Cyclone88

Fulbright 2013-2014

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Thanks rtlc06, it really is. I am thoroughly disappointed and the alternate status is tough because there is no definitive answer. The email basically says they may contact you if a spot opens up, or not, in which case you just won't hear from them again, I guess the best course of action is to proceed as though I am NOT getting it, and then if the heavens open up and something crazy happens be pleasantly surprised and very happy. I have seen the other ETA alternates on here who were promoted so it does give me a glimmer of hope. I emailed the program advisor to ask if she could tell me how many alternates there are to get a better sense of the odds but haven't heard back. I don't know if they can release that kind of info...

 

Snuffleupagus (LOVE your screen name btw!) I am a huge fan  :) , as a matter of fact I AM looking into and interviewing for adjunct jobs at community colleges and elsewhere in the SD area right now. I have an interview lined up for a semester-long teaching gig next week. If you know of anything that would be great since I am still definitely in the market. Thanks!

 

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There is no Caribbean/CA Facebook group (we're small and spread out). So, in hopes that someone is lurking, I'll askquestioners here: 1. how soon after you emailed your embassy post about confirming your departure date did they respond? 2. If you're currently working a professional job, how soon before you leave are you going to tell your boss? I work in research at a hospital and my boss is on faculty at the school where I go (he's at the med school and so he gets all University newsletters - they mentioned my Fulbright). He's the kindest person EVER so he would never confront me about knowing (if he even does - who reads those things, anyway lol). I just don't want to keep it from him b/c he's aware of the notification timelines and I don't want to appear deceitful... I don't want to leave until January so I have time (approvals permitting). I also don't want to notify too early and not be put on projects... I don't plan on coming back (I wanna go another direction with my career) but I love my boss and want him to continue to mentor me after the fact... Thoughts anyone?

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Thanks rtlc06, it really is. I am thoroughly disappointed and the alternate status is tough because there is no definitive answer. The email basically says they may contact you if a spot opens up, or not, in which case you just won't hear from them again, I guess the best course of action is to proceed as though I am NOT getting it, and then if the heavens open up and something crazy happens be pleasantly surprised and very happy. I have seen the other ETA alternates on here who were promoted so it does give me a glimmer of hope. I emailed the program advisor to ask if she could tell me how many alternates there are to get a better sense of the odds but haven't heard back. I don't know if they can release

I don't think they release alternate info. But seriously - reapply. I was an alternate for a full research grant last year and was selected this time around. I was so upset when I didn't get it in 2012... Use resources at your school if possible - my FPA wasn't the most involved (AT ALL) but she still allowed me to look at applications from other selected candidates - it helped.

Have you considered grad school? FB is a great option for funding graduate level research... And for older and more experience students (i.e. Those of us who aren't 22-year-old recent grads) perhaps a more viable option than an ETA, depending on your world region (still seething for Crystal Dee). The Western Hemisphere fortunately seems more open to... well... Seeing a problem with age discrimination...

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There is no Caribbean/CA Facebook group (we're small and spread out). So, in hopes that someone is lurking, I'll askquestioners here: 1. how soon after you emailed your embassy post about confirming your departure date did they respond? 2. If you're currently working a professional job, how soon before you leave are you going to tell your boss? I work in research at a hospital and my boss is on faculty at the school where I go (he's at the med school and so he gets all University newsletters - they mentioned my Fulbright). He's the kindest person EVER so he would never confront me about knowing (if he even does - who reads those things, anyway lol). I just don't want to keep it from him b/c he's aware of the notification timelines and I don't want to appear deceitful... I don't want to leave until January so I have time (approvals permitting). I also don't want to notify too early and not be put on projects... I don't plan on coming back (I wanna go another direction with my career) but I love my boss and want him to continue to mentor me after the fact... Thoughts anyone?

