2010-2011 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) Deadline: December 7, 2009

18.11.2009

The administration of Fast Education is glad to inform you about a new Scholarship for undergraduate students.

The Embassy of the United States in Tashkent is pleased to announce the open competition for the 2010-2011 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD).The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia (Global UGRAD), a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, provides opportunities for undergraduate students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan for one year of full-time, non-degree study in the United States. First-year students will attend two-year community colleges and live in campus housing (dormitories) or with American host families. All other students will attend four-year universities and colleges and will live in campus housing (dormitories). Fellows may not choose their U.S. host university/college or community college.

Here are some of the possible fields of study for Global UGRAD (other fields will also be considered): accounting, agriculture, anthropology, biology, business, chemistry, computer science, criminal justice, economics, education, engineering, environmental management, geology, hospitality management, international relations, journalism, law, mass communications, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, urban planning, U.S. studies.

Technical Eligibility Requirements

Candidates will be considered without respect to race, color, religion, national origin, or gender. Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Competition for the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is merit-based and 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 currently residing in one of the following eligible countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan;
  • Is enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at the time of application at a registered academic institution in one of the 12 eligible countries and in good academic standing. All students must return to their home academic institution for a minimum of one full term (semester or year) following the end of the UGRAD program;
  • Is between the ages of 18-24 years old at the time of travel to the United States (August-September 2010);
  • Submits a complete original application and two copies with all required documents by the application deadline;
  • Is able to begin the academic exchange program in the United States in the fall of 2010;
  • Is able to receive and maintain a U.S. J-1 visa;
  • Is physically able to complete the program in its entirety;
  • Is committed to returning to their home country after completion of the program;
  • Is proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application.

Individuals in the following circumstances are NOT eligible for the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program:

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States;
  • Individuals currently participating in academic, training, or research programs in the United States;
  • Individuals currently studying, residing, or working outside the 12 eligible countries;
  • Individuals who have participated in an exchange visitor program sponsored or funded by the U.S. government for a period of more than six weeks and who have not fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement by the time of application;
  • Individuals who have applied for U.S. permanent residency in the past three years;
  • Local employees of the U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Employees are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment;
  • Immediate family members (i.e. spouses and children) of U.S. Department of State and USAID employees. Family members are also ineligible for one year following the termination of employment;
  • Persons arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a crime (excluding minor traffic violations);

Please note that third year students are now eligible to apply for the program. Fourth year students are also eligible to apply as long as they return to their home university for at least one semester after completion of Global UGRAD program. The complete list of eligibility requirements and selection criteria is included in the application.

Applications must be in English and must be returned to the U. S. Embassy Public Affairs Section by 5:00 PM on December 7, 2009. Applicants must submit the original application and supplemental form and two complete copies for a total of three. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.

The application is also available online at the Embassy's websitehttp://www.uzbekistan.usembassy.gov/exchanges.

Please direct all questions to fast.education@yahoo.com Indicate "Global UGRAD" in the subject line of all emails. We provide you with all necessary information even help you to fill an application, to write Statement of Purpose and References. We would be glad to assist you in winning this given scholarship.

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