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  1. Hello to everyone! Since the last Grant cycle is coming to an end and the next cycle's application is now open, I figured it would be helpful to begin this next thread! Congratulations to the last cycle's grantees! Let's help each other out in the Fulbright process. This is a great place to ask questions, get familiar with the process, and chit chat to blow off some steam! Good luck to us all!
  2. Greetings, all!I will be applying for a Fulbright ETA (English Teaching Assistant) grant for the 2018-2019 year. I have narrowed down my country choices to the Czech Republic, Netherlands, Bulgaria, and Italy, but I'm having a difficult time narrowing it further.I'm tempted to cross Italy off my list because it says that "Italian language proficiency is not a requirement, but is strongly recommended", which I take to mean, it basically -is- required since there are only 7 grants, and there will likely be many students applying that are indeed proficient or even fluent in Italian. I took one semester of Italian during my sophomore year of college, but I haven't continued study of it since.However, I am an Italian-American myself, and the ETA in Italy are all placements in Southern Italy, where my relatives are from. I also took a course on Italian literature and film adaptation in college, which has definitely cemented my interest in learning more about the culture. I have a decent amount of teaching experience as well (three years in a leadership position of teaching preschool part-time, taught civic engagement at an elementary school, two summers of teaching elementary, middle, and high school aged kids, and will be doing more volunteer teaching this summer).Do you guys think I realistically stand a chance at getting a grant in Italy, or should I focus on countries that don't recommend language proficiency?
  3. I just found out I got a Fulbright for all three years of my phd film program in Scotland! I'm so proud of this opportunity, but I also just got a promotion at my current job in a really great museum. I now get to work with films in a museum. I think i want to work in non-academic sector,/museums, so this is also a great opportunity to keep moving with my career. I think going to school would be great, but i worry about giving up my great job. I can't defer the scholarship nor can I come back to my job. I also just moved in with my girlfriend. What should i do? Thanks!!
  4. Hey everybody New user, first time poster, just awarded ETA in Colombia for Aug 2017. Anyone out there applied for additional funding grants for a Fulbright? Or know of resources where I could look into it? I know the funds' *purpose* can't replicate that of the stipend, so this would be just for research, etc only, not living/miscellaneous, right? Anyone have any insight? Thanks, and good luck to everyone!
  5. I first want to thank everyone in advance for helping me think through a tough decision. The situation is as follows. In January I graduated from undergrad with an IR major and immediately got hired as a research associate at a prestigious and well-known think tank (on most lists it is in the top 5 worldwide). I have now been working there for three months and am really enjoying my responsibilities. I feel as though I will gain so much professional and personal growth through this job, not to mention the enormous networking opportunities. However, I recently was notified that I am a finalist for an ETA Fulbright to Taiwan. I applied for the Fulbright before the think tank position was even on my radar (the Fulbright applications are due early October) and didn’t think I’d have this choice to make. Now I am torn on whether I should stay at my current post—after all I’d only have worked there for a mere six months by the start of the Taiwan ETA program—or accept the Fulbright. I realize to make this decision it is helpful to know what my future life and career goals are. In the short term, I’d like to attend a top Master’s IR program. The ultimate goal is to be a diplomat. I am aware of the prestige of a Fulbright and how it might help me get into a great Master’s program, and if I had chosen the research grant I think I’d take it. But I am also now debating whether the ETA program will help me grow professionally as much as the foreign policy research I am currently doing. I don’t see myself in the teaching field after all. Finally, I’m not sure if any of you out there can speak to the repercussions of declining a Fulbright, and reapplying in the future. Again, thanks in advance for your input!
  6. Hey guys! I'm new to the forums here. I recently received a Fulbright grant to go teach in Russia. While I'm going to have to wait a while for my grant statement I'm trying to find more info about funding. Can anyone give a ballpark estimate regarding the ETA stipend in Russia? I heard it's based off of the cost of living, however, that varies greatly from region to region. Thanks!
