The 2011-2012 Fulbright competition opens on May 1st, 2010. The deadline for apply for a 2010 Fulbright Scholarship is at noon, Friday, Sept. 3rd. Submissions should be brought to the Provost Office in MAI 201.
The Fulbright program for U.S. Students is meant to foster international cooperation in education, research and cultural exchange. The program supports a student’s work abroad for one academic year (typically nine months). The program operates in more than 140 countries. Scholarships are available to support research and training in nearly all disciplines, including sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, professional fields, and performing and creative arts. There are also English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grants that allow students to work with English teachers in a number of different countries. The program provides funds for travel to and from the host country, a stipend sufficient to cover living expenses and administrative support.
Graduate students usually pursue independent research related to their dissertation topic, or, in the case of creative or performing artists, pursue training, performing or engage in their studio practice. Graduating seniors (undergraduates who will complete their degree prior to going abroad) may also conduct research, but are required to be enrolled in courses at an institute of higher education in the host country during the grant period.
Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens. You must have a completed a bachelor’s degree by the beginning of the grant period.
These items are to be submitted on line:
• Completed application form
• Three (3) letters of reference (usually from faculty, though in some cases a letter from a non-faculty expert in the proposed field of study is acceptable). You can find instructions on completing references at: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/preparing_completingreferences.html
• Language evaluation form (for most non-Anglophone countries). Consists of a form completed by a college-level language instructor. Specific instructions on completing language forms are available at: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/preparing_completinglanguage.html
A digital cd copy, as well as hard copies, of the items listed below are to be submitted to the Provost Office (MAI 201) by noon, Friday, Sept. 3rd. Submissions should be addressed to the Fulbright Scholarship Committee:
• Completed application form
• Statement of purpose (two pages, typed, single spaced). Creative and performing artists also provide samples of their work
• Personal statement (one page, typed, single spaced)
• Letter(s) of affiliation with an institution in the host country
• Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended by the applicant
In mid-to-late September, applicants are interviewed, given feedback on their proposal and personal statement and assigned a mentor. The applicants are allowed several days to make revisions. The revised applications, along with the Committee’s evaluations, are forwarded to the National Committee, which determines what applications will be forwarded to the Host Country Committees for consideration. The latter committees, consisting of scholars and representatives of the host country governments and the U.S. Department of State, make the final selections. Successful applicants will be notified by June 2011.
Fulbright IIE is an invaluable opportunity, whether you are conducting research, getting teaching experience, developing your artistic skills or receiving advanced training. The University of Texas at Austin has a long track record of success in Fulbright competition, placing it among the elite institutions on the country. Detailed information about the program can be found online at http://us.fulbrightonline.org/overview.html. Applicants are welcome to contact Lindsay Hale at [email protected], or (512) 565-6222, who will be happy to meet with you and assist you in preparing your application.