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Building a Strong Application

Taking time to understand the philosophy of Fulbright awards and reviewing information and taking advantage of the resources available to you well in advance of the deadline helps to ensure you have time to craft a competitive application.

1. Learn about the history of the Fulbright program

History of the Fulbright US Student Program

2. Review what the U.S. Student program is all about:

Information about the US Student Program

Launch of this year's award program and general Q&A (powerpoints)

3. Consider where you want to go and what you want to do


Types of Grants

4. Review the DePauw timeline for completing an application, attend workshops and reach out to a Fulbright adviser

DePauw timeline and workshops

DePauw Fulbright advisers:
     Kate Knaul - 
     Jason Fuller -

5. Begin an application

Start a Fulbright application through the Embark application system

Guidance on starting the application

Get to know your country - a worksheet

6. Writing the application

Writing a Personal Statement

Advice from National Screening Committee readers on making a strong application

Writing Personal Statements and Scholarship Application Essays: A Student Handbook (Joe Schall) **includes helpful sample essays**

7. Ask for references early

DePauw Guidelines for Requesting Recommendation Letters (found within Student Handbook)

Asking for Recommendations

Instructions for Reference Writers for Study/Research Grants

Instructions for Reference Writers for English Teaching Grants (includes a link to a sample reference form)

8. Prepare for your interview

Review interview resources

Interview Tips for UK Fulbright Finalists

Mock interview (thanks, Macy!) audio file (mp3)

9. Additional advice

Tips from Seth Elder '08, Recipient of a Fulbright Grant to Macedonia