2015-2016 FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR PROGRAM
THE FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR PROGRAM
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government, designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Since its inception, more than 310,000 participants, chosen for their leadership potential, have participated in the Fulbright Program to exchange ideas, observe each other’s political, economic and cultural institutions, and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under
legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The
Fulbright Program is administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs of the United States Department of State.
The Program awards approximately 8,000 new grants annually, and operates in 155 countries around the world.
NATURE OF GRANTS
Grant benefits vary according to the provisions of the
program of each participating country. All Fulbright grants include limited
accident and medical insurance, airfare, and maintenance grants provided by the
Department of State. Fellowships are generally awarded for three to six months
at a university in the United States. A grant may be revoked,
terminated, or suspended. Grounds for revocation or termination include, but
are not limited to (1) violation of any law of the United States or the home
country; (2) any act likely to give offense to the United States; (3) failure
to observe satisfactory academic or professional standards; (4) physical or
mental incapacitation; (5) engaging in any unauthorized income-producing
activity; (6) failure to comply with the grant's terms and conditions; and (7)
material misrepresentation made by any grantee in the application form or grant
A grant may be suspended if (1) the grantee ceases to carry out the project or academic program during the grant period, or (2) the grantee leaves the United States for more than two weeks without authorization of the commission/post or supervising agency.
FIELDS OF STUDY
Archaeology, Film Studies, Political Science,
Agriculture, Architecture, Geography, Psychology
Art, Geology, Public Administration
Art, History, History (non-U.S.) Public/Global Health
Biological Sciences, Information Sciences, Religious Studies
Business, Administration, Journalism, Social Work
Chemistry, Language/Literature, Law
Communications, Sociology, Theater
TEFL/Applied Linguistics, Computer Science, Library Science
Creative Writing, Linguistics, Urban Planning
- Doctoral Degree or Ph.D. Candidates
- Minimum of five years of teaching/research experience at a Kosovo university
- Proficiency in English appropriate to the proposed research project to be carried out in the United States (minimum of 550 paper based TOEFL score)
- Demonstrate leadership and research skills, and potential for advancement in their professions
- Kosovo citizenship and employment in Kosovo
- Age limit: 55
Recipients of the Fulbright Fellowship must return to Kosovo for a minimum of two years. Family members are allowed to accompany Fulbright Fellows to the United States during the Fellowship, provided that they present all required documents.
- Individuals with no research or university teaching experience
- Individuals with recent U.S. experience (more than 6 months within the last 5 years)
- Individuals who have attended undergraduate or graduate school in the U.S. for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to November 1, 2014
- Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status
- Recipients of Fulbright Scholarships within the past 5 years will not be considered
- Persons holding permanent residence in the United States are not eligible to apply for Fulbright grants to the United States
- A candidate with recent third-country experience may have a less compelling need for the Fulbright Program than a candidate who has never had a significant professional stay abroad.
Summary and Checklist
All submitted documents must be in English. Please submit computer-generated forms ONLY.
A complete application includes:
- completed application form
- detailed statement of proposed activity
- detailed curriculum vitae
- three references
- photocopy of passport
- translated photocopies of diplomas (university, Master's and doctoral degree) and other certificates received
- letter from employer confirming employment
Optional supplementary documents:
- letters of invitation or appointment from U.S. institutions
Please scan all the above documents and attach to your application.
Complete the application form carefully after reading "Instructions for Completing the Application" on pages C and D of the actual application. The application consists of a four-page form; a project statement; a detailed curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications; three references; and a letter of invitation, if available.
- Make sure the reference reports are submitted promptly. Applicants must submit three references. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that reference reports are submitted by the deadline so that references accompany the application throughout the entire review process. References should be from persons qualified to evaluate your professional work and proposal. At least one of the references should be from a specialist outside your university. References should provide evidence of a scholar's reputation within his/her discipline and must be written in English.
- Submit detailed curriculum
vitae. The curriculum vitae describe academic credentials and achievements.
- When composing curriculum vitae, it is important to include:
- Education (universities attended, degrees held)
- Positions held
- Courses taught and other services provided to students and the home institution
- Other professional activities, such as workshops, seminars and consultations
- Membership and activities in professional associations
- Professional honors, awards and fellowships
- Community service.
The application asks for similar information, but provides limited space for answers. In the curriculum vitae, the applicant should expand upon these topics to display more completely his/her accomplishments.
Preparing the Project Statement
The project statement is the most important aspect of preparing the Fulbright application. Scholars with the most compelling, theoretically sound, well-written, feasible proposals are generally recommended for awards. Sometimes those with outstanding professional achievements assume that a brief, general project statement will be sufficient. But, in order to ensure a more complete application, your proposed project, as well as the strategy for completing it, should be thoroughly explained.
Factors to address in the project statement
- Clearly define your objectives and the methodology you will employ. Indicate whether you will use interviews, library or archival research, or laboratory experiments to accomplish your project.
- Place your project in academic or professional context by referring to leading works by others on the topic if that information is available.
