Call for Applications for the 2016-2017 Fulbright Visiting Student Program

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Mauritius invites applications for the Fulbright Visiting Student Program for the 2016/2017 academic year.

Grantees selected for degree study will be funded for a maximum of 2 years. All awards are contingent upon approval by the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board (FSB), availability of funds, and successful academic placement.

1. Awards are granted as follows:

  • 1 to 2 years of study towards one degree only – Master’s or Ph.D. ( Eligible grantees may apply for one renewal grant); or
  • Participation in an academic year (9-10 months) non-degree research program. (Grants are not renewable).

2. Field of Study

We welcome applications in all fields of study. However, while applicants are encouraged to apply for priority fields of study determined by the Government of Mauritius and available on the Ministry of Education and Human Resources website:, the U.S. Embassy encourages applications that focus on education, the environment, entrepreneurship/ innovation, and the empowerment of women especially in regards to domestic violence.

Note: The JSD Program does not apply for Medicine, Law, Veterinary and Architecture.

3. Eligibility Requirements:

    • Nominees must be citizens or nationals of Mauritius, or permanent residents holding a valid passport issued by the Republic of Mauritius.
    • Nominees must have at least a bachelor’s degree recognized by U.S. universities. Please note that a minimum standard of Second Class Second Division is required for a Master’s degree.
    • Nominees should have a sufficient level of English proficiency to enable them to realistically accomplish full-time graduate level study in the U.S.
    • Nominees must meet the minimum score on required standardized tests (For the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a score of 575/90 is desirable; however, we recommend individuals aim for 600/100. For the General Record Examinations (GRE): 1000 minimum and the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT): 550 minimum).
    • Nominees should have a high motivation and a serious commitment to completing the program as scheduled and to returning home.
    • Preference will be given to nominees with no U.S. educational experience.
    • A Master’s degree is required for Ph.D. and non-degree research program.
    • No applicant shall receive more than one Fulbright Student Program grant.

4. Mode of Application

Applications must be completed online at:

A complete application includes:

 (1) Duly filled Application Form (please specify 2016-2017 cycle when you apply)
(2) Official transcripts with the degree certificates;
(3) English translations of official documents where applicable;
(4) Three references with at least 2 of them being academic and
(5) Study Objectives and Personal Statements.

Portfolios of extracurricular activities are welcome. These together with documents which could not be uploaded can be sent to:

Re: Fulbright Visiting Student Program
The Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
Rogers House, 4th Floor, John Kennedy Street, Port Louis

Only shortlisted candidates will be called for interview at which time, the originals of all documents must be produced. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Candidates must be available to go to the U.S. Embassy for an interview at which time originals of all documents must be presented.

Deadline: May 25, 2015

APPLY: Women Deliver Scholarships

Scholarships for people 30 and older are awarded to stand-out advocates over the age of 30 who have proven their commitment to advancing the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women in their community and around the world. This opportunity includes:

  • A scholarship to attend the Women Deliver 2016 Conference on 16-19 May 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • A chance to connect with a wide range of policymakers, donors, activists, and journalists from the highest levels to the grassroots to review progress, discuss challenges, and push for new and ambitious commitments toward improving the lives of girls and women.

The deadline to apply is May 1, 2015 at 5PM EST.

To apply, fill out the online application form here:

If you have any questions, please email

Please note that a passport and visa may be needed to enter Denmark. Women Deliver will cover the costs of obtaining the visa and provide supporting documentation, if needed.


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Calling all young designers! Design the medal for Lillehammer 2016

Let your creativity flow! IOC is giving you the chance to be part of the Winter Youth Olympic Games by designing the medal for the next winter edition, in Lillehammer in 2016!

All you have to do is go to, get inspired and submit your very own design. The competition opens today and runs until 1 June 2015.

The winning design and two runners up will be selected by a judging panel made up of the Young Ambassadors and Young Reporters who have been involved in the YOG since the inaugural Singapore 2010 edition/Games. Also joining the panel will be IOC members Claudia Bokel, Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission and Olympic silver medallist in fencing, and Angela Ruggiero, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Lillehammer 2016 and Olympic champion in ice hockey.

The winning design will be selected at the end of June 2015 and this design will then feature on the face of the gold, silver and bronze medals awarded in Lillehammer from 12 to 21 February 2016.

In addition to the prestige of creating Olympic history, the winning designer will win a trip to Lillehammer 2016, which includes tickets to the Opening Ceremony and sports competition, as well as a full collection of medals featuring their design.

So what are you waiting for?  Get creative and enter your design!


YUVA congratulates its Chairman & National President Krishna Athal for being selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to be part of the judging panel made up of 10 professionals to decide on the winning design of the medal for the next Winter Youth Olympic Games, in Lillehammer in 2016. (Read Press Release)

YUVA Logo Design Competition: Unleash your creativity

logoYUVA invites people of all age to participate in its Logo Design Competition (Logo, Facebook cover & Letterhead).


  • Organisation name: YUVA
  • Tagline: Youth United in Voluntary Action
  • Mission statement: To promote, protect and advance young people’s human rights by building leadership, and strengthening youth led initiatives and movements.
  • Colours expectation: International Standards
  • Prize: Cash prize of Rs 5000 + the winning logo will be introduced as official logo of YUVA in a ceremony.


  • Send your designs (Logo, Facebook cover & Letterhead) and a short write up reasoning the artwork to by 30 January 2015.
  • Provide your full name and contact number.
  • More than one entry is accepted.