Cyclone88

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 YES SUCKS!!

 

Well i think 1 of 2 things.

 

#1 It was an accident sent to people who already applied from the beginning to Brazil, which would explain why you an alternate had not received anything OR

#2 They chose me but were not supposed to notify yet because they have not chosen the full 90 candidates yet

 

 

I'm 50/50 but praying for the best.

 

Side note, have you been to Panama?

 

Either way, hope it's good for you in the end! Yes, I was in Panama for 10 days in 2012 on a mission trip. Beautiful country and friendly people!

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You know what, the more and more I think about this, the angrier I get.

You would have been a GREAT candidate. Your research proposal sounded GREAT. And I know for a fact that other Fulbright scholarships to other countries do not prioritize younger applicants. My sister was a full grantee in India about 4 years ago, and she said she knew of people who where as old as 60 who received a grant! Seriously, if you could get some kind of proof, I almost feel like you should try and sue or something, as much as I am adverse to Americans sueing for everything. It's a government funded program, so it seems like it would be really illegal for them to do that!!!

GRR.

I AM SO ANGRY ON YOUR BEHALF.

You are very sweet! I thought my research topic was competent and timely. But, they want young people because time is on their side. My mentor/letter writer (one of them) was right there with you. I am not going to make a fuss. But, I also will not waste my time applying again. Some countries don't care about age and some do. I did coach my advisor to be honest with older students about this possibility. I am so thankful for friends on the board who are so supportive.

On the flip side, I am on day 10 of my 18 day trip to Estonia. :) It's been a blast so far. I am on Saaremaa island today. This is my happy place!

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You are very sweet! I thought my research topic was competent and timely. But, they want young people because time is on their side. My mentor/letter writer (one of them) was right there with you. I am not going to make a fuss. But, I also will not waste my time applying again. Some countries don't care about age and some do. I did coach my advisor to be honest with older students about this possibility. I am so thankful for friends on the board who are so supportive.

On the flip side, I am on day 10 of my 18 day trip to Estonia. :) It's been a blast so far. I am on Saaremaa island today. This is my happy place!

 

CrystalDee--my mom entered the Peace Corps at age 50 and served in Romania. One of her fellow Peace Corps friends was 80 years old. Fulbright is silly to think that age matters.

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So has anyone ever had a positive TB skin test result??? Runner, athlete, in excellent health. Doc predicts chest xray will be clear. Of course this happens on a Friday afternoon. Have to wait until tomorrow to make appointment.

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So has anyone ever had a positive TB skin test result??? Runner, athlete, in excellent health. Doc predicts chest xray will be clear. Of course this happens on a Friday afternoon. Have to wait until tomorrow to make appointment.

 

I have not, but at the hospital I work at, when people start a job there they have to do two mandatory PPDs just to make sure there isn't a false positive (is what they told me anyway). 

 

Also, I'm pretty sure that a positive reaction doesn't mean you have TB, just that you've been exposed to it somehow.  I wouldn't worry about it until your x-rays come back, especially if your doctor doesn't seem worried. :)

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Hi! I just joined and am excited to see some Brazil ETA applicants on here!

 

I am still waiting anxiously for (hopefully) an acceptance letter. Like all of you, it would be a dream! I applied for Peru but was not accepted, and was a bit sad but got over it quickly-whatever is meant to be will be. However, I was super excited when I received an email in late April from Fulbright asking me to apply to Brazil because I received highly favorable scores, although I wasn't selected for Peru--not even an alternate! (Though I believe there were only 5 ETAs and over 30 applied...)

 

I really hope I get offered the opportunity...I have not heard anything yet, just that my statement of interest was received and that we should hear by the end of June, if not earlier. I'm hoping earlier! But I suppose I can survive 2 weeks...good luck to all of you! Any updates??

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I GOT AN EMAIL ABOUT BRAZIL at 12:21 PM EST today!

I got an email saying congratulations on being selected and for me to participate in the virtual Pre-Departure orientation!!!

 

THEN guess what?!!

At 4:13 PM EST I received an email that there was an oversight in the office and no decisions are final and I will know by end of the month

 

WHAT DA?! if I don't get it now I am going to be ticked off!!!

 

Whoever sent that out probably got in trouble! lol. But that nearly gave me a heart attack!!

 

 

At the end of the email I have "You will be formally notified by this office of decisions pertaining to your candidacy as soon as we are authorized to do so."

