Academic Exchanges

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Fulbright Scholarships (for graduate study only)

APPLY NOW for The Fulbright Scholarship Program for 2018/2019

  • Fulbright LASPAU Faculty Development Program (institutional development)   Applications are now open. Deadline: CLOSED
  • FULBRIGHT 2000 PROGRAM  Master’s Level in conflict resolution; security studies/human security; development/international affairs; governance. Deadline: CLOSED
  • Fulbright IIE Foreign Student Program (for Master’s degree study) Applications are now open. Deadline: CLOSED
  • Fulbright Hubert H. Humphrey (young and mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement) Deadline: CLOSED

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Persons applying for Fulbright Scholarships must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a national of Trinidad and Tobago;- Be a holder of a Trinidad and Tobago Passport;
  • Not be a Permanent Resident of the United States or a holder of a U.S. “Green Card” (U.S. alien registration card);
  • Graduated from a local tertiary-level institution with a high passing grade (e.g. upper second class hons. or first class hons. Bachelor’s degree)

In addition to the above general requirements, applicants must not have spent a considerable degree of time living or studying in the U.S. within the past 3-5 years.  Because an objective of the Fulbright program is to provide an educational exchange experience to those not previously afforded such an opportunity, preference will be given to candidates who have not had extensive recent experience in the United Sates or any other foreign country. Applicants must also have clearly defined career goals evident in the application and exceptional promise of making a contribution to national development. They must also be dedicated to returning to Trinidad and Tobago upon completion of their studies for at least two years, as required under the J-1 visa awarded to recipients of Fulbright Scholarships.

Websites for downloading application forms, etc, for some of the scholarships, wherever possible, have been provided, or you may e-mail: gregoirej@state.gov to request them.

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP OFFERINGS FOR 2018:     

FULBRIGHT HUBERT H. HUMPHREY PROGRAM TO THE UNITED STATES

Deadline: CLOSED

Appropriate candidates are young and mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement. Prospective Fellows should have a minimum of five years full-time professional experience (prior to August 2019) in the relevant field, after completing a university degree, and should be interested in the policy aspects of their field of specialization. Please note that candidates must have completed a university degree program requiring at least four years of full-time study to qualify for participation in U.S. graduate study programs. Candidates should be proficient in both written and spoken English and should normally have a minimum TOEFL score of 525 (paper based) or 71 (internet-based), although exceptionally promising candidates with lower scores may be nominated for the Long-Term English (LTE) training. Candidates should have both the need to participate in the program and the potential to benefit from it.

Social Media: The Humphrey Program is on Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn. Interested applicants can interact with current Fellows and alumni, and learn more about the program through our semi-weekly posts on Facebook. Access our YouTube page to see videos of Fellows and alumni discussing their Humphrey Programs. Candidates can join LinkedIn to participate in field-specific discussions with Fellows and alumni.

More information 

FULBRIGHT (IIE) FOREIGN STUDENT PROGRAM TO THE UNITED STATES

This program provides grants to nationals of Trinidad and Tobago in order to earn a Master’s degree or Ph.D. from a university in the social sciences and humanities. Preference is given to Master’s degree candidates. Full and partial grants are offered and are administered by The Institute of International Education (IIE). Applicants must have earned a Bachelor’s degree with honors from a local institution.  Graduates of the University of the West Indies must have earned at least Upper Second Class Honors passing grades.  Test scores that ensure competitiveness for U.S. university admission is required for those seeking admission in all fields.  A minimum score of 600 on the GMAT is required for those in business, in lieu of the GRE.  Interested persons are advised to register to take the GRE/GMAT exam as soon as possible.  Approximately three scholarships are awarded annually.  The student application form is located at: https://iie.embark.com/apply/ffsp  

Supplemental form for Trinidad and Tobago students available here:  https://tt.usembassy.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/114/2017/04/Supplemental-Form-Foreign-Student-Program.pdf

When completing the application form, applicants must select the 2019/2020 cycle.

NOTE: When applying, applicants under the Foreign Student Program may ignore prompt to contact Embassy if all eligibility requirements as outlined above have been met. 

FULBRIGHT LASPAU FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AND FULBRIGHT 2000 PROGRAM TO THE UNITED STATES

The Fulbright-LASPAU program supports graduate study in the United States for professionals who are dedicated to college or university teaching.  The grant competition is open to professors who are nominated by institutions of higher education in Trinidad and Tobago and who have outstanding academic and professional qualifications.  Applications can be submitted for study in any field.  Grants provide maintenance through completion of Master’s, Ph.D. or one-year non-degree program.  Approximately 2-3 grants are awarded per annum.

Fulbright-LASPAU grantees receive a monthly maintenance stipend (which varies according to the cost of living in different locations in the U.S.), a book allowance, health insurance, and round-trip airfare to the U.S.  Funds are also available to cover expenses related to graduate study such as thesis preparation.  The admitting university covers tuition.  Grantees receive up to two years of funding for master’s level or doctoral-level studies.  Candidates for doctoral-level study must already possess a master’s degree.  The grant does not provide funding for grantees’ family members.  Expenses for dependents are the grantee’s responsibility.

