Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is by excellence the premier exchange program of the U.S. State Department. This program provides its participants (chosen por their academic merits and leadership potential) the opportunity to study, to teach, to research or to exchange ideas.

The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States is pleased to offer scholarships that give Panamanians the opportunity to study at the Master’s level in the United States. Open to all Panamanian citizens residing in the country with excellent academic performance during the years of study at the level of the degree.

Aimed at: Panamanian professionals residing in Panama who have completed their degree, including the final graduation project. Panamanians residing in the United States or with dual nationality (Panamanian / American) will not be considered. Preference will be given to candidates who have never studied in the United States.

Duration: The master’s degree lasts for a maximum of two years.

Selection Based on:

  • Academic excellence at the level of the degree, professional experience and potential to contribute to the country
  • The average academic index of the scholarship holders is 2.0 upwards (based on the scale of 3.0) at the level of the degree
  • Academic background related to the proposed curriculum, professional experience and potential to contribute to the development of the country
  • Knowledge of English Language: The level of English required to study in the United States will depend on the area of ​​study and the requirements of the program required by the US institution. For programs at the master’s level, most programs require a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 600 (paper test) or 100 (Internet version) up. We recommend that applicants investigate this requirement before completing their application. If necessary, the scholarship includes a pre-academic program of an intensive English course of up to 6 months for those selected candidates who need it.
  • Professional Experience: Minimum of two (2) years in the study area.

Careers: Open to careers in Science, Technology and Innovation. The following areas of study will be considered: Transport and Logistics, Communication and Information Technology, Bioscience and Agricultural Sciences, and Engineering.

Selection of the University: The candidate may recommend universities and these will be taken into consideration to the extent that is feasible. The Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York will work with the candidate in the selection of the study program and the university; however, the IIE offices will make the final selection of the university, after agreement with the candidate.

Scholarship: The program covers a round trip, tuition, monthly stipend for lodging and food and medical insurance, as well as an intensive English course in the U.S. (if considered by the selection committee).

Calendar: Academic studies will begin in August or September of the following year of the call. The pre-selected candidates will take preliminary aptitude tests in Spanish. Admission Test to Postgraduate Studies and the English language. Those who qualify will be interviewed by a committee of Panamanians and Americans. The final selection will be based on the availability of funds provided by the Congress of the United States of America and the admission of the student to the university.

The selected candidates will take official proficiency exams (in English – GRE / GMAT / TOEFL, as the case may be). We recommend that you inform yourself about the preparation necessary to take these exams; they are indispensable requisites of admission and require a lot of practice and study before taking them.
In some instances, the candidate will only have an opportunity to take these exams in Panama before the universities begin making their decisions for admission. Each university has its own deadlines for admission and its own minimum scores to admit students; that is why we encourage you to study for these exams several months in advance.

Questions? Email: pancultural@state.gov
Public Affairs Section (PAS), Embassy of the United States
Building 783, Calle Demetrio B. Lakas, Clayton
Tel .: 317-5000 ext. 5459, 5196

The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America and the National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT) are pleased to offer the Fulbright-SENACYT scholarship that gives Panamanians the opportunity to study at the master’s level or PhD in the United States.

Aimed at: Panamanian professionals residing in Panama who have completed their degree, including the final graduation project. Panamanians residing in the United States or with dual nationality (Panamanian / American) will not be considered. Preference will be given to candidates who have never studied in the United States.

Duration: The master’s degree has a maximum duration of two (2) years. The doctorate has a maximum duration of four (4) years. If necessary, if the Ph.D. program is for five (5) years, the candidate must make their own arrangements to obtain additional funding for the remaining time of their program.

Selection Based on:

  • Academic excellence at the level of the degree, professional experience and potential to contribute to the country.
    The average academic index of the scholarship holders is 2.5 upwards (based on the scale of 3.0) at the level of the degree.
  • English Language Knowledge: The level of English required to study in the United States will depend on the area of ​​study and the requirements of the program required by the US institution. For programs at the master’s level, most programs require a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 600 (paper test) or 100 (Internet version) up. We recommend that applicants investigate this requirement before completing their application.

Professional Experience: Minimum of two (2) years in the study area.

Careers: Open to careers in Science, Technology and Innovation. The following areas of study will be considered: Transport and Logistics, Communication and Information Technology, Bioscience and Agricultural Sciences, and Engineering.

