Fulbright Applications

The Fulbright application provides clear guidelines for writing a successful application. For both Statements,

  • Provide concrete examples (your experiences and your plans)
  • Focus on one theme or story related to your personal development and how that relates to your goals
  • Clearly articulate what will make your proposed research project or teaching assistantship successful
  • Include clear transitions between parts of your essay
  • Make every word count

Statement of Grant Purpose

Academic Fields

  • Do you tell the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of your proposed year?
  • If applying for a research project,
    • Is your project description Strong, Feasible, and Compelling?
    • Can you complete then research in this timeframe?
    • Are necessary resources (including people) available?
    • Is the purpose for the research clear?
    • Is the expected benefit or need for the project persuasive?
  • If applying for graduate study,
    • Is it clear why you want to pursue this graduate program in this institution in this host country?
    • How do your goals align?
  • Do you indicate a clear commitment to the host country community?
  • Have you explained how you will engage with that community?

Teaching Assistantship

  • Do you explain why you want to teach English to non-native speakers?
  • Do you explain why you want to teach in this host country?
  • Have you included what strengths you will bring to the host country’s classroom?
  • Have you explained how you will reach students coming from a different pedagogical tradition?
    • Do you show you’re aware of the host country’s traditions and that you are willing and able to adapt to those pedagogical traditions (with concrete examples)?
  • Do you indicate a clear commitment to the host country community?
  • Have you explained how you will engage with that community?

Personal Statement

  • Have you included your trajectory as an individual?
    • How have your personal history, family background, intellectual development and/or educational, professional, or cultural opportunities influenced you?
    • Is your story of this trajectory cohesive?
  • Have you described your plans and goals?
  • Have you made connections between your trajectory and plans and your proposal?
    • Is it clear what in your background prepares you for this Fulbright opportunity?
  • List any experiences you’ve had in the following areas:
    • Research
    • Internships
    • Personal Travel or Study Abroad
    • Volunteering
    • Teaching or tutoring
    • Languages
  • How might you apply your experiences from the above areas to your goals for the Fulbright year? (e.g., leadership, interpersonal, intercultural, teaching approaches, communication style, etc.)

More Information

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