  7. Hi guys. I haven't found a thread for this year's Foreign Fulbright Scholars, so I just created one so that we can exchange experiences and clarify our questions. I have applied to a couple of Biomedicine PhD Programmes and have just heard back from one yet. Anyone else in the field? Best of luck!
  8. Hallo Everyone, I am applying Master of Public Policy, Master of Public Administration, Master of International Development practice to the following university: Clark University: M.A. in International Development and Social Change. Texas A&M: Master of Public Service and Administration. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (Master of Public Affairs) University of Missouri-Columbia: Master of Public Affairs. San Francisco State University for Master of Public Administration University of Michigan-Dearborn for Master of Public Policy Ohio University for Master of International Development Studies I got GPA 3.0 from my ugrad, TOEFL IBT 94 and GRE 287 - 294. I really concern with my GRE score because although the above programs do not mention specific GRE score but some websites said it usually need minimum GRE socre of 300 to be admitted. Looking for your comment about my chance to get admitted to above programs.... or should I retake the GRE for the fourth time? Thank you
  9. Hello everyone, I am an undergraduate student in Turkey and I am going to apply to Political Science Ph.D programs for the 2017 cycle. My research areas are contemporary political theory, comparative neoliberalism(especially economic inequality), democratic theory, progressive era and new deal politics, pragmatist political theory(dewey, james). I have also been nominated as a Fulbright scholar. Which political theory programs should I apply to and how much does a fulbright scholarship improve chances of admission to top tier programs? My Toefl is 116(ibt), Gre is 165 Verbal, 164 Quant, 4.5 AW and 3.97 GPA. I have one conference paper and one journal publication. Thank you very much and good luck to everyone on their applications! Looking forward to your responses.
  10. I've been awarded a small Fulbright grant from the portuguese commission to do a Masters program in the US that I shall arrive at in 2 weeks. The remaining costs of the whole program have to be supported by me, coming from a middle/low-income family that can't even support me (or understand what grad school is). I've booked a trip and housing for the beginning, but I'm not sure I can invest in so much debt as to what is needed to finish the program. It is a very practical masters program though, to which just being exposed to is very valuable, even if only for one or two semesters and I don't want to lose that chance. What happens with the Fulbright Comission if I have to drop out halfway, while technically having the funds, but not being willing to end up in that much debt, only to come back to Portugal for 2 years and having no means of repaying it, compromising my financial independence for 20 years for 2 years of grad school? Anyone had a similar experience/background? Thanks!
  11. Hi, all! I got my BA in English at a school in the South, graduated with a 3.9 in 2015. I received a Fulbright ETAship and just returned from that to the US. In the 2014-15 application season, I applied for 8 PhDs and 4 MAs my senior year of college, and got one PhD offer, all four Masters. I then asked to defer (for Fulbright) and so was still accepted to those 4 Masters, plus another MA for the 2015-16 application season, 2016 academic year. My 2015 applications were not very impressive; I have since finished and defended my undergraduate honors thesis, presented 4 papers, spoken individually and on roundtables at several education and English conferences, gotten and completed my Fulbright grant, as well as won several other awards for my research and papers, and, additionally, have focused my research interests and statements (which were kind of all over the place). Since I want to go into a PhD but after a masters to show schools "hey look, I'm back in academia now after a year of not writing papers!", I decided to take a one-year MSc in English at Edinburgh for 2016-17. I like the program, the professors, and school a lot, and the fact that this is unfunded doesn't concern me too much, as, with a housing offer and some scholarships they've given, it's less debt than any of my funded/halfway funded offers in the US would have been, and only one year long. My question is, since 2016-17 application for PhDs will begin after only knowing my Masters professors for a couple of months in later 2016, should I wait to apply for PhDs until 2017-18 season and take another year to teach at an international or private school? (My thinking is that this would not only allow for better masters references and thesis writing samples, but also would add another dimension of international and educational experience to my resume.) Or should I go ahead and try my hand at PhD programs this coming season when I've just started my MSt? Thank you!!
