Types of Fulbright Awards
Fulbright Research Grant
Applicants for a research grant may design their own research projects, sometimes in coordination with an advisor at a foreign university or research institute. Other applicants my work independently on their own research project. Program requirements vary by country, so the applicant’s first step is to familiarize themselves with the program summary for the host country. Your project statement should contain a clear commitment to and description of how you will engage with the host country community.
Fulbright Study Grant
These applicants should propose a Program of Study from a specific foreign university with the intent of enrolling in a graduate degree program. Applicants will make two separate applications: one for the Fulbright Study Award and one for admission into the graduate program of the foreign university.
English Teaching Assistantship
The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs place Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. The age and academic level of the students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level. Applicants for English Teaching Assistant Programs can apply to only one country.
ETA applicants are not expected to present extensive research plans. Here are some questions to consider while preparing your application:
- Why would you like to undertake an ETA assignment and why you have chosen the particular country?
- What are your specific qualifications, training, and experiences that relate to the overseas assignment?
- How do you expect to benefit from the assignment and what use will you make of the experience on return to the US?
- How will you use your time outside the classroom? (Most ETAs work no more than 20-30 hours per week.) Again, it is crucial to be familiar with the country-specific requirements.