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Fulbright 2016 Student Program: Engage with the World

February 9, 2015

To apply for Fulbright at Drexel University, you must submit an application for campus review. | Required Campus Deadline: September 1, 2015.

Let us know you're interested by filling out this brief consultation survey.


Interested in taking your academic interests abroad?

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program, funded by the U.S. Department of State and awarding 1,900 grants to students and young professionals each year, plus another 4000 to more senior scholars and professionals

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is open to US citizens, from graduating college seniors up to final-year PhD students, and usually funds one academic year of self-designed study, research, community engagement, and/or teaching abroad. There are more than 140 participating host countries, and language requirements and program details vary by host country and Fulbright program. 

The 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Program opened March 31!
On this page, you will find the most up-to-date information about events and resources we offer to Drexel students who are applying or thinking about applying for a Fulbright, including: 

 As always, don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. The events below are open to Drexel students and alumni only.


Introduction to Fulbright

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates, master's and doctoral candidates, young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience.  Each year, Fulbright awards 1,900 grants for 9-12 months of self-designed study, research, creative projects, or teaching English in one of over 140 participating countries.  

Fulbright U.S. Student grants are administered by the Institute for International Education (IIE) with the goal of encouraging cultural exchange and mutual understanding through engagement in an "atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom."

Eligibility
The Fulbright US Student Program is open to U.S. citizens, from graduating college seniors up to final-year PhD students, in any field of study.
Language requirements and program details vary by host country and Fulbright program. 

Which Fulbright program is right for me?
There are several kinds of Fulbright grants available to U.S. Students, though you may only apply to one in a given year. Learn more about the different types of Fulbright grants available to U.S. students at our Fulbright program page.

Who should apply?
There is no “typical” Fulbright applicant. Drexel Fulbright finalists and recipients have come from a range of fields, backgrounds, and programs. Read more about recent Drexel Fulbrighters or watch interviews with other Fulbright recipients.

Want to learn more? Come to an info session and check out the additional information and videos below


 Applying for Fulbright

To apply for Fulbright at Drexel University, you must submit an application for campus review.
Preliminary review deadline: July 24, 2015
Mandatory Campus Deadline: September 1, 2015

Applying for Fulbright at Drexel involves a few steps:

  • Step 1. Attend an info session or watch these videos.

    Register for one of our info sessions and/or watch these introductory videos about applying for Fulbright:

    Introduction to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program


    Applying for Fulbright at Drexel

  • Step 2. Complete a Fulbright Consultation form

    Complete a brief online consultation survey to learn a bit more about Fulbright, assess your basic eligibility, and get you started working with the Drexel Fellowships Office. Once you’ve completed this form, we will follow-up with you by email to provide further guidance and access to our Fulbright-Drexel Learn site, with additional resources and support for applicants.

  • Step 3. Preliminary Review

    Preliminary Review Registration Deadline: July 24
    Preliminary Review Workshop: August 7
    We encourage students to register for preliminary campus review. A campus committee will review your submitted materials and provide feedback on your application's strengths and weaknesses. Applicants and recommenders will then have a month to revise before the fall campus deadline.

  • Step 4. Campus Deadline and Interviews 

    Mandatory Campus Deadline: September 1, 2015 at 12noon.
    You must submit a complete application by this date to be considered for a Fulbright. The campus committee will evaluate your application based on a review of your materials and a brief, 30-45 minute interview. The committee provides you with feedback and completes a campus evaluation, which is submitted with your application.

  • Step 5. National Deadline

    National Deadline: mid-October
    Submit your final revised application online, including any supporting materials and letters of recommendation.


Info Sessions and Workshops

Please register (even last minute) for info sessions if you plan to attend.
Can’t make it to one of our info sessions?  Be sure to check our our videos and tutorials to learn more!

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Info Sessions

This info session will provide an overview of the Fulbright program and will review strategies for students planning to work on the application over the Spring/Summer terms, including while off-campus on co-op or study abroad. Note: this event has passed. 

