Campus Application Deadline: September 14, 2011, by noon
Campus Interview: September 24, 2011 (all-day event)
National Deadline: the electronic deadline is October 17, 2011, by 5:00 p.m.
Please contact Dr. Goebel, email@example.com well in advance of the campus deadline to alert her to your application and to get information from her to share with those who will be writing recommendations for you.
Do NOT electronically submit anything at the national level until after the campus review.
Fulbright grants are designed to improve and strengthen international relations by promoting better mutual understanding among people of different cultures.
Types of Awards
Grants are for one academic year in a choice of many foreign countries, and extensions are possible. Many country-specific study abroad fellowships are managed by the Institute for International Education. When you apply for a Fulbright to a given foreign country, you are automatically considered for many other available grants/fellowships for study in that country. Stipend amounts vary with award and with cost of living in the country you choose.
Many countries now offer a Teaching Assistant Fulbright as well as a regular Fulbright. TA Fulbrighters teach English in the host country; sometimes in a university setting, but most often in the public schools. In some situations, there is adequate free time to pursue another significant activity as well.
The Fulbright is one of the most prestigious awards a graduating senior can receive. It will open doors for you for the rest of your life and help you establish important professional contacts at home or abroad. This will be of immense help if you are planning to apply for graduate or professional school, and will be of some help in applying for jobs.
Unless you plan to complete an entire graduate degree overseas, the Fulbright year will not automatically count as part of your graduate work, but many of the hours can probably be transferred to a graduate program in the U.S.
The Fulbright year gives you the opportunity to complete or make a good start at a research project which could later be the basis for a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. For candidates who study in non-English-speaking countries, the Fulbright gives you an opportunity to gain fluency in a foreign language—helpful both for graduate school and for life.
The big benefit of the Fulbright is exactly what is was designed for: to improve and strengthen international relations by increasing mutual understanding. You will learn about your host country, and they will learn about you. In learning there is growth.
The odds depend heavily not only on the country you select, but also on the strength of your application. In the past fifteen years, IUP students have won Fulbrights almost every year—to Germany, Austria, Belgium, United Arab Emirates, China, South Korea, and Taiwan.
The IIE website lists number of awards and number of applicants to each country. It is relatively difficult to get a Fulbright to the United Kingdom. Of the non-English-speaking countries, France and Italy are often the most competitive. But if you really want to go to France or England or Italy, do not give up because the competition is tougher there. Someone has to win—why not you?
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application.
- Applicants must hold a B.A. degree or the equivalent before beginning date of the grant.
- Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country to carry out the proposed study and/or meet the requirements of the host country. If you are not fluent in another language, there are still options open to you in countries which do not speak English as a first language. Some universities in these countries teach classes in English. Some countries do not expect that teaching assistants will know the native language of their country.
- Applicants must be in good health.
- Teaching assistant applicants do not have to be education or English majors.
The Application Process for the Regular (non-teaching) Fulbright:
The Fulbright application asks the student to indicate a course of study he or she will undertake in the proposed host country. While the Fulbright does not guarantee study at a particular university within the host country, students normally get their choice of universities as well.
The course of study described in the application should therefore reflect knowledge of expertise or resources in that country or a specific university in that country. Successful applications are normally very specific about why a particular country or university is the best place to study the proposed topic, and often refer to particular library collections, faculty members, laboratories, museums, etc.
The Fulbright application does not require undergraduates to submit a research proposal; however, successful proposals almost always include a detailed description of a particular research or creative project the student wants to carry out during the year abroad in conjunction with the larger course of study. Strength of proposal is a major factor in application screening. Is the proposal something which would be a useful scholarly/creative endeavor? Is the proposal well-matched to the country and/or university the student has selected? Does the student show sufficient sophistication and background knowledge to carry out the proposal and the course of study?
It is highly advisable to ask several faculty members in your field to look at drafts of your proposed course of study and research proposal in advance. Most students need to rewrite these many times in order to develop a successful application.
Like most fellowship applications, the Fulbright also asks for personal information about you and for several professional references.
Fulbright applications have the best chance of success if the student is nominated and recommended by IUP. The IUP Fulbright advisor, Dr. Janet Goebel (firstname.lastname@example.org), will meet with you to determine what faculty members would be in the best position to serve as your IUP Fulbright Screening Committee based on their expertise in relation to your proposal. The local deadline for submission of the completed application is September 14. Your IUP Fulbright Screening Committee will then interview you, prepare a committee evaluation to accompany your other materials, and assist you in submitting the entire package electronically by the October 17 national deadline.
Applications and Additional Information
Dr. Janet E. Goebel, IUP Fulbright Advisor
Robert E. Cook Honors College
Whitmyre Hall, Room 136
290 Pratt Drive
Indiana, PA 15705
Institute of International Education
U.S. Student Programs Division
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017