We’re just about to begin a new semester at Bethel University. For some of you that means you’ll have your bachelor’s degree in a matter of mere months, and you’re already wondering how life after Bethel will look. If you have done well academically, and have a passion for overseas service, you might consider applying for a Fulbright Grant.
The Fulbright Grant comes in two forms. Students applying for the “Study/Research” grant “design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education.” The “English Teaching Assistantship” grant “places a Fulbrighter in a classroom abroad to provide assistance to teachers of English to non-native English-speakers. English Teaching Assistants help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for U.S. culture.” The Fulbright Program operates in over 140 different countries worldwide.
The application process is rigorous. Students will need to draft a statement of grant purpose, a personal statement, solicit three reference letters, and (where appropriate) complete a foreign language evaluation form. Students applying for the “Study/Research” grant will also need an affiliation letter from someone in the host country who has agreed to serve as their adviser. Bethel University, however, has a Fulbright Program Adviser–Dr. Kooistra–who will help you walk through the process.
The deadline for grants that would begin in Fall 2014 is October 15, 2013. Students wishing to apply, however, should have their materials completed no later than September 29, 2013 given that they will also have to go through a campus interview before they can submit their application.