50 LUMS Students Win Fulbright Awards

Lahore:This year 50 LUMS students have been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarships for graduate study in the USA. This is an extraordinary performance from LUMS students in the highly competitive Fulbright scholarship programme. Such a large number of Fulbright recipients is an important indicator of the quality and world class standing of LUMS students in all the disciplines offered at the Univeristy.
Of the 50 LUMS students awarded Fulbrights for studies in the USA in 2014, 47 will pursue Masters study and 3 will pursue PhD programmes. Students selected for the Fulbright Awards come from all three Schools at LUMS with the largest chunk coming from the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences (MGSHSS) with 28 students. 15 students are from the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE), while 7 from the Suleman Dawood School of Business (SDSB) have won Fulbrights for 2014. 16 students from the LUMS Economics Department were amongst those awarded a Fulbright this year (including 1 for PhD).
The LUMS Fulbright recipients of 2014 have chosen a diverse range of disciplines for their higher studies, including Public Policy, Energy - Electrical Engineering (Smart Grids), Social Sciences - Urban Planning, Molecular Cell Biology, Law, Agriculture - Agricultural Economics, History of South Asia, Engineering - Robotics & Control, Computer Science, Finance and Human Resource Management. Students pursuing their PhD’s have opted for research in the areas of Computer Science - Computational Science, Engineering & Modelling, Economics and Development Economics.
The Fulbright is a programme of competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange founded by US Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946. The US government’s flagship scholarship programme awards full scholarships to deserving Pakistani students who wish to complete their Masters or PhD, in a field of their choice, in universities across the United States. These scholarships cover tuition fee, textbooks, airfare, a stipend and health insurance. It is one of the most prestigious awards programme worldwide, operating in over 155 countries. 43 Fulbright alumni have won Nobel Prizes and many more have won other international honors.
Pakistan has the largest Fulbright programme in the world, and also one of the oldest. The US Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) administers the Fulbright Programme and encourages students from all over Pakistan to take advantage of the Fulbright Programme in 2014. In addition to approximately 200 students who will depart in the fall of 2013, 391 students are currently studying in the United States on Fulbright awards. Since USEFP’s inception more than 61 years ago, nearly 4,000 Pakistanis and more than 800 Americans have participated in exchange programmes administered by the USEFP.
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