:( So sorry...I would have crumbled. But I think you should take that as positive!

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Hi! I just joined and am excited to see some Brazil ETA applicants on here!

 

I am still waiting anxiously for (hopefully) an acceptance letter. Like all of you, it would be a dream! I applied for Peru but was not accepted, and was a bit sad but got over it quickly-whatever is meant to be will be. However, I was super excited when I received an email in late April from Fulbright asking me to apply to Brazil because I received highly favorable scores, although I wasn't selected for Peru--not even an alternate! (Though I believe there were only 5 ETAs and over 30 applied...)

 

I really hope I get offered the opportunity...I have not heard anything yet, just that my statement of interest was received and that we should hear by the end of June, if not earlier. I'm hoping earlier! But I suppose I can survive 2 weeks...good luck to all of you! Any updates??

 

I'm waiting on Brazil too; I was a Panama alternate. Honestly, if given the option between Panama and Brazil, I'd take Brazil any day now! Ready to learn some Portuguese if accepted. Hoping for some results sooner rather than later, though I'm not checking my inbox every hour yet...

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Alternate for the Czech Republic here. Anyone hear anything?

 

I have some really great job opportunities popping up here that I don't want to miss out on because of the Fulbright, but I don't want to miss out on the Fulbright because of the job either. I understand that typically extra money comes through to fund alternates  (last year the Czech Fublright committee funded 11 people despite their original limits of hiring 5-7 through extra funding). Should I email them and ask if there's a chance that extra money may come through this summer? If so, I'll wait on these jobs, but if not I'll gladly pursue the jobs here? But, I don't want to come across as needy/helicopterparent-ish.

 

GOD I JUST WANT TO KNOW

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I sure hope so! I can only imagine getting alternate or not selected to ANOTHER country... I would probably start a rebellion against Fulbright! I'm sure I could find others on here that would join me ;)

 

I did find some free Kindle books on basic Portuguese and got them, but I refuse to actually purchase a book unless I hear back positively... I don't want to get my hopes up! 

 

Are there any other Brazil Fulbrighters out there waiting, or am I the only one left here?! Hello?? Bom dia??? (I hope I said that right...)

 

I am also awaiting the news re: ETA Brazil! (no emails of any kind yet). I was not selected as an alternate for the country I originally applied and was thrilled to get the email about the Brazil opportunity! You are not the only one left!

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Either way, hope it's good for you in the end! Yes, I was in Panama for 10 days in 2012 on a mission trip. Beautiful country and friendly people!

Yes, I am part Panamanian and went to Panama in Dec 2011/ Jan 2012 for 3 weeks. I absolutely loved it. Beautiful :-)

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Hi! I just joined and am excited to see some Brazil ETA applicants on here!

 

I am still waiting anxiously for (hopefully) an acceptance letter. Like all of you, it would be a dream! I applied for Peru but was not accepted, and was a bit sad but got over it quickly-whatever is meant to be will be. However, I was super excited when I received an email in late April from Fulbright asking me to apply to Brazil because I received highly favorable scores, although I wasn't selected for Peru--not even an alternate! (Though I believe there were only 5 ETAs and over 30 applied...)

 

I really hope I get offered the opportunity...I have not heard anything yet, just that my statement of interest was received and that we should hear by the end of June, if not earlier. I'm hoping earlier! But I suppose I can survive 2 weeks...good luck to all of you! Any updates??

Yeah I got the same email. I originally applied to Brazil as an ETA and did not receive an alternate slot. I believe maybe 200 people applied for 30 grants. The only difference is that in my email they said I am being reconsidered and I do not have to reapply, just to let them know if I want to withdraw...Then I  received those 2 emails this week of course...ahah

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Upgraded from Alternate to Accepted for a Full Research Grant to Italy!!!!

Beyond excited right now!!!

 

congrats!

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I am also awaiting the news re: ETA Brazil! (no emails of any kind yet). I was not selected as an alternate for the country I originally applied and was thrilled to get the email about the Brazil opportunity! You are not the only one left!

 

Welcome to the board then! What country were you an alternate for?

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Alternate for the Czech Republic here. Anyone hear anything?

 

I have some really great job opportunities popping up here that I don't want to miss out on because of the Fulbright, but I don't want to miss out on the Fulbright because of the job either. I understand that typically extra money comes through to fund alternates  (last year the Czech Fublright committee funded 11 people despite their original limits of hiring 5-7 through extra funding). Should I email them and ask if there's a chance that extra money may come through this summer? If so, I'll wait on these jobs, but if not I'll gladly pursue the jobs here? But, I don't want to come across as needy/helicopterparent-ish.

