Illinois Fulbright Week 2016

Learn how Fulbright, the United States' premier academic exchange, funds overseas study, research, or teaching for U.S. citizen students and alumni.

Hear from Fulbright alumni about their experiences on the grant.

Begin to craft excellent proposals with our helpful writing workshops.

Network with other aspiring Fulbrighters and international Fulbright students at Illinois.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, April 14

Fulbright Information Session – 3:30-5:30 pm, 180 Bevier Hall

Sponsor: National and International Scholarships Program, including speakers from the Graduate College Office of External Fellowships and recent Fulbright grantees

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 1,900 full scholarships annually to students for studies, research, or English teaching in any of 140 countries worldwide. The National and International Scholarships Program will provide a comprehensive overview of the grant and include advice from recent Illinois Fulbright recipients. There will be lots of time to get your questions answered and enjoy free pizza. The session is targeted to juniors, seniors, and graduate students who wish to explore Fulbright opportunities and ready materials for the Fulbright Priority Deadline of July 1, 2016 for grants beginning in fall 2017.

 

Friday, April 15

Panel: Fulbright and Your Future Career – 3:00-4:00pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore

Sponsors: National and International Scholarships Program, The Career Center

How can I plan a Fulbright grant experience that positions me well for my career goals?  Will a Fulbright grant help me to find later work abroad?  How will the skills and knowledge I gain be valuable to future employers?  Get answers to these questions and more during this panel discussion!  The panel will feature:

  • Daniel Almanza, Assistant Director of Student Outreach at the Career Center
  • Elizabeth Philipp, Scoville Peace Fellow at the Arms Control Association (Fulbright English Teaching Assistant alumna, South Korea)
  • Rosalie Ierardi, Veterinary Medicine student at UIUC  (Fulbright research alumna, Nepal)
  • Richelle Bernazzoli, National and International Scholarships Program (Fulbright research alumna, Croatia)

Fulbright Mixer – 4:00-5:00pm, 5th floor lobby, Illini Union Bookstore

Sponsors: National and International Scholarships Program, International Student and Scholar Services

Are you considering applying for a Fulbright grant and eager to meet other aspiring Fulbrighters?  Interested in meeting international Fulbrighters currently studying at Illinois?  Join us for this social event immediately following our “Fulbright and Your Future Career” panel.  Enjoy some refreshments as you mingle with other Illinois students who are hoping to study, research, or teach English abroad in 2017-2018, as well as some of the newly-selected 2016-2017 Fulbright grantees.  Get to know some of the wonderful Fulbrighters here from other countries.  The National and International Scholarships advisors will be on hand to answer any Fulbright-related questions.  Don’t miss this exciting networking event!

 

Monday, April 18

Fulbright Informational Webinar for Illinois Alumni and Students Abroad – 12:00-1:00pm CST

Sponsor: National and International Scholarships Program

If you are not currently on campus to take advantage of our Fulbright Information Session, join us remotely for this webinar!  The same detailed overview will be provided for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, including: eligibility, grant types, and application advice.  There will also be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Register for the webinar here: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/9022354

Fulbright Personal Statement Workshop – 3:00-4:30pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore

Sponsors: National and International Scholarships Program and the Writers Workshop

The two main sections of a Fulbright application consist of 1) an essay describing your Fulbright project and how you will spend your year—Statement of Grant Purpose, and 2) an essay describing why you should be the one to do this project—Personal Statement.

We will dissect the key components Fulbright reviewers are seeking to glean from the personal statement, review and discuss past winning Fulbright personal statements, and assist you in beginning to sketch and portray your own story.

You need not know your desired destination or specific Fulbright project to benefit from this workshop. The session is targeted to juniors, seniors, and beginning graduate students who wish to apply for any type of Fulbright grant and ready materials for the Fulbright Priority Deadline of July 1, 2016 for grants beginning in fall 2017.

 

Tuesday, April 19

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Application Workshop – 3:30-4:30pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore

Sponsor: National and International Scholarships Program

Every year, Illinois students from multiple colleges receive Fulbright grants to serve as English Teaching Assistants (ETA) in many different countries. Join us for a workshop that looks in depth at some commonalities to putting together a winning ETA application to help you best portray the characteristics Fulbright is seeking. We also plan to have some recent Fulbright grantees on hand to share their application methods. Our goal is for you to leave the session with an outline and even a few sentences to start your statement of purpose essay for the Fulbright ETA application.

You need not know your desired destination to benefit from this workshop. The session is targeted to undergraduates, recent alumni, and beginning graduate students interested in pursuing a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in 2017-18.

 

Wednesday, April 20

Fulbright Informational Webinar for Illinois Alumni and Students Abroad – 8:00-9:00am CST

Sponsor: National and International Scholarships Program

If you are not currently on campus to take advantage of our Fulbright Information Session, join us remotely for this webinar!  The same detailed overview will be provided for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, including: eligibility, grant types, and application advice.  There will also be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Register for the webinar here: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/9022354

Workshop: Designing a Fulbright Research Proposal

Undergraduates and recent alumni  3:00-4:30pm, 161 Noyes -- Registration for undergraduate students and recent alumni: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/3758429

Graduate students  3:00-4:30pm, 308 Coble Hall -- Registration for graduate students: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/2746856

Sponsors: National and International Scholarships Program and the Graduate College Office of External Fellowships

Are you planning to apply for the Fulbright grant for research but don’t know where to start? Do you have a cool question you’d like to explore in a foreign country, but need the tools to design a viable research project? Join us for a crash course in research design and methods especially for Fulbright applicants!  We will explain what a Fulbright selection committee will be looking for in your proposal, and then help you start laying the foundation of a solid research design. 

Topics will include: 

  • Tackling a literature review
  • Posing a research question that you can answer with international fieldwork, lab work, or archival work
  • Determining the appropriate data and methods for your research question
  • Obtaining Institutional Review Board Approval

This workshop is intended to be a pressure-free, informal way to acquaint Fulbright applicants with the basics of formulating a strong research plan and laying it out clearly in a Fulbright Statement of Grant Purpose. One session is targeted to undergraduates and recent alumni, and the other for graduate students interested in pursuing research under a Fulbright grant in 2017-18.