Hello, and thanks for your interest in the Fulbright Program.
In recent years Dickinson students have achieved notable success in being selected as Fulbright scholars. Please read about some of the Dickinson Fulbrighters profiled on the Fellowships page.
All Fulbright programs are looking to send "cultural ambassadors" overseas. The emphasis is on mutual understanding - as a Fulbright scholar you are there to learn from peoples of other countries, and they are interested to learn about the US from you. That idea is central to the Fulbright organization.
There are two types of Fulbright grants - an English Teaching Award (ETA) Fulbright and a Research Fulbright.
• The ETA is for teaching English, usually at the primary or secondary level, in a host country.
• A Research Grant is for conducting an individual research project, in some countries in conjunction with graduate study.
For a more thorough explanation of the two types of grants consult the website, http://us.fulbrightonline.org/about
On your language skills Each country has different expectations of the level of fluency necessary for applicants. You should read through the country summaries to identify countries that are a good fit for your language skills. Fulbright also offers support to learn some languages (Arabic for example) with a Critical Language Enhancement Award.
On choosing a host country Country/Regional competition competitiveness may play a role in your final decision, but overall you should choose the country that best suits your project and in which provides the resources necessary for its successful completion. The selection committees are looking for applicants who have specific reasons for applying to go to a country and who have determined that the project is doable in terms of time and preparedness of the applicant.
Dickinson Fulbright Application Schedule:
April 30 Preliminary Screening for Fulbright (Class of 2013)
June 15 Preliminary SGP, PS, and a CV
July 15 Preliminary SGP and PS, affiliation organization (if doing the research application)
August 15 Revised SGP, PS; list of referees
Sept. 16 Preliminary applications are due
Sept. 26-Oct. 7 Campus interviews
Oct. 12 Dickinson final application due
For more detailed information about individual countries and the application itself, read through the very good, comprehensive website at http://www.iie.org/en/Fulbright/