 

How about you make the Facebook group and we go from there?! I'm no help on the questions, but I can be a quick add (there is a general ETA group, so it could be advertised in there to get lots of new members)

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Thanks rtlc!! I don't think they can release it either, since she never replied! Congratulations, it must feel so good after a long two-year road to have done it!! So happy for you!! My FPA seems to have dropped of the face of the earth (although it IS summer)... she is a retired prof, geez, must be about 75+? and does the job on a volunteer basis. Very blunt and tells it like it is. Lol. She was very helpful through most of the process though. I am most definitely applying to grad school! My plan now is to teach at community college in San Diego for a year and apply with the next cycle of PhD apps in the field of English/Literature/Media Studies (or some amalgamation to that effect!) for fall 2014.  I would love to do a Fulbright research-based program, or even apply for an arts Fulbright in creative writing at the PhD level to take a year and write a book somewhere else in the world at some point in a grad program!! That would be an AMAZING experience.  :)  And I agree; I have gotten the feeling more and more that the Fulbright ETA position is often (of course not in every case) geared towards a younger demographic. I'm sure there are reasons. And I know, poor CrystalDee :unsure:  I read all about her story on her and I think it's terrible! Thanks for dropping a line; it's good to know that Fulbright seems to like alternates to reapply, and picks them! Congrats again on your perseverance paying off!!  :lol:

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Thanks rtlc!! I don't think they can release it either, since she never replied! Congratulations, it must feel so good after a long two-year road to have done it!! So happy for you!! My FPA seems to have dropped of the face of the earth (although it IS summer)... she is a retired prof, geez, must be about 75+? and does the job on a volunteer basis. Very blunt and tells it like it is. Lol. She was very helpful through most of the process though. I am most definitely applying to grad school! My plan now is to teach at community college in San Diego for a year and apply with the next cycle of PhD apps in the field of English/Literature/Media Studies (or some amalgamation to that effect!) for fall 2014.  I would love to do a Fulbright research-based program, or even apply for an arts Fulbright in creative writing at the PhD level to take a year and write a book somewhere else in the world at some point in a grad program!! That would be an AMAZING experience.  :)  And I agree; I have gotten the feeling more and more that the Fulbright ETA position is often (of course not in every case) geared towards a younger demographic. I'm sure there are reasons. And I know, poor CrystalDee :unsure:  I read all about her story on her and I think it's terrible! Thanks for dropping a line; it's good to know that Fulbright seems to like alternates to reapply, and picks them! Congrats again on your perseverance paying off!!  :lol:

Yeah, I think the Fulbright program is all geared toward younger applicants. I don't think non-traditional students should give up applying though. I have thought about re-applying just to kind of jab at the system a bit. But, I probably won't. I think alternates should reapply, especially if you are in that under 29 category. :)

 

Good luck everyone! I would love to hear from you guys! You can find me on Twitter @claglsu :D

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Hi guys. No one's talking in the other thread so I wanted to ask advice. I sent out ten emails to German professors, all from recommendations that they were good, and gotten zero response... I am applying as a music applicant, so I sent my recordings, which have always impressed anyone I've ever sent them to, and still nothing. One professor responded and was, frankly, rude, and said I was too advanced for a Germany conservatory and should be getting an agent at this point in my life. (I know it sounds complimentary but it wasn't phrased very nicely.) So I figure that's a no. I can see from my youtube statistics (yes I'm a psycho) that someone from Austria and Germany viewed my videos... but no response. Should I start reaching out to more people? At this point the people I'm going to be contacting are randomer and randomer... like I have zero connection whatsoever to them and it is totally out of the blue...

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Hi guys. No one's talking in the other thread so I wanted to ask advice. I sent out ten emails to German professors, all from recommendations that they were good, and gotten zero response... I am applying as a music applicant, so I sent my recordings, which have always impressed anyone I've ever sent them to, and still nothing. One professor responded and was, frankly, rude, and said I was too advanced for a Germany conservatory and should be getting an agent at this point in my life. (I know it sounds complimentary but it wasn't phrased very nicely.) So I figure that's a no. I can see from my youtube statistics (yes I'm a psycho) that someone from Austria and Germany viewed my videos... but no response. Should I start reaching out to more people? At this point the people I'm going to be contacting are randomer and randomer... like I have zero connection whatsoever to them and it is totally out of the blue...

 

I'm not sure about the performing arts, but I successfully established my affiliation with my university randomly. I emailed dozens of professors explaining that I wanted to come to their university and work with their department. I was actually surprised at the number of positive responses I received.

 

Another idea is to contact professors at universities that are "off the beaten path." One of the main goals of Fulbright is cultural exchange so some universities might be very excited to host a U.S. scholar (or musician).

