Information sessions will be held in January,
2014 for students planning to apply in the fall of 2014 for
a Fulbright following their graduation in May, 2015. Stay
tuned for dates and places. Spring semester begins the application
process for juniors in
to apply in September of their senior year. Starting
the process in August or September of your senior year makes
for a tight timeline so be prepared to act quickly.
2014 - Van Wylen Library #222,
January 20 ~ 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Monday)
~ 11:00 a.m.-noon (Tuesday)
September 2 ~ 11am-noon (Tuesday)
September 3 ~ 4-5 p.m. (Wednesday)
This information changes, so check back often...
IMPORTANT DATES FOR FULBRIGHT FELLOWSHIP CANDIDATES
Ideally, this process should
begin during the spring semester of your Junior year.
2014 Application Process Timeline
PDF for printing
If you are a junior this year (2013-2014),
and are considering applying for
a Fulbright Fellowship in the fall
of 2014, (that is, if you want
a fellowship in the 2015-2016 academic year) your chances will
improve if you get an early
start on the application process.
Here are the important dates in the 2014 Fulbright Fellowship
If you are studying abroad in the spring of your junior
you still need to follow the time line below with the exception
of attending the writing workshops. You will submit your drafts
as email attachments.
|Offered early January & late August
Attend one of the offered Information Session - see top of
If you are a Hope College freshmen, sophomore,
or junior interested in being on our e-mail list for future
interest, complete this form: Fulbright:
February 3, 2014
(You may do this anytime
BEFORE this date, but please do it BY the date.)
If you are planning to apply for a Fulbright
that will fund you to spend the academic year 2015-2016
abroad, please fill out our Google Fulbright Form.
our Google form Fulbright:
to indicate your intention to proceed with the application
will be considered a serious candidate only after submitting
this form with the information listed below. At
any point, you may drop the process, just e-mail both firstname.lastname@example.org AND
1) Your full name.
2) Your phone number.
3) The kind of fellowship for which you plan to apply -
'Teaching Assistantship' or 'Research.'
4) The country to which you plan to apply (Choose only
5) The e-mails of three faculty referees to
whom you have spoken about writing a recommendation for
you. Talk to
your referees early and in person. In addition to your
three referees, include your foreign language evaluator,
if one is necessary for your program.
6) The name of the person who will complete your Language
Reference, if applicable.
7) Graduation year and month.
If you have problems with the Google form linked above,
please e-mail Shelly at email@example.com for
|February 17, 2014
in the following documents
electronically as Word docs, double-spaced,
single-sided, to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com:
1) Draft of your Statement
of Grant Purpose (one
page for English Teaching
Assistantships; two pages for
2) Draft of your one-page Personal Statement.
See the Fulbright web site and
the Hints we
hand out for information about
preparation of these documents. Keep working on them,
3) A three- to four-page
essay on a book (a
book! Not a Web site!) that you have read about the country
to which you
plan to apply. Be sure to include full bibliographic
information (author, title, city, publisher, year of publication)
February 25 or 26, 2014
|Attend ONE of the mandatory
proposal workshops in March. The
workshops will run about one and one-half hours. Feb.
25, 4-5:30 p.m. -OR- Feb. 26, 7-8:30 p.m. in Van
Wylen Library's Granberg Rm#222.
You must come to one (but not both) of the workshops.
|April 8 or 9, 2014
||Attend ONE of the second
mandatory proposal workshops in
8, 7-8:30 p.m. -OR- April 9, 4-5:30 p.m. in
Van Wylen Library's Granberg Rm#222. You must
come to one (but not both) of the workshops.
|May 2014 onward
||Sometime in May, Fulbright will activate the current year's on-line
application link found via the Fulbright web site. Otherwise,
only previous submissions are accessible.
|You should use the summer to work on your
statement of grant purpose and personal
statement. The campus deadline for applications
is shown in the box below left.
|September 22, 2014
||Submit your completed on-line application. We will schedule campus interviews
the September date
listed at left.
Please keep the following points in mind:
If you think you MIGHT want to apply
for a Fulbright, but
are not yet sure, please
provide us with the required
us know you are thinking
of applying is not a firm commitment. It is better to start
to start late.
