Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship, USA

Deadline: 8 November 2010
Open to: graduate students and professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan
Starting date: August 2010
Scholarship: full

The Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program, a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, was designed to identify exceptional individuals who are committed to a future of service and leadership in their home countries and provide these individuals with Master’s level academic study and professional experiences in the United States.

Academic Program

The Muskie program provides opportunities for Master’s level study in the United States to citizens from
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan,
and Uzbekistan in:

• Business Administration
• Economics
• Education
• Environmental Management
• International Affairs
• Journalism and Mass Communications
• Law
• Library and Information Science
• Public Administration
• Public Health
• Public Policy

Citizens from Russia and Ukraine are eligible only for:
• Business Administration
• Economics
• Law
• Public Administration
• Public Policy

Master’s applicants may indicate a preference for one- or two-year programs in the above fields.
Candidates will be considered without respect to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, or gender.

Competition is Open to Anyone Who

• is a citizen, national, or permanent resident qualified to hold a valid passport issued by the country of
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan,
Turkmenistan, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan
• is the recipient of an undergraduate degree (four- or five-year study) by the time of the application
(undergraduate degree must be in law in order to apply to the Muskie Program in the field of law)
• submits a complete application and two copies (for a total of three) by the application deadline (or
submits the online application)
• is able to begin the academic exchange program in the United States in the summer of 2011
• is able to receive and maintain a US J-1 visa

Financial Provisions of The Grant

• J-1 visa support
• roundtrip travel from fellow’s home city to their host institution in the United States
• tuition and additional mandatory university fees
• accident and sickness coverage
• monthly allowance for living expenses
• limited allowance for books
• an Orientation program
• pre-academic English-language training (if necessary)
• alumni networking and training opportunities

Selection Process and Criteria

The Muskie Program is conducted as a merit-based open  competition. After the deadline, all eligible
applications will be reviewed by a bi-national panel  of academics, regional experts, and alumni. Chosen
semi-finalists will be interviewed in their home country by a bi-national committee of US academic
specialists, program alumni, and US embassy representatives.  Selected semi-finalists will take the Test of
English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), as well as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), if applicable, in early 2011.  Program finalists and
alternates will be chosen based on results of the initial application review, interview committee, and test scores.

Application deadline – November 8



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