 

GOD I JUST WANT TO KNOW

I know how you feel. Hopefully us Brazil applicants will find out within the next 2 weeks, but I'm also interviewing for jobs and GAs for grad school...and I'm excited to explore other opportunities, but I don't want to say 'yes' or 'no' to anything until I know for sure about Fulbright. I guess it's the blessing/curse of having the opportunity to apply for a Fulbright and be a potential candidate...such an honor, but it's frustrating to have to wait and put your life on hold. 

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I'm waiting on Brazil too; I was a Panama alternate. Honestly, if given the option between Panama and Brazil, I'd take Brazil any day now! Ready to learn some Portuguese if accepted. Hoping for some results sooner rather than later, though I'm not checking my inbox every hour yet...

 

Congrats on being an alternate for Panama. And I am thrilled about the potential opportunity to go to Brazil. I am a Spanish/Education major but love learning languages and Portuguese was always at the top of my list. Not going to lie, I'm starting to obsessively check my inbox....I am remaining positive though and am just grateful I had the opportunity to apply for an ETA a second time. I feel like my statements are strong but I have a lower GPA than most Fulbright recipients, which I am worried will affect whether or not I am accepted to be an ETA. Obviously, there are many highly qualified applicants who have a variety of interesting experiences and future career goals. Best of luck to all of you who are still waiting!

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Yeah I got the same email. I originally applied to Brazil as an ETA and did not receive an alternate slot. I believe maybe 200 people applied for 30 grants. The only difference is that in my email they said I am being reconsidered and I do not have to reapply, just to let them know if I want to withdraw...Then I  received those 2 emails this week of course...ahah

I had to write 1 new statement. Again, hopefully the emails you received are a positive side..doesn't look like anyone else has received emails like that on this board. I am selfishly jealous to say that you probably easily have a leg up over alternates that applied to other south/central american countries :) 

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I'm really curious as to how many people are in this round for Brazil... 169 people applied to Brazil in round one, so how many of them are in this round... then take into consideration all of the western hemisphere eta alternates...  and then I wonder how many not selected from other countries got in? I'm going to throw out a crazy guess at 150. Even though I'm an alternate to Panama, I'm not sure that gives me any sort of advantage (Panama only had 7 apply for 2 spots...)

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Welcome to the board then! What country were you an alternate for?

Thanks! I have been lurking around for a while starting back in January and was sooo disappointed to get that initial rejection email. I applied to Argentina. I think 120 applied for about 15 spots. I got the same email about having very favorable reviews this time around for Brazil and was very surprised and happy. Somewhat obsessively checking my email every day now! I have no idea how many applicants are now under consideration for Brazil, although I remember the email did say it was a select group so I'm hoping it's smaller rather than larger!

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CrystalDee--my mom entered the Peace Corps at age 50 and served in Romania. One of her fellow Peace Corps friends was 80 years old. Fulbright is silly to think that age matters.

That is really awesome! I don't feel so old. ;) I think age can be an advantage as well, but it just wasn't meant to be for me.

 

I actually saw the embassy staff and then the ambassador when I was in Tallinn. I said hello and told them that Oklahoma was being well represented in Estonia.

 

It's great to see more alternates getting called up!

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Thanks! I have been lurking around for a while starting back in January and was sooo disappointed to get that initial rejection email. I applied to Argentina. I think 120 applied for about 15 spots. I got the same email about having very favorable reviews this time around for Brazil and was very surprised and happy. Somewhat obsessively checking my email every day now! I have no idea how many applicants are now under consideration for Brazil, although I remember the email did say it was a select group so I'm hoping it's smaller rather than larger!

 

Ya... I'm wondering how many people they asked originally and how many were willing to write the extra statement of interest.... or even willing to go to Brazil! I'm sure many wouldn't want to learn Portuguese or may already have made full-time plans... Needless to say, I'll be crushed if I get alternate AGAIN haha

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speaking of Portuguese...are any of you Brazil ETAs taking Portuguese classes? I'm trying to figure out where I could learn the language here

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speaking of Portuguese...are any of you Brazil ETAs taking Portuguese classes? I'm trying to figure out where I could learn the language here

 

Waiting to find out if I get it or not before I commit to any sort of classes... don't want to get my hopes up!

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