1 November 2013

Ambassador Pyatt Launches New Fulbright STEP Program

Ambassador Pyatt Launches New Fulbright STEP Program

On Friday, November 1, U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt and Minister of Education and Science Dmytro V. Tabachnyk signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) officially launching the first jointly-funded Fulbright program between the United States and Ukraine.  The Fulbright Science and Technology Education Program or "STEP" is a pilot project  that will fully fund the travel and studies of up to 10 Ukrainian graduate students at U.S. universities for the 2014 Academic year.  Fulbright STEP will place successful applicants in U.S. programs in science, technology and mathematics, with a preference for cutting-edge fields such as sustainable and nano technology.  During the signing, Ambassador Pyatt noted that Fulbright STEP is part of the Embassy's ongoing partnership with the Ministry to broaden educational exchanges and strengthen bi-lateral cooperation in innovation, science and technology.

Scholarship winners for the Fulbright STEP are selected through an open, competitive process that includes a written application and interview by a bi-national panel of experts, with equal representation from the U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Education and Science.  Placement at U.S. universities is done through the Fulbright system in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Science.  Fulbright STEP adds a bilaterally funded and managed exchange component to the existing Fulbright Graduate Student Program, which has been fully funded by the U.S. Government since the Fulbright program opened in Ukraine in 1992.

The Fulbright program is the flagship educational exchange program of the United States.  Established in 1946 by legislation initiated by U.S. Senator William J. Fulbright, the program has supported over 300,000 scholars and graduate level students globally.  Fulbright is currently active in over 155 countries.  Participants returning from the new Fulbright STEP program will join a community of over 850 Ukrainian Fulbright Alumni.  In addition, Ukraine has hosted over 450 American Fulbright scholars and students who have taught and conducted research at universities throughout Ukraine.



Fulbright Program Office in Ukraine

Esplanadna str, 20, office 904

Kyiv, 01001, Ukraine

Tel: +380 (44) 287 07 77

Fax: +380 (44) 230 20 60