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F ULBRIGHT U . S . S TUDENT P ROGRAM. Program History & Administration. Created by Congress in 1946 to foster mutual understanding between the U.S. and other cultures and nations Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State

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Program History & Administration

  • Created by Congress in 1946 to foster mutual understanding between the U.S. and other cultures and nations

  • Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State

  • Functions abroad in cooperation with Fulbright Commissions and Foundations, and U.S. embassies

  • Over 1,600 grants awarded yearly, representing all elements of American society

Senator J. William Fulbright

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Why Fulbright?

  • Award to support self-designed study or research, or language teaching assistantships abroad in over 155 countries

  • If you receive a grant, you will be doing exactly what you want to do in a specific country

  • You will be representing your country, while enhancing your personal and academic credentials

  • You will be learning about a new culture and its people

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Who should apply?

  • Highly-motivated, open-minded individuals with strong academic and/or professional preparation

  • Those who can contribute to and benefit from cultural exchange and that has an interest in community involvement

  • Current juniors, graduating seniors, alumni.

  • Less than six months spent in host country (excluding undergraduate study abroad)

  • Demonstrated leadership ability

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Who is Eligible?

  • U.S. Citizens with

  • Bachelor’s degrees, equivalent training or professional experience by grant start

  • Sufficient language ability as required by host country and in keeping with the Fulbright mission

  • Good health

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Who is NOT Eligible?

  • Non-U.S. citizens (including permanent residents)

  • Ph.D. degree-holders

  • Previous U.S. Student Fulbright grantees

  • Dual citizens or residents in some host countries (check website country descriptions)

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Grant Benefits

Round-trip airfare

Monthly stipend (for room, board, incidental costs)

Health and accident insurance

Benefits may also include (varies by country):

Dependent support

Research allowance


Language lessons

Enhancement activities

(Caleb Kim – South Korea)

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Grant Information: Full and ETA

Full Grants

Individually-designed academic, research, or artistic project

  • Projects may include university coursework, research, or professional training in the arts

    Sample Carnegie Mellon Projects:

    Switzerland, Biology, 2009-10

    Project Title: A General Fluorescent Detection Mechanism For Proteins and Protein Modification in vivo

    South Africa, Architecture, 2010-11

    Project Title: Sustainable Housing Design and Development to Empower South African Townships

    Philippines, Southeast Asian studies, 2006-2007

    Project Title: NGOs Combating Human Trafficking in the Philippines

    English Teaching Assistantships (ETA)

  • Grantees assigned to teach conversational English in schools or universities throughout host country

  • Grantee-designed project emphasizing community engagement

  • For 2011-12, over 40 countries offer Fulbright ETA grants

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Statement of ProposedResearch or Study (Full Grants)

  • Two page essay that answers the questions: what, where, how, when, and why

  • Demonstrates knowledge of the field of study

  • Demonstrates awareness of needs in host country

  • Any potential concern about project feasibility or your ability should be addressed directly

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Letters of Affiliation (Full Grant only)

From a host contact willing to advise/mentor you while conducting your Fulbright project

Can be a professional at a university, laboratory, library, community organization

Local Organization Preferred over large International Organizations ( UN, Red Cross etc)

Provides a signed letter on institutional letterhead indicating their support

Check country summary for specifics before requesting letter

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Statement of ProposedResearch or Study (ETA Grant)

  • One page essay that explains how you will reach your goals as an English Teaching Assistant, and why you would like to be an English Teaching Assistant

  • Description of a small, supplemental research project (focused on community involvement)

    • Should not be location-specific

  • Demonstrates sincere desire to teach English to non-native speakers

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Applications in Creative and Performing Arts

  • Supplemental materials must be submitted:

    • Photographs, Slides, Portfolios

    • CDs

    • DVDs

    • Writing Samples (Creative Writers only)

  • See website for eligible arts fields and specific requirements

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Critical Language Enhancement Initiative


  • Pre-grant training for three to six months of intensive language study in addition to the Fulbright grants.

  • Funding is only available to grantees who demonstrate need for training and intend to use one of the eligible languages in their Fulbright project.

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Critical Language Enhancement Initiative


  • Eligible Languages:Arabic (all dialects), Azeri, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin only), Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Marathi, Pashto, Punjabi, Russian, Tajik, Turkish, Urdu and Uzbek.

  • Eligible Countries:Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Morocco, Israel, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Yemen

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Application Components

  • Application form (online)

  • Two-page statement of proposed study/research

    (one page for ETA)

  • Personal Statement (one page)

  • Three references

  • Transcripts

  • Language Evaluation - varies by host country

  • Affiliation in host country (only for Full Grant)

  • Campus Committee Interview Evaluation (interviews take place on campus late September)

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Fulbright Timeline

Design Project, Seek Affiliations, Prepare App.


June 15, 2010

Campus Registration

September 16, 2010

Campus Deadline

IIE Application Deadline

October 18,2010


National Screening Committees



Foreign Scholarship Board


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More Resources - Podcasts

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More Resources - YouTube

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Fulbright Contact Information

  • Fulbright Contacts

  • General Inquiries

  • Asia, Pacific and South Asia

  • Europe and Eurasia

  • Africa and the Middle East

  • North and South America

  • Central America & the Caribbean & Critical Language Enhancement Awards

  • Germany & South & Central Asia

    • Carnegie Mellon Campus Fulbright Advisors

Relevant Program Managers

Walter Jackson (wjackson@iie.org)

Jonathan Akeley (jakeley@iie.org)

Rachel Holskin (rholskin@iie.org)

Jermaine Jones (jjones@iie.org)

Jody Dudderar (jdudderar@iie.org)

Cara Wolinsky (cwolinsky@iie.org)

Charlie Restrepo (crestrepo@iie.org)

Elisa Tragni Maloney (tragni@andrew.cmu.edu)

Jennifer Keating-Miller (keating@andrew.cmu.edu)

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