Once a Fulbrighter...
I dedicate this page to the International Fulbright Science and Technology Program, to which I am forever grateful for the opportunity it offered me to pursue a doctorate in the United States. I am especially grateful to those with the Fulbright Program in Venezuela and the U.S. Embassy in Caracas at the time, who greatly encouraged me to apply to the Science and Technology Program: U.S. Ambassador Patrick Duddy, Russ K, Sally H, Angel G, Elena B, and Tatiana E. I am also thankful to my friend Yuki Takahashi, who also offered me words of support during the application process and to Vince P and the IIE staff for their support during the Program.
The S&T Program
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State sponsored the International Fulbright Science & Technology Award for Outstanding Foreign Students (Fulbright S&T) to provide exceptional foreign students with an opportunity to pursue Ph.D. study at top U.S. universities. The program was started in 2007 with its first cohort and terminated on September 1st, 2015 when the last cohort from 2012 officially ended its sponsorship from the ECA.
Fulbright S&T was designed to be the most prestigious international scholarship in science and technology and to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to welcoming top-notch future researchers and leaders to pursue serious scientific study and research at U.S. institutions. Grantees received three years of funding from ECA followed by support from their U.S. host institution until the completion of Ph.D. programs.