Fulbright Grant Information Guide

Researching your Options

Where and what to study and/or research overseas?

Applicants for the Fulbright must determine where and what to study and/or research overseas.  Applicants who have familiarized themselves with the educational opportunities in the country of interest will be in a position to prepare stronger applications.  Talk to Temple faculty and the Education Abroad staff about your study, research, and country interests.  Since choosing the appropriate course of study/research and the country of interest will greatly affect the competitiveness of your application, it is important to survey all viable opportunities available in the country of interest before making major decisions.  For instance, students that are interested in studying in the U.K. should investigate other universities in addition to those as well known as Oxford or Cambridge.

Explore overseas educational opportunities

It is important for applicants interested in overseas study and/or research to familiarize themselves with the educational resources (universities, research institutes, faculty, archives, etc.) available in the country of interest.  This familiarity with the "ins and outs" of studying in a foreign educational system will, no doubt, help you with essays and the campus interview. If your proposal also includes studying or conducting research at a particular overseas university or institute, it is your responsibility to gain admission or access to that institution.  As such, Fulbright applicants should try to obtain detailed knowledge of programs, courses, or other educational opportunities (particularly faculty members) available at their chosen institution.

Develop and utilize faculty contacts

It is important, throughout all levels of the application process, to use faculty members as a source for advising and support. What faculty resources are available?

1) Temple Faculty

 Work closely with a Temple faculty member to polish your project idea as well as to develop a network of faculty contacts. If you have not already identified a Temple faculty member that may have interests similar to yours, contact faculty in your department and/or Education Abroad for advice. When contacting a Temple faculty member, introduce yourself, briefly explain your project idea, and ask them whether or no they would be willing to give you some advice.  During the meeting, give the faculty member a copy of your proposal.  Some of the questions that you may want to ask are the following:

  • Based on their experiences, how would they evaluate the academic content of the proposal?
  • Is the project feasible for someone at your level to complete in 9 months?
  • Do they have any suggestions on how you might improve your proposal or prepare for such a project?
  • Does s/he have any suggestions on which overseas institutions or faculty contacts might be suitable for conducting such study or research on which Temple faculty might also be helpful?

 

2) Overseas Faculty

 If any part of your proposal includes working closely with or taking classes from a particular overseas faculty member, it is critical that you make contact and develop a relationship with said faculty member. This speaks to your initiative, and the feasibility of your project. Students should first solicit general information by writing to the institution of choice and requesting informational materials such as an application, university catalog, or departmental literature. Study the literature and write letters to the department and/or faculty members that interest you.  Send them a copy of your research proposal and request support for your Fulbright application.

Hopefully, the overseas faculty member will respond positively and more or less "invite" you to study or conduct research at their institution under his/her supervision.  If so, ask them if they would be willing to formally invite you by writing a letter of support on your behalf.  A copy of this letter, stating their support of your project and their intent to mentor or supervise you, should be included in your Fulbright application.

3) Explore the internet for up-to-date information

 As you well know, there is a wealth of information on the web specific to the Fulbright program and to universities around the world. Useful and relevant web sites include: