Crucial tips on applying to fulbright scholarship program by an expert
For every student looking to apply for a Fulbright application and wondering how to make your candidature special out of the whole lot, we have for you Mohammed Aatish Khan, Fulbright-Nehru Master’s fellow at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University to share few tips on preparing a successful application. This article has been adopted from USIEF Fulbrighter Story about tips on applying to fulbright scholarship
1. Start the process early:
“The early bird catches the worm.” This popular saying is relevant for prospective applicants for the Fulbright-Nehru program. I began my preparation for the Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowship in 2013, six months prior to the July deadline. As I began early, I was able to do extensive research on the Fulbright program by reading articles, essays and blogs to understand the essence of this prestigious fellowship.
2. Read the application instructions:
I found the actual application process easy as USIEF had prepared detailed instructions on the application process. There are several tips provided in the application form to help prepare a strong application. My advice to all applicants would be to devote time to read and understand the application instructions.
3. Revise the Fulbright application to ensure that there are no errors:
Before writing the personal statement and statement of purpose, I prepared a timeline of my achievements in chronological order which included my experiences, education (formal and informal), professional challenges, failures, success and awards. I also made a note of my cultural, religious, and social experiences. Be prepared to write and revise several drafts during the application process!
4. Write clearly and use simple language:
As there are several sections in the application, the strategy I adopted was to spend two to three days on each section. After completing all the sections, I revised the application in its entirety a few times to ensure consistency. I advise all applicants to use simple and grammatically correct language and avoid using bombastic style.
5. Identify the right referees for the application:
It is important to think before selecting referees as their recommendation are critical to the success of the applicant. You should avoid selecting more than one referee from the same institution. I had few meetings with my referees to ensure that they had a clear understanding of my reasons and objectives for applying for the Fulbright program.
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6. Identify the right host institution for the program:
One should spend time to identify the possible host institution. Though USIEF and IIE help in the placement process, it is necessary to ensure that your objective to pursue the program aligns with the specialization available at the institute.
Recently, Indian American Nikul Patel, who was selected for a 2015 Fulbright Scholarship, has proposed to use his chemical engineering knowledge in helping rural women in Ghana increase the profit margin of their Shea butter production by researching water purification methods that will decrease wastewater. [Source: IndiaWest]
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