.

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