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Fulbright Student Award to the United States

The Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 Fulbright Student Award competition for master’s study or research in the United States. Applicants can be Romanian graduates – BA, MA or PhD students – from accredited public and private universities. BA students are also invited to apply if they are in their final year of undergraduate study.

The candidates will be selected through open, merit-based competition to participate in graduate level programs in any field except clinical disciplines (that include patient contact). Each year scholarships are offered to Romanian citizens for the first year of master’s program or for one academic year of student research (non-degree).

GRANT DURATION: one academic year (9 months, starting August 2019).

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 14, 2018.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. have Romanian citizenship; green card holders and persons with dual (Romanian and U.S.) citizenship are ineligible;

  2. hold at least a BA degree, with good academic standing; undergraduate students can also compete, if they are in their final BA year at university;

  3. have English proficiency;

  4. if applying in law, candidates must hold a degree in that field.


THE APPLICATION PACKAGE consists of:

  1. the online application: https://iie.embark.com/apply/ffsp;

  2. three letters of recommendation from university professors and/or other acknowledged Romanian or foreign professionals, submitted directly in the online application or mailed as official paper copies by the deadline of the competition; we also accept letters of recommendation via email if the recommenders send them directly, as scanned signed documents, by the deadline.

  3. academic transcripts and diplomas for all undergraduate and graduate levels, accompanied by translations, scanned and uploaded to the online application by the deadline; official paper transcripts should be sent at a later date, only by the applicants selected for interview.

TOEFL/GRE/GMAT test scores are mandatory only for the applicants who pass the Fulbright interview phase in September.

Standardized tests are not obligatory in the first stages of the competition. Score reports will be required prior to November 27, 2018. Test vouchers for exam registration will be provided only to the Romanian final nominees who must take TOEFL (for research) and TOEFL, GRE or GMAT (for master’s degree).

Please refer to the Complete Online Application Instructions:

https://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/online-application-student-instructions (select Romania)

Note: Only online applications will be accepted. Incomplete applications lead to exclusion of the respective applicant from further selection process. Paper documents will not be returned.

AWARD BENEFITS:

The Student Fulbright Award provides: international travel, tuition and university fees within established budget limits as well as accident/sickness insurance and monthly maintenance allowance. The grant also offers books and supplies allowance depending on available funds.

THE ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES

Selection Steps:

  1. applications are pre-screened;

  2. the assessment of study/research projects is performed by Fulbright alumni and leading Romanian and U.S. scholars in the respective fields of knowledge;

  3. the applicants recommended by reviewers will be invited to an interview carried out by a bi-national panel, in the first half of September;

  4. the nominated finalists are subject to final approval by the Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB – http://eca.state.gov/fulbright).

ADMISSION AND AFFILIATION TO U.S. UNIVERSITIES

The Institute of International Education in New York (IIE) will team up with the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission in order to carry out the Romanian finalists’ admission and affiliation process to accredited U.S. universities.

The duration of the entire selection process is approximately 12 months; as a result, the Fulbright Student Award competition is advertised a year before the grant starts. Affiliation of the Fulbright Student Award finalists will be concluded in May-July. Exchanges will begin in August – September, the year following the application.

Note: When the competition is launched, it will be advertised in the NEWS section of our website: www.fulbright.ro>. Please also check TIMELINE for the general dates of competition.

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