Fulbright Scholarship Information Guide

Sample Essays

To help give you a sense of some of the elements that should be included in the Statement of Purpose, a sample of essays written by successful Fulbright candidates follows. I have included essays from students with varying academic backgrounds and levels.

You shouldn’t think of these as templates upon which to base your essay. Rather, they provide a good example of the kind of specificity that is required in your proposals. Note also that in some cases, these may not be the final essays that were submitted with the application; often proposals are further refined following submission to International Programs and before they are sent on to New York. But they do provide you with a general sense of the components that should be included in your proposal.

BA Student, Anthropology, United Kingdom

BA Student, Art History, Nigeria

BA Student, Environmental Studies/Geography, Netherlands

BA Student, Geography, United Kingdom

BA Student, Mathematical Economics, Finland

BA Student, Political Science and German, Germany

BA Student, Psychology, Canada

BA Student, Teaching Assistantship, Colombia

BA Student, Teaching Assistantship, Germany

BA Student, Teaching Assistantship, Germany

BA Student, Teaching Assistantship, Germany

BA/BFA Student, Teaching Assistantship, Germany

BA Student, Teaching Assistantship, Korea

BA Student, Teaching Assistantship, Spain

BA Student, Teaching Assistantship, Spain

BA Student, Teaching Assistantship, Thailand

MEd Student, Teaching Assistantship, Russia

PhD Student, African American Studies, Ghana

PhD Student, Anthropology, Nicaragua

PhD Student, Art History, Greece

PhD Student, Art History, Italy

PhD Student, Art History, Italy

PhD Student, History, India

PhD Student, Philosophy, Germany

PhD Student, Religion, Jordan

MFA Student, Dance, Ethiopia

MFA Student, Dance, Ghana

MFA Student, Fibers, Korea

MFA Student, Film and Media Arts, Ireland

MFA Student, Film, Israel

MFA Student, Printmaking, Ireland

MFA Student, Sculpture, South Africa

JD Student, Law, India

JD Student, Law, Japan

JD Student, Law, Korea

MD Student, Epidemiology, Sweden