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Hi guys. No one's talking in the other thread so I wanted to ask advice. I sent out ten emails to German professors, all from recommendations that they were good, and gotten zero response... I am applying as a music applicant, so I sent my recordings, which have always impressed anyone I've ever sent them to, and still nothing. One professor responded and was, frankly, rude, and said I was too advanced for a Germany conservatory and should be getting an agent at this point in my life. (I know it sounds complimentary but it wasn't phrased very nicely.) So I figure that's a no. I can see from my youtube statistics (yes I'm a psycho) that someone from Austria and Germany viewed my videos... but no response. Should I start reaching out to more people? At this point the people I'm going to be contacting are randomer and randomer... like I have zero connection whatsoever to them and it is totally out of the blue...

Hmmm...you have an interesting situation. I hope you can find someone. Also, school is out now. Maybe some of these professors are still working through their need to return emails. There are some German ETAs on this board, maybe they can help you find a contact. Good luck!

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Yeah, I think the Fulbright program is all geared toward younger applicants. I don't think non-traditional students should give up applying though. I have thought about re-applying just to kind of jab at the system a bit. But, I probably won't. I think alternates should reapply, especially if you are in that under 29 category. :)

 

Good luck everyone! I would love to hear from you guys! You can find me on Twitter @claglsu :D

Crystal I totally meant to vote up your comment and I accidentally clicked the down arrow and now it won't let me change it!!! No! Blast this system, sorry!! If there is a way I can undo an accidental downvote please share! I would think there should be! :(  I followed u on Twitter, on a good note  :) I've been looking into other grants and fellowships; I happened to stumble across the girl's website one day http://www.breakingenglish.org/Lalasphere/Welcome.html and it was really inspiring as it reminded me that there is really a HUGE amount of opportunity out there, beyond Fulbright, for funding for special projects and research. I couldn't believe how many grants she has received! I think half the battle, oftentimes, is access, and simply knowing where there ARE opportunities. I had never heard of half of these.

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Crystal I totally meant to vote up your comment and I accidentally clicked the down arrow and now it won't let me change it!!! No! Blast this system, sorry!! If there is a way I can undo an accidental downvote please share! I would think there should be! :(  I followed u on Twitter, on a good note  :) I've been looking into other grants and fellowships; I happened to stumble across the girl's website one day http://www.breakingenglish.org/Lalasphere/Welcome.html and it was really inspiring as it reminded me that there is really a HUGE amount of opportunity out there, beyond Fulbright, for funding for special projects and research. I couldn't believe how many grants she has received! I think half the battle, oftentimes, is access, and simply knowing where there ARE opportunities. I had never heard of half of these.

Hahaha! It happens no worries! I followed you also! :) Thanks for the info. I will check it out. Fulbright was new to me last year, so I am not giving up all hope. I hope you get bumped to selected! Thanks again! Which reminds me, I haven't tweeted in a while. ;)

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Hi guys. No one's talking in the other thread so I wanted to ask advice. I sent out ten emails to German professors, all from recommendations that they were good, and gotten zero response... I am applying as a music applicant, so I sent my recordings, which have always impressed anyone I've ever sent them to, and still nothing. One professor responded and was, frankly, rude, and said I was too advanced for a Germany conservatory and should be getting an agent at this point in my life. (I know it sounds complimentary but it wasn't phrased very nicely.) So I figure that's a no. I can see from my youtube statistics (yes I'm a psycho) that someone from Austria and Germany viewed my videos... but no response. Should I start reaching out to more people? At this point the people I'm going to be contacting are randomer and randomer... like I have zero connection whatsoever to them and it is totally out of the blue...

I would also suggest emailing professors in Austria! I know of several Fulbright scholars this year that went to Austria to study music.

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I would also suggest emailing professors in Austria! I know of several Fulbright scholars this year that went to Austria to study music.

