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Fulbright 2017-2018

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13 hours ago, sapphireblue said:

I did apply for the CLEA but haven't heard any news yet. Only received the two notification/congratulatory emails from the Fulbright board and IIE that mentioned the grant decision exclusively.

I was also wondering what people's experiences with the CLEA have been and whether it's common for Fulbright to send those notifications through later? CET Harbin did accept me for the "Fulbright Summer Start" term back in March, which seems pretty contingent on selection, but I'm not sure how much to read into that as an indicator for the CLEA decision.

I haven't found much information about the percentage of grantees getting CLEA for Mandarin or on what basis Fulbright allocates the funds to people either...I'm just worried that if CLEA isn't automatic for all who applied (which I'm guessing it's not), then I could see how candidates with more extensive language background might be disadvantaged in this sense against those closer to the minimum second-year proficiency, who could make a stronger claim for needing additional language training before their grant term. Anybody have any thoughts or insights into the CLEA selection process?

Yea I was accepted into CET Harbin summer term early january so I don't see it as a factor, I also asked CET back then and they operate separately from Fulbright until you win or not win the grant. So you can get accepted and then when you find out they'll either continue or forfeit your app.

From what I heard from other applicants it is really project dependent, so if you need the language you should be able to get it. I know a few people with more than two years that have gotten them. Im hoping that won't be held against me though because I have 5 years but still would like to do the CLEA for my project's purposes. 

Which part of China will you be in? Im in Guangzhou.

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6 hours ago, chemteachersrule said:

Just wanted to hear from you all: Are you guys posting on FB/Twitter/IG/any social media that you have received a Fulbright? Or is this something that you can not reveal? I could have sworn I read somewhere years back that you shouldnt reveal it on social media (maybe im dreaming)...ive been keeping it on the low and have told only select people. What are yall's thoughts?

The only thing I have read about social media and Fulbright is that if you make a blog you have to make it explicit it's your personal thoughts and not speaking on behalf of the Fulbright program. I agree with @Horb that you're technically not awarded until you're all set and done with the paperwork and medical clearance. 

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Does anyone have any insight concerning how we go about purchasing flights? I know that the program reimburses you, but is there a price limit? When do we expect to get the money back? Thanks!

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1 hour ago, Budgetmitten said:

Heya, one of my Irish pals has received notification (not selected) today. So, hopefully this means notifications for all Ireland applicants today/tomorrow.

Thank you for sharing that info!

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52 minutes ago, jarp729 said:

Does anyone have any insight concerning how we go about purchasing flights? I know that the program reimburses you, but is there a price limit? When do we expect to get the money back? Thanks!

It is in the info they send when you win the award. It maxes out at 1400 and the options are to buy it yourself and be reimbursed or use Fulbright's travel agent.

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1 hour ago, Budgetmitten said:

Heya, one of my Irish pals has received notification (not selected) today. So, hopefully this means notifications for all Ireland applicants today/tomorrow.

Thank you for the info!! I really hope so...

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17 minutes ago, Horb said:

It is in the info they send when you win the award. It maxes out at 1400 and the options are to buy it yourself and be reimbursed or use Fulbright's travel agent.

That would explain it. I went through all the emails I received from IIE and my host country's commission and the only thing stated was "provides round trip transportation" with no details of amount or how to go about getting in contact with the Fulbright travel agent, etc. I'll write to my contact at IIE. Thanks!

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Hey all. NS for Ireland here. Just wanted to get the word out. Not too surprised since the masters program he grant was for got cancelled

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42 minutes ago, jarp729 said:

That would explain it. I went through all the emails I received from IIE and my host country's commission and the only thing stated was "provides round trip transportation" with no details of amount or how to go about getting in contact with the Fulbright travel agent, etc. I'll write to my contact at IIE. Thanks!

Oh my bad! It must have just been my award letter. I assumed it was standard. Mine was $1400, which I think was round trip...but maybe per one-way ticket? Not sure...

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59 minutes ago, Nirerin said:

I got it! I'm going to Ireland! Oh my god!! 

CONGRATS!

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2 hours ago, jarp729 said:

That would explain it. I went through all the emails I received from IIE and my host country's commission and the only thing stated was "provides round trip transportation" with no details of amount or how to go about getting in contact with the Fulbright travel agent, etc. I'll write to my contact at IIE. Thanks!

I actually jumped the gun and bought my tickets before I knew any details because I found a good deal XD I'm not sure about your host country, but mine is providing $1500 for a round trip. This money will be given to me in the country's currency at some later point (when I'm already there?). An important detail to keep in mind is that you must abide by the Fly America Act which states that if you are using federal funding to purchase plane tickets then, it must be with an American-owned airline. There are exceptions and its different for each country. Luckily for me, my case fell within those exceptions (thank goodness). You can always ask your country's coordinator for the final word on whether you can get away with using a non-American airline. You would end up doing this if there were no American flights to that location or if America had an agreement with the country(ies) you were landing in, etc. 

Don't you love planning for it all!? I'm about to wrap up my last semester of college and it is so hard to concentrate! XP

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Has anyone heard more about Fulbright Clinton? The senior manager told me the majority of the decisions had been made but he was waiting on DC approval to tell us last week. Seem like that approval is in place since a few people have heard?? 

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4 hours ago, thepictureisstill said:

NS for Ireland.

I'm so sorry thepictureisstill :(  I hope there is still some way for you to go to Ireland.  Whether it's reapplying for the Fulbright or some other kind of grant... I wish you the very best!

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3 hours ago, Mossy.artist said:

I actually jumped the gun and bought my tickets before I knew any details because I found a good deal XD I'm not sure about your host country, but mine is providing $1500 for a round trip. This money will be given to me in the country's currency at some later point (when I'm already there?). An important detail to keep in mind is that you must abide by the Fly America Act which states that if you are using federal funding to purchase plane tickets then, it must be with an American-owned airline. There are exceptions and its different for each country. Luckily for me, my case fell within those exceptions (thank goodness). You can always ask your country's coordinator for the final word on whether you can get away with using a non-American airline. You would end up doing this if there were no American flights to that location or if America had an agreement with the country(ies) you were landing in, etc. 

Don't you love planning for it all!? I'm about to wrap up my last semester of college and it is so hard to concentrate! XP

Thanks for all of this information! I'll definitely be sure to keep the Fly America Act in mind when I'm going about purchasing tickets! I hope they do make an exception, as once I'm in Lima I have to fly a Peruvian owned airline to get to my destination. This is definitely fun to plan, but really stressful - I'm on a contract until June 27 and I leave for Peru on July 7 so I've got a quick turn around!

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