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Fulbright Internal Application Instructions for 2023-24 Competition

The purpose for applying to the Fulbright through Reed (rather than applying At-Large) is to earn an institutional endorsement from Reed to be included in your external Fulbright application. Additionally, the internal process is designed to facilitate the development and strength of your application.

To earn this endorsement, students must submit materials internally on August 3rd, 2022 and September 7th, 2022. Both internal deadline submissions are required to receive an institutional endorsement. If you miss the first August 3rd deadline, you are automatically ineligible for an institutional endorsement for the remainder of the application process, and similarly for the later September deadline.

After successfully submitting required materials on each of the deadlines, all submitted applicants will then have a campus interview (in-person or virtual) with members of Reed’s Fellowships & Awards Committee and Reed staff. Finally, the committee will prepare a campus evaluation for you that will be submitted with your external application.

Application Deadlines and Dates

August 3rd, 2022 at 12:00 PM Pacific Time

Internal deadline: First draft of application essays due

September 7th, 2022 at 12:00 PM Pacific Time

Internal deadline: Complete application due, along with final recommendations

Campus Interviews: September 12th - 23rd

Campus interviews are required and will happen on a weekday during these two weeks

October 11th, 2022 at 2:00 PM Pacific Time

External deadline: Final applications must be submitted online by this time

Overview of Internal Application Process

In order to participate in the internal application process, applicants must be registered in Fulbright’s online application system. Create an online Fulbright Application: Applicants > Fulbright Online Application.

By the August 3rd, 2022 deadline, you must complete the following within your online application:
  1. Designate Reed College as your selected school in the Country and Award Selection section
  2. Identify your country of choice and award type in the Country and Award Selection section
  3. Upload a draft of your Statement of Grant Purpose
  4. Upload a draft of your Personal Statement
  5. Register your three recommenders and foreign language evaluator (if applicable) in the online application
    1. You will need to tell your recommenders yourself that their final recommendations are due on the September 7th internal deadline at noon. They do not need to submit anything for the August 3rd deadline
  6. You are not required to upload a transcript
  7. Do not click submit
By the September 7th, 2022 deadline, you must complete the following:
  1. Complete all steps identified above by the August 3rd deadline
  2. Complete one appointment with a CLBR advisor to have application materials reviewed (scheduled via Handshake between August 3rd and September 7th)
  3. Complete the entire online application, including attaching a current transcript and registering your Recommenders and (if applicable) Language Evaluators in the system.
    1. Final-draft recommendations are required via the online system by your recommenders by this internal deadline.
    2. Letters of Affiliation (if applicable) are not required by this deadline.
  4. Click submit by September 7th at 12 PM Pacific Time.
    1. Note: you will be able to make edits after your campus interview. This will not be your final submission to the program.
  5. Complete the waiver form on the Reed website (Reed login required). Note: the link for this form was missing from these instructions until the morning of the internal deadline. Please fill out the form as soon as you can, but it's alright if you don't do so prior to the internal deadline.

Details for Sept 7th Deadline: Study/Research Awards

  • 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 by the August 3rd deadline, which will send them a link to use in uploading the letter. You should provide a draft of your Statement of Grant Purpose and Personal Statement 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.
  • 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 the Director of International Programs.
    • 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.

Details for Sept 7th Deadline: English Teaching Assistant Awards (ETAs)

  • 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 by the August 3rd deadline, 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 and Personal Statement 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.
  • 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.

Fulbright Resource Page from CLBR

If you'd like more guidance, take a look at our Fulbright Resources page. We've compiled the advice we typically give in a first advising appointment about Fulbright on this page.

Internal Application Video Overview

CLBR advisor Shania Siron recorded this video overview which goes over Reed College's internal application process for the Fulbright. It covers the information we have published on our website, as well as lot of the information CLBR advisors cover in advising appointments and info sessions.

Next Steps

After the September 7th deadline, everyone who has completed all steps for both the August and September internal deadlines will receive a campus interview in the following two weeks with faculty members of the Fellowships & Awards Committee and staff. You will hear from CLBR via clbrfellowships@reed.edu before the internal September 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 the final draft of your final Fulbright application by the national deadline of Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 2:00 PM Pacific Time. Your interviewers will also submit a confidential Campus Committee Evaluation form with your application. This evaluation form is meant to support your application.

After the national deadline in October, The Fulbright National Screening Committee (NSC) will review applications over winter, and initial notifications will be made via email toward the end of January. If the NSC recommends your application, you will be notified and 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 February 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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