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Monday, January 31, 2011

2012-2013 International Fulbright Science and Technology Award

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2012-2013 International Fulbright Science and Technology Award for outstanding foreign students

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2011 worldwide competition for the International Fulbright Science and Technology Award for outstanding foreign students worldwide to participate in the 2011 International Fulbright Science and Technology Program. Grantees will be enrolled for Ph.D. study at top U.S. universities in the fields of science, technology, or engineering for academic year 2012-2013.

The award is designed to be among the most prestigious international scholarships in science and technology. The International Fulbright Science and Technology award is for Ph.D. study at top U.S. institutions in science, technology, or engineering. The program is funded by ECA and aims to convey the message that the U.S. remains the premier destination for serious scientific study and research, and that America not only welcomes top notch talent, we encourage future leaders to shape their careers through U.S. study. Approximately 45 awards will be competed worldwide for candidates who demonstrate unique aptitude and innovation in scientific fields. In order to allow adequate time for both standardized testing and score receipt prior to final U.S. screening-committee review, the deadline for receipt of applications in Washington, D.C. is June 15, 2011.


• BACKGROUND: The Department of State's Edcuational and Cultural Affairs Bureau (ECA) and the Binational Fulbright Commission in Jordan views the International Fulbright Science and Technology Award as reaffirming and maintaining America’s position as the preeminent destination to complete technological and scientific study and research. The Award allows grantees to take part in the most prestigious academic exchange program that ECA supports in the area of science, technology, and STEM-focused fields. It reinforces ECA goals as well as broader State Department objectives which include promoting scientific research that leads to innovation and development while supporting ECA's core mission of fostering mutual understanding between citizens of the U.S. and people from other countries. Winners of 2010 Awards came from 46 countries from all world regions and represent a wide variety of fields in science, technology and engineering, including biology, computer science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, neuroscience, and physics. Thirty-six percent of the winners were women. Recipients were chosen through a rigorous, multi-tiered, merit-based selection process consisting of in-country competition and review, and field and discipline merit review by top-level U.S. academic leaders. Final selection was made by the Presidentially-appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Award winners are placed top U.S. institutions, including Brown University, California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California at Berkeley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Stanford University.

• PROGRAM DESIGN: The ECA Bureau and the Binational Fulbright Commission in Jordan is now soliciting nominations for candidates to participate in the 2012-13 International Fulbright Science and Technology Program. Grantees will be enrolled for Ph.D. study at top U.S. universities in the fields of science, technology, or engineering for academic year 2012-2013. The International Fulbright Science and Technology Award is a worldwide program.

• ELIGIBILITY:
Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree (comparable to a U.S. bachelor’s degree) on or before August 2011 and cannot reside in the U.S. at the time of application to the program. It is highly recommended that the applicant have received his/her bachelor’s degree in the same or a related field for which he/she plans to pursue Ph.D. study. Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency with a recent TOEFL score (or equivalent) of 580 or higher.

Applicants to the S&T Program must plan to study in one of the following fields:
•Aeronautics/Aeronautical Engineering
•Agriculture (theoretical or research-based focus only)*
•Astronomy / Planetary Sciences
•Biology
•Biomedical Engineering
•Chemistry
•Computer Sciences/Engineering
•Energy
•Engineering (electrical, chemical, civil, mechanical, ocean, and petroleum)
•Environmental Science/Engineering
•Geology / Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
•Information Sciences / Engineering (engineering focus only; business-focused study is not eligible)
•Materials Science/Engineering
•Mathematics
•Neurosciences
•Oceanography
•Physics
•Public Health (research or theoretical focus only)

* While agriculture tends to be a fairly applied field of study, those wishing to pursue theoretical and research-based study in such areas as entomology, plant biology, plant pathology, and soil science are eligible for this Award.

(Please note: A brief description of each field of study is available at http://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/scienceandtech).

The Department of State's Office of Academic Exchange Programs (ECA/A/E) will fund grants for up to three years for this Award. After three years, U.S. universities will provide funding of the remaining expenses toward completion of a Ph.D. The Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York will exclusively handle student placement.

• HOW TO APPLY:
Fulbright Student Grants are available to more than 140 countries worldwide. For comprehensive information on grant opportunities in a specific country, please visit the pertinent world region below. Grants are generally available in all fields of study.

