Fulbright U.S. Student Program
NOTE: Detailed information about the program is available online at the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The on-campus deadline for the 2018-19 year abroad is Friday, September 8, 2017.
SPRING 2017 INFORMATION SESSIONS
Tuesday, march 21, 5-6pm, UU 108
Wednesday, april 26, 5-6pm, uu 108
thursday, may 4, 5-6pm, uu 108
For additional information and/or assistance over the summer, please contact Professor Stephen Straight, Campus Fulbright Advisor, or Ashley Serbonich, Office of External Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships. During their 9 – 12 month stays, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others' viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual interacts with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual respect and understanding.
Each year the Fulbright Program offers grants to U.S. students for research and study in nearly all disciplines, including the sciences and Creative and Performing Arts, or to teach English in scores of countries around the globe.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications from graduating seniors, graduate students at any point in their graduate career, and Binghamton alumni (if you hold a PhD when applying, you apply to the Fulbright Scholars Program).
Types of Grants (All grants last approximately 9 - 12 months)
Study/Research - includes projects in both academic and arts fields. They are available in approximately 140 countries. Applicants for these grants design their own projects and typically work during their stay with advisers at universities or other institutes of higher education or research in the host country. Program requirements vary by country, so applicants should begin by familiarizing themselves with the program summaries for possible countries of interest to them.
Creative and performing arts applicants are required to submit supplementary materials based on their disciplines.
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 also serve as cultural ambassadors for U.S. culture. The age and academic level of classroom students vary by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level.
Travel Grants - are only available to a limited number of countries and are designed to supplement an award from any source that does not provide for international travel or a student's own funds for study. Travel grants include: round-trip international travel to the host country; limited health benefits; mid-term enrichment activities, if available in the host country; and language or orientation programs, if available in the host country.
Grant benefits for all Fulbright U.S. Student Study/Research and English Teaching Assistantship grants include:
- Round-trip transportation to the host country
- A stipend 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, and pre-departure and in-country orientations. Please review the relevant Country Summary for specific details.
Grantees with projects that require extensive research support, in-country travel, study materials, or equipment should explore additional funding from other sources to supplement the Fulbright funding.
Who Can Apply?
- U.S. citizenship at the time of application (permanent residents are not eligible);
- B.A. degree or the equivalent conferred before the start of the grant;
- In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement;
- Good health - grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate from a physician; and
- Many but not all grants require proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities. The host-country summaries make clear what level of proficiency applicants need.
Candidates who have not resided or studied in the country to which they are applying for more than six months, not counting undergraduate study abroad. Duty abroad in the Armed Forces of the United States is not considered disqualifying within the meaning of this section. For most programs, applicants with extensive previous foreign experience in the host country are at a competitive disadvantage, but are still eligible to apply.
When and How to Apply
- Online Application opens April 3, 2017
- On-campus deadline is Friday, September 8, 2017
- On-campus review and individual interview process takes place from mid-September through early October
- Campus Fulbright Advisor submits application to the Fulbright office in New York City by mid-October deadline
- Students hear in January if their application has been recommended to the host country
- Recommended applicants receive the final decision from Fulbright anytime from March to June
All applicants must complete and submit their application via the Embark Fulbright Online Application. This is where you enter data, upload documents, and register your reference writers and foreign language evaluator. Below is a lsit of required application components:
- Biographical Data
Applicants will provide information on degree(s), honors and awards, extracurricular involvement, and time spent abroad.
Statement of Grant Purpose
The proposed activity for the Fulbright award is presented in a statement; the statements for a research grant and an ETA grant differ as described below.
- Research Grant Statement: A 2-page document which outlines the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of what you are proposing for your Fulbright year. Developing a strong, feasible and compelling project is the most important aspect of a successful Fulbright application. The first step is to familiarize yourself with the program summary for the host country. The program design will vary somewhat depending upon the country and the field of study. The proposal should indicate a clear commitment to, and description of how you will engage with, the host country community.
- English Teaching Assistantship Statement: A 1-page document which outlines why you are interested in teaching English to non-native speakers as well as why you have chosen to apply to a particular country. You should clearly describe what you will be able to bring to the classroom in the host country as well as explain any ideas you have on how to reach students coming from a different pedagogical tradition. The proposal should indicate a clear commitment to, and description of how you will engage with, the host country community.