If you want to apply, you must comply with the deadlines
outlined on this sheet.
We reserve the right to drop you from the process if you miss
any of these deadlines without
a very good reason (as
defined by Professors Cunningham and Gibbs). This
is not a process you can complete at the last minute if you
hope to be successful.
|Be sure to read the materials on the Fulbright
Hope College Fulbright Advisors are Dr. David
Cunningham and Dr. Janis Gibbs.
Fulbright Grants for Educational & Cultural Exchange
- Since 1946 the United States government has been offering grants
to recent graduates, graduate students and college faculty to conduct
study and/or teaching projects all over the world. These grants usually
last between six to twelve months and cover all livings cost as well
as providing a modest stipend. These are very prestigious awards,
and are available not only to graduates of larger universities but
also of liberal arts colleges such as Hope.
If you are interested in an academic year abroad right after graduation,
either studying at a university or teaching English, a Fulbright
Grant may be just what you are looking for! It can be anywhere in
the world, not just Europe!
What Exactly is a Fulbright Scholarship?
There are many different types of Fulbright awards,
but the programs of interest to Hope College graduates are the Comprehensive
Grants, which support you for a year of study at a foreign
university, and the English Teaching Awards (ETA) which
place you at a high school or high schools to teach English as
For Comprehensive Grants, students propose a project
that they conduct at the foreign educational institution, and are
given basic travel and living support to carry out their project.
You specify the location.
For Teaching Awards, grantees usually teach about
15-20 hours a week, mostly assisting a teacher in the classroom (i.e.
not actually being the teacher). The rest of the time awardees usually
work on the language, travel and 'hang out'. You select the country,
but that country chooses your placement location.
Hope professor, Lee Forester, had a 2-year Fulbright award in Austria
Vienna as a graduate student. He taught about 10-15 hrs a week whenever
school was in session (which wasn't that often) and otherwise hung
out, finished his dissertation, traveled extensively and got married
in the process. It was a great experience for him!
Who is Eligible for a Fulbright?
To apply for a Fulbright Grant, you must be:
- A US citizen
- A recent graduate or graduate student
- In good health
Because this program is quite competitive, your academic credentials
should be good. A GPA of 3.5 or higher is advised, though we did
an award for a student with a lower GPA who made it as an alternate.
You also must be ready to spend a LOT of time on your application,
writing and refining your essay, your project proposal and discussing
it discussing it with faculty advisors. It is
quite doable but not a project to be taken lightly or at the
last minute if you want feedback.
How Do I Get More Information?
If you're interested in a Fulbright, you should spend some time
at the Fulbright
Here are a few files that may be of interest:
Statistics - Online Searchable
Fact Sheet (PDF)
Flow sheet of application process (PDF)
As you will see, some countries are more competitive than others.
A competitive application will have an excellent personal essay,
defined, feasible and interesting project proposal, strong letters
of support and will target a country where you have a reasonable
(England and Australia are TOUGH!).
How Do I Formally Apply (once
all my preparations have been completed)?
Please see the timeline above for May and September.
If you would like feedback on your application before the
on-campus interview process begins ( and this is very
advisable), you are strongly advised to work with Dr. Cunningham,
Dr. Gibbs, or another faculty member during the Spring semester.
We provide stipends to faculty who work with you, so please
don't be afraid to
this one-on-one help. We generally find that students who wait
until September to begin the process will submit substandard
ultimately unsuccessful) applications. The most important
pieces to submit for feedback are your ETA
Grant Statement and The
These should be e-mailed in Word format.
The "non-online" materials
- If you are applying for a research grant (not a
teaching assistantship) please provide a
letter of affiliation from
someone at the institution you hope to work at in the host country, if
such affiliation is required for your program.
(This is not required for some countries, e.g. Japan,
nor for some
programs, e.g. the teaching
- If your field is creative or performing arts,
there are additional instructions for submitting
samples of your
work. Example: slides of artwork, photographs, portfolios,
video recordings, & audio recordings all have specific criteria
and can be found on the Fulbright web site
Then you sit on your hands and wait until the spring (April - June)
to find out whether you got an award or not!
This program is offered by the US Dept. of State,
Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs and Administered
by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers: