If you’re interested in international study-abroad and you’d like a prestigious, government-sponsored way to do so, the Fulbright Program is right for you! With the Fulbright Program, you will be allowed to conduct research, teach, learn, and contribute your own solutions to problems of international concern. Receiving a Fulbright scholarship, however, is no small feat. Many of the best graduate-level scholars and leaders in the United States compete to receive this incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But don’t let that deter you from reaching for the stars! We’ve got all you need to give your application some edge so that it shines amidst the others.
How to Ace Your Application
- Amherst College
: Visit this website and get an idea for the kinds of questions that a selection committee is likely to ask, which will boost your application. You’ll be one step closer to persuading the readers that your project deserves their support.
- Eastman School of Music: The Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester provides helpful information about the Fulbright grant. Learn when you should begin the process (starts with ends with and has an in the middle) and more about the application process.
- Hamilton College
This resource provides useful application instructions for applying to the Fulbright. The application instructions are specific, such as formatting honors, extracurriculars, and publications by using semicolons.
- Illinois State University
: This resource provides application tips taken from the Fulbright Applicant Newsletter itself. To be eligible for the award, you must have adequate formal training for the study you wish to pursue. Make sure your skills measure up here.
- Michigan State University: MSU provides this resource, which helps you to know how you can make your application hold its ground in an incredibly competitive pool. This resource also relays the value of receiving the Fulbright scholarship, acknowledging that it greatly contributes to a resume and furthers your chances of a successful career.
- Northern Illinois University: This resource provides very specific advice for those applying to the Fulbright program. After reading, you’d think the author is talking directly to you!
- RIT Fellowships: This website lays down exactly what you need to know about applying for the Fulbright. Students may only apply for one country each year, so if you’re unsure where to apply, get some helpful hints here.
- Smith College: You should have this website alongside your application as you fill it out. This site is designed to be read methodically, so you have support for every step of the way.
- United States Educational Foundation
: This website prepares you fully for the Fulbright Grant. This website is made specifically for those with an interest in traveling to Thailand, but the suggestions are useful to everyone.
- Very Helpful Tips for Fulbright Applicants: Lisa Schnell, Associate Dean of the Honors College at the University of Vermont, offers these tips. Find out how to perfect your personal statement, receive the best reference letters, and more.
- Washington University in St. Louis This resource gives application tips as well as budget tips. You want to have the experience of a lifetime, but you don’t want your wallet to be weightless after your return!
- West Virginia University
: The Office of International Programs at WVU provides this resource, which lists strategies to make your application solid and distinctive. There are certain things you must look for when filling out your application, and this website make those known.
- Young Professionals in Foreign Policy
: This article was written by Puja Deverakonda, Fulbrighter who was located in Berlin, Germany. She provides helpful tips for success on selecting a country, perfecting the proposal, and the whole application process in general.
What to Expect from the Fulbright Program
- Council for International Exchange of Scholars
: This website provides answers to twelve most commonly asked questions about the Fulbright Program. Knowing how to navigate the Fulbright requirements before you begin will take a lot of the stress out of the process.
- DePauw University This resource gives a spiel about what to expect when traveling to a smaller country, such as Macedonia, on a Fulbright scholarship. The site talks about one student’s unexpected experiences when he traveled abroad to pursue research in classical studies.
- Fulbright at Fifty: This website gives the full history of the Fulbright Program, which was started by U.S. Senator, J. William Fulbright. The website also gives a list of famous Fulbrighters of the past, such as Maya Angelou.
- Internal Revenue Service
: This resource provides a list of what is required of the IRS regarding Fulbright grants. Read descriptions about the different types of grants you can receive and how to use those for income or tax purposes.
- Open Directory: This website lists and provides links to Fulbright opportunities all over the world. By browsing through these resources, you may receive very valuable information.
- Ten Myths About the Fulbright U.S. Student Program: You really don’t have to be bilingual to apply for the Fulbright. You can apply for the Fulbright multiple times. If you didn’t know these facts, we suggest you visit this website, which dispels these and other myths about the Fulbright.
- U.S. Applicant Podcast: To be able to view all of the podcasts, you must subscribe to feed. By the way, there’s no charge. Tony Claudino, the Director of Fulbright Student Outreach, provides helpful advice to students interested in applying.
- U.S. Department of Education: This resource provides a list of questions and answers for those potential Fulbrighters with a vested interest in education. There are an abundance of opportunities available for educators overseas, so take advantage of them.
- U.S. Department of State
: This resource provides a full description of the goals of the Fulbright program. Learn what you can gain by becoming a Fulbrighter here.
Blogs and other web content written by Fulbrighters
- Atlantic Review: This press digest focuses mainly on transatlantic affairs. The blog is maintained by three Fulbright Alumni from Germany, who are currently located in Seattle, Hamburg, and Berlin.
- Cleveland State University: Stephen C. Cory, Ph.D. hails from CSU and went to Morocco a few years ago to teach Middle Eastern and World History. If your interested in his story, we suggest you read about his experience. If your interests lie with his, we suggest you contact him to boost your own research.
- Council for International Exchange of Scholars: This website provides Fulbright Scholar Stories from around the world. Hear from Fulbrighters who traveled to varying countries to study varying subjects.
- Fulbright-mtvU Fellows Blogs: The Fulbright Program is not about sitting in a lab or with notecards all day and thus never having the chance to use one’s social skills. On the contrary, Fulbright hopes to link people across cultures. That is precisely what happened when five students were sent around the world with help from Fulbright and mtvU to promote “the power of music.”
- In Their Own Words
: The Fulbright website provides this list of journals from Fulbrighters who have spoken out about what it’s like to adapt to a new culture, learn a new language, learn independence, and more. On the same page there is a list of Fulbrighters’ stories and missions, conveniently organized by different regions.
- Israeli Politics: This blog is run by Professor Cohen-Almagor of the University of Hull, England. Professor Cohen-Almagor, also a former Fulbrighter, has created this monthly newsletter about events in the Middle East, but mainly those that occur in Israel.
- The JP Allen Blog: This blog documents the life of a Fulbright scholar living in Portugal. J.P. Allen, an Associate Professor of Information Systems at the University of San Francisco’s School of Business and Professional Studies, is located on the Azores islands teaching an MBA course.
- Peter Wordelman: This webpage gives an example of an actual Fulbright application. This Fulbrighter chose to work in Ecuador as a musical director.
- University of Louisville: This website follows fourteen Fulbrighters from the University of Louisville. There is a brief biography for each, outlining their interests and research projects. Also each Fulbrighter has written a blurb, which explains their feelings about getting the scholarship.
- Shamans of siquijor: Through her research on Siquijor, an island of the Philippines, this Fulbrighter has created a documentary about shamanistic healers. Read about her experiences and current research on Rosanna Brillantes-Meyer’s blog.
- USAID Telling Our Story: Afghanistan
This blog tells of two Fulbrighters at the USAID-sponsored Kabul Central Materials Laboratory, who have pursued engineering degrees in the United States. The article explains how these students used their Fulbright scholarships to help Afghanistan.
- The Visual Student: Angela Shoemaker is a Fulbrighter who just finished up a project in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She is a film student who tells about what it was like working on a documentary about Muslim youth culture.
- The Wandering Cambodian: SomongkolTeng is a Fulbrighter who went to Boston University under the Fulbright program. He has a love for photography, and also for sharing his experiences with friends from the 15 countries he has visited, along with anyone else willing to listen.