FULBRIGHT 2000 PROGRAM

A one-time offer for study at the Master’s level. Applications invited in study areas such as

  • conflict resolution;
  • security studies/human security;
  • development/international affairs;
  • governance.

How candidates can access the online application

To begin a new application, candidates should visit the following link: https://laspau.force.com/grantee/Form?tfa_form=117

The application can also be accessed through the Fulbright page on Laspau’s website: http://www.laspau.harvard.edu/fulbright/. Applicants should go to the “How to Apply” tab and click on the Apply Now button.

Please note:

1)      Before filling out the application, candidates will be asked to fill out the Fulbright Applicant Information Form, to determine whether you are eligible for the Fulbright scholarship based on your country of citizenship.   After you have completed the form and determined to be eligible, you will receive an email with a direct link to the full Fulbright application.

If you experience technical trouble with the application, please contact techsupport@laspau.desk-mail.com.

2)      Applicants should only fill out the Fulbright Applicant Information Form once. To continue an application previously started, applicants should login using the following link: https://laspau.force.com/scholar/LPortal_Login

Application deadline:  CLOSED

3) UPDATED CHECKLIST OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Revised Checklist of Required Documents including updated portfolio instructions and additional details in the transcripts/diploma sections to help clarify the requirements.

After applicants complete this form and are determined to be from an eligible country of citizenship, they will receive an email with a direct link to the full Fulbright application.

Supporting documents

Supporting documents should now be uploaded electronically as a part of the online application. These documents are: CV; Passport Identification Page; Statement of Purpose; Transcripts; and the Nominating Institution Verification form, if required.

Interested persons are advised to register to take the GRE/GMAT exam as soon as possible. Only online applications will be accepted.

Document Checklist PDF 172 KB

FULBRIGHT SENIOR SPECIALIST PROGRAM FROM THE UNITED STATES TO TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

This program can bring U.S. academic experts to Trinidad and Tobago institutions for two to six weeks, to lecture, lead seminars and work with foreign counterparts in the development of curriculum and course materials as well as conduct needs assessments, at the request of the local institution.  The program is open to qualified U.S. academics and professionals in the fields of anthropology/archaeology, business administration, communications and journalism, economics, education, environmental science, information technology, law, library science, political science/public administration, sociology and social work, U.S. studies (for example, art, art history, dance, economics, government, history, literature, music, popular culture, theater) and urban planning.

Costs for the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program must be shared with the host institution. The U.S. Embassy provides international travel and a daily honorarium.  The co-hosting institution must cover lodging, meals and in-country travel.  Participating institutions to-date, have been the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT), the Department of Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus; and the National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST).  Institutions must submit applications at least 3 months in advance of the anticipated arrival of the scholar.  For further information e-mail: gregoirej@state.gov.

Address:

Walk-in: Embassy of the United States of America
Public Affairs Section
Briar Place, 10-12 Sweet Briar Road, St. Clair, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Mailing: Embassy of the United States of America
15 Queen’s Park West, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

 

Current Board Members

  • Dr. Charisse Griffith-Charles, Lecturer, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus (President)
  • Dr. Barney Pachedo, Lecturer, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus (Secretary)
  • Dr. Charlene Roach, Lecturer, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus (Treasurer)
  • Ms. Jacqui Gregoire, Cultural Affairs Specialist, U.S. Embassy (Liaison Officer)

The Fulbright Alumni Association of Trinidad and Tobago was inaugurated on Friday, August 2, 1996. Membership size: Approximately 270

Objectives

  1. Foster interaction among Fulbright Alumni in Trinidad and Tobago.
  2. Promote links with Fulbright Alumni at the regional and international levels.
  3. Enhance the professional development of its members by organizing and encouraging their participation in workshops, seminars, symposia and continuing professional development programs relevant to the needs of the members.
  4. Promote the ideals and spirit of Senator William Fulbright as embodied in the Fulbright Program.
  5. Foster nation building and regional integration among the countries of the Caribbean region.
  6. Assist in the recruitment, selection and orientation of Fulbright Fellows, including arranging pre-departure meetings and re-entry assistance, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy and the Institute of International Education (IIE).
  7. Facilitate Fulbright Alumni from other regions on visits to, and travel within, the Caribbean region.
  8. Maintain relationship with other Fulbright Alumni Associations and their programs around the world.
  9. Undertake programs of action in accordance with the identified needs and problems of the Caribbean region.
  10. Do all other things incidental to and conducive to the attainment of the objectives of the Association.

Since its inception, FAATT has hosted a number of activities such as: lecture/discussions on Breast Cancer, AIDS, Domestic Violence; conferences on:Involving Communities in Disaster Risk Management: A Call to Action(September 2006); The Role of the  Fulbright Program in Promoting World Peace (November 2001); Preparing the Job Market for the 21st Century(November 1998); and What Language Do West Indians Speak (October 1996)