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U.S. Fulbright Applicant

Issue 6 | June 2007

Fulbright Competition 2008-2009
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Program Updates

Information for those New to Fulbright

by IIE Staff

With the 2008-2009 U.S. Student Fulbright competition opening on May 1, 2007, the program is poised to offer a record number of grant opportunities to students, surpassing the 2007-08 level of approximately 1,444 grants worldwide and 150 Critical Language Enhancement Award pre-grant training opportunities.  Moreover, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships are now available to 26 countries.  We encourage you all to review the variety of opportunities worldwide on our website at www.fulbrightonline.org.   

Updates for the 2008-2009 U.S. Student Fulbright Competition:

  • Critical Language Enhancement Awards: Applicants must have a minimum of one year of the language to be studied or its equivalent by the beginning date of the pre-grant language training; English Teaching Assistantships are ineligible for this award. Refer to the individual country summaries for country-specific restrictions/requirements.
  • New English Teaching Assistantship Awards in Italy (15 awards), Bulgaria (2 awards), and Hong Kong (16 awards).
  • Fulbright-mtvU Awards: Up to four awards will be available to pursue projects around an aspect of international contemporary or popular music as a global force for mutual understanding.
  • Fulbright/NAF Fellowships in Water Management in the Netherlands: As part of its mission to initiate and support educational exchange programs between the United States and the Netherlands, the Netherlands-America Foundation (NAF) has established Water Management Fulbright Fellowships in response to the devastation of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Islamic Civilization Initiative: The Islamic Civilization Initiative has been discontinued with more grant opportunities added to specific countries.  See individual country summaries for more information.



Advice to Fulbright Applicants

by Dionne Griffiths, 2006-2007, Trinidad and Tobago

My experience applying to the Fulbright Program was a very time-sensitive process. I inquired about the Fulbright Program a couple months before the application deadline, so the application documents -- such as the recommendation and affiliation letters, research proposal and CV -- were needed within a relatively short period of time.
Amiel Melnick in Slovenia, 2005-2006 
Dionne Griffiths, 2006-2007. Trinidad & Tobago 
My advice to current applicants is to work in a very time-efficient manner by being proactive and getting all documents as soon as possible. Also, take the necessary time to think about what you are curious about researching in order to create a strong and unique project proposal. Below are a few other suggestions:
1) Stay organized with the application materials, application-related meetings, and deadlines;2) Be professional and positive in all of your interactions with your local Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA). Meet with him/her to get advice on how to put your best self forward in your application;3) Really know your subject matter and why the country you are proposing to go to is significant to your research;4) Utilize the Fulbright website. Read its newsletters and read about Fulbright Fellows who have gone to your country of interest and who are within your discipline;5) The application process is long and detailed. Pace yourself, be proactive, be organized and passionate about your research topic;6) My FPA helped me figure out how to choose my research subject by asking me what was true to my heart and what I was most interested in pursuing. For me, it was dance and my previous experiences, education and extracurricular activities which supported this type of research;7) Acquiring official letters of affiliation can be challenging as far as finding the appropriate organizations, institutions and people you want to work with abroad, so start as early as possible. It can also be a challenge in getting a response from them via e-mail, fax and standard mail. You may have to make international calls to them to get an initial response. However, emphasize as politely and assertively as possible the importance of having an official letter of affiliation for your application by the application deadline. Also, summarizing what the Fulbright Program is may cause them to work more time efficiently on your behalf. At least have one or two solid affiliation letters to include in your application, depending on the number of sites and nature of your project. Best wishes to you in preparing your Fulbright applications.


Video Focus: Julian Simcock

Julian Simcock
Julian Simcock, 2005-2006 (Babson College, Economic Development, South Africa)
In the videos featuring Fulbright grantees, we've asked them to: (1) describe their Fulbright projects; (2) explain the application process; and, (3) offer advice to future applicants. The link below features Julian Simcock sharing some practical advice based on his own experiences. We strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with the application process by reviewing several of the student videos available on some country pages throughout our website.