The Fulbright Grant
The Fulbright grant is a competitive award that students apply for their senior year or after they graduate. The grant offers a chance of a lifetime to spend a year studying, researching, or teaching abroad while building cultural bridges between the US and your host country. There are two main awards: the Study/Research award, which funds graduate study or research in the host country, and the English Teaching Assistant (ETA) award, where grantees work as an English teaching assistant. Here are some helpful videos on the awards from the Fulbright site. The first video provides a general overview of Fulbright the grants, the second discusses the Study/Research award, and the fourth considers the English Teaching Assistant award.
The Fulbright is open to graduating seniors, graduate students, and alumni. However, it is never too early to consider the Fulbright. The earlier you learn about the award, the better you will be able to develop a strong candidacy when you do apply, so please reach out to Dr. Andy Hogue and Dr. Daniel Benyousky, Baylor’s Fulbright Program Advisors, as soon as you have interest in the award. They will be happy to answer your questions and guide you through the application process. Undergraduate students apply for the Fulbright in the fall of their senior year, though the Baylor process begins in March of their junior year.
Central to both awards is the pursuit of cultural exchange, where grantees share their experiences of US culture and are receptive to their host country’s culture. Funded by the Department of State, the Fulbright awards offer a kind of soft diplomacy, building cultural bridges between the US and countries around the world. Award winners are inquisitive, adaptable, and flexible. Academic excellence is a component of the Fulbright, but there is no GPA minimum.
Baylor students have had great success winning Fulbright awards over the years. The Fulbright has launched them toward all manner of future ambitions—whether in medicine, law, public service, or a wide variety of other fields. This year, we had a record 64 applicants, and currently have 23 finalists, also a record. Here is a short video from several previous Baylor Fulbright winners telling you why you should consider applying.
And here is a video from Baylor Fulbright grantees talking about their experience on the award.
The Baylor Process and Upcoming Deadlines
Connect with Dr. Hogue or Dr. Benyousky about your interest in the Fulbright. Though we begin working with applicants in the spring, if you do not hear about the Fulbright until later, please do not hesitate to email us. We will gladly work with you to get up to speed. The Fulbright application opens on March 31, so after you contact Dr. Hogue or Dr. Benyousky, be sure to open an application in the Fulbright portal as soon as you decide to apply.
May 12th: Essay freewriting document and application details form due. You can find the essay freewriting document on our Canvas page under both the ETA and S/R documents folders. We have invited you to join a Box folder under your name and you will upload your freewriting document to this folder. And you can find the application details form here. On this form, you will list your name, final decision about the award and country you are applying for, who you plan to ask for your three recommendations and which of your recommenders will be your faculty mentor (see the ETA or S/R application process video about this), and who you might ask for a letter of affiliation if you are applying for a S/R award.
Fulbright Office Hours
Drop by our Zoom office hours anytime you have questions. This is a great way to ask us any questions you have and there is no need to make an appointment.
Every Thursday from 1 pm-2 pm CT until July 31st: Fulbright office hours with Dr. Benyousky (Zoom link to join)
Every Wednesday until July 31st: Fulbright office hours with Dr. Hogue from 1-2 pm CT (Zoom link to join)
Past Information Sessions and Workshops
March 4th: Fulbright Group Presentation Session (Here is a recording of the presentation by Fulbright staff, and here is the Baylor breakout group—the recording starts a minute or two after the breakout session started)
March 12th: Graduate student Study/Research award information session (Here is a recording of the info session)
March 16th: Undergraduate and graduate student English Teaching Assistant award information session (Here is a recording of the info session)
March 22nd: Undergraduate student Study/Research award information session (Here is a recording of the info session)
April 8th: How to strengthen your candidacy between now and the deadline (Here is a recording of the info session)
April 20th: English Teaching Assistant Baylor Fulbright application process meeting (Here is a recording of the info session)
April 21st: Study/Research Baylor Fulbright application process meeting (Here is a recording of the info session)
May 7th at 1 pm CT: ETA essay info session (Here is a recording of the info session)
May 10th at 1 pm CT: Study/Research essay info session (Here is the recording of the info session)