Fulbright U.S. Student Program http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html NOTE: The on-campus deadline is Wednesday, September 15, 2010 The Fulbright Program, started in 1946, is sponsored by the United States Department of State. This flagship U.S. international exchange program aims to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange. Each year the Fulbright Program offers fellowships to U.S. students for research and study in nearly all disciplines/fields, including the sciences and Creative and Performing Arts, or to teach English. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications from graduating seniors and from graduate students at any point in their graduate career. Nature/Scope of Program 1,500 Fulbright U.S. Student Awards are made each year to approximately 140 countries for study/research in all fields of study and English teaching assistantships. Types of Grants (All grants last approximately 9 -12 months) Study/Research Grants, covers transportation, research allowance, maintenance stipend (based on cost of living in host country), supplemental health insurance. Travel Grants, available only to Italy, Germany, and Hungary. Supplements support that does not provide travel money (personal funds, a university fellowship, etc.). English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs), only available to certain countries. Covers transportation, research allowance, maintenance stipend (based on cost of living in host country), supplemental health insurance. Who Can Apply? Must be a U.S. citizen; hold a BA/BS degree before the start of the award, but not yet received a PhD; have sufficient language proficiency to carry out research in the host country; be in good health Application Timeline st On-line Application opens May 1 , on campus deadline is mid-September; students hear in late January if their application has been recommended to the host country; applicants receive word from Fulbright anytime from March to June. Application Process All the materials you fill out are submitted on-line on the Fulbright site. You will provide information on your degree(s), what honors or awards you received, and a listing of any time you spent abroad. The proposed activity for the Fulbright award is presented as a 2-page statement; please note that the statement for a research grant and an ETA grant differ. Research Grant Statement: The one for a research grant will include, among other information, what you want to do, why it’s an important topic/area/problem to research, where you’d like to work (plus why there), with whom you plan to work with abroad (a letter of support from that person or organization is needed), when you plan to go and how does that timing fit with your academic or professional time table. English Teaching Assistantship Statement: The ETA statement discusses why you want to undertake a Teaching Assistantship and why in a particular country, any special qualifications or experiences, how you expect to benefit from the experience, and what use will you make of your time outside the classroom. For both grants, applicants also submit a one-page Personal Statement (narrative CV) describing a bit about yourself and how you prepared for this time abroad in your past activities. The application also includes 3 letters of recommendation, transcripts from any academic institutions you attended, a letter of support from a person in the country you plan to visit (only for research grants, not required for ETAs), plus a language report from a competently trained instructor (if necessary for the country). All on-line and paper application materials are submitted to the Binghamton University Fulbright committee by the campus deadline in mid-September. The Binghamton committee reviews the application and arranges for an interview of the applicant. During the interview, the committee members ask questions about the proposed project, clarify the methodology to be used, and ask about the applicant’s motivation for doing this work abroad. The committee may make recommendations for modifications. The discussion will also attempt to gain an appreciation for the applicant’s understanding of the country of interest as well as ascertain how good a cultural ambassador for the US the person will be abroad. Following the interview, the applicant will be given the opportunity to revise and resubmit the application, if necessary. The Binghamton Committee, then emails and paper mails the application to the New York office in time for the October deadline. How to Get Started? Go to the Fulbright Program page, http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html, for detailed information on the Fulbright Program and the application process. Please review the “Program Overview” section, for information on the types of grants and benefits and the “Participating Country Summaries” for country- specific information. Pay attention to information on Affiliation – this needs to be arranged before the application is submitted (see following). Also, pay particular attention to the, “Preparing an Application” section, the entries on Study/Research Project Statements, the ETA Statements, and the Personal Statement. These are clearly written and useful. A Special Note on Affiliation All Fulbright recipients must have a host country affiliation. English Teaching Assistants are placed by the host country; you should not try to arrange your own placement. Study/Research Grants – affiliation with an educational institution, or other entity (a library, lab, NGO, museum, etc.) is required, even if you are engaged primarily or solely in research or artistic activity and do not plan to enroll in classes. Applicants are, in most cases, responsible for arranging their own affiliation and providing documentation (a letter) of the affiliation. NOTE: The on-campus deadline is Friday, September 15, 2010 For additional information, please contact Professor Stephen Straight, the campus Fulbright Advisor, email@example.com or Janice McDonald, Office of External Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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