Umm, nope. I spoke to the research award. It's the only thing I have familiarity with. I don't know anything about the Scholar award but I thought it would be helpful and supportive to share what I do know, that's why I specified in my original post that I was referring to the research award. Sorry for the confusion.
Come sometime in January (hopefully) those applying for research/study awards will, if they make it through the first round receive an email which looks like this:
"I am pleased to inform you that the National Screening Committee of the Institute of International Education (IIE) has recommended you for a grant under the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the academic year 2013-14. Your application has been forwarded to the supervising agency abroad for final review. In addition, your application will be forwarded to the program sponsor, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, for transmittal to the presidentially-appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). The FFSB makes final decisions on Fulbright awards.
This letter is not notification of a grant since the number of recommended candidates exceeds the number of awards available. If you are selected for an award, you will receive notification of your status from the FFSB. If you are named an alternate or are not selected, you will be notified by IIE. For further information about the next stage in the selection process, go to the website: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/information-for-recommended-candidates
Since selection is a lengthy process, the final decision for some countries may not be made before the end of June. In the meantime, it is important that you advise us immediately if there are factors that could preclude you from accepting the grant. Receipt of a grant is contingent upon: (a) submission of official hard copies of your transcripts (see below); ( completion of the bachelor’s degree for graduating seniors; ( c ) approval by the FSB; (d) concurrence by the supervising agency abroad; (e) medical and research clearances; (f) security factors in the country of your application; (g) availability of funds; and (h) participation in a Pre-Departure Orientation, where required.
Congratulations on your success in the preliminary stages of the competition.
Director, U.S. Student Programs
Please arrange to have official transcripts from your current academic institution (if enrolled) and all institutions from which you received a Bachelor’s or Master’s or doctoral degree sent to:
OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS U.S. Student ProgramsInstitute of International Education 809 United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017 IIE must receive these transcripts by March 1, 2013 at the latest in order for you to continue to be considered for a 2013-14 Fulbright grant. Transcripts must be in the original sealed envelope as issued by the Registrar’s office. See the website above for more information. "