The Fulbright Faculty Development Program recognizes and rewards Ecuadorian university faculty who have demonstrated their potential to contribute to their disciplines as well as to their academic institutions by offering grants for Master and Ph.D. studies in the United States.
Host universities offer tuition, scholarships, assistantships, and other financial support to Fulbright grantees. Ecuadorian universities often assist their faculty participating in the program by maintaining their salaries in absentia, providing loans or grants to cover dependent expenses, by supporting research and others.
After their studies in the United States, grantees resume teaching, or research, and, in some cases, administrative positions at their home institutions, sharing the benefits of their educational experience.
Applicants to the program should be responsible citizens who can represent Ecuador and can contribute to the friendship and understanding between the United States and Ecuador.
Ecuadorian citizenship, neither US residency nor dual citizenship, and residence in Ecuador at the time of contest.
A university degree appropriate to degree sought (BA/BS, equivalent to a Licenciatura in Ecuador for master programs, or MA/MS, equivalent to those in the U.S. for work towards a Ph.D.).
Demonstrate at least an intermediate command of the English language and the academic aptitudes required for graduate studies (see EXAMS section below)
Be committed to university teaching and/or researching and be sponsored by a university
Commitment to return to Ecuador for 2 years after completing studies.
There are no scholarships for clinical programs.
For candidates applying in the areas of Art, Architecture, Business Administration, Graphic Design, Law, or Public Policy, an additional commitment to co-finance the candidate's academic program is required from the sponsoring institution.
Financing By Fulbright Program
The Fulbright Commission in Ecuador will co-finance the selected candidates with support from American universities for up to two years.
The scholarship covers maintenance, transport and supplementary medical insurance costs for the grantee only.
The tuition costs will be covered through tuition waivers granted by the universities on the basis of the grantee's academic merit.
The scholarship may include a full-time intensive English training previous to beginning of academic program, contingent on necessity.
Nomination of Candidates After making an internal selection, universities send in the names of their candidates to the Fulbright Commission. Candidates are then notified by the Commission and asked to complete an application. Exams All candidates are given a general aptitude exam in Spanish (PAEP) and an exam to evaluate their English proficiency. These exams are used for the selection process only. All selected candidates must take the official TOEFL, GRE or GMAT during the last quarter of the year and should prepare for them accordingly. Pre-Selection Based on an evaluation of candidate's documentation, study objectives and test results, the cooperating agency pre-selects candidates to be interviewed. Pre-selected candidates are notified by the Fulbright Commission to attend an interview. Interview Interviews are held in Quito and Guayaquil. Each candidate is interviewed by a panel made up of representatives from the Fulbright Commission, the Embassy of the United States, members of the Board of Directors, a representative of the administrative agency and Fulbright scholars. The interview offers the applicants the opportunity to present the academic and personal goals. Interview dates cannot be changed. Orientation All Fulbright grantees and their immediate families are required to attend a pre-departure orientation.
Application form (sent only to nominated candidates along with additional instructions)
Statement of Purpose
Sponsoring Institution Verification
Certified copy of university diploma
TOEFL/IELTS and GRE or PAEP scores
Three recommendation letters in the format included in the application.
Complete, clear and concise currículum vitae
Copy of cedula de identidad
It is the policy of the Board not to give to individual applicants, to others inquiring on their behalf, or to the public generally, the specific reasons for selection or non-selection of applicants for awards under the program.
March 1st, 2014
Official opening of contest
April 15th, 2014
Deadline for Ecuadorian universities to nominate candidates
May 31st, 2014
Deadline for nominated candidates to submit applications and documentation. Official closing of contest
The Fulfright Program aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby to increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship.
J. William Fulbright