Students & Alumni: Considering a Fulbright
Instructions for UH Students and Alumni Prospective Fulbrighters:
Thank you for your interest in the Fulbright U.S. Students Program. Graduating seniors, post-baccalaureate, current graduate students, and alumni who are U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. The competition for the 2016 - 2017 Fulbright program will open in May 2015. The Fulbright is highly competitive and the application process is extensive. It requires an extremely high level of dedication to write and revise essays, prepare detailed application materials, and participate in the campus review process. UH has a reputation of producing well qualified applicants but candidates compete at the national level for the same fellowships. If you are serious about applying for the Fulbright for 2016-2017, follow steps 1-4 below as soon as possible to ensure you are able to submit a competitive application in the fall.
STEP 1: View Fulbright Tutorial Videos. From there, look through the website to familiarize yourself with the fellowship and its expectations.
STEP 2: Visit the Fulbright US Students National Website to confirm your eligibility. Carefully read the country summaries for those countries you are considering and the specifics requirements on the types of program: academic, arts and performance, ETA, etc. (Selection of a program and country should be done independently and prior to the advising session.)
STEP 3: Review the past competition statistics for your countries of interest to help you narrow your country choices to 2-3. If you are flexible about your host country, then it would be to your advantage to select a country that is historically less competitive. Remember, the Fulbright applications are reviewed on both a country basis and specific program basis. For example, if you apply to the ETA in Argentina then you will only compete with the other applicants who also applied for ETA in Argentina.
STEP 4: Once you have narrowed your program type and country choices, email the UH Fulbright Progam Advisor, Karen Weber, to schedule a one-on-one advising meeting. Attach your resume, preliminary draft of your personal statement, indicate your program type and country preference. Also indicate your preferred meeting format (phone, skype, or in person). At the meeting, the advisor will help you to determing whether the Fulbright is a good fit for you and discuss possible Fulbright alternatives. If you decide to proceed with the Fulbright application process, the advisor will help you establish a personalized timeline and your next steps to be ready for the campus review committee in September.