Schedule & Dates for Fulbright Applications

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HERE is a general Fulbright calendar beginning in your Junior year:

In your Junior year . . .


  • Attend the December Fulbright information meeting for Juniors, especially if you will be off campus in the spring semester.
  • Attend the April Fulbright information meeting for Juniors.
  • Get a Fulbright information booklet and application form from Professor Matthew Hockenos, the Skidmore Fulbright Advisor.
April and May
  • Carefully read the Fulbright information booklet.
  • Discuss ideas for a Fulbright project with the Skidmore Fulbright Adviser (Matthew Hockenos).
  • Find one or two professors who are knowledgeable about your field of study.
  • Let Professor Hockenos know that you plan to apply for a Fulbright and tell him your Fulbright topic and country.
May through August
  • Decide on what you want to do on a Fulbright project and where you want to do it.
  • Draft your project statement and personal statement.
  • Have faculty (and parents and friends and whoever) review your draft. (Thank goodness for e-mail and fax).
  • Ask possible references (usually professors) if they will write in support of your Fulbright application.
  • Establish relevant affiliation(s) in host country.
  • Give Professor Hockenos a heads-up that you will be submitting a Fulbright application.

In your Senior year . . .


  • Soon after you arrive back on campus, "check in" with Professor Hockenos to let him know how your Fulbright application is coming along.
  • Arrange for your three references.
  • Complete your application.
  • If appropriate, have your language proficiency assessed. (See Professor Hockenos about arranging your language assessment.)
September 26
  • Your completed Fulbright application is due to Professor Hockenos. Note that all candidates must submit printed hard copies of their applications even if the application is completed on-line. Also give Professor Fox a schedule of available interview times.
October (During first two weeks)
  • Interview by a committee of three or four Skidmore professors.
  • Language assessment (if required).
October 20
  • Professor Hockenos sends all Skidmore applications and interview committee recommendations to the U.S. Information Agency in New York City, where they must arrive before the October 25 deadline.
November and December
  • A National Screening Committee (a panel of American experts, mostly academics) reviews your application.
Late January
  • The IEE sends you a letter telling you if you are "recommended." To be "recommended" means that your application is forwarded to your host country, where it is reviewed by exerts who are citizens of the host country. About twice as many applications are recommended as there are grants available, so your chances are about 50-50 if you are recommended.
March through June
  • How long it takes "recommended" applications to be reviewed varies considerably from country to country. Very late April is typical.
  • You graduate. Congratulations!

Fall (after you have graduated)
  • If you received a Fulbright grant, dust off your passport, pack your backpack, and head off for a Fulbright year in . . . . well, wherever you told the Fulbright people you wanted to go.
  • Send postcards to Mom and Dad and all the people who helped you earn your Fulbright.

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Revised 9/20/03