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US Awards - Applying FAQs

Q: Who should write my recommendations/references?
A: Your recommendations should be written by people familiar with your academic work and who know about you as a person. If you have been out of college for some time, we understand that it might be very difficult to get an academic reference. In this case, please provide a reference from someone who can discuss your work skills as they relate to your project proposal. If the award category to which you are applying requires more than one reference, we recommend that one come from an academic supervisor and another from a work or volunteering supervisor.   Friends and relatives should not provide recommendations.  Choose people who can honestly speak to your talents and abilities.  Please note that we will verify recommendations sent to us.


Q: How important are the statement of purpose and curriculum vitae sections?
A: These are essential elements of your application, particularly because we do not have a chance to meet you in person. We look at these to make sure that you can write intelligibly about your plans for your Fulbright year and about your subject. We also want to find out about you as a person. This does not mean you have to tell us deeply intimate details of your life. We simply want to get a picture of who you are, how you have arrived at this particular juncture in your life, and why you want to do what it is you are proposing. As this is a merit-based award, we do not take into consideration financial situations. Feel free to tell us about them if you think it relevant, but they will not influence our final decisions.


Q: What do you mean by Project Outline?
A: If the award category you are applying in asks for a project outline, this refers to a detailed proposal containing goals, logistical plans/arrangements, anticipated outcomes and follow-up steps, distribution of knowledge/skills gained, potential host institution(s), etc.  Essentially, as much information that you can provide that describes the work you intend to do, how you will achieve it, and why it is relevant. Do not elaborate on your personality in this essay – focus on the project.


Q: Are my future plans important?
A: The Commission is looking for people from all walks of life. While statistically most graduate students will go on to be involved somehow with academia, this makes no difference to your application. We want future leaders in business, public administration, science, technology, media, industry, the arts, international organisations - and academia. We do not discriminate on the basis of subject or future plans.  Do bear in mind, though, that we do consider the usefulness of your project, both to your field and to the wider world. We believe that any subject can be worthwhile but we will also want to make sure that you see the big picture too. So ask yourself why it is important to know about the Vikings or to educate the Third World or to become a better flute player or whatever your plans are. We want to see a connection between your project proposal and your future plans.


Q: I am applying for a postgraduate award. Do I have to be accepted into a UK university when I apply?
A: No. You should include any relevant correspondence you have had with your universities of choice. You should also notify IIE if and when acceptance is received. Any problems or delays resulting from failure to apply or be accepted are the responsibility of the applicant.


Q: I have an undergraduate degree in one subject but now want to do further study in another.  Am I eligible?

A: We will require evidence that you have the knowledge and skills to study the different subject at a masters-level. Please also explain, in your application, why you are changing directions in your study.


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