Selection of the University: Once the process of preselection of candidates has been completed, the candidate may recommend universities and these will be taken into consideration to the extent feasible. The Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York will work with the candidate in the selection of the study program and the university; however, the IIE offices will make the final selection of the university, after agreement with the candidate.

Scholarship: The program covers a round trip, tuition, monthly stipend for lodging and food, books and medical insurance. The scholarship does not include funds for dependents.

Calendar: Academic studies will begin in August or September of the following year of the call. The pre-selected candidates will take preliminary aptitude tests in Spanish. Admission Test to Postgraduate Studies and the English language. Those who qualify will be interviewed by a committee of Panamanians and Americans. The final selection will be based on the availability of funds provided by the Congress of the United States of America and the admission of the student to the university.

The selected candidates will take official proficiency exams (in English – GRE / GMAT / TOEFL, as the case may be). We recommend that you inform yourself about the preparation necessary to take these exams; they are indispensable requisites of admission and require a lot of practice and study before taking them.
In some instances, the candidate will only have an opportunity to take these exams in Panama before the universities begin making their decisions for admission. Each university has its own deadlines for admission and its own minimum scores to admit students; that is why we encourage you to study for these exams several months in advance.

Questions? Email: pancultural@state.gov
Public Affairs Section (PAS), Embassy of the United States
Building 783, Calle Demetrio B. Lakas, Clayton
Tel .: 317-5000 ext. 5459, 5196

he Humphrey Program was initiated in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late Senator and Vice-President, Hubert H. Humphrey.  This program brings accomplished professionals from designated countries to the United States at a mid-point in their career for a year of study and related professional experience.  During the fellowship year, the Humphrey fellows participate in programs that combine graduate-level academic coursework with professional development activities.  This program is not designed to offer a degree.  Upon completion of the program, participants receive a special certificate from the U.S. government and the host university.

Program: It consists of ten months of academic and professional experience. It offers the opportunity to establish productive productive partnerships and relationships with American citizens and their professional counterparts from other countries, fostering an exchange of knowledge and mutual understanding Emphasis is placed on the formulation of broad policies and related issues with the solution of problems. The program is without an academic degree.

Aimed at: Professionals with a distinguished record of achievements within their career. Preference will be given to those candidates who have never studied in the United States of America. People who have previously received a Fulbright scholarship are not eligible for this program.

Areas: Agricultural and rural development, economic development, banking and finance; management of natural resources and environmental and climatic changes; urban and regional planning; communication / journalism; law and human rights; analysis of public policies and public administration; policies and
prevention of human trafficking; management and technology policies; human resources management; public health management and policies; teaching English as a foreign language; HIV / AIDS prevention and policies; and prevention, treatment and education of drug abuse.

Additionally, it includes a higher education administration career aimed at candidates who have dedicated their professional lives to the formulation of policies to be followed, strategic decision making, planning and management of higher education. The professionals who have administrative or decision-making positions in higher education institutions, NGOs are eligible. Appropriate candidates include those that focus on areas such as curriculum design, instructional techniques and learning assessment, vocational programs, and areas of higher education administration such as academic, student, admissions, and the use of technology in higher education , among other. They can be professors as long as they have significant additional responsibilities in the aforementioned areas.

Requirements:

  • Being a Panamanian citizen residing in Panama
  • Hold a university degree (minimum one bachelor’s degree)
  • Minimum professional experience of 5 years, obtained through a career of charges professionally responsible professionals at the service of the public, whether in posts of public or private sector
  • Demonstrated qualities of leadership and public service record
  • Knowledge of the English language. If necessary, the scholarship includes a pre-program academic up to 20-25 weeks of intensive English in the United States for recommended candidates who need to improve their English. The candidates
    Recommended students must take the TOEFL test (Test of English as a Foreign Language) International in October or November.

Selection of the University: The candidate will be assigned to a university in the United States of America by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York.

