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    Medieval history, history of disability, feminism, & rhetoric around disability
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  1. Fulbright 2017-2018

    Hi Sigwarz! I'm planning to send the GAF in with my documents, but not on letterhead or with the Fulbright Commission's stamp. At least in my case, the funding from the Fulbright grant was listed in my CAS, and so my understanding is that sending along the GAF isn't strictly necessary, but I thought to include it just in case.
  2. Fulbright 2017-2018

    Hi hugheswf! I did my proposal on researching medieval disability, and while my project itself was obviously historical in nature, I explicitly connected the medieval to modern-day issues for people with disabilities in both the US and the UK (I'm disabled myself) in my personal statement, statement of grant purpose, and interview question, and my answers were apparently not too political for the UK, because I was selected for the grant (!!). My project wasn't on civic engagement, of course, and I was applying to the UK rather than NZ or AUS, but I would say that in general they're not against studying potentially political topics so long as the way you present your project is objective enough, and doesn't seem to carry a one-sided agenda. (to give you an idea of how political some of my interview answers were, I talked about learning about how disability activists in the UK approach fighting for rights/benefits in the UK vs how disability activists in the US approach fighting for rights)
  3. Fulbright 2017-2018

    Hey! I'm heading to a UK university, and a lot of my planned engagement will be through my university's societies and the like--outside of joining the History society (kind of expected given my program of study) I'm planning to join and be very involved with the Creative Writing society, as UEA's MA Creative Writing program is one of the best in the world! But I'm also hoping to work with various organizations that help people with disabilities and fight for their benefits and legal rights, as my project is centered on the experience of medieval disability. Other than those areas, I'm not entirely sure yet, given I don't know how much time I'll need to reserve for schoolwork, but I'm hoping to say yes to a lot of different opportunities across disciplines!
  4. Fulbright 2017-2018

    @ag2017 and @Paradoxin756, while I can't speak for mental illnesses, I have a relatively severe physical disability (that was explicitly referenced in my application essays and in my interview, I should note) and when I asked my FPA about whether that would affect my medical clearance, he said that no, the medical clearance is more to make sure that we don't have any conditions that would 1) end up costing the taxpayer money because the medical condition would exhaust available insurance funds, and 2) would make it probable that we would be unable to successfully complete the grant. So while I obviously can't say for sure, especially in regards to your specific conditions, I'm guessing all of us will be ok!
  5. Fulbright 2017-2018

    @medievalist86 and @McGhee Thank you!! I'm so beyond excited to study at UEA! I just wish more of us had been accepted. @medievalist86 and @Dilemma1, sending you all the good vibes and good fortune and hoping you get bumped up (or, barring that, that you win your other scholarships)! I'm so grateful for how wonderfully supportive all of you on this forum have been, and I hope that if this year isn't your year, next year will be!
  6. Fulbright 2017-2018

    Oh no, I'm so sorry
  7. Fulbright 2017-2018

    I just got the first email congratulating me--haven't gotten the second yet!
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  9. Fulbright 2017-2018

    Damn, I hope that means they've just received sponsorship confirmation for you from Fulbright! Gah...I just want the waiting to be over and for all of us to know (and, hopefully, to have all succeeded!)
  10. Fulbright 2017-2018

    Well, my application ended up going through really late because of an administrative error, and so I just got my offer letter 2 days ago--and in it, they announced I had been awarded a scholarship for the exact amount of the full tuition fee. But UEA doesn't offer full scholarships for international post grads, as far as I can tell from their website. So I'm wondering if this unnamed yet very large and unexpected scholarship could be what I'm hoping it might be...won't know until Fulbright officially notifies, though!
  11. Fulbright 2017-2018

    Hey UK applicants: did any of you get a scholarship award in your acceptance/offer letters?
  12. Fulbright 2017-2018

    I'd be down! will also be drinking regardless of what my final status is lol
  13. Fulbright 2017-2018

    @McGhee it's kind of cracking me up too! Guess we're just attracted to places that are wet, rainy, and gray, and therefore also very green! (well, assuming we're all in western WA)
  14. Fulbright 2017-2018

    Haha as someone who's never studied abroad before, I have SO MANY questions, so I'll definitely shoot you a PM! Oh that's awesome--mine is specifically centered around using the rhetoric of primary sources to determine what kind of social/cultural environments shaped able-bodied people's reactions to disability from about 1350-1480 (my past work has been on Henry VI's catatonic period). Best of luck to you as well! Hopefully we both trade this gray Washington weather for...well, gray English weather!
  15. Fulbright 2017-2018

    Oh nice! I applied to the University of East Anglia up in Norwich. If you don't mind sharing, what topic or project are you hoping to work on? I'm hoping to research cultural connotations of disability in the later medieval period! And I feel you there--I'm trying to stay calm and I keep reminding myself that I'm grateful to have even come this far in the process, but every new email in my university inbox still makes my stomach drop.