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May 18, 2010 Aajar Zaman, Bangladesh, 2004 Xiao Li Tan, China 2005 John Reuter, Ukraine, 2004 Andrew Lee, Singapore, 2006 Outline for today Program Overview Thinking of Applying Grants and Benefits Fulbright Application Application Process Q&A with Chris MacDonald, 2005 Fulbrighter to Australia and Julianne McCall, 2006 Fulbrighter to Sweden. Program Overview - The U.S. Student Program is designed for: Recent BA/BS graduates Master's & doctoral candidates Young professionals, including writers, journalists, and those in law, business, and other professional fields Artists and musicians Rosanna Brilliantes – Philippines Program Overview - A Fulbright allows for: University coursework Independent library or field research Professional training in the arts and other fields Rebecca Tyroler-Cooper - China Assistant English-teaching Invaluable opportunities to meet, work, and live with the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences Program Overview - A Fulbright allows for: Opportunities to promote mutual understanding through engagement in the community Appreciation of other’s viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think, through direct interaction with them Lydia Boyd - Uganda Thinking of Applying - Who is 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 Able to pass simple physical exam (no conditions which would interfere with your ability to complete your project) Thinking of Applying - 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) Thinking of Applying - A Fulbrighter has… Strong academic and/or professional preparation Demonstrated leadership ability Less than six months spent in host country (excluding undergraduate study abroad) Phuong Do - Vietnam Focus on community involvement Grants and Benefits - Types of awards Basic Grant Types Full Grants English Teaching Assistantships Travel-Only Grants (Italy, Germany, or Hungary only) Special Fulbright Programs (within the full grant structure) Business Grant (Australia, Mexico, the Netherlands, or Spain) Journalism Grant (Germany, UK, Taiwan) Critical Language Enhancement Awards Fulbright-mtvU Awards Grants and Benefits - Types of awards Other Fulbright Country-Specific Awards While many countries offer specific awards, applicants must indicate in the SPECIAL PROGRAMS section of the application if they wish to be considered for one of the awards listed below. •Africa, Sub-Saharan: •Italy: Deaf Studies Fulbright/Fogarty Fellowships •Italy: Polytechnic of Turin •Australia: CSIRO •Mexico: Graduate Degree Awards •Ireland: Irish Language •Mexico: Public Policy Initiative •Italy: Slow Foods •Netherlands: Water Management Award Fulbright Application You can access the application here: https://us.fulbrightonline.org Fulbright Application - Online Or go directly to embark site: https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/usa/23/ Fulbright Application Complete the “face page” (Step B: Page 1) all in one sitting. You may return to this page to update your answers at any time prior to submitting the application, but it is important that you complete the basic data at the start. Once you create an account, choose UC San Diego as your institution, and me (Linda Vong) as your FPA, I will have you on my list of applicants. Fulbright Application Proposal Personal Narrative Letters of Recommendation Letter of Affiliation Language Evaluation Transcripts Supplemental materials (for those applying in the arts) Fulbright Application- Proposals What Fulbright wants to see Academic or Professional Qualifications Validity and Feasibility of Project Foreign Language Proficiency Evidence of Adaptability and Motivation Personal statements that read like an intellectual biography, rather than a reiteration of a family history Application Process - General Three step review process -Institution review -National screening committee review -Country review Announcements on your application progress will be made at the end of January, 2011 -moved to country review or not Announcements regarding the funding status of your application will be made on a rolling basis from the end of March – September. Application Process - General Application process – paper copy no longer needed (except for supplemental arts materials) Make sure to “preview” each page since the embark application may allow more characters than the pdf conversion will capture. Multiple letters of affiliation must be scanned and saved as ONE pdf and uploaded in ONE pdf. 2 language report forms allowed this year (for two different languages, not two for the same language) Application Process - General Significant coursework = need transcripts, but if you took 1 or 2 non-essential courses at cc, don’t need those transcripts. UG transcripts are absolutely necessary! -Official transcripts needed -Need to be in this order: UG, master’s, PhD (name them accordingly to lessen confusion) Steven J. Vanek, Bolivia Application Process - UCSD Submit online by our internal deadline of September 13 -Please note that our internal deadline is WAY earlier than the national deadline – plan ahead! -official transcripts and letters of affiliation will now have to be scanned and uploaded as a word doc or PDF Once you have submitted your application, I review the proposals to pick faculty for your interview Application Process – The Interview The interview will be with 1-2 faculty who fit into one of these categories: -has/have been a past fulbrighter -has/have knowledge about your country of interest -has/have knowledge about your topic (but may not necessarily be from your home department) The interview is informal, but it is necessary that you come prepared to talk about your research and plans in detail -can you talk to non-specialists as well as field experts? Application Process – The Interview I will also be sitting in on interviews to take notes You will be evaluated at the institution level on several factors: Academic qualifications Language qualifications Validity and feasibility of proposal Maturity Motivation Knowledge of host country Impression you would make abroad Application Process - Fulbright tools online The Fulbright online application (https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/usa/23/) Fulbright blog – replaces the old applicant newsletter (http://usfulbrightstudent.blogspot.com/) Podcasts and webinars (https://us.fulbrightonline.org/podcast.html) PDF versions of application forms (http://us.fulbrightonline.org/applynow_formsandinstructions.html) Application Process - Timeline Spring: Start thinking about possible project(s), identify people for LORs, become familiar with country specifications, identify affiliation Summer: Write, revise, and refine proposal and personal narrative. Fall: Apply (by UCSD internal deadline of September 13), interview with faculty, and wait Caleb Kim – South Korea Application Process – Contact Info World Regions/Areas Relevant Program Managers General Inquiries Walter Jackson (email@example.com) East Asia and the Pacific Region Jonathan Akeley (firstname.lastname@example.org) South and Central Asia Cara Doble (email@example.com) Europe (except Germany) and Eurasia Rachel Holskin (firstname.lastname@example.org) Africa and the Near East Jermaine Jones (email@example.com) South America, Mexico and Canada Jody Dudderar (firstname.lastname@example.org) Central America (except Mexico) & the Cara Wollinsky (email@example.com) Caribbean Regional Program External Relations/Outreach Tony Claudino (firstname.lastname@example.org) Application Process - What Now? Spend the summer thinking about your projects, setting up affiliations, and writing/refining your proposal and personal narrative. Get input on your project from professors, mentors, specialists, colleagues and peers. Email Linda Vong (email@example.com), the UCSD Fulbright Program Adviser, if you would like to set up an appointment to go over specific questions, concerns, proposals, etc. Application Process – UCSD statistics at a glance 2008: 28 applicants, 16 moved to country screening, 9 offered a Fulbright -fields supported were: math, history, oceanography, psychology, and biology -host countries: Taiwan, Hungary, Australia, Germany, China Mexico, Venezuela, Spain Application Process – UCSD statistics at a glance 2009: 22 applications, 11 moved to country screening, 7 offered a Fulbright -fields supported were: musical instrument training, history, sociology, film media/visual arts and political science -host countries: Switzerland, Spain, China, Germany, Argentina, and Japan Q and A with past Fulbrighters Chris MacDonald and Julianne McCall Chris: Awarded a Fulbright to Australia in 2005 Julianne: Awarded a Fulbright to Sweden in 2006 Good Luck!
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