Fulbright FAQs

Should I apply for a Research/Study grant or an ETA grant?
Students who have a focused interest in the host country that could be pursued through study or directed research should apply for the Research/Study grants. Students who have the appropriate background and professional aspirations should apply for the ETA. Many students incorrectly assume that the ETA application is “easier” than the Research/Study grant application, when in fact there are fewer ETA grants available and almost equal numbers of applicants.

Should I apply through the campus process or apply at-large?
All currently enrolled students are expected to apply through the campus process. Anyone who is eligible for the Fulbright may apply at-large; however, currently, enrolled students who do not apply through the campus process may be viewed suspiciously by the national selection committee. Alumni may apply at-large and are not faulted in any way for doing so.

How can I decide which country to apply to?
Applicants should offer compelling reasons for their choice of host country. Research/Study grant projects should be tightly connected to the host country; ETA applicants should offer a compelling reason for their interest in the host country. As well, the applicant should demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the host country’s culture and possess the requisite language skills. A “strong desire” to visit the country or a “passion” for the country is insufficient.

How many people apply for grants? How many grants are there?
Full competition statistics are available on the Fulbright US Student Program website.

How many ASU students apply for the Fulbright? How many get grants?
In a typical year, the College will endorse 50 to 70 applications. Of those applications, between 15 to 25 are typically awarded grants. Arizona State University is frequently among the top ten Fulbright-producing schools in the country.

Who can help me with the application essays?
The first and best resource is the Fulbright website, which provides ample guidance on how to approach the application essays. The IIE also holds several webcasts throughout the application season. The Fulbright Program Adviser can provide excellent guidance during the beginning stages of the application process. As the essays develop, however, applicants should seek the advice of faculty advisers, graduate students, and writing tutors.

How do I get an Affiliation Letter?
Most Fulbrighters undertaking Research/Study grants will affiliate with universities, although in some countries it is possible to affiliate with other types of organizations such as research institutes or government ministries. The Affiliation Letter should come from the institution/individual in the host country with whom the applicant is proposing to work. Affiliation requirements vary by country, so before starting the application applicants should note the specific requirements for the proposed host country. The Affiliation Letter should be printed on official letterhead and should be signed by the author. There is no “secret” method for obtaining Affiliation Letters – applications should initiate direct contact with potential affiliates well ahead of the application deadline.

How do I get a Foreign Language Evaluation?
The Foreign Language Evaluation Form is part of the online application and should be completed by a professional language teacher. The University offers a wide range of languages, and applicants should be able to find a faculty member who can do the evaluation.

What hard copy materials do I need to submit to ONSA?
None. The entire application is submitted online.

What are the screening interviews like?
The Campus Committee interviews are conducted by interview teams comprised of three to four faculty members and professional staff. The two main purposes of the interviews are to 1) provide constructive feedback to the applicant; and 2) gather enough information to complete the required evaluation form that will accompany the final application. No applicant can be rejected by the University – every completed application is submitted.

Can I keep working on my application after the campus deadline?
Yes – the applications will be returned to “in progress” status shortly after the campus deadline. Students may continue to revise the applications until the final campus deadline established by the Fulbright Program Adviser, which is typically a few days before the national deadline.

When will I know if I get the grant or not?
The selection process occurs in two stages. In the first stage, the national reading committee selects applicants that it will “recommend” to the host countries. These announcements are made by the end of January each year.