 

Interesting. I actually was torn between going to Austria or Germany, and in the end chose Germany because my advisor said Germany gave out more awards... but I ended up looking it up and the chances are actually slightly better for Austria because there are less applicants... I emailed two professors in Austria but neither emailed me back. I have one other contact in Austria but I feel really awkward asking him for a letter of affiliation, but maybe I just have to hope for the best and do it. I was in touch with him last year and he didn't really seem to understand what the Fulbright was or how it would be appropriate for him to write me a letter saying I'd get in, but he was very encouraging and said he wanted me to come to Vienna... and I was like, well, if I get any money, then yes, I will... lol... Thanks for your response :) 

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Interesting. I actually was torn between going to Austria or Germany, and in the end chose Germany because my advisor said Germany gave out more awards... but I ended up looking it up and the chances are actually slightly better for Austria because there are less applicants... I emailed two professors in Austria but neither emailed me back. I have one other contact in Austria but I feel really awkward asking him for a letter of affiliation, but maybe I just have to hope for the best and do it. I was in touch with him last year and he didn't really seem to understand what the Fulbright was or how it would be appropriate for him to write me a letter saying I'd get in, but he was very encouraging and said he wanted me to come to Vienna... and I was like, well, if I get any money, then yes, I will... lol... Thanks for your response :)

 

I'm not sure about the study scholarships, but I am pretty sure you can apply for both Austria and Germany at the same time, as they are separate programs. Good luck!

 

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Hahaha! It happens no worries! I followed you also! :) Thanks for the info. I will check it out. Fulbright was new to me last year, so I am not giving up all hope. I hope you get bumped to selected! Thanks again! Which reminds me, I haven't tweeted in a while. ;)

Ok guys, new development...........drum roll............so I got an email out of the blue today from my FPA: It said, "My reading of Jodi's last email is that you have been awarded a Fulbright. Congrats!" I never got any email from Jodi other than the last one designating me an alternate. Oh, universe, why must you toy with me!

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Ok guys, new development...........drum roll............so I got an email out of the blue today from my FPA: It said, "My reading of Jodi's last email is that you have been awarded a Fulbright. Congrats!" I never got any email from Jodi other than the last one designating me an alternate. Oh, universe, why must you toy with me!

 

Have your fpa forward that to you asap! Hopefully she's right and you're golden!

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Have your fpa forward that to you asap! Hopefully she's right and you're golden!

Z, I hope so too!!! I emailed her IMMEDIATELY back and asked her to send me a copy, explaining that I have been having difficulty receiving Fulbright emails for some reason. She never responded!! {banging head on the wall}. As I've mentioned before, she is a bit... along in years... a retired prof, and I was just thinking, oh no, what if she just made a mistake and misread something! Seriously, do I not have the craziest Fulbright luck ever, with all these disappeared emails, delayed responses, and cliffhanger evenings???? Another call to Jody tomorrow... Will let ya'll know. Let's hope this isn't one of those little errors... At this point I feel like anything could happen! We'll see  :)

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Ok guys, new development...........drum roll............so I got an email out of the blue today from my FPA: It said, "My reading of Jodi's last email is that you have been awarded a Fulbright. Congrats!" I never got any email from Jodi other than the last one designating me an alternate. Oh, universe, why must you toy with me!

Woohoo!! That's great! So happy for you!!

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Woohoo!! That's great! So happy for you!!

 

 

Let usknow if you get it...fingers crossed...

 

 

Have your fpa forward that to you asap! Hopefully she's right and you're golden!

Hey guys... would you believe it... I'M IN!!!!! Wow, what a journey!!! I am so thankful to each of you on this board to share frustrations, anxieties, and successes with. You have all been so sweet and supportive and I'm so glad I joined this community. So happy for everyone abt their upcoming adventures!!! and to you Brazil ETAers I can't wait to meet all of you!!!! :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  

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Hey guys... would you believe it... I'M IN!!!!! Wow, what a journey!!! I am so thankful to each of you on this board to share frustrations, anxieties, and successes with. You have all been so sweet and supportive and I'm so glad I joined this community. So happy for everyone abt their upcoming adventures!!! and to you Brazil ETAers I can't wait to meet all of you!!!! :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  

That's awesome! What a strange journey you've had!! Were you promoted? Or was the alternate thing a mistake from the beginning? So weird...

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That's awesome! What a strange journey you've had!! Were you promoted? Or was the alternate thing a mistake from the beginning? So weird...

I was promoted! Thanks! It has been a long, surprising road and I feel very grateful to have finally reached a destination.(well, not quite, but you know what I mean!)! 

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