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Fulbright -- Application Procedures

ADVISER: Until June 30, contact Michelle Mancini (  Between June 30 and July 21, contact 

Before you begin the application process, please refer to the following documents:

PRELIMINARY APPLICATION (Strongly Recommended): Students interested in applying for a Fulbright are encouraged to contact the Fellowships Adviser early in the summer before the senior year, with a brief write-up of possible project ideas.

Students interested in receiving feedback on their ideas should submit the Fulbright Advising Questionnaire by Friday, July 21. On the advising questionnaire you will be asked to submit drafts of the following:

  • Statement of grant purpose
  • Personal statement
  • Resumé

OFFICAL FALL INTERNAL APPLICATION: We are asking students to submit the complete online application by Friday, September 8. This application includes the following elements:

• A few pages of biographical information: name, addresses, schools attended, activities and honors, employment, etc.

• A statement of proposed study, research, or plans for teaching, in which you “describe your . . . plans and your reasons for wishing to undertake them in the country of your choice.” This statement must not exceed 2 single-spaced pages for a research grant, and must not exceed 1 single-spaced page for an ETA positions. It should have a project title of seven or fewer words and should have a specified field of study from the Fulbright list of fields.

• A personal statement “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 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.” This statement should not exceed 1 single-spaced page.

• Three letters of recommendation,  For study or research grants, all three letters will generally be from faculty, at least two of whom should be in your major field (or the field in which you are applying). For ETA positions, at least two letters should be from faculty, at least one from your major.   Recommenders should know you well and be familiar with your proposed project. 


• A Foreign Language Report, completed by a professional language teacher, if applicable.  As with the letters of recommendation, you will need to register the language evaluator electronically as part of the online application. This will give them the opportunity to complete the form online and have it submitted with your electronic application. In some cases the evaluator will need to interview you to assess your language skills.

• Uploaded official transcripts from Bryn Mawr and from all colleges or universities attended during your time here, including study abroad.

On the basis of this application, you will be interviewed by the Fellowships Committee on campus in mid-September. After the on-campus interview, the Committee will complete a Campus Evaluation Form, which will be submitted to the Fulbright Commission. You will also receive some feedback on your application and have a short time period in which to revise materials for your final application. The fellowships adviser will "return" your application to you so that you can make these changes.) The better and more polished your initial application; the likelier you are to have a strong interview, a strong Committee Evaluation, and the strongest possible final application.

EXTERNAL APPLICATION: You should plan to complete all revisions and resubmit on Monday, October 2 at 5pm, at least three business days before the final external deadline.   

AFTER THE APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED: At the end of January, applicants learn whether they have been recommended by the central screening committee. Recommended students’ applications are then sent on to individual countries, where the final decisions are made regarding awarding of grants. Timetables vary greatly from country to country, but may be anywhere from April to June.