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

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program history administration
Program History & Administration
  • Created by Congress in 1946 to foster mutual understanding among cultures and nations
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of State
  • Functions abroad in cooperation with Fulbright Commissions and Foundations, and U.S. embassies
  • Administered in the U.S. by the Institute of International Education
what is the u s student fulbright program
What Is the U.S. StudentFulbright Program?
  • The U.S. Government’s flagship educational and cultural exchange program
  • Focus on recent U.S. college/

university graduates, artists, and young professionals

  • Study, research, or teaching assistantship opportunities
the basics
The Basics
  • What is a U.S. Student Fulbright Grant?
    • An award to support self-designed study or research in 150 countries; English language teaching assistantships in over 40 countries
  • Who should apply?
    • Highly-motivated, open-minded individuals
    • Those who can contribute to and benefit from cultural exchange
diversity
Diversity
  • Program is seeking universities traditionally under-represented in the Fulbright Program
  • Institutional, ethnic & geographical diversity
  • 1,500 grants awarded representing all facets of American society (institutional, ethnic, & geographical diversity)

Number of institutions submitting applications / Awarded:

Small – 191 / 113

Large – 329 / 182

am i eligible
Am I Eligible?
  • U.S. Citizens
  • Those 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
who is not eligible
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)
a fulbrighter has
A Fulbrighter Has…
  • Strong academic and/or professional preparation
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Less than six months spent in host country (excluding undergraduate study abroad)
  • Focus on community involvement

Phuong Do - Vietnam

the website
The Website
  • All information about the Program is on our website: www.fulbrightonline.org/us
on the website
On the Website
  • Grant Information Descriptions
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Country Descriptions
  • Campus Adviser Information
  • IIE Contact Information
  • Online Application
  • Grantee Directory

(Rosanna Brilliantes – Philippines)

overview
Overview
  • Basic Grant Types
    • Full Grant
    • English Teaching Assistantship
    • Travel Grant (Germany or Hungary only)
  • Special Fulbright Programs
    • Critical Language Enhancement Awards
    • Fulbright-mtvU Awards
    • Internship Grant (Taiwan)
    • Business Grant (Mexico or Spain)
fulbright full grant
Fulbright Full Grant
  • Individually-designed academic, research, or artistic project
  • Projects may include university coursework, research, or professional training in the arts
  • Guidelines may vary by country – check the website for details
    • “Thinking of Applying”  “Participating Countries”
english teaching assistantship
English Teaching Assistantship
  • Grantees assigned to teach conversational English in schools or universities throughout host country
  • Grantee-designed project emphasizing community engagement
  • Over 40 countries offer Fulbright ETA grants
critical language enhancement initiative
Critical Language Enhancement Initiative
  • Pre-grant training covering language study in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Turkish and other specific languages for Full Grant applicants
  • Funding is only available to grantees who demonstrate need for training and have completed one year of language training
  • Language training occurs prior and during the grant term or for projects focusing on language acquisition training follows the grant term
fulbright mtvu awards
Fulbright-mtvU Awards
  • Grants focus is on international contemporary or popular music as a cultural force of expression
  • Explores the use of music as a global force for mutual understanding
  • Special ‘Documentation and Outreach Plan’ must be submitted in addition to Fulbright application
grant benefits
Grant Benefits
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Monthly stipend (for room, board, incidental costs
  • Health insurance
  • Benefits may also include (varies by country):
    • Dependent support
    • Research allowance
    • Tuition
    • Language lessons
    • Enhancement activities

(Caleb Kim – South Korea)

application components
Application Components
  • Application form (online)
  • Statement of Grant Purpose
  • Personal Statement
  • Three references
  • Transcripts
  • Language Evaluation (if necessary) - varies by host country
  • Affiliation in host country

(Lisbeth Garassino – Romania)

applications in creative and performing arts
Applications in Creativeand Performing Arts
  • Over thirty fields of study in the creative and performing arts
  • Supplemental materials must be submitted:
    • Photographs, Portfolios
    • CDs
    • DVDs
    • Writing Samples (Creative Writers only)
  • See website for eligible arts fields and specific requirements

(Randin Graves - Australia)

preparing the application
Preparing the Application
  • Visit “How Do I Apply” on the website for details on preparing the application
  • Currently-enrolled students MUST apply through the campus Fulbright Program Adviser
statement of grant purpose full grants
Statement of Grant Purpose (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
statement of grant purpose eta grant
Statement of Grant Purpose (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
letters of affiliation full grants only
Letters of Affiliation- Full Grants 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
  • Provides a signed letter on institutional letterhead indicating their support
  • Check country summary for specifics before requesting letter
  • ETAs DO NOT make affiliations
things to consider
Things to Consider
  • Is your project feasible?
  • Do you have/can you secure a solid affiliation?
  • Do you have requisite language skills?
  • Have you demonstrated your ability to carry out your proposed project?
online application
Online Application
  • The Fulbright Application is ONLY available online
  • Visit “Apply Now” on the website and follow the instructions for completing an application
deadlines
Deadlines

Campus Deadline

Sept/Oct

  • Enrolled candidates submit applications to campus committee by campus deadline for review

IIE Application Deadline

October

  • Online submission deadline: Oct 19, Hard copy: Oct 21
  • Campuses send enrolled students’ applications to IIE at deadline, at-large applicants submit directly to IIE
  • Applications are processed at IIE and sent to National Screening Committee members
selection timeline
Selection Timeline

National Screening Committees

Nov/Dec

  • Screening committees review applications for a given country/field. They recommend candidates for selection

Fulbright Commissions/Embassies

Jan-May

  • The Fulbright Commissions and U.S. Embassies in the host countries select principal and alternate candidates

J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB)

Feb-May

  • The presidentially-appointed FSB makes the final selection of candidates
overall timeline
Overall Timeline

Design Project, Seek Affiliations, Prepare App.

May-Sept

Campus Deadline

Sept/Oct

IIE Application Deadline

October 19

National Screening Committees

Nov/Dec

Commissions/Embassies

Jan-May

Foreign Scholarship Board

Feb-May

u s university page
U.S. University Page
  • Look up FPA information, deadlines, and other campus Fulbright information on our website
current grantees
Current Grantees
  • Get a sense of current and previous fellows and their projects
  • Search by name, university, country, grant year, and more
  • Learn fellows’ project names and fields of study
fulbright contact information
Fulbright Contact Information

Fulbright Contacts

General Inquiries

Asia, Pacific and Southeast Asia

Europe and Eurasia

Germany, South & Central Asia

Africa and the Middle East

South America, Mexico and Canada

Central America & the Caribbean

Critical Language Enhancement

External Relations/Outreach

Relevant Program Managers

Walter Jackson ([email protected])

Jonathan Akeley ([email protected])

Rachel Holskin ([email protected])

Charles Restrepo ([email protected])

Jermaine Jones ([email protected])

Jody Dudderar ([email protected])

Cara Wolinsky ([email protected])

Tony Claudino ([email protected])

Schuyler Allen ([email protected])

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