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Fulbright Internal Application Instructions

Overview

For Reed's Fulbright internal process, you'll complete the application on the Fulbright website and submit it in their system by the internal deadline. All submitted applicants will then have an interview (in-person or virtual) with the members of the Reed fellowships & awards committee and staff. The committee will prepare a campus evaluation for you that will be submitted with your application. Your application will be unsubmitted in the Fulbright application website and you'll be able to make edits to it prior to resubmitting your finished application by the national application deadline.

Internal Application Deadline

September 9th, 2020 at 12:00 PM Pacific Time

Before You Begin

Start learning about the program on the Fulbright website. The Applicants tab has useful info for once you start working on the application itself. The Countries tab will contain info on each country program with country specific details, priorities, and requirements. With Fulbright, the first decision point is identifying what you'd want to do and the second is to figure out where. If you want to pursue a study/research award, figuring out "where" entails actually identifying an institution in your country of choice that you would affiliate with as well as an actual person at that institution who agrees to be your mentor and is willing to provide, by the application deadline, a "letter of affiliation" basically agreeing to host you for the year if your application is successful.

  • Decide whether you want to do research/study, a creative project, serve as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA), or apply for a graduate degree grant overseas (scroll down to the Fulbright Graduate Degree Grants section. You may only apply to one program/grant.
  • If you choose study/research, decide the program/location/university in light of your academic preparation and trajectory. Work with your academic adviser and CLBR on developing the project plan.
  • If you want to teach English, decide the country based on exploring the Countries section of the website. Explore the relative likelihood of your selection based on the Statistics section in the upper right corner of the website.

Preparing the Application

  • Make contact with your academic adviser, CLBR advisors, or Paul DeYoung, Director of International Programs. These people can provide guidance and resources you might use to strengthen your project proposal. CLBR and Paul DeYoung can give you information on general program guidelines and assist you with selection of countries and formulation of your application. If you have questions about any aspect of the online application, required documentation, or letters of recommendation, you can also email clbrfellowships@reed.edu.
  • Begin the online application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply through their current institution or alma mater, and not to apply At-Large.
  • For arts programs, keep in mind that applicants must additionally submit examples of their artistic work. See the Fulbright guidelines for this requirement.

Internal Process for Study/Research Awards

Complete and submit the online application by the internal application deadline. Note: you will be able to make edits after your initial submission. This will not be your final submission to the program.

Details on the application:

  • The Application Components page for your award type has answers for many applications questions.
  • Obtain three strong letters of recommendation. The authors should be the three individuals who can best speak to your ability to carry out the project being proposed; they should discuss your intellectual and professional preparation, and your ability to represent the U.S. abroad. Give your recommenders the link to advice for study/research recommenders on the Fulbright website. You will register your recommenders in the online system, which will send them a link to use in uploading the letter. You should provide a draft of your Statement of Grant Purpose so recommenders are able to see what you propose to do. It is imperative that your recommenders know as much about your proposed project as possible in order to write the strongest letter. Final recommendations must be submitted via the online system by your recommenders by the internal deadline.
  • When preparing a research proposal, carefully read the section on the Fulbright website in the country summary on "Affiliation." You will need to seek out a contact at a university in the country in which you plan to study and request a letter from them. For assistance in finding contacts abroad, you may want to speak to professors in your major department or with Paul DeYoung in the Office of International Programs. Also see advice on securing an affiliation from the Study/Research portion of the Application Components page. The affiliation letter is helpful for the internal deadline, but is only due by the national application deadline.
  • Request a foreign language evaluation, if needed, through the online application system.
  • Request official transcripts from Reed and for all on and off-campus coursework. If you studied abroad, ask the registrar to include a certified copy of your study abroad transcript.

Waiver

You will also need to complete this online waiver form when submitting your internal application.

Waiver Form

Internal Process for ETAs

Complete and submit the online application by the internal application deadline. Note: you will be able to make edits after your initial submission. This will not be your final submission to the program.

Details on the application:

  • The Application Components page for the ETA has answers for many applications questions.
  • Obtain three strong recommendations from the three individuals who can best speak to your ability to teach English in a classroom abroad based on your intellectual and professional preparation. At least one of these should be able to speak to your skills outside of academia. Give your recommenders the link to advice for ETA recommenders on the Fulbright website. You will register your recommenders in the online system, which will send them a link to use in filling out an online form. You should provide a draft of your Statement of Grant Purpose so recommenders are able to see what you propose to do. It is imperative that your recommenders know as much about your proposed project as possible in order to write the strongest letter. Final recommendations must be submitted via the online system by your recommenders by the internal deadline.
  • Request a foreign language evaluation, if needed, through the online application system.
  • Request official transcripts from Reed and for all off-campus coursework. If you studied abroad, ask the registrar to include a certified copy of your study abroad transcript.

Waiver

You will also need to complete this online waiver form when submitting your internal application.

Waiver Form

Next Steps

Everyone who has submitted a complete application will receive an interview in the next two weeks with faculty members of the fellowships & awards committee and staff. You will hear from CLBR fellowships before the internal deadline, and immediately afterward, requesting your availability for an interview in those two weeks. Once your interview is scheduled, it is very important that you do not miss it, as it may not be possible to reschedule it, and it is a required part of your application.

After your interview your application will be unsubmitted and you'll be able to make edits and resubmit your final application Fulbright application website prior to the national application deadline. Your interviewers will also submit a confidential Campus Committee Evaluation form with your application.

The Fulbright National Screening Committee (NSC) considers applications over winter, and initial notifications will be made at the end of January. If the NSC recommends your application, you will become a semi-finalist and your materials will be sent to that country's Fulbright committee for final consideration. Some countries do require an interview at that point; the country page on the Fulbright website will say if an interview is required. They are typically done virtually.

Final selection notifications begin in March and continue through June, depending on the country. It is also possible that you will be selected as an alternate, and then may not receive more information until June, or later.

If you have any questions, please contact clbrfellowships@reed.edu

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