Are you a Fulbrighter?

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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.

Interested students should first examine the Fulbright’s website, and then contact Dr. Kooistra.

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One thought on “Are you a Fulbrighter?”

  1. Thanks, AnneMarie! I’d love to see one of our majors receive either grant!

    Students and alumni: If you’re interested in the English teaching option, take a look at the program placement chart to get a sense for how many grants will be available in each region and country — and to learn whether you need to have any knowledge of that country’s primary language: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/eta-program-charts.

    Some of the countries without a language requirement and having lots of open positions for 2014-2015 include… Malaysia (100), Turkey (80), South Korea (80), Taiwan (47), Indonesia (35), Thailand (20), and Poland (15). If you’re proficient in Spanish, your options expand to include Spain (51), Colombia (30), Mexico (19), and Argentina (15), among others.

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