Scholarship Covers: Round trip and internal trips, tuition, monthly stipend for lodging and food, books and medical insurance. The scholarship also grants limited funds for professional improvement activities, such as conference attendance and professional tours. The scholarship does not cover funds for dependents. Dependents are prohibited from accompanying the grantee during the English study period, if applicable.
Calendar: Preselected candidates will take an English language test in July 2018. Those who qualify will be interviewed by a committee made up of Panamanians and Americans in August 2018. Applications from nominees will be sent to IIE in September 2018 for the selection final worldwide. Nominated candidates must take the TOEFL test in October or November 2018. The finalists selected for the 20-25 weeks of intensive English will be notified by the end of January 2019. The other finalists will be notified during the month of March 2019. The program will begin in August 2019 or a few months earlier if the candidate requires the English language to be established.

Application deadline online: June 30, 2018

Questions? Email: pancultural@state.gov
Public Affairs Section (PAS), Embassy of the United States
Building 783, Calle Demetrio B. Lakas, Clayton
Tel .: 317-5000 ext. 5459, 5196

The Fulbright Program announces postgraduate scholarships at the master’s or doctorate level in American universities for professors, researchers or university administrators.

Program: Studies at the master’s or doctorate level. The master’s degree lasts for a maximum of 2 years. The scholarship is for one year and can be renewed for one more year. The doctorate scholarship will cover up to 2 years; The candidate must make his own arrangements to obtain additional funding for the remaining time of his program.

Directed to: Professors, researchers or university administrators, who must be nominated by their respective universities. Preference will be given to those teachers who have never studied in the United States of America. Persons who have received a Fulbright scholarship are not eligible for this program.

Fields of Study: Open to all fields of study with the exception of medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, nursing
and related areas. Emphasis will be placed on humanities, social sciences, sciences, technology, engineering and
mathematics. In the career of law and business, the candidate can expect to have to cover 50%
of the enrollment, since it is very difficult to obtain exemption from registration in these fields.

Requirements:

  • Being a Panamanian citizen residing in Panama – not having citizenship or US residence.
  • Have a university degree and an excellent academic performance at the bachelor’s level.
  • Be presented or recommended by a higher education institution.
  • Have intermediate knowledge of English equivalent to 513 written (65 Internet version) of the TOEFL test; 550/80 in fields of study such as computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physical sciences; 600/100 in fields of study such as business administration, economics, law, public health, public policy or social sciences. These scores are required to be successfully enrolled in the university they wish, particularly at the doctoral level. We recommend that those interested prepare to obtain good scores on the TOEFL exam administered by our office in June, along with the Postgraduate Studies Admission Test (PAEP).
  • Selected students who require English language consolidation may be assigned to an intensive program of English in the United States of up to 6 months, depending on the availability of funds.
  • Commit to return to the country once the study program is finished.

Benefits:

  • Air ticket to and from the United States of America.
  • Stipend for housing and food expenses and monthly fee for books.
  • Cost of enrollment (the Program will obtain a scholarship or complementary assistance from the host university in the United States, with the exception of the fields of business administration and law, where the scholarship recipients will have to contribute part of the cost).
  • Health insurance

Criteria Considered in the Selection Process:

  • Good academic index at the level of the degree and needs of the university.
  • Academic background related to the proposed curriculum.
  • The results of the aptitude test in Spanish Test of Admission to Postgraduate Studies and English TOEFL.
  • Potential to contribute to the development of the country.

License: The Panamanian university must guarantee the scholarship holder his position as a teacher upon returning with his specialization. The selected candidates must make their own salary and licensing arrangements with their respective universities.

Dependents: The scholarship does NOT include funds for dependents. Dependents are prohibited from accompanying the grantee during the period of English language consolidation.

Calendar: Postulated candidates will take exams of PAEP (Admission Test for Postgraduate Studies) (http://www.laspau.harvard.edu/paep) and TOEFL. Those who qualify will be interviewed by a committee of Panamanians and Americans. The pre-selected will take the official proficiency exams in English – GRE / GMAT / TOEFL, as the case may be. We recommend you to inform about the dates of these exams and about the preparation necessary to take them, since they are indispensable requisites of admission and require practice and study.

Academic studies will begin in August of the following year of the call. Those scholars who require a consolidation of the English language before starting their academic program, may be assigned to an intensive program of English in the United States of up to 6 months, depending on the availability of funds.

Questions? Email: pancultural@state.gov
Public Affairs Section (PAS), Embassy of the United States
Building 783, Calle Demetrio B. Lakas, Clayton
Tel .: 317-5000 ext. 5459, 5196