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,
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
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.
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.
Begin first drafts of Grant Purpose and Personal Statements.
Begin affiliation arrangements.
Request transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.
Submit drafts of Statements for critique/suggestions.
Continue working on affiliation arrangements.
Identify potential references, ask if they will read draft statements and write letters.
Early September 2013
Final drafts to Fulbright Campus Committee
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