For Greek students who hold a bachelor's degree from a Greek institution of higher education and possess an excellent academic record.
STEP 1. REGISTRATION PERIOD:
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 – Friday, January 17, 2020
No registration will be accepted beyond January 17, 2020 at midnight EET
STEP 2. ONLINE APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
Friday, February 14, 2020
No applications will be accepted after February 14, 2020 at midnight EET
Studying in the United States can be expensive. However, there are many opportunities out there and U.S. universities are often willing to aid students financially. Earning the Fulbright title is a good step in the right direction and some universities are prepared to offer special scholarships to Fulbright nominees. These include Kennesaw State University (MS in Conflict Management), Fordham University School of Law (LLM), University of New Hampshire (Graduate Study), Pepperdine University (LLM), Georgetown University (MA in German and European Studies), Bentley University (MBA), Stanford University (Leadership), University at Buffalo - SUNY (Engineering), University of Kentucky at Lexington (all fields), University of California Hastings at San Francisco (LLM, MSL), Western Michigan University (all fields). For information contact the Greek Program Coordinator.
Overview and Guidelines
The Fulbright Foundation in Greece will award up to five grants (depending on available funding) for the academic year beginning August/September 2020 to Greek graduate students who wish to obtain a Master's degree at a university in the United States. Awards are open to graduate students in all fields of study except medicine, dentistry and veterinary science or to those who wish to enter residency training programs. A very limited number of awards will be offered for architectural and law degrees, and toward Ph.D. degrees.
Candidates should already have applied to U.S. universities or be in the process of applying when they submit their Fulbright application. Admission to a U.S. university is not required at the time of application but is mandatory for the award of the grant. Candidates are selected on the basis of academic excellence, potential for professional development, civic engagement, extra-curricular activities, and personal qualities/abilities to serve as a cultural ambassador for Greece. All awards are subject to the Fulbright Foundation policies in compliance with the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) guidelines and all governmental regulations regarding visas, immigration, travel and residence.
Fulbright Awards offer financial support toward the first year of study but do not cover the full amount (university fees plus cost of living) for one year of U.S. study and beyond. The candidate is responsible for securing additional and adequate funding from personal and/or other sources and will need to provide financial evidence.
- Greek citizenship and a valid Greek passport. Candidates with dual citizenship (U.S./Greek) or permanent residence in the United States are not eligible.
- Permanent residency in Greece and commitment to return to Greece following the academic program to fulfill the mission and aim of the Fulbright grant.
- A Bachelor Degree from a Greek institution of higher education with a grade point average (GPA) of 8.0/10.00 and above or a degree from Deree-The American College of Greece or Anatolia College with a GPA of 3.4/4.0 and above. For those students who are in their last year of undergraduate study, a GPA is required on the basis of their previous performance.
- English language fluency test scores, TOEFL or IELTS, GRE and/or GMAT, are solicited in accordance with U.S. university requirements.
- Candidates should apply to more than one U.S. institution.
- Candidates applying for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) should have at least two years of full-time relevant work experience since their graduation. Part-time employment while in school will not be considered satisfactory work experience.
- Preference will be given to candidates below the age of 28 at the time of application.
- Students who have already begun their studies in the United States are not eligible to apply. Applicants who have previously studied abroad in the U.S. will be expected to explain how their return to the U.S. for further study will add to their previous experience.
- The Fulbright grant is a non-renewable grant that provides an allowance towards tuition and/or living expenses for the first year of study only, roundtrip airfare, and limited health and accident insurance. The amount of this allowance depends on the Foundation's budget for each year and on the Fulbright Foundation’s recommendation but cannot exceed the amount of US $20,000 (maximum $2,000 per month for 10 months or one academic year).
- Round trip travel allowance according to Fulbright Travel Policies & Regulations.
- Limited health and accident insurance (for recipient only). All participants will receive the Department of State's health insurance coverage (A+SPE) of $100,000 per illness or per injury with co-pays of $25 per medical visit and $75 for hospitalizations or emergency entries for the duration of the program. Pre-existing conditions are not covered. Some U.S. universities demand that you enroll in their health insurance plan. Make sure to inquire whether there will be any additional cost.
- Free Advising and Counseling Services on academic issues.
- Invitation to the Finalists Workshop.
- Pre-Departure Orientation program.
- Participation in the Annual Awards Ceremony.
- Fulbright Certificate of Award.
- J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa sponsorship.
- Gateway Orientation, Enrichment Seminars, Pre-Academic Programs, and other benefits/invitations offered by the cooperating agency in the United States: the Institute of International Education (IIE)
- Membership in the online global community for all participants of U.S. government sponsored exchange programs (such as the Fulbright program).
Fulbright Awards offer financial support for study in the U.S. However, Fulbright is much more than a scholarship: we offer fellows the opportunity to have a transformative cultural and academic experience and provide unrivaled support both during and after their Fulbright year. While a Fulbright Award is toward the first year of study only, the benefits do not end there. Receiving a Fulbright Award opens many doors and provides unparalleled global networking opportunities.
Terms and Conditions
- Registration before application is mandatory.
