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Fulbright Student Program

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Center for International Programs
West Chester University
320 Mitchell Hall
675 S. Church Street
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-3515
Fax: 610-436-3426


Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm


International Student Advising:
Make an appointment.
Limited availability for walk-ins.


Study Abroad Advising:
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Limited availability for walk-ins.

What is the U.S. Fulbright Student Program?

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.

The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding. Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the specific country summary for details.

Get started with the Fulbright Student Program

There are two main types of Fulbright Student Scholarships

  1. Individually-Designed Study/Research Projects
    • For recent graduates with education or experience that prepares them to conduct a vital, relevant, significant project in the host country
    • Successful applications include:
      • Innovative, significant research goals and methodologies
      • Clear indications of where, when, how and with whom the work will be conducted;
      • A solid, feasible plan for project completion;
      • Relevance to the Fulbright mission of cultural exchange; and
      • Strong statements of personal qualifications to do the proposed work
  2. English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant programs place grantees in schools overseas to supplement local English language instruction and to provide a native speaker presence in the classrooms. [Source]

Eligibility

  • Recent grads (must have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree) placed in primary, secondary schools or universities
  • Language proficiency in host country usually required

Application

  • Includes biographical data, statement of grant purpose, personal statement, foreign language forms (if required by host country); references, and transcripts.
  • Grant purpose should address “what you will bring to the classroom” and a “clear commitment to engaging the host country community”
  • Personal statement should address the “trajectory you have followed” (that will enable you to succeed in serving as an English Teaching Assistant) and “plans you have for the future.”
  • References should “speak to your ability to teach English in a classroom abroad.”
  • More Information on English Teaching Assistant Program

How to Apply?

  • Examine the various Fulbright Competition opportunities for the upcoming year (opens May 1 of each year)
  • Identify a host country and the type of project/program for which you would like to apply
  • Contact the WCU Center for International Programs to connect you with the Fulbright Program Advisor (FPA): Dr. Chuck Shorten, 209 Sturzebecker, 610-436-2360
  • Spend the summer developing your ideas for research or teaching
    • Reach out to your professional contacts – teachers, advisors and mentors to develop your grant plan
    • Solidify any relationships you may have with educators or professionals abroad, in your target host country
    • Develop a grant statement that shows how you are uniquely qualified to do the work that you are proposing to do

Application Timeline

  • May 1 – Fulbright Competition opens
  • Late Spring/Early Summer – notify the FPA of your intent to apply; arrange a one-on-one meeting
  • Summer – develop your application and enter all parts into the online “Embark” application system
  • September 15: WCU Deadline for all application materials to be submitted online
    • September 15 – October 14:
    • WCU FPA convenes a committee to review student Fulbright applications
    • Applicant appear before committee for an interview
    • Committee writes a recommendation
    • FPA submits committee recommendation to the Fulbright Embark system before final Oct. 14 deadline.
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