The US Congress created the Fulbright Program to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. The Fulbright “student” program sends recent alums and graduate students to over a hundred nations around the world for nine-month English teaching assistantships or study/research grants which allow students to devise and pursue interests of their own.
Increasingly, Fulbright is sponsoring a third category–a year (and sometimes more) of graduate education in certain countries around the world. These applications usually require two applications–one to Fulbright, and one to the designated graduate school. By all means, consult us on these.
For the latest information from the Fulbright Student Program, we encourage those who are interested to attend one or more webinars, offered by the national Fulbright folks over the spring months. There, you will be able to ask questions about the type of programs available and your eligibility for them. We also encourage you to view the powerpoint posted on this page entitled “What’s New in Fulbright”. This allows you to see which opportunities the program is especially pushing, which is good to know as you make your plans.
A note about COVID-19: We understand that it may be hard to imagine living overseas, given the global pandemic at the moment. We remind you, though, that applications due in the Fall of 2020 would send successful applicants to the field in the Fall of 2021, over a year away. By then, we’ll hope to have vaccines and medicines– and an increasing awareness of our interdependence. (It’s even possible that the number of applicants may decline a bit – making this an especially good year to apply!) If you’re considering an application, we encourage you to let us know. Lewis & Clark’s FPA (Fulbright Program Assistant, Jane Hunter (firstname.lastname@example.org) would be glad to talk via Zoom.
Campus Contact and Application Process
Meet your Lewis & Clark Fulbright Program Assistants!
Jane Hunter, Professor Emerita of History. Jane joined the Lewis & Clark community in 1990 and has taught 19th and 20th Century U.S. social and cultural history. A two-time Fulbright scholar in China herself, she was the 2020 Throckmorton Lecture Speaker at Lewis & Clark with her topic: Missionary Daughter to Daughter of the Revolution. She has been the Fulbright Program Assistant since 2017 and enjoys helping students develop their interests into compelling projects in international exchange.
Erica Schroeder, graduate student, is completing a Masters degree in Student Affairs Administration at Lewis & Clark. She is interested in government relations with institutions of higher education, as well as, supporting transfer students in their transitions, as she was one herself. She also works as the Graduate Assistant in Overseas and Off-Campus Programs. She began her Fulbright Coordinator position in 2020.
LEWIS & CLARK COLLEGE Fulbright Deadline: September 21, 2020, 4:00 p.m.; the final national Fulbright Deadline is October 13, 2020, 2:00 p.m. local time.
Your Fulbright application and all supporting documents, including letters of affiliation and transcripts, must be submitted electronically. Please read the entire instruction sheet.
To be completed by August 1, 2020:
Send Lewis & Clark Fulbright Coordinators Jane Hunter and Erica Schroeder an email to let them know you intend to submit a Fulbright application through Lewis & Clark College.
You will also need to send the Fulbright Coordinators the names and contact information for the three referees you have asked to write for you. (We do not expect the references to be complete by then.) You’ll need to also enter their contact information on your application so that your referees know what their assignment is. If you haven’t asked recommenders by August 1, please do so immediately to allow them plenty of time before school starts. If you have questions about who to ask, we’d be glad to consult.
To be completed by the LC campus deadline: Monday, September 21, 2020:
1. Emailed to Fulbright Coordinator, Erica Schroeder (email@example.com):
- Two essays (see below)
- Short answers on application
- Three completed letters of recommendation (to be submitted directly to us by your references)
- Uploaded to Fulbright Application Portal
- Unofficial Transcript
- Letter of Affiliation (if required)
- Language Evaluation (if required)
- Names and contact information for references
Upon receipt of these items, the Fulbright Coordinator will send you a schedule of availability to fill out in order to schedule a meeting with the campus committee in September.
PLEASE NOTE: You will not complete your online application itself until after your meeting with the LC Fulbright Campus Committee where feedback will be provided.
•Online Application is here.
You will be asked to provide the following institutional information: Institution: Lewis & Clark College, 20-21 FPA: Jane Hunter, firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Reference Letters: You will ask your recommenders to write a letter of recommendation for you. Provide them with as much detail as you can so they are able to write a compelling recommendation. Submit the names of your three recommenders to Jane Hunter (email@example.com) by August 1, 2020. She will reach out to them thereafter. Register your recommenders on your Fulbright application. (We will ask your referees to submit their letters to us first by the LC deadline on 9/21/20) Once reviewed, recommenders will be asked to submit their letters on the Fulbright application portal.
• Transcript(s): Unofficial transcripts from every college/university you have attended must be submitted online on the application site. You may open any official transcript(s) to scan and upload to the “Transcript” page. This should be completed by the LC deadline.
• Overseas affiliation (if required): Establish contact(s) in your host country and obtain a letter from that contact for inclusion in your Fulbright application. The letter must be uploaded online to Fulbright application by the LC deadline. [For more information about the affiliation: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/applicants/application-components]
• Foreign Language Evaluation (if required): Must be completed by a professional language teacher, and submitted online through the Fulbright application. Register the evaluator online. This should be completed by the LC deadline.
• Campus Interviews: Once you have submitted your materials via email to Erica Schroeder by the LC deadline (9/21/20), you will be asked to give availability for a campus interview. Interviews take place in late September/early October. You will be interviewed by a small faculty committee from a broad range of academic disciplines. The resulting evaluation of your application will be sent to Fulbright by our office. The committee will also provide you with feedback for revising your essays. After the interview, you will have approximately one week to make final changes to your application before submitting revisions to your designated faculty reader & the LC Fulbright Program Advisor. Your faculty reader should approve the final essays before you post them on your Fulbright application to complete your application in time for the final submission deadline of October 13, 2020, 2:00 p.m. PST. (You will be responsible for coordinating with your reader so that you can meet this deadline, which may in some cases mean forgoing the final reader approval.)
The College evaluation of your application will be sent to Fulbright separately by our office.
• Applying from a Distance: Fulbright requires enrolled students to submit applications to the campus Fulbright Program Advisor by the campus deadline. If you are unable to be present in person for an interview during this period, you may still submit an application. Zoom interviews and feedback will be provided.
• Alumni Applications: Fulbright expects enrolled students to submit applications via the campus Fulbright Program Advisor and campus deadline. Lewis & Clark graduates who are no longer enrolled during Fall 2020 may participate in the campus review process (submit application to Lewis & Clark by campus deadline), thus benefiting from the feedback, revision, and evaluation process. Graduates may also choose to apply at-large (submit application directly to Fulbright by their deadline), but will forego the aforementioned benefits.
Campus deadline: September 21, 2020; National deadline: October 13, 2020. See info above for this year’s deadlines and campus application process.
Seniors and recent graduates are invited to apply. In some countries, applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study. Applicants for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program.
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