Students & Alumni: Applicant Timeline

Applicant Timeline for the 2014-2015 Fulbright:

January – April 2013:

  • Attend Dr. Tran’s Fulbright Info Session or view Webinar archive.
  • Research countries of interest. Pay close attention to country statistics for competitiveness and applicant requirements. Remember, if a skill or qualification is listed as “encouraged” or “recommended” then you should have it to be competitive.
  • For research and study grants, locate potential affiliations and/or master’s programs
  • Schedule initial advising session with Dr. Tran.  Bring any materials that you have started on; including research proposals, personal essays, resume, etc. and fill the UH Fulbright Advising Request form.

May – July 2013:

  • After meeting with Dr. Tran, create Embark account at the US Fulbright webpage.
  • Draft your Personal Statement and Statement of Grant Purpose using the checklists provided by Dr. Tran.  Your essays will undergo several rounds of revisions, so begin early and communicate with Dr. Tran regularly.  Keep in mind the mission of the Fulbright program when drafting essay and projects: “To increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and people of other countries through exchange.”
  • For study/research applicants, meet with your UH faculty advisor to discuss your research abroad thesis.  Confirm affiliations for research or begin application process for foreign master’s program. 
  • For creative/performing arts applicants, meet with your UH faculty advisor to discuss potential professional mentors abroad and/or venues and institutions for performance.   Prepare supplementary materials such as writing samples, image DVDs, or performance CDs.  
  • For ETA applicants, gain teaching experience, participate in cross-cultural training, review and study the language of host country and develop community outreach proposal.
  • Become familiar with the culture of the host country.  For example, subscribe to online news feeds, attend community center events, keep abreast of current trends in economics, politics, youth, etc.
  • Request official transcripts for all institutions you have attended. Scan and upload transcripts via Embark.

August 2013:

  • Prepare final draft of Statement of Grant Purpose and Personal Essay. Dr. Tran will refer you to a Fulbright Writing Consultant to polish drafts.
  • Complete online application components and preview.

September 2013:

  • Perform any final touches and submit application and materials through Embark by Monday,  September 23rd
  • Confirm Campus Interview during October with Fulbright Campus Committee.

October 2013:

  • If residing in the Houston area, you will interview with UH Fulbright campus committee at the UH campus. If outside of the region, your interview will be conducted via Skype.
  • This is the only interview in the application process. The Committee will complete a Campus Evaluation Form and assign a rating for your application.  Regardless of rating, all applications will be submitted to Fulbright U.S. Student Programs.
  • The Campus committee will also provide feedback to improve your application. Your application will be “un-submitted” by Dr. Tran and you will be able to make any corrections necessary through Embark.
  • Re-submit your application through Embark by the national deadline of October 15th.

December 2013 - January 2014:

  • The National Screening Committees meet in December-January to review applications for particular countries and programs.
  • By January 31, students whose applications have been recommended to the in-country committee (Host Country’s Fulbright Commission) will be notified by Fulbright U.S. Student Programs.
  • Submit hard copy official transcripts per instructions in Recommendation notification email. 

March – May 2014

  • Final selection of Fulbright awardees announced on a rolling basis by host countries.
  • Meet with UH Fulbright and UH Media Relations for interviews for website and Media News Release.
  • Complete Pre-Departure tasks per instructions in Award Notification email.