Fulbright Offers US Scholarship Grants

BUTUAN CITY (PIA) - The Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF) is now accepting applications for Fulbright scholarship grants for school year 2014-2015.

This was learned from the Caraga Regional Office of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED-Caraga) through its Web site www.chedcaraga.com.

In a letter addressed to CHED-Caraga Director Dr. Isabela Mahler, PAEF executive director Esmeralda Cunanan said the granting of scholarship will be conducted through competition where applicants are evaluated or assessed according to their undergraduate records, professional work experiences, and other qualifications.

The scholarship is for graduate degree and non-degree study grants in the United States (US) such as Master's, Ph.D., and doctoral dissertation. Application for these grants will be received by the PAEF until March 25, 2013.

Applications are accepted from faculty and staff of Philippine universities and professionals from the private and government sectors.

Cunanan said the Fulbright scholarship grants have been awarded to around 2,000 Filipinos since 1948.

It enables deserving Filipinos to pursue their fields of study in the United States and develop leaders who will contribute to the promotion of international peace and understanding. "Today, Fulbright scholars occupy prominent positions in the government and the private sector," Cunanan added.

Grants under the Philippine Student Program are for a maximum of one academic year for non-degree, one to two years for Master's, and two years for doctoral degree studies.

The grant provides for round-trip international travel, monthly maintenance allowance, tuition and fees, book/supply allowance, as well as health and accident insurance.

Qualified applicants must be of Filipino citizenship and proficient in English. Must be a college degree holder with major in field of specialization and has excellent undergraduate record.

While no medical certification is required during application time, applicants must be in good health to pursue graduate work in the United States. However, finalists will be required to pass a medical examination.

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