|Thank you for your interest in applying for the Fulbright PhD Dissertation Research Grant. The September 25, 2017 deadline has passed and the application period has closed for AY 2018-2019.
The below information is for your reference only. Kindly keep checking the website for notification of the 2019-2020 announcement as updates to grants occur every year.
- Application Requirements
- Tests that I Need to Take
All nominees who are selected for the Grant will have to begin their research activities in the 2018-2019 Fall semester.
No, you cannot. The Grant is valid only for the academic year that the candidate is selected for and cannot be deferred to another academic year. Candidates also cannot start their program earlier than the designated program start date.
Grants for Ph.D. Dissertation Research are awarded for one academic year (9 months). Students are required to return to Turkey and complete their Ph.D. programs at the end of their grant period.
Fulbright Ph.D. Dissertation Research Grant covers educational costs up to $50,000.00. A monthly stipend that is calculated at the Fulbright rate ($1,280 – $2,160 for living expenses), $1,000 book allowance and $350 settling allowance are included in the grant package. Grantees are also provided with ASPE health insurance and a round trip plane ticket.
If tuition, fees, and living expenses are over $50,000.00, grantees should cover the remaining sum. You may use your personal funds or look for additional scholarships from other institutions or foundations. However tuition and fees of Ph.D. Dissertation Researchers are generally under $50,000.00 and the grantees do not need to cover any additional expenses.
No, there isn’t. Candidates are nominated from as many different fields as possible, except for clinical fields that require direct contact with patients.
No, there is no pay back or mandatory service in return for the Grant; however, after a grantee completes his/her education in the USA, there is an obligation to return to Turkey pursuant to the USA J-1 visa rule. Grantees who return to Turkey after completion of their programs cannot get a Green Card or US citizenship for two years, but can apply for a tourist visa. To get more information please click here.
Doing an advanced research about the graduate programs in the U.S. in your field will be helpful. We advise you to fill out the university preference section on the 10th page of the Embark application form based on your research of the U.S. programs.
Some resources that may be helpful with your university search are listed below:
1. Do I need to pass the Ph.D. comprehensive test to apply?
No. You do not need to, but you need to complete your coursework before the time of traveling to the USA.
2. Should I know my dissertation topic to apply for the Grant?
Yes, you should have an approved dissertation topic to be able to apply for the Grant.
3. Which standardized tests am I required to take in order to obtain admission to a university?
All candidates must take either the TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic.
4. How can I apply to take the TOEFL?
TOEFL is given in many cities at specific dates on an Internet based system. Detailed information, test centers and dates can be found at www.ets.org/toefl. Online registration for the test can be done via this address.
5. How can I apply to take the IELTS?
You may book the IELTS test at https://www.ielts.org/book-a-test/find-a-test-location.
6. What TOEFL or IELTS score should I get to apply to U.S. universities?
For required TOEFL/IELTS scores, visiting web sites of relevant schools in the USA is recommended.
7. How can I deliver my TOEFL/IELTS score to the Fulbright office?
You should use the Commission’s institution code B126 to send your TOEFL iBT score report. You may send your IELTS score by choosing our Commission on the “IELTS Recognising Organisations” list. You can also add the official score reports that you have received to your application package.