- A Fulbright Selection Committee will interview all eligible candidates, in person, on a specific date. All candidates will be informed of their interview appointment with the Selection Committee by email. Interviews last for about 15 minutes. Interviews are conducted in English and physical presence is mandatory. SKYPE and e-mail interviews will not be considered.
- Candidates will be informed of their nomination status on the day following the end of the interview cycle. Candidates will be designated as 'primary', 'alternate', or 'non-selected'. Alternate candidates will remain on standby until review and finalization of the overall budget.
- Candidates selected for a Fulbright grant are required to submit a medical history and examination report before their grants can be finalized. The Fulbright office will provide the necessary Medical Health Form.
- Candidates selected must provide the Foundation with proof of admission to a U.S. university and sufficient financial resources - in addition to the Fulbright award - before the issuance of the J-1 visa.
- Awards cannot be deferred to the following year.
- Fulbright grant recipients will be responsible for making travel arrangements in accordance with Fulbright Travel Policies & Regulations.
- Fulbright policy limits a student's stay to a maximum of three years for a Master's candidate and five years for a Ph.D. candidate, including time spent for academic training (maximum 18 months). Academic training is limited under U.S. federal regulations and may not exceed the amount of time spent on academic studies. U.S. Federal regulations also require that academic training commence within 30 days of completion of the Fulbright study program.
- Male applicants are responsible for settling all relevant military obligations.
- Fulbright grant recipients must travel on a J-1 visa sponsored by the Fulbright Program. It is a condition of the visa that, after completion of the academic program including studies and training, students must return to Greece and reside there for two years before being eligible to immigrate or apply for permanent residence or a work permit in the United States. The purpose of the two-year home residency requirement is to ensure that exchange visitors return to their home country and fulfill the exchange objectives of the Fulbright Program to broaden and strengthen mutual understanding between Greece and the United States.
Registration and Application Procedures
Step 1. Registration
Once submitted, your registration form will be automatically available to the Fulbright Foundation/Greek Program Coordinator for a first review. You will receive a confirmation email in the week following your submission.
Step 2. Fulbright Online Application Procedure
Following successful registration and approval of eligibility, applicants will be given a link to complete the online Fulbright application in English (SLATE platform). Applications which have been submitted without prior registration will not be accepted. When you begin your application, the platform will ask you to confirm that you have contacted the local office (registration) and that you are eligible for this award.
The Fulbright Foundation accepts ONLY applications submitted online through the SLATE platform. Faxed or e-mailed or mailed copies of applications will not be accepted.
The following documents must be completed / uploaded in the online application:
- Online application form including Study/Research Objectives and Personal Statement.
- Detailed Curriculum Vitae.
- Degrees and transcripts of all university grades both in Greek and English.
- TOEFL or IELTS, GRE and/or GMAT score reports in accordance with U.S. university requirements.
- Scanned copy of your passport as well as scanned copy of any valid U.S. visa issued within the last 4 years. If you do not yet have a passport, you will need to include a copy of your ID card.
- A digital portfolio for candidates in the fields of Architecture and the Arts.
- Three letters of reference are requested as part of your Fulbright application. All candidates should register their referees to the online application platform. All candidates should inform their referees that they will need to submit their letters of reference online the latest by February 10, 2020. All letters should be written in English. The letters of reference should be written by professors with whom you have studied or pursued research or by someone who has supervised your work as related to your proposed field of study.
- Signature Form: upon submission of your online application you must print out, sign, and email this form to your Fulbright Program Coordinator in order to include it in your file.
- All candidates are requested to submit one hard copy of their completed and submitted application incl. portfolio (if applicable) to the Fulbright Foundation, 6 Vassilissis Sofias str., 10674 Athens, (attn: Greek Program Coordinator) within 10 days of its online submission. We encourage students to submit their final application in person to the Foundation.
Registrations forms can be accessed here through January 17, 2020.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2020-2021 FULBRIGHT AWARDS FOR GREEK GRADUATE STUDENTS
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - Friday, January 17, 2020
ONLINE APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
Friday, February 14, 2020
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
25th U.S. University Fair
Location: Crown Plaza Hotel
Entrance is free to the public
Representatives and alumni from U.S. colleges and universities will be available to offer information to students interested in studying in the United States
October 8, 2019 – January 17, 2020
All applicants must register during this period
Friday, February 14, 2020
Online application deadline
Within 10 days of your final submission and no later than February 24
Materials submission deadline
One printout of the completed and entire application following submission plus portfolio if applicable
March 17-19, 2020 (tbd)
Interviews for applicants in the Sciences, Engineering/Architecture,
and Business Administration/Finance
Friday, March 20, 2020
Notification of results by email
March 17-19, 2020 (tbd)
Interviews for applicants in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Friday, March 20, 2020
Notification of results by email
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Finalists Workshop in person in Athens or by SKYPE
Pre-departure orientation session for Fulbright Grantees
The program is offered in Athens only and attendance is required
attendance is required
August - September 2020
Academic Year begins in the United States
Interim Grant Report
Final Grant Report