“One of the things that I admire most of the U.S. higher education system is the dedication of the professors so that students can develop themselves in the best way during their students. I also like the modality of the classes and the education that combines theoretical and practical aspects.” Eddy Ixcotoyac, Fulbright Foreign Student Fellow 2018.
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to study and conduct research in the United States. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. Approximately 4,000 foreign students receive Fulbright scholarships each year. In Guatemala the Fulbright Foreign Student Program is administered by the U.S. Embassy. Since the start of the program in 1949 there have been 1,154 Guatemalan Fulbright Fellows.
The Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship gives Guatemalan citizens that fulfill all the eligibility requirements the possibility to study a Masters or Ph.D in the United States.
Applications are currently open and will close at midnight of May 15, 2019.
The application process is available here: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2020
Please take into consideration that this is a highly competitive program. Students from disadvantaged groups will be given a priority.
For more information visit: https://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/about/foreign-fulbright
Am I eligible for this Scholarship?
You must fulfill all the following requirements to be eligible:
- Graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree (licenciatura) or Masters.
- General point average (GPA) from 85 points out of 100 in the Guatemalan system or in the top 15% of their class. This must be proven with documents issued by your university.
- Advanced English level: spoken and written.
- At least, two years of work experience in a field related to your studies.
- Leadership skills, highly motivated and capacity to adapt.
- Committed to the development of your community through community service, volunteering or other activities.
- Guatemalan citizen currently living in Guatemala. U.S. Citizens or permanent residents are not eligible.
- Candidates with little or no prior U.S. experience will have a priority.
- Be eligible for a J1 Visa
- Committed to returning to Guatemala for at least two years after finishing your studies in the United States and multiply your knowledge from your professional field.
Please take into consideration that this is a highly competitive program. Applications from candidates that do not fulfill all requirements will not be reviewed.
Which expenses does the Scholarship cover?
The Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship covers expenses of the TOEFL exam, visa, travel, housing, university fees and an emergency medical plan called ASPE.
The expenses of dependents, such as husband, wife or children are not covered by the Scholarship. If you plan to bring your family, you will be requested to provide proof that you have the means to sustain them during your studies. The general rule is that you will need to show that you have financial resources ready to cover dependent(s) expenses for one year. You will be required to show an amount equal to half of your monthly stipend per month for the first dependent, and a quarter of the monthly stipen for the second dependent.
As a program participant, you will receive funding for university health insurance and be enrolled in the emergency medical coverage provided by the Department of State, known as ASPE benefits.
More information on J-1 Visas
Following completion of a J-1 program in the Research Scholar or Professor category, the exchange visitor is subject to a 24-month bar on repeat participation per US Department of State regulation. The visitor will not be eligible to begin a new program as a J-1 Research Scholar or Professor for two years following the end date of a previous program in the J-1 Research Scholar or Professor category, as identified on the Form DS-2019 or in SEVIS. For example, if a J-1 Research Scholar or Professor program was completed on 7/31/2018, the visitor would not be eligible to begin a new J-1 Research Scholar or Professor program until 8/1/2020 at the earliest.
The 24-month bar applies to all J-1 Research Scholars and Professors as well as their dependents (J-2s) and impacts eligibility for future J-1 Research Scholar or Professor programs within that period; this is different from the 212(e) Two Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement, which does not impact the ability to apply for a future J-1 program.