  12. Hi, I'm new here and I'm biting my nails like crazy. I was wondering if there was anyone else was applying to PhD or MAs through the IIE. I'm a Fulbright nominee and the IIE applies for us, and so we have no contact with the department. Whatsoever. So, every time I see one of the programs I applied to showing up I freak out. Has anyone had the experience or is experiencing the same, so that we can all fret together??
  13. I'm an out-of-field applicant and was very unsure of what to expect going into this process. I'm still in shock that I got into several great schools and have finally decided on attending Vanderbilt. However, I haven't formally accepted yet because I just found out that I won a Fulbright grant to teach English in Europe next year. All my professors assured me that if I won, I would be able to defer grad school for a year and do both. When I called Vanderbilt, this wasn't the case. So now I have to decide between going straight to school next year or going to Europe instead and reapplying next year. I don't want to risk it again with the 6% acceptance rate, but I also don't want to miss out on going to Europe again. I know it's a great problem to have, but I don't know what to do. Any advice is greatly appreciated!
  14. I keep frantically checking my e-mail everyday to see if I was accepted as a finalist for the Fulbright ETA to Germany, but it seems the waiting will continue.... I hope there are those who are in solidarity with me as we wait.
  15. Any advice you can give would be much appreciated! I have a very tough choice ahead of me. -Cambridge MPhil in International Relations and Politics. -Fulbright for Sciences Po Paris, with LSE the following year (dual degree). -Oxford MPhil in International Relations -Others: LSE MSc in IPE on its own (1 year), PSIA International Public Management on its own (Fulbright first year, second year much less expensive than if I did the LSE dual degree but less impressive/wouldn't open doors in London), UCL Masters in International Public Policy, SAIS Bologna/DC (offered no money), SIPA MIA (offered no money)
  16. So here is the deal. Me and my husband were awarded a Fulbright scholarships to study in the US starting this fall. We are both architects, but my partner is applying to a PHD program and me to a M Arch. The thing is, he started learning English just a year and a half ago so, obviously, his grades on standardized exams (GRE TOEFL) are lower than mine, but his experience is way greater than mine (research, working abroad, teaching, studying abroad..). Anyways, we applied to 7 schools is hopes to get accepted to at least one school, and now have one option so far that has said yes to us both (University of Kansas). I am really getting anxious because I got accepted to PennState UWash UTAustin and NCstate, but he hasn't heard from any of those schools. Should we write and ask about his application? Does this mean he is on some kind of waiting list? We haven't mentioned our condition (married) through the application so maybe it is time to let them know it is a decisive factor. Thanks for the comments!
  17. Hi all, I'm currently finishing up my second year of a combined MA/PHD program. I do not start working on my dissertation until year 4. At the start of year 4, I begin writing my prospectus for my dissertation, then do the bulk of the research, and then write and research as needed. I'm looking at fellowships to fund archival work in England/Germany (I'm applying German theory to British literature). I'm wondering when I should anticipate applying for funding for research (I'm looking at a DAAD research award and a Fulbright). On the one hand, if I want it for the start of year 4, I'd need to apply this coming fall, but I highly doubt I'll have my dissertation idea fully fleshed out, which is what is required for most fellowships. I could always apply and then reapply in year 4 for year 5, which would push my graduation back a year. I'm planning on talking to my future advisor about it, but wanted feedback from this community, particularly is anyone else has been through this process.
  18. Hi all! Just looking for some fresh POVs. I have recently finished my Master's in bio, and have landed a cushy lab job that I like but don't love. I have received word that I'm a finalist for Fulbright ETA (Poland) and will probably have to be making a choice soon. My concern with leaving the job is that flexible jobs like this one seem to be rare, and taking the Fulbright would pretty much send me down the path to a PhD program, something I don't want to do. Is it silly to pass up a good job for the Fulbright; or is it silly to pass up the Fulbright for a lab job? Are Fulbright ETAs so prestigious that I should take it no matter what? I won't be offended if someone tells me I'm overthinking it.
