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Press Release - U.S. Embassy in Chisinau

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September 9, 2005
The U.S. Embassy in Chisinau is pleased to announce the start of recruiting for the following 2006-2007 academic year exchange programs open to Moldovan citizens: Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program; Eurasian Undergraduate Exchange Program; Future Leaders Exchange Program. The U.S. Embassy also continues accepting applications for the Fulbright Scholar and Fulbright Faculty Development Programs. All these programs are fully funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and are designed to foster democratization and the transition to market economies through intensive academic training and community service participation.

Participation in the exchange programs is merit-based, with selection made on the basis of slightly different criteria for each program. Applicants are evaluated on factors such as academic excellence, leadership potential, knowledge of English, fields of study or research, and preparedness for living in the United States and succeeding as exchange participants. The programs offer equal opportunities to all applicants and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, handicap or disability. Preference is given to those applicants without recent experience in the United States.

  • Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program (Muskie) provides opportunities for graduate students and professionals to be enrolled in graduate degree, certificate, and non-degree programs lasting one to two academic years in the fields of business, economics, education, environmental management, international affairs, journalism/mass communications, law, library and information science, public administration, public health, and public policy.

    For additional information, please contact IREX/Moldova office at: 233 231; e-mail:irex@irex.md; or visit the website: www.irex.md The deadline for submitting applications is October 31, 2005.

  • The Eurasian Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD) provides scholarships for one-year, non-degree study at U.S. institutions of higher education to outstanding students. Scholarships are available in the fields of accounting, agriculture, American studies, business, computer science, criminal justice, economics, education, environmental management, hospitality management, international relations, journalism and mass communications, law, political science, psychology, and sociology.

    Scholarships are granted to candidates who are enrolled as first-, second- or third-year (in a five-year program) full-time undergraduate students at the time of application at a registered academic institution.

    For additional information, please contact IREX/Moldova office at tel. 233 231; e-mail:irex@irex.md;or visit the w ebsite:www.irex.mdThe deadline for submitting applications is November 7, 2005.

  • The Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) is designed for high school aged students (grades 9th, 10th, 11th) to pursue one year of study at a U.S. high school, experience community life, as well as share their country's culture with Americans.

    For additional information, please contact American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, Moldova office at tel. 270766; e-mail: flex@accels.dnt.md; or visit the web site: www.iatp.md/accels.

  • The Fulbright Program in Moldova offers non-degree research grants in all academic fields through two subprograms: the Fulbright Scholar Program and the Fulbright Faculty Development Program. The Fulbright Scholar Program awards senior researchers, university lecturers or experts in different fields who have a doctoral degree or equivalent professional experience a grant to conduct research in the U.S. The Fulbright Faculty Development Program provides Moldovan university professors and administrators with at least two years of professional experience an opportunity to explore curriculum development and teaching methodology in the U.S.

    For additional information, please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy at: 40 83 00 or visit the website: www.usembassy.md. The deadline for submitting applications is October 15, 2005.

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