Fulbright Program

“Our future is not in the stars but in our own minds and hearts. Creative leadership and liberal education, which in fact go together, are the first requirements for a hopeful future for humankind.”

— Senator J. William Fulbright, The Price of Empire

The Turkish Fulbright Commission was established by a binational agreement signed between the United States and Turkey in 1949. The Turkish Fulbright Commission supports Turkish and American graduate students, academicians and secondary school teachers through grants which include travel and living expenses and offers educational advising for Turkish students wishing to study in the U.S.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government’s premier scholarship program. It enables U.S. students and artists to benefit from unique resources in every corner of the world and students, teachers, and academics from all over the world to study in the U.S. The Fulbright Program provides all the chance to gain international competence in an increasingly interdependent world.

The U.S. Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946, immediately after World War II, to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Senator J. William Fulbright, sponsor of the legislation, saw it as a step toward building an alternative to armed conflict. The Fulbright 50th Anniversary Commemoration was celebrated in 1996.

Since the creation of the Commission in 1949, funding has been provided by the governments of Turkey and the United States.  The Commission also seeks private donations to augment this funding.  The Turkish Fulbright program has supported nearly 3000 Turkish and American scholars in its fifty years of existence.  In Turkey, special priority is given to the preparation of staff for teaching in Turkish universities.  Many graduate students have received their M.A., M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in the U.S. and are now teaching in Turkish institutions. American scholars coming to Turkey have made major teaching and research contributions in a variety of disciplines ranging from science and engineering to business to history and literature.  Returning Fulbrighters from both countries occupy important positions in their academic institutions, public service and the private sector.  They maintain ties with their host country, thereby carrying out the goals of the Fulbright Program.

Grants to study in the U.S.

There are three basic types of Fulbright grants:

  1. Scholars and Professionals
    Hubert H. Humphrey Scholarships
    are granted to Turkish candidates who are in professional fields. The duration of the grant is ten months.
  2. Postgraduate Students (usually candidates for the Master’s or Ph.D. degree)
    Postgraduate students (Masters degree candidates are supported for two years and Ph.D. candidates are supported for one year) should apply directly to the Fulbright Commission office in Ankara. The application deadline is July 29, 2005. Applications are accepted from graduate students in all fields except for the clinical fields of medicine.
  3. Secondary School Teachers and Administrators
    The Turkish Teacher Exchange Program is for teachers from Turkish secondary schools where the medium of instruction is English exchange assignments with American teachers. The program is announced in October each year.

Educational Advising

The Commission provides educational advising in its Ankara and Ýstanbul offices. Directories, catalogues and CD-ROMs about undergraduate and graduate programs in American universities and colleges are available.

Information and application materials on standardized tests can also be obtained at the Commission’s counseling centers or on-line.

  • TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language
  • GRE Graduate Record Examinations
  • GMAT Graduate Management Admission Test
  • SAT Scholastic Assessment Test
  • ACT American College Testing
  • LSAT Law School Admission Test
  • USMLE United States Medical Licensing Examination

The TOEFL, GRE and GMAT are computer-based tests administered by theEducational Testing Service. The SAT is administered by the College Board. The ACT is administered by American College Testing.The LSAT is administered by the Law School Admission Council. USMLE is administered by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. You can consult their web sites for more information.

Scholarships for study in Turkey

U.S. citizen senior lecturers, senior research scholars, secondary school teachers and graduate students may apply for scholarships for study in Turkey. For general information on eligibility, please visit the US State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs web site.