Information sessions will be held in January
2015 for students planning to apply in the fall of 2015 for
a Fulbright following their graduation Dec 2015 - Summer
2016. Stay tuned for dates and places. Spring semester begins
process for juniors (earlier,
if off-campus) 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.
Library #222 Granberg Room
Fall 2015 - TBD
Mid-January 2016 for 2016-17 application
(2017-18 award year)
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.**
2015 Application Process Timeline for Fall 2016 Grants
2015 PDF for
If you are a junior this year (2014-2015), and
are considering applying for a Fulbright Fellowship in the fall
of 2015, (that is, if you want a fellowship in the 2016-2017
academic year), you need to get an early start on the application
process. Here are the important dates in the 2015 Fulbright Fellowship
If you are studying abroad in the spring of
your junior year,
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.
|January 14 or 15, 2015
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:
January 26, 2015
(You may do this anytime
BEFORE this date, but please do it BY the date.)
You will be considered a serious candidate
only after submitting the items listed to the right.
You can always change your mind later.
If you are planning to apply for a Fulbright
that will fund you to spend the academic year 2016-2017
abroad, please fill out our Google Fulbright Form.*
*The automated signup process is now closed for those
applying in 2015 for placement in 2016-2017. If you wish
to be considered
as a late entrant to this process, please contact Dr. Cunningham
directly at email@example.com, explaining your situation.
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 who
you think can speak to your qualifications for this award.
In addition to your three referees, include someone who
can evaluate your ability in a foreign language, if one
is required or recommended 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for
In addition, please locate and purchase (or borrow) a
book - yes, an actual book - about the country
where you plan to study or teach.
At any point, you may drop the process, just e-mail email@example.com.
|February 11, 2015 (Note: the day we return from Winter
in the following documents
electronically as Word docs,
single-sided, double-spaced to firstname.lastname@example.org:
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 23 or 24, 2015
|Attend ONE of the mandatory essay workshops. The workshops
will run about two hours. Possible dates are Monday, Feb.
23, 7-9 p.m. -OR- Tuesday, Feb. 24, 4-6
p.m. Location to
be announced. You will attend one (but not both) of the workshops.
|March 9 or 10, 2015
||Attend ONE of the second mandatory essay workshops. Monday,
March 9, 7-9 p.m. -OR- Tuesday, March 10,
4-6 p.m. Location
to be announced. You will attend one (but not both) of the
||You must meet personally with Dr. Cunningham sometime during
the month of April to go over your essays, finalize your list of
referees, and find out what needs to be done over the summer. You
should use the summer to work on your statement of grant purpose
and personal statement.
May 1, 2015
|The online application officially opens. During the month
of May, you need to complete the application to the best
of your ability and ask any questions that arise in the process.
|June 1, 2015
||Application Check. The status of your online application will
be checked by the campus Fulbright advisors at this point. If you
application is radically incomplete at this stage, you will be
asked to complete it (or else to drop the process). You can still
change it after this point, of course, and in fact you are encouraged
to work on the application over the summer.
|August 31, 2015
||Submit your preliminary online application. Your
application will be read and returned to you for corrections and
We will schedule campus interviews during September, after which
you will have a final opportunity to make your application "practically
perfect in every way."
|Be sure to read the materials linked
on this page and on the Fulbright
Hope College Fulbright Advisor is 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:
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
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 Statement
of Grant Purpose and Personal
These should be e-mailed in Word format. Please visit Fulbright's 'Academic
Application Components' web page for details.
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: