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Call for 2014-2015 NSPE applicants for Fulbright Research Grants and English Teaching Assistantships

Fulbright Research Grants and English Teaching Assistantships

For the 2014-2015 Academic Year

How would you like to spend the 2014-2015 academic year in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean,

Europe, or Latin America on a Fulbright Research Grant or a Fulbright English Teaching

Assistantship? If you are a grad student, or an undergrad whose degree will be conferred by

May 2014, now is the time to get started. Both types of grants include transportation to and from

the host country, a stipend for room, board and expenses, health insurance and, in some cases,

language instruction.

The Student Fulbright Grant process at The New School Covers Two Categories

Fulbright Research Grants are available for projects in the sciences, social sciences,

humanities, creative writing, and in the arts, including creative writing and filmmaking.

Research grant opportunities are available in more than 100 countries.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs) offer the opportunity to help teach

English to non-native English speakers while serving as cultural ambassadors for U.S. culture.

Assignments, are determined by the host country, may be at any level from K-12 to university,

depending on the country. In addition to teaching, ETAs are expected to carry out some sort

of civic engagement outside the classroom. Proficiency in the local language is not always


Components of the Application

Statement of Grant Purpose: A two-page document that clearly outlines your proposed project.

Readers should be able to tell what your project is, whether it is feasible both in terms of the

project itself and your qualifications, how you intend to carry it out. You must clearly relate your

project to the host country’s needs and interests. ETA applicants must include plans for civic

engagement outside the classroom.

Personal Statement: A one-page narrative that can tell about your personal history, intellectual,

educational, development and they relate to your Fulbright proposal. It should augment, but not

reiterate your Statement of Grant Purpose.

The Supplementary Materials Record Form 11: Creative and Performing Arts applicants

must submit a portfolio and itemize its contents on Supplementary Materials Form 11 on the

online application form.

Letter of Affiliation: A letter from a university, research institute, government ministry, or

other organization, depending on the requirements of the host country. Note: ETAs are assigned

by the host country and do not need letters of affiliation.

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval: Applicants who propose research that involves

interaction with or observation of people, especially vulnerable populations (e.g., minors,

pregnant women, mentally impaired individuals, displaced populations), must have their projects

vetted by The New School’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Language Evaluation Forms: Both Language Self Evaluation and Foreign Language

Evaluation Forms are mandatory for programs where language skills are required. For programs

where languages skills are recommended, but not required, it is advantageous to submit both

foreign language forms. Language forms do not need to be submitted for programs where

English is a national language unless a foreign language is necessary to carry out a project.

Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) Statement: CLEAs give some Fulbright

grantees three to six months of intensive language study as enhancement to their Fulbright

grants. Eligible languages and countries are subject to change based on State Department

priorities. Currently eligible languages are all Arabic dialects, Bahasa Indonesia, Bangla/

Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Mandarin Chinese, Marathi, Punjabi, Russian, and Urdu. Currently

eligible countries are China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, and Russia. Students

applying for CLEAs must submit a brief statement of past language preparation and an

explanation of how additional language training will impact their Fulbright experience and future

career plans.

References: Three references from individuals who can speak to your intellectual, educational

and professional qualifications to carry out the proposed project and your suitability as a

representative of the U.S.

Transcripts: Must be submitted for all institutions from which you received degrees and/or

received credit for coursework.


Fulbright Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year must be completed and uploaded on the

Fulbright site by mid-October, 2013. The application completion deadline for NSPE Fulbright

applicants is Friday, October 4, 2013. It takes time to gather transcripts, arrange affiliations and

recommendations, and to draft and re-draft proposals, so the time to begin the process is now.

April-May 2013

Decide where you would like to go and whether you are interested in a research grant or an ETA.

If your aim is research, you need to have an idea for a project in mind, some idea about how you

will carry it out, and some idea of your local affiliation. If your aim is an ETA, you need to have

an idea of your civic engagement project outside the classroom.

May 2013 – September 2013

Begin (but do not finalize) online application.

June 2013

Begin first drafts of Grant Purpose and Personal Statements.

Begin affiliation arrangements.

Request transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.

July 2013

Submit drafts of Statements for critique/suggestions.

Continue working on affiliation arrangements.

August 2013

Identify potential references, ask if they will read draft statements and write letters.

Early September 2013

Final drafts to Fulbright Campus Committee

September 2013

Fulbright Campus Committee meetings

Early to mid-October 2013

Incorporate final changes resulting from Campus Committee meeting and Finalize online


GET STARTED NOW. To make an appointment for an initial discussion, email