Fellowship FYI

The Fulbright program regularly offers helpful public information sessions in New York City and elsewhere around the country. For specific dates, please refer to the Fulbright website for the latest details:

Fulbright Program

Throughout the summer, the Director of Fellowships sends out weekly email updates about the Fulbright Application Process. To receive these updates, please email monaghan@brandeis.edu.

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U.S. citizens who wish to study or perform research in one of many countries overseas at the postbaccalaureate level. Government-sponsored teaching assistantships are also a possibility in Argentina, Austria, Belgium-Luxembourg, Chile, Germany, Poland, Russia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, and Korea, among other places.

Eligibility Limitations:
You must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application. Expectations for foreign language proficiency differ by country. Some countries/regions favor applications from graduate students while others expressly welcome applicants holding only the B.A. or B.S.. Preference is given to candidates who have not previously spent more than 6 months in the country to which they are applying (but study abroad as a junior wouldn't put you at a disadvantage). Preference is given to students who can demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country.

The Fulbright website is very dynamic and up-to-date. There you will find details on programs in over 130 countries. Go to the section for US STUDENT PROGRAMS on their site: us.fulbrightonline.org

Usually 10 months, but the duration varies by country and can be up to 12 months.

Application Requirements:
A specific plan of study (Statement of Grant Purpose), a personal narrative (Personal Statement), 3 letters of recommendation, a language report (if necessary). The final application is on-line; for the campus deadline, however, you must hand in a hard-copy of your online application. DO NOT SUBMIT your online Fulbright application until you are directed to do so by the Brandeis Fulbright committee.

If you are interested in applying for a Fulbright--either a research or teaching grant (ETA)--please contact the Director of Fellowships, Meredith Monaghan, for further information and discussion. The Fulbright website, us.fulbrightonline.org, is also a wealth of information as you get started.

Intent-to-Apply Deadline: July 29, 2019 (email fellowships@brandeis.edu for the form)

Campus Deadline: August 30, 2019 at 5pm EST

No later than the campus deadline, you should submit a draft of your Fulbright application, including supporting materials, online through the Embark website. In addition, THREE letters of recommendation should be uploaded into your online application by the recommenders themselves. Please also email a copy of your resume to fellowships@brandeis.edu.

The campus committee usually makes further suggestions for revision after the campus deadline.  You will be able to work on your application up until a few days before the national deadline. 

Deadline for receipt at the IIE: October 8, 2019 at 5pm (online submission)

The US based commission usually notifies us by the end of January if your application has been recommended to the overseas commissions. Finalists for the ETA positions will often be expected to complete an application to the appropriate government ministry, usually in the language of the country (i.e. French, German, etc.). Final notification for all awards occurs between late February and early June, with the majority of responses coming through in April.

Who applies nationwide?
The program is open to recent graduates as well as current MA or Ph.D. students, artists and scholars at large.

Typical Essay Questions:
1) Statement of Grant Purpose: Describe your study or research plans and your reasons for wishing to undertake them in the country of your choice. Outline a plan that realistically can be completed in one academic year abroad. Graduating seniors, applicants in the creative or performing arts, and applications for teaching awards are not expected to formulate detailed research projects. Graduating seniors should describe the study programs they wish to follow in terms as specific as possible. (2 pages maximum)

2) Personal Statement: This statement should be a narrative giving a picture of yourself as an individual. It should deal with your personal history, family background, influences on your intellectual development, the educational and cultural opportunities (or lack of them) to which you have been exposed, and the ways in which these experiences have affected you. Also include your special interests and abilities, career plans, and life goals, etc. It should not be a recording of facts already listed on the application or an elaboration of your statement of proposed study. Please limit to the space provided. (1 page)


Recent Brandeis University Winners:

Congratulations to Brandeis' seven award-winners in 2014-2015. Patrick Brown PhD '17 will use his Research grant to Russia to examine interaction among workers in Nizhnii Novgorod in the early Soviet era. Clare Churchill-Seder '13 received a Research grant to go to Canada study the Innu cultural relationship with the land of the Quebec-Labrador peninsula as it is expressed through the creative arts. Sydney Skov MA '15 received an Arts grant and will spend her Fulbright year in India working with the NGO Kolkata Sanved, which is transforming lives of survivors of human trafficking through dance. Four Brandesians will also serve as ETAs: Sela Brown’15 (Spain), Malika Imhotep ’15 (South Africa), Wei Yee Mooi '15 (South Korea), Gloriya Nedler '12 (Russia).

Past years have inluded winners persuing a variety of projects across a many countries: Anwar Abdul-Wahab ’11 (ETA – Thailand), Dan Boyle ’14 (Research – Italy), Doreen El-Roiey ’12 (Research – Sweden), Kara Faktor ’14 (Research – Honduras), April French, PhD’16 (Research – Russia), Anna Khandros ’11 (ETA – Tajikistan), Jonah Seligman ’10 (ETA – Malaysia), Abigail Simon ’14 (ETA, Mexico), and Dina Kapengut ’14 (ETA, Thailand), Vu Truong '11 (Research – Burkina Faso), Iyvon Edebiri '13 (Research – Italy), Jessye Kass '13 (ETA –Thailand), Steph Cohen '13 (ETA –Spain), Suzanne Rothman '13 (ETA –Azerbaijan), and Hannah Levinger '12 MA '13 to (ETA –Morocco). In 2011-2012, Rachel Klein '12, Kelsey Grab '12, and Olivia Edelman '12 were each awarded a Fulbright for a 2012-2013 English Teaching Assistantship;  Rachel went to Nepal, Kelsey to Malaysia, and Olivia to Turkey. In addition, Daniel Chavez '10 headed to Sweden to study architectural lighting design, Jesse Appell '12 spent the year in China studying the Chinese comedic art of Xiang-Sheng, and Skye Fishbein '12 went to South Africa to perform research at Stellenbosch University into coinfection of TB and HIV.