You apply for this award through the Binational Fulbright Commission in Jordan. The Commission will conduct a preliminary selection and forward a limited number of applications for final screening and selection in the U.S. The final selection committee will include prominent academics and professionals.

Applications for the next competition will be accepted starting January 1, 2011. Application deadlines will vary from country to country. Check with the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country for the last possible date to apply. Finalists will be identified by mid-September 2011 and will begin their doctoral programs in the U.S. in the 2012-2013 academic year, which at most U.S. universities begins in August or September.

Deadline Date for Applications to be submitted into the Commission in Jordan: 28 April 2011

• THE FULBRIGHT S & T ONLINE APPLICATION:

The Fulbright Online Application can be accessed here: https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/international/20/
Your email address is your user ID. When you created an account for this on-line application, you created a password. An e-mail was sent to you indicating your User ID and Password. Keep this information in a safe place. You can log in and out of the application as frequently as you like; however, you must have your user ID and password. While you cannot change your User ID, if necessary, you can change your password by clicking on “Update My Account” at the top of the Home page of this application.

Instructions and Tips for Completing the Fulbright Application:
Please note you do not need to complete this application at one sitting. You can re-enter at anytime and edit your application. But remember that once you submit your application, you can NO longer make changes to it.
All forms in this application are to be completed in English. Items must be answered completely and carefully.

Some helpful “tips”:

• Avoid using all capital letters when answering items, e.g. name, address, etc. It is better to use upper and lower case, e.g. Ron Smith.
• You can copy and paste information into all text boxes.
• In the text boxes, you must limit your responses to the space provided. Information that exceeds the space provided will not display or print. If what you have typed or copied exceeds the size of the box, you must edit it.
• You can review each page of the application in its PDF format by clicking on the Preview button on the upper right-hand corner. Closing out of the PDF view will bring you back to your application.
• You will create essays on pages 4, 5, and 6. On the essay pages, text entered that exceeds the space provided will display and print. However, it is recommended that you try to keep your essays to one page when possible.
• You have several ways in which you can create your essays.
• You can compose your essay on-line. Please note, there is a 40-minute ‘time out’ function. In other words, you will need to either complete your essay in 40 minutes or periodically save your essay. You will not be able to customize the formatting of your essay.
• You can copy and paste text from another document and edit online. Again, you will have a 40-minute “time-out” function. You will not be able to customize the formatting.
• You can upload text from another document. This is the only option where you will be able to have special formatting, e.g. bold, underline, headers, double spacing, etc. While you cannot edit an uploaded document on-line, you can delete your upload, make your corrections in your document off-line, and upload again.
• Pages 4 (study objective) and 5 (personal statement) contain a header that displays on the PDF view. Therefore, you must leave a 1½ inch (4cm) margin at the top of every page of your essays to allow space for the header that will appear on the print version of your application.
• You should preview all of your essays to make sure the formatting is correct before submitting your application by clicking the preview button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. When you preview an essay, you must use the “Back” browser button to return to your essay. Closing out of the HTML preview (i.e. clicking the X in the upper right-hand corner) will exit you from your application.
• Some questions are ‘required.” In other words, you will not be able to complete and submit your application until all required items are completed. When you click on the Application Inspector button on the Home page, your application will be checked for completeness. You will be prompted to enter any missing information on required questions.

For a step-by-step application guide, please visit the Fulbright Application Guide at: https://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/scienceandtech_instructions.html

Supplemental Documents:
Your application is not considered complete until your Fulbright Program Office receives all your supporting documentation. The following must be forwarded to your Fulbright Program Office: the signature form and three letters of reference/recommendation (if they are not submitted online). If you are nominated by the Fulbright Office then official academic transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended, copies of diplomas for all post-secondary schools attended, and original English translations (when necessary).

It is a good idea to print all supplemental forms prior to submitting your application electronically. However, even after submitting your application you will be able to access these forms.

Academic Transcripts:
Nominees must submit official, complete and certified academic documents covering the entire period of study at universities and other post-secondary institutions. Documents must be accompanied by complete official English translations. These documents must consist of:

1. One certified, official record (transcript) from each university or post-secondary institution you attended, even those schools from which you did not receive a degree or diploma. The transcripts should list the subjects you studied and the grades you received during each year of your enrollment. Official transcripts must be submitted directly from the schools in sealed envelopes to your Fulbright Program Office.

