Fulbright Student Opportunities
"Fostering leadership, learning and empathy between cultures was and remains the purpose of the international scholarship program." – Senator J. William Fulbright
Gallaudet Fulbright applicants should bear in mind that the individuals who review your application may know little about sign language 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 to 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.]
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 available in more than 25 countries. These 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. Gallaudet has had students apply to Israel, China, Jamaica, France, and other countries. There are ongoing Fulbright Grants in Deafness for Italy or Ireland that are available for graduate students to live and work during the fall or spring semesters:
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 accomplishment, language preparation, feasibility of the proposed project, and personal qualifications. Other factors that may pertain to an individual’s acceptance are detailed on the Fulbright website.
- If you are thinking of applying for a Fulbright scholarship, the deadline for submission is 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 with the country you are applying to and 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, firstname.lastname@example.org .
- All interested candidates must notify Dr. Charles Reilly email@example.com that they are applying.
- 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. Note that language requirements vary by country.
- To get started with the Fulbright application process (you will need to set up an account), go to http://www.fulbright.state.gov . If you need help with the application, contact Mr. Walter Jackson at the 212-984-5327 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Submit a hard copy of your application to Dr. 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.
- Interested candidates will be screened in October by a faculty committee at Gallaudet.
- The faculty committee will then make its recommendations to Fulbright's Institute of International Education and forward application materials to 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, Research Support and International Affairs.