 

2016 Kickoff Event: I Am Fulbright

*Sponsored by the Fellowships Office and Office for International Programs*
Hear from a panel of Drexel faculty and alumni about their Fulbright experiences and stay for a brief info session (optional) on how to apply. Lunch provided, but you must register by Thursday, April 9, at noon for one or both portions of the event. Note: this event has passed, but you can watch the video below.


Introduction to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program

This info session will review the basics of the Fulbright Study/Research and ETA programs and consider a range of projects that students have done with the support of Fulbright grants. We will help you understand the different Fulbright grants, application process, and how to get started. A Drexel Fulbright finalist from prior years will be present to share his/her expertise.

Wednesday, June 10, 12-2pm
Disque Hall #109, Light lunch provided
Please register in advance

 

Applying for Fulbright as a Diverse Student

As a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State, the Fulbright US Student Program seeks and actively encourages the involvement of participants from traditionally under-represented audiences, including women, persons belonging to racial and ethnic minorities, persons living in underserved geographic locations, persons belonging to religious minorities, persons of lower socio-economic status and persons with disabilities.

With diverse students specifically in mind, this info session will review the basics of the Fulbright Study/Research and ETA programs and consider a range of projects that students have done with the support of Fulbright grants. We will help you understand the different Fulbright grants, application process, and how to get started. A Drexel Fulbright finalist from prior years will be present to share his/her expertise.

Note: this event has passed. 


Fulbright Application Bootcamps

These special intensive workshops will help students with all elements of the application, from finding an affiliation to writing the personal statement and project proposal. To participate in an Application Bootcamp, you must fill-out our brief online Fulbright Consultation Survey.

Jumpstart Your Application

Applying for Fulbright can be daunting. Whether you’re staring down a blank page or struggling to pick a spot on the globe, this workshop can help. We will lead you through each component of the application to build a solid framework you can build on over the coming weeks. Come to this hands-on workshop for ideas on how to get started and to learn about revision strategies.

Saturday, June 20, 9am-1pm
Disque Hall 109; Light lunch provided
Space is limited! Please register by June 12.

Saturday, July 25, 9am-1pm
Disque Hall 109; Light lunch provided
Space is limited! Please register in advance by July 17. 

 

Wrap it up! / Finishing Strong

This workshop will equip you with strategies for revision, feedback, and securing strong supporting materials. Faculty, staff, and students with firsthand Fulbright experience will work with you to address missing pieces and identify elements of strength and weakness in your application before the campus review deadline.

Saturday, August 22, 9am-1pm
Disque Hall 109; Light lunch provided
Space is limited! Please register in advance by August 7.



Additional Information and Videos

Want to learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student program? Check out these resources to learn more!

Fulbright videos and webinars

Fulbright Tutorials
Tutorials are up-to-date slideshow videos that give applicants basic information about the program and how it operates. Each 10-15 minute tutorial focuses on a portion of the greater Fulbright U.S. Student Program and help you begin the process of getting a Fulbright award.

Fulbright Webinars
Want to go more in depth? Recorded webinars offer you a place to get detailed information and advice about individual Fulbright Student Programs and specific aspects of the application process. Webinars are largely unedited and tend to be 1-2 hours in length.

Fulbright Alumni Videos
Hear from current and former Fulbright student grantees about the Fulbright experience and different projects students have conducted on Fulbright grants.  

Drexel Fellowships Office videos and webinars

Introduction to Fulbright and Drexel
 

The Drexel-Fulbright Connection
Over the past few years, more and more Drexel students have applied and become Fulbright scholars. To learn more about the Drexel-Fulbright connection, watch this video:

I am Fulbright Panel
A panel of Drexel faculty and alumni discuss their Fulbright experiences. Event co-sponsored by the Fellowships Office and Office for International Programs.

Fulbright Program Information 

For more information about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, visit: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program Resources & Events Page includes several resources that enable applicants to learn more about the program and get support during the application process.

To see a schedule and register for upcoming Fulbright applicant webinars , go to: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/component/events/?view=events

Be sure to follow Fulbright on social media for updates and tips! Facebook: The Fulbright Program & Twitter: @FulbrightPrgrm