2. Certified, official evidence of each post-secondary or university degree, diploma or certificate awarded to you should be included as part of the completed application.

Letter of Reference & Recommendation:
You must have three letters of reference (or recommendation) submitted on your behalf. Letters of reference are extremely important. All letters of reference should be written by teachers under whom you have studied or pursued research or by someone who has supervised you in work related to your proposed field of study. Letters of reference should not be written by persons related to you either by blood or marriage or by personal friends. At least one academic and one professional or work related letter should be included among the letters. The letters should be written in English if possible. If they are not, an original English translation must be provided.

Your recommenders have two ways in which they can submit their letters:
• You can print out the Letter of Reference Form (by visiting this link: https://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/document/download/st_let_ref_167.pdf) and forward to your recommenders who will then complete the forms and mail to your Fulbright Program Office.
• Your recommenders can complete the forms online and submit electronically. You must click on the Recommendation button on the Home page of this application to register your recommenders.

Report on Proficiency in English Form:
If you do not have a recent TOEFL or IELTS score (scores are valid for up to two years), complete the top section of the Report on Proficiency in English Form (by visiting this link at: https://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/documents/scien/profic_english.pdf) and have the remaining portion completed by one of the types of certified English language evaluators listed on the form. Your language evaluator should return this form directly to your Fulbright Program Office. Frequently, there will be an evaluator in your Fulbright Office.

Transcript Release Form (for post-secondary U.S. transcripts only):
The Transcript Release Form (to access this form, please visit: https://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/documents/scien/trans_rel.pdf) is needed for those students who attended a post-secondary program (undergraduate or graduate) in the U.S. Fees for acquiring multiple copies of U.S. postsecondary transcripts will be covered by the International Fulbright Science and Technology Program.

Academic Records Information Form:
In order to assist U.S. academic institutions in evaluating more accurately your academic credentials, the Academic Records Information Form (to access this form, visit: https://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/documents/scien/aca_recs.pdf) allows you to provide information about the educational and grading system in the country where you did postsecondary study. A separate form should be completed for each college or university attended.

Signature Form:
You must print out, sign, and forward the Signature Form (access this form by visiting: https://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/documents/scien/sing.pdf) to your Fulbright Program Office.

Medical Form:
For selected candidates only; the Medical Form (to download this form, please visit: https://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/document/download/medical_form_8.pdf) should be submitted approximately 6 months prior to program start date.

• REQUIRED STANDARDIZED TESTING:
You will be required to take one or more of the following standardized tests to gain admission to a U.S. university. For instructions on registration, contact the Fulbright Program Office or the website for the test.

Tests of English Language Proficiency

• TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): TOEFL is an admissions requirement at U.S. institutions for applicants whose native language is not English. All non-native English-speaking candidates should immediately register for TOEFL.

• IELTS (International English Language Testing System): A growing number of U.S. institutions will accept the IELTS in lieu of TOEFL scores.

GRE (Graduate Records Examination)

The GRE is required by most U.S. graduate schools and/or departments for candidates applying in the fields of science, technology, or engineering. You should make every effort to register for the earliest possible administration of the GRE. Generally, the quantitative section of the exam is weighed heavily in the sciences.

GRE Subject Tests are required for the following fields:

• Biochemistry, Cell and molecular Biology
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Computer Science
• Mathematics
• Physics

The GRE Subject Test is only offered on a limited basis in paper-based format—October, November, or April. You should make every effort to register for either the October or the November test. However, the subject test are not a requirement for this application. If you are selected as a candidate you should register for either the October or November exams.

IMPORTANT
Note carefully, you MUST indicate that you want your score reports sent to the Institute of International Education (IIE). You must indicate the IIE code on the registration forms and/or the forms provided at the time you take the exam.

-- For all TOEFL and GRE exams, please indicate CODE: 2326.
-- For the IELTS, select Institute of International Education from the ‘Professional Bodies’ listing.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

BINATIONAL FULBRIGHT COMMISSION
P.O. Box 850215
(19, Mahdi bin Barakah Street - Shmeisani)
Amman 11185, Jordan
Tel: (962-6) 568-4760 or 560-4630
Fax: (962-6) 568-4820
Email:
info@fulbright.org.jo
http://www.fulbright-jordan.org/


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