Results of AY 2016-17 Grant competition for Hungarian Scholars and Students

Written by Fulbright on 01/22/2016. Posted in News

The Fulbright Commission is proud to announce the completion of the selection cycle for Academic Year 2016-17.

The number of scholar applications reflects a stable trend, while student applications were down 25% from the AY 2015-16 cycle and down 33% compared to AY 2014-15. The number of university students in Hungary declined by at least 25% since 2005, hence this trend can be explained by mostly demographic factors. The pool of all 15-24 year olds is getting smaller as well. According to the Hungarian statistical office, 7,000 fewer students were enrolled full time in AY 2015-16 than a year earlier.

For the student competition, the Commission received 59 complete applications, requested 118 peer reviews and conducted 51 interviews. Based on funds available, the rising cost of health care insurance and tuition in the United States, and the quality of the applicant pool, the Commission selected, the Board approved, and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board endorsed 11 student grants.

Over an 11 year period, an average of about 19% of student applicants succeed in getting a Fulbright award.

The Commission also received 57 scholar applications and conducted 55 interviews during the months of October and November, 2015. These were supported by at least 114 written peer reviews. Of these 55 interviewees, we nominated 13 scholars for Academic Year 2016-17. Over a 10 year period (excluding an outlier year), scholars have about a 27% success rate.

In both categories, a list of alternates was drawn up that included those students and scholars who were similarly qualified but could not be nominated for purely financial reasons, i.e. there are more qualified candidates than money. Some of the alternate candidates are designated for those joint grants where there can only be one primary candidate.

Our next call for applications for Hungarian Fulbrighters will appear in late February, 2016 for AY 2017-18, with anticipated deadlines for students in May, 2016 and for scholars in October, 2016.