  19. Hi all, I've been following the Fulbright 2012-2013 thread on and off but have not seen anyone there or in other threads here talking about the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship. This is the first year for the program, which is geared towards professionals with an advanced degree interested in working with a government ministry on policy issues in one of 11 different countries. More info is available here: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/fulbright-public-policy-fellowships.html I've applied for a position in Thailand and was recently notified that I have reached the recommended candidate stage. Is there anyone else out there who has applied for this and if yes what kind of feedback have you received so far and where are you hoping to go?
  20. Hi Everybody, I noticed that there isn't a Fulbright thread yet for this year for us foreigners, and was wondering if anybody else is biting their nails off waiting for answers from universities and from Fulbright. Maybe we can worry together, and share useful tips, of what we know and what we don't know. Any takers?
  21. I've applied for the Boren and Fulbright ETA scholarships, which are both very prestigious. From what I've heard, the Fulbright does have a very good name while the Boren is less known outside the government or academia. I've gotten into the final round for the Fulbright, and I'm still hearing back from the Boren. If I am blessed and receive both, which one should I take? Fulbright Pros: Teach English to university students, connect back to my native culture, increasing my own Vietnamese language skills, talking to the people to get a deeper insight into the health and societal problems of the people of my host environment Cons: It's an ETA and not a research grant, once I get a Fulbright ETA I won't be able to get another grant, it'll just be one bullet point on my resume/graduate school application Boren Pros: Finish my B.A. in Mandarin Chinese in addition to my B.S. in Biology, achieving fluency/proficiency in the language (currently, I'm at the advanced level), experience a new culture/language, it'll be a great addition to my resume if I've studied abroad and is proficient in three languages (English, Vietnamese, and Mandarin) Cons: Many people have a double majors so I won't have an edge, it's not a Fulbright, the scholarship won't pay for all of my fees so I'll need to take out more loans (unless I get the other scholarships I'm applying for also) Either way, I think I'll be able to incorporate a health aspect to it to go towards my future aspirations to develop a career in Global Health in China and Southeast Asia. Please help! What do you think would be the best? Thank you GradCafe community!
  22. According to the eligibility requirements: "Applicants must have at least two years of professional work experience (after college) in their field of specialization." From: http://www.fulbright.org.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=5:pages&id=14:graduate-student-program I worked for 2 years in GIS and would like to take up Urban Planning for grad school. I'm turning to the Fulbright Scholarship for support. Given my work experience, will it find me eligible? Any thoughts will be very much appreciated.
  23. This question is probably best answered by former/current Fulbrighters: When you arrive to your host country, are you required to ‘check-in’ with anyone, for example, the Fulbright commission, US embassy, local police, etc.? Do you have to provide anyone with your local address (local within the host country, I mean)? I will be doing an independent research project, so I will not be an ETA or grad student. I ask because I’m a naturally pretty independent person, so just want to know how much people are going to be all up in my business during the grant period, to put it frankly. Also, if you are working on an independent research project—meaning you are not an ETA or grad student—how does the Fulbright commission track your whereabouts? I ask because even though I applied to Hong Kong, I definitely want to spend a significant amount of time on Mainland China doing research. However, according to the rules if you spend more than 2 weeks outside of your host country, they begin to dock your stipend. So...what happens if you just don’t tell them that you’ve crossed that itty bitty border line? How would they actually know? Thanks for any help you can provide! PS-I'd understand if you don't want to answer this question publicly, so feel free to just message me.
  24. IIE

    Hi, I'm interested in the Fulbright program to the US, and in my knowledge Fulbright works with IIE to place applicants into schools. In other words, applicants would be applying through the IIE, and not directly, as usual. Is this reliable? What are the pros and the cons for doing this? Does anyone have any opinion on this?