Fulbright Student Opportunities
"Fostering leadership, learning and empathy between cultures was and remains the purpose of the international scholarship program." – Senator J. William Fulbright
Three Gallaudet students applied for the Fulbright last October (2009) and all three were accepted! Congratulations to the Fulbright award winners, Christina Healy, Page Roberts and Sigridur Johannsdottir .
Gallaudet Fulbright applicants should bear in mind that all those reviewing your application may be people who may know little about sign languages and the deaf community. Applicants should make very clear that BSL, for example, is not English, Irish Sign Language is not English, etc. Be sure and describe the deaf community in the country to which you are applying.
[To learn more about the Fulbright program, history, importance, etc., please visit the Fulbright Program's website at www.fulbright.state.gov.]
The U.S. Student Fulbright Program is designed to give masters and doctoral candidates and recent B.S./B.A. graduates or graduating seniors opportunities for personal development, academic enrichment and international experience. You must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible and hold a B.A. degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant.
Fulbright grants for study or research abroad are awarded on a nationally competitive basis to U.S. citizens who are graduate students or will have earned the bachelor’s degree prior to September of the year for which the grant is being awarded. Over 150 countries worldwide participate in the Fulbright Program with Teaching Assistantships now available in over 25 countries. The Fulbright grants generally provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident coverage, and full or partial tuition. Though the competition is keen for a limited number of openings, this is a very attractive opportunity for students with a serious interest in advanced study or research overseas.
Fulbright is not limited to any particular country. We have had students apply to Israel, China, Jamaica, France, etc. There are on-going prestigious Fulbright Grants in Deafness for Italy or Ireland available for graduate students to live and work during the Fall or Spring semester:
Yearly Events at Gallaudet:
- Spring information session
- Screening by Gallaudet Committee of all applicants [held at the beginning of October]
Highly competitive, although statistically more difficult in some countries/regions due to popularity. See the U.S. Fulbright website for details. Applicants are expected to already have adequate formal training for their proposed study or research. In part, applicants are selected on the basis of academic and/or professional record, language preparation, feasibility of the proposed project, and personal qualifications. Other factors that may pertain to an individual’s application are detailed on the Fulbright website.
- If you are thinking of applying for a Fulbright scholarship, the deadline for submission will be mid-October and a screening by the Gallaudet Fulbright committee is required in early October. The Gallaudet Fulbright committee needs a hard copy of your materials at the time of the screening. Now is the time to start planning your application, making contact in the country you are applying to, requesting your letters of recommendation. Information is available at www.iie.org/fulbright and in
the Fulbright section of the Gallaudet home page. You can also contact the Gallaudet Fulbright
Coordinator, Dr. Charles Reilly, email@example.com
- Interested candidates develop an independent program proposal and secure an in-country affiliation.
- Interested candidates apply to a specific country for a specific proposal. You may only apply to one country only. Note that language requirements vary by country.
- To get an application and to get started with the process (you will need to set up an account), go to http://www.fulbright.state.gov . If you need help with the Fulbright application, contact Mr. Walter Jackson at the 212-984-5327 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Submit a hard copy of your Fulbright application to Dr. Charles Reilly. Include your transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a letter from the contact person in the country stating that he/she approves of your project and will sponsor you.
- All interested candidates must notify Dr. Charles Reilly that you are applying.
- Interested candidates will be screened, in October, at Gallaudet by a faculty committee.
- The faculty committee will then make its recommendations to IIE and forward application materials to New York for Fulbright Review.
- Fulbright awardees will be notified in late spring.
[If you are interested in the Siena Program, click here for more information http://www.siennaschool.com)
Gallaudet Campus Contacts:
- Dr. Charles Reilly, Gallaudet Research Institute.