Masters in the US on Fulbright Scholarship

TL;DR: Mohamed Elmasry grew up in Cairo Egypt and pursued his undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Engineering Shoubra at Benha University. He was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to pursue his masters in Telecommunication Engineering Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Name: Mohamed Elmasry

Hometown: Cairo, Egypt

Undergraduate: Faculty of Engineering Shoubra, Benha University

Masters: Telecommunication Engineering Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology

Field: Telecommunication Engineering

Mohamed, could you tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Mohamed Elmasry. I was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. When I was a student in high school, I developed a passion towards technology and computing. I like to travel and explore nature around. I believe that education is a journey that never ends.

I began my career working in the information technology sector as a technical support, and moved between companies in different locations. I was selected as a Fulbright Grantee for the master program for the year of 2017 to pursue my master degree in Telecommunication Engineering Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Let’s go back in time a little. When did you first consider applying for the Master program? How did you start preparing?

I wanted to travel abroad to study, expand my horizon and gain new life experience. I wanted to make my profile unique. I looked into the resources around, and found that volunteering in a non-governmental organization would allow me to help my community while gaining new skills. Through volunteering, I joined a Non-Profit Organization called Development No Borders. I was also able to travel into several countries through Youth Exchange Programs funded by the European Union which enhanced my English and communication skills.

Can you tell us a bit about the master program you pursued? What was your favorite class?

Telecommunication engineering is driven by technology innovation and integrating old technology. My focus was using Machine Learning to predict and enhance network performance and security. My favorite class was Programming and Problem solving in Telecom. I learned how to utilize my programming skills to solve real world problems in the industry. it was a lot of fun.

Is there anything that you wish someone had told you to consider when applying to universities abroad?

I would like to encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity where you can apply to a Fully Funded Master Degree through the US Department of State’s Fulbright Program. The Fulbright program offers multiple types of Grants:

  • Master Student Program

  • Visiting Student Researcher

  • Applied, Fine and Performing Arts

  • Islamic Studies

  • Foreign Language Teaching Assistant

The Fulbright Program was created to increase mutual understanding and support between the people of the United States and the rest of the world. The graduates from this scholarship program join alumni networks containing people from all over the world. Students are selected for their potential as well as previous achievements in their field.

All fields are eligible to apply for the Fulbright Program except that medical programs cannot include any clinical studies. Additionally, a bachelor's degree with minimal very good for applicants in the sciences and good for humanities and social sciences. More details on requirements can found from the link

What advice do you have for someone applying for the Fulbright?

Before deciding to embark on a journey to study abroad, set a list of specific goals because you need to link those future goals in your application to the Fulbright scholarship. Ask yourself: why do we study abroad? The answer is simple and quite difficult. Some people choose to study abroad to have a better career, or to meet new people and gain new life experience. The goals to choose travelling abroad for a higher degree is important as it defines the milestone that you are trying to achieve. The first thing to decide is your area of interest (research/academic/industry). Secondly, know the degree you seek whether it is a masters or a PhD. Later, choose your focus within your field. Finally, match your area/focus to different programs. Keep in mind the names of programs can vary between universities.

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