types of grants are available under the auspices of the Fulbright Commission:
For a full list of English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs) for the 2008-09 competion, please refer to the updated list maintained by IIE: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/thinking_teaching.html. Typically, candidates for ETAs propose generalized side-projects or express their desire to pursue some interest specific to the whole country. Applicants should bear in mind that ETA placements can be in remote areas and that IIE notifies award winners of their locations rather late. Therefore, these side-projects cannot be place-specific.
Cross students have been particularly successful in recent years in winning
Teaching Assistantships to
awards are not, strictly speaking, Fulbright awards, since they are awarded
not by the Fulbright Commission but by the French Ministry of
Education. The IIE administers the process of applying, but students
can also apply directly through the Ministry of Education. In general
students who have applied through IIE (and have thus had the benefit of input
from a Campus Committee evaluation) are given preference in placement.
A similar opportunity is available through the Austrian Education Ministry,
where students apply directly to
Choosing Your Place
and Your Project.
The key to a good Fulbright application is in the validity of your
project. That means you must have a very good reason for going where
you propose to go.
Affiliation. It is not necessary to establish an affiliation prior to applying for a teaching assistantship as it is for the research Fulbright grants. Nevertheless any way that you can indicate knowledge of and interest in the proposed host country and its culture is all to the good.
Languages. It is usually expected
that you know the language of the country to which you are applying.
The level of competence required may vary from country to country. A
foreign language report is part of the application and must be filled out by
a teacher of the language, who has interviewed you. Frequently
preference is given to students who have as a career goal becoming a foreign
language teacher in the
The Fulbright Commission requires that Holy Cross interview all applicants
and supply a committee evaluation of all applications. A preliminary
application is necessary for the interview. See the special
instructions for the preliminary application.
Letters of Recommendation. Three references are required. They should be from professors in your major field, and preferably from professors at Holy Cross. Make sure you supply those who are writing for you with up-to-date information about your project, because they must comment not only on the work you may have done for them in the past but on the academic validity of your project, on its feasibility in terms of resources available abroad, and on your ability to carry out the project. If you are applying after a year of study abroad, you may ask for a reference from one of the professors you had during your junior year, but make sure that your referee knows what kind of information is asked for on the form, and make sure their mailed response (no e-mail or fax) can arrive at Holy Cross on time.
If a faculty member has already supplied one of the two letters for your preliminary application (to the Commitee on Graduate Studies and Fellowships), he or she may be able to use the same letter for your final application, but remember that you might really need a different letter if in your preliminary application you were applying for more than one fellowship. Again, make sure your referee is informed about your specific project and ask him or her to comment on it.
Letters may be written on letterhead instead of on the form, but in that case the writer should print your name, your field of study and your country of destination on the top of each page of the letter. The writer should also sign both the letter and the form. No letter can be faxed or e-mailed.
Fulbright letters must be sent to the Graduate Studies Advisor at Holy Cross,
who will send them along with your application (and all the other
applications from Holy Cross students) to
Transcripts. The Preliminary Application Form submitted in September has a transcript release form. If you have signed that, you need not order a transcript for the final application. The Graduate Studies Advisor will obtain them directly from the Registrar. Do make sure that your transcript is complete, especially if you have been away for a semester or have taken courses during the summer. Remember, the Registrar cannot post grades for a course until it has been approved by a department chairperson, and it is up to you to obtain that course approval.
Mailing. All materials for the Fulbright application must be submitted through the office of the Graduate Studies Advisor.
The first essay is the
STATEMENT OF PROPOSED STUDY or project essay (page 6 of Fulbright
application): "Describe your study or research plans and your reasons for
wishing to undertake them in the country of your choice. Outline a plan
that realistically can be completed in one academic year abroad. ...
Applicants for teaching awards are not expected to formulate detailed
research projects." For Teaching Assistantships "candidates
should indicate both their reasons for wishing to serve as teaching
assistants and the supplementary study they would undertake in their free
1) Your interest in
the culture and your knowledge of it, especially your facility with the
language. If you have spent your junior year abroad in the country, or
traveled extensively there, stress that experience. (It probably counts for
you and not against you if you have already studied in the country.) If
you have not had experience of the country, emphasize instead how important
it is that you should improve your knowledge of its language and
culture. (If you are applying to teach in
2) Stress any
aspect of your academic background or extracurricular experience that makes
you especially qualified for teaching in general and for teaching language in
particular: advanced academic projects, tutoring English as a second language
here or overseas, summer camp work, Big Brother/ Sister programs, etc.
Stress the benefits you will derive from teaching. If you intend to be
a language teacher, stress that career goal (prospective language teachers
are given preference in the German and French competitions). If you are
at all familiar with the educational system of the country stress that as
well. If you have taken courses in English or especially American
literature or history, or if you have traveled widely in North or
3) Discuss briefly
a specific program of reading or study or other activity that you would pursue
in addition to your teaching assignment (either by independent study or by
formal study at a university if your teaching assignment is near one).
The description of your study program is not as crucial as it is in an
application for a research grant, but it is your chance to present yourself
as a creative person with deep cultural interests in the host country.
4) In order to make your essay as lively as possible think of all the good ways you might use your extra time while you are teaching in that country, all the most exciting ways of making the most of being there.
second essay is the CURRICULUM VITAE or personal essay (Fulbright application
p.7). “This statement should be a narrative giving a picture of yourself as
an individual. It should deal with your personal history, family
background, influences on your intellectual development, the educational and
cultural opportunities (or lack of them) to which you have been exposed,
This essay gives you the chance to present yourself as intellectually alive and culturally aware, a tactful person of goodwill who will make an excellent ambassador in the Fulbright year. Explain how your proposed program of studies or teaching assignment relates to your personal intellectual growth at the close of your undergraduate years. Stress any special intellectual interests, avocations, artistic or musical abilities that you could develop or contribute during your Fulbright year. Coordinate this personal essay with the project statement, so that they complement and do not repeat each other. Finally, your essay must display a graceful and concise command of your native language, so plan to revise, revise and revise. Both Fulbright essays are only a page long, single-spaced. (A 500 word limit for the personal essay is strictly enforced. The project essay can go over a page, but that should probably be avoided.)
more suggestions on writing proposals please refer to "Proposal Writing: the Art of