- Explain the significance of the project for the field and your own professional development.
- Explain why residence in the United States is necessary for accomplishment of the project. Comment, if applicable, on the adequacy or inadequacy of research facilities and library resources in your own country and on the need to use specific collections in the United States.
- Describe arrangements you have made, if any, for affiliation or collaboration. Try to secure a letter of invitation from a U.S. host institution testifying to the merits and feasibility of the proposal. If you have an institutional preference but no invitation, explain the reasons for your preference in an addendum to your application. Scholars who have studied previously in the United States should avoid seeking affiliation at their U.S. alma mater because candidates are encouraged to expand their contacts within the U.S. academic community.
- Discuss how your project can be completed within the time period you have available.
- Describe your competence in English if you are not a native speaker. Proficiency in English is required for both research and lecturing awards in the United States.
- Indicate how you will disseminate the results of your research both in the United States and in your home country.
DOs and DON'Ts for Prospective Applicants
What you SHOULD do:
- DO print a clear and complete project statement that introduces you professionally to your colleagues in the United States. The application should be free of grammatical and spelling errors.
- DO make sure that your qualifications and expertise match the objectives in your project statement. You should be able to show that you are qualified to accomplish what you are proposing to do.
- DO emphasize key points in the first paragraph of the proposal. Academic reviewers examine many Fulbright applications, and having to search for the main points of the proposed activity is not helpful. You should use the rest of the proposal to support your statements in the opening paragraphs.
- DO express what you can bring to the program clearly and succinctly. The best applications are those that reflect the individual and his/her situation. You should think of the basic questions that need to be answered: Why apply for a Fulbright award to come to the United States? If selected, what will I do, and how will I do it? What preparations have I made to complete the project? What can I contribute to the Fulbright Program? What will the results of my participation be?
- DO emphasize how your project will benefit the host institution or scholars in your field both in your country and in the United States. Address in your project statement the ways in which you will utilize the experience upon your return. What is the likely impact of your experience abroad? To whom? How will you use what you learned upon your return, professionally and at the home institution?
- DO try to make a connection between your past experience and what you are preparing to do if you receive an award. Explain the project's significance and its importance to the field. Focus on what can be reasonably accomplished during the period of the grant.
- DO treat the application as a unitary whole, with all parts reinforcing the project statement. The flow should be orderly: the candidate's capabilities are listed in the application, further documented in the resume or curriculum vitae, and confirmed in the references. Use the project statement to make the parts interact by referring to items in the resume or research bibliography. Without being redundant or simplistic, you should make it easier for the reviewer to find the key pieces of information you wish to convey.
- DO choose your references carefully and contact them early. The letters of recommendation need to accompany the application as it could otherwise be weakened by an insufficient number of references. Please scan the letters of recommendation and attach to your application.
What you SHOULD NOT do:
- DO NOT exceed the page limit of the application proposal by including irrelevant or extraneous material that may divert attention.
- DO NOT use excessive jargon; keep your proposal simple and straightforward so that an educated reader from another discipline can understand it.
- DO NOT be vague in describing your previous work or in laying out the nature of your proposed Fulbright activity. A frequent failing in applications is that the proposal is underdeveloped or too imprecise to give reviewers a clear sense of the endeavor.
- DO NOT assume that your suitability for the endeavor is based upon past experience, your scholarship is self-evident, or the project's requirements will be understood by reviewers.
- DO NOT stress how a Fulbright grant will benefit only you or your career. Remember that the program is intended to foster mutual understanding between cultures and nations.
- DO NOT ask someone for a letter of reference unless the person is well acquainted with your qualifications. A pro forma letter from a well-known scholar, a contact abroad, or a prominent government official will carry less weight than a realistic assessment of your abilities from someone who knows you and your work well.
- DO NOT include any documents or supporting materials that are not in English.
ARRANGEMENTS FOR AFFILIATION WITH A HOST INSTITUTION
One of the most important requirements of the Fulbright Scholar Program is a formal affiliation at a U.S. University or research institution. In many cases, applicants are in touch with colleagues at U.S. institutions and have made preliminary plans for their own placements. However, if you are unable to make these preliminary contacts, you are encouraged to identify two or three institutions that have appropriate facilities for the kind of research you wish to undertake and faculty specialized in your research interests.
Selected candidates may be requested to take the Official TOEFL, test. The U.S. Embassy will cover the cost of the Official test. If you have taken the test in the past 2 years please attach the score report.
DURATION OF GRANTS:
Fulbright scholar grants are awarded for three to six months beginning in August or September 2015, or spring 2016.
CHANGE OF PLANS:
You should promptly inform the U.S. Embassy, of any change in your academic status or future plans after this application has been submitted.
Read all instructions and information carefully before completing application. Make sure you select academic year 2015-2016.
Application forms can be found at: https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/scholars/ Or http://fulbright.state.gov/
The deadline for receipt of applications is November 1, 2014.
For additional information, please contact:
Cultural Affairs Assistant – Education
Public Affairs Office
U.S. Embassy Pristina
Applications & Deadline
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