- Personal Statement
For both award types, this 1-page narrative is designed to give the reviewers a picture of you as an individual. It is an opportunity to tell the committee more about the trajectory that you have followed and what plans you have for the future. While the Statement of Grant Purpose focuses on what you will be doing in the host country, the Personal Statement concentrates on how your background has influenced your development and how that relates to the Fulbright opportunity. The statement can deal with your personal history, family background, intellectual development, and the educational, professional, or cultural opportunities to which you have been exposed; explain their impact. This can allude to but should not be a mere reiteration of facts already listed in the Biographical Data sections or an elaboration of the Statement of Grant Purpose.
- Foreign Language Evaluation Forms
- For programs where language skills are Strongly Recommended, you must submit both a Language Self Evaluation and a Foreign Language Evaluation Form, which is completed by a professional language teacher. Submission of both forms is mandatory, even if you have advanced skills or native-speaker ability. Failure to submit the forms may affect your eligibility.
- For programs where language skills are Recommended or Not Required, if you possess some language skills you should submit both a Language Self Evaluation and a Foreign Language Evaluation Form. It will be advantageous to have your language ability documented, even though it is not required. Remember, even if a country indicates that English will be sufficient for carrying out the proposed project, for purposes of Community Engagement, at least a basic level of language skill should be obtained prior to leaving the United States for the host country. For programs in countries where English is one of the national languages, you do not need to submit any foreign language forms unless a foreign language is required for your project.
- For programs in countries where English is one of the national languages, you do not need to submit any foreign language forms unless a foreign language is required for your project.
Three letters of reference are required. For an English Teaching Assistantship, your reference writers will be provided an electronic form that they will use to respond to a series of short-answer questions regarding items such as your communication skills, interest in teaching, and ability to work in unstructured environments.
Affiliation Letter (for Study/Research Awards only)
Applicants for Study/Research Grants must have a host-country affiliation. This can be with an educational institution or other entity (a library, lab, government agency or non-government organization, museum, etc.). You need a strong letter of in-country support even if you are engaged primarily or solely in research or artistic activity and do not plan to enroll in academic coursework. Applicants are, in most cases, responsible for arranging their own affiliation and providing documentation of the affiliation, typically in the form of a letter or letters from responsible parties at the host institution.
You must provide transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions where you received a degree and/or received credit for coursework. Unofficial transcripts are accepted.
Supplemental documents may be required depending on the type of award/country you are applying to. Refer to the Fulbright website for additional information. Note: Creative and performing arts applicants are required to submit supplementary materials based on their disciplines.
During late September, applications are reviewed by the Binghamton University Fulbright Committee. The committee will contact you soon after the campus deadline to arrange an in-person or electronic interview during which appropriately qualified and experienced Binghamton faculty and staff will ask questions about the proposed project, discuss the methodology to be used, and ascertain your motivation for doing this work abroad. The interviewers will also attempt to gain an appreciation for your understanding of the country of interest as well as determine how well you will serve as a cultural ambassador for the US abroad.
After the interview, the committee make recommendations to the applicant for modifications to the application. The applicant will then be given the opportunity to revise and resubmit the application by a date to be determined by the campus committee. Your online application and a campus evaluation form are then sent to the Fulbright office in New York City prior to the national nomination deadline.
How to Get Started
Go to the Fulbright Program page for detailed information on the Fulbright Program and the application process.
In the "About" Section, find information on:
History of Fulbright – Fulbright U.S. Student Program – Types of Awards – Eligibility – Factors in Selection – Competition Timeline – Award Benefits – Videos and Tutorials
In the "Countries" Section, you can find country specific information on:
Types of Awards Offered – Number of Awards Available – Language Requirements – Grant Period – Candidate Profile – Special Consideration
In the "Applicants" Section, find information on:
Getting Started – Application Components – Types of Applicants – Application Tips – Application Timeline – Information Sessions – Application Checklists – EMBARK Online Application
A Special Note on Affiliation
Applicants for Study/Research Grants must have a host-country affiliation. This can be with an educational institution or other entity (a library, lab, government agency or non-government organization, museum, etc.). You need an affiliation and a strong letter of in-country support even if you are engaged primarily or solely in research or artistic activity and do not plan to enroll in classes. Applicants are, in most cases, responsible for arranging their own affiliation and providing documentation of the affiliation, typically in the form of a letter or letters from responsible parties at the host institution.