The Fulbright Grants offer support to many students from the U.S. and from other countries. The aim of the grants is to foster an exchange of ideas across all disciplines as well as to promote cross-cultural exchange. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the branch that offers scholarships to students from universities in the United States. Through this branch, students can apply for one of several types of grants:
English Teacher Assistant Programs: This award enables students to obtain experience teaching English abroad while also serving as a cultural ambassador. The ages of the children in the classroom vary widely and may include children in kindergarten up to college level students. Students may apply for only one country and each country has specific requirements. The following website provides links to placements in Europe, Middle East & North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Western Hemisphere, South and Central Asia, and the East Asia-Pacific regions: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/about/types-of-grants/english-teaching-assistant-grants. Applicants may also see the number of positions available.
Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowships: This award allows students to serve in a professional capacity in a foreign government. The aim is to both gain experience in and to contribute to the public sector. The scholarship allows the student to hold a role as a “special assistant” to a senior official in a foreign country with the aim of promoting long term partnerships among the countries. Currently, eligible countries include: Peru, Samoa, Timor-Leste, Ukraine, Nepal, Malawi, Kosovo, Haiti, Guatemala, Cote d’Ivoire, Burma, and African Union. Applicants must be U.S. citizens with at least a Master’s degree and two years experience in a policy-related field. Preference is given to candidates who can speak the native language of the destination country, have related professional experience, and a knowledge of the customs and culture of the host country. Applicants are chosen based on a combination of factors, including grades, language abilities, personal traits, and familiarity with destination country.
Study/Research Grants: Students who apply for this type of grant study at a foreign university and have an adviser from the host school. There are over 100 countries that students can apply to study in using these grants. The application for these grants requires students to complete demographic information, biographical information about their work history and extracurricular activities, a two-page statement of grant purpose letter that proposes their research project, an affiliation letter, a personal statement, proof of language abilities, references, and academic transcripts.
Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship: This award enables students to travel abroad for one year in up to three different countries. The student must develop a story line based on a globally important theme. A detailed examination of the topic of interest will show how different countries have comparable or contrasting views. Students will keep a blog during their travels. Furthermore, the recipients of the award will receive a course in how to develop strong storytelling techniques using digital media and they will be matched with a National Geographic editor for mentoring during their Fulbright experience. The options that students can choose from for the 2016-2017 application cycle can be found at this website: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/about/types-of-grants/fulbright-national-geographic-digital-storytelling-fellowship.