The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Programs vary by country, so students should spend some time exploring the Fulbright website, most notably the Fulbright Regions page for more information about each country's programs and requirements.
There are a variety of grants available through Fulbright:
- Study/Research: The study/research grant category includes projects in both academic and arts fields. The study/research grants are available in approximately 140 countries. Applicants for these grants design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education.
- English Teaching Assistantships: An English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) places a Fulbrighter in a classroom abroad to provide assistance to teachers of English to non-native English-speakers. English Teaching Assistants help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for U.S. culture.
- Fulbright-mtvU Awards: are available to all countries where there is an active Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Projects should center around research on an aspect of international musical culture, and should focus on contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression. Preference will be given to recent graduates.
- Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship: will allow fellows to serve in professional public-policy-related placements in foreign government ministries or institutions and to gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries, while simultaneously carrying out an academic study/research project.
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Grant benefits for all Fulbright U.S. Student grants include:
- round-trip transportation to the host country
- funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs, based on the cost of living in the host country
- Accident & Sickness Health Benefits
In some countries, grants may also include:
- book and research allowances
- mid-term enrichment activities
- full or partial tuition
- language study programs
- pre-departure and in-country orientations
Selection is made on the basis of:
- Quality and feasibility of the proposal as described in the Statement of Grant Purpose.
- Academic or professional record.
- Personal qualifications.
- Language preparation.
- Preference factors as established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) and the Fulbright Commissions/Foundations.
- Extent to which the candidate and the project will help to advance the Fulbright aim of promoting mutual understanding among nations through engagement in the host community, among other activities.
- Ability of the supervising agencies abroad to arrange/confirm supervision and facilitate research clearance, if necessary.
- Requirements of the program in individual countries. In some countries, advanced-degree candidates are preferred, and in some countries, certain fields of study are not recommended. Check with IIE before filing an application if you do not meet country specifications.
- Desirability of achieving wide institutional and geographic distribution
- To apply through Skidmore College, students must have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA
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Students must be US citizens and hold a BA at the start of the grant. For more information about eligibility, please click here.
Skidmore seniors are required to apply according to Skidmore College’s internal process and deadlines. Alumni can apply through Skidmore College if it has been a maximum of 3 years since graduation. Students who graduated more than 3 years ago should apply as “at large” candidates. All seniors interested in pursuing a Fulbright application should contact Prof. Lander (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Marla Melito (email@example.com). Students considering research who decide to start the process after August 15th and students applying for ETAs who decide to start the process after August 30th, should apply as “at large” candidates. Deadlines are non-negotiable.
Note: Starting the process of applying means submitting drafts of your application.
Skidmore Deadline- September 15, 2014
Institutional Deadline- October 2014
Skidmore Faculty Representative:
Maria Lander, Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of the Latin American Studies Program
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