Embassy of the United States and MESCyT Sign MOU for Fulbright Scholarship Program

Santo Domingo, DN. – The Embassy of the United States of America and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MESCYT) today signed an agreement to continue to support the Fulbright-MESCyT Scholarship Program 2015-2017.

This memorandum of understanding by both organizations represent their strong commitment towards supporting graduate studies in US universities and improving education in the country by developing high-level academic professionals.

The Fulbright scholarships are recognized for their competitiveness, prestige and leadership. Since 2008, the MESCyT-Fulbright scholarship has supported postgraduate studies for over 70 Dominican students at universities such as Harvard University, Georgetown University, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Cornell University, among others. This amendment contemplates ten new Fellows will have the opportunity to benefit from the prestigious Fulbright scholarship.

The Fulbright-MESCyT scholarships sponsored by MESCyT and State Department promote the training of graduate students, researchers and teachers through various programs internationally. In the Dominican Republic, grants are managed by the US Embassy in Santo Domingo on annual basis.

Program alumni have returned to the Dominican Republic willing to share their gained expertise from their fields of study and employ themselves in positions that positively impact the country’s development, including the Ministry of the Presidency, the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic, National Symphony, and the Department of Livestock in the Ministry of Agriculture, among others. The Dominican Association of Fulbright Alumni liaises so that graduates maintain friendship ties, actively participate in activities that promote continued education and share their experience of living and studying in the United States.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) document was signed by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Ligia Amada Melo de Cardona and the Ambassador of the United States in the country, James W. Brewster.

Accompanying the Ambassador were the Counselor for Public Affairs, Mr. James Russo, John Dunne, Cultural Affairs Officer and Mrs. Joshabel De la Cruz, Academic Specialist.