& Dates for Fulbright Applications
is a general Fulbright calendar beginning in your Junior year:
your Junior year . . .
the December Fulbright information meeting for Juniors, especially if
you will be off campus in the spring semester.
the April Fulbright information meeting for Juniors.
- Get a
Fulbright information booklet and application form from Professor Matthew
Hockenos, the Skidmore Fulbright Advisor.
read the Fulbright information booklet.
ideas for a Fulbright project with the Skidmore Fulbright Adviser (Matthew
- 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.
on what you want to do on a Fulbright project and where you want to
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
relevant affiliation(s) in host country.
- Give Professor
Hockenos a heads-up that you will be submitting a Fulbright application.
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.
for your three references.
- If appropriate,
have your language proficiency assessed. (See Professor Hockenos about
arranging your language assessment.)
(During first two weeks)
- 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
by a committee of three or four Skidmore professors.
assessment (if required).
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.
- A National
Screening Committee (a panel of American experts, mostly academics)
reviews your application.
- 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.
- How long
it takes "recommended" applications to be reviewed varies considerably
from country to country. Very late April is typical.
- You graduate.
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.