How to apply for a #Fulbright Scholarship

Since 2002, I have helped more than 12 clients secure Fulbright scholarships. Most have applied from Japan, but I have helped applicants in Europe and the Middle East as well. Wherever you are based, if you qualify, I encourage you to apply. Of course, it is not easy to be selected for the world's most prestigious overseas study grant. Still, the application process will help you clarify your goals.

Creating / updating your resume / CV and writing your Study / Research Objectives (S/RO) and Personal Statement (PS), not to mention securing letters of recommendation, in April / May gives you a big head start when submitting graduate school applications that are likely to come due in September, October, November, December, January, etc.

Here is a testimonial from a former client:

皆さま、はじめましで。ハーバードケネディスクール留学(2007-2009)にあたり、ビンスさまにお世話になったものです。最初に彼に方針を策定頂いた結果、おそらく邦人としては初のケネディスクール特待生(ケネディスクールフェロー・授業料ハーバード負担)とフルブライト奨学生、プラス民間団体からの奨学金をいただけるという恩恵にあずかりました。このほかにも受験校全てから、奨学金付の合格通知を得ました(タフツ大学フレッチャースクール、ジョンズホプキンス大学SAIS)。これはひとえにビンス様から頂いたstrategyを純粋に実行した結果です。

Writing application essays is a learned skill. You will improve with practice. By applying for a Fulbright award now, you can become more confident to navigate the admissions process at your dream school. Please watch this video, then read the tips below. You can do it!

More Fulbright application related videos here

Information is subject to change. Please, verify all data with your local Fulbright commission.

Information is subject to change. Please, verify all data with your local Fulbright commission.

Vince’s Tips for

Securing a Fulbright Grant

In addition to the application data form and resume (CV), you need to produce two essays:

  1. The Study / Research Objectives (S/RO) – explains your future
  2. The Personal Statement (PS) – analyzes your past

Here are my best tips for how to write a stand-out Fulbright Scholarship Application

NOTE: I have divided this post into ten stages. On Saturday, I am going to cover stages 1-5 in depth. I will also leave time for questions.

Stage 1: Confirm host country guidelines

Stage 2: Create your resume or curriculum vitae

Stage 3: Identify your contribution

Stage 4: Outline before you write

Stage 5: Write your S/RO before your PS

Stage 1: Confirm host country guidelines

Ensure that your project design fits the program guidelines for your host country.

Also, make sure your proposed project will contribute to one of the designated project areas identified by the Fulbright commission of your country.

Depending on your location, these might include issues such as

  • good governance
  • poverty alleviation
  • rule of law

Information is subject to change. Please, verify all data with your local Fulbright commission.

Stage 2: Create your resume or curriculum vitae

Create your Resume/Curriculum Vitae (R/CV) while brainstorming your Study / Research Objectives (S/RO) and Personal Statement (PS)

  • Make, or update, your resume, (also known as a CV) while you begin outlining your Personal Statement.
  • Both documents cover much of the same information.
    • The resume explains WHAT you did.
    • The Personal Statement explains WHY you did it (motivation) and HOW you did it (the skills you used to achieve each academic and career milestone).

NOTE: My best resume tips are here https://www.vinceprep.com/videos/resumes and in the below video

Information is subject to change. Please, verify all data with your local Fulbright commission.

Stage 3: Identify your contribution

Demonstrate in detail how your research will contribute to your professional field or academic discipline. A contribution includes an addition to your field’s overall knowledge that also enhances understanding between the US and another nation.

Answer these questions in your Study / Research Objectives (S/RO)

  • With whom do you propose to work?
  • What do you propose to do?
  • What is exciting, new or unique about your project?
  • What contribution will the project make to the Fulbright objective of promoting cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding?
  • When will you carry out your study or research? (Include a timeline.)
  • Why do you want to do it?
  • Why is your project important or significant?
  • Why must you go abroad to carry out your project?
  • What resources are available in your host country but not in your home country?
  • How will you use these resources to better understand your subject matter?
  • How will you carry out your work?
  • What methodologies will you use?
  • For example, do you plan to
    • access to archives & specialists
    • conduct site visits
    • conduct interviews
  • How will your Fulbright project help further your academic or professional development?

Information is subject to change. Please, verify all data with your local Fulbright commission.

Stage 4: Outline before you write

Outline your Study / Research Objectives (S/RO) and Personal Statement (PS)

Start with the facts listed in your resume, and on the Fulbright Grant application form. Then, dig deeper. Build on those facts by explaining the reason you have made each important life decision.

  • Why did you choose your university major or study field?
  • Why did you select your industry and current company or organization?

Show what has made you successful in the past and will facilitate the success of your proposed project.

Present a picture of you as an individual. Tell the Fulbright Committee more about how you came to this point in your life and where you see yourself in the future.

Include details about your

  • Personal history
  • Family background
  • Influences on your intellectual development
  • Educational and cultural opportunities (or lack of them) to which you have been exposed, and the ways in which these experiences have affected you

More tips here

https://www.vinceprep.com/essays/outline-your-essays

https://www.vinceprep.com/essays/framing

https://www.vinceprep.com/essays/make-a-fresh-start-with-each-new-mba-application

https://www.vinceprep.com/essays/editing

https://www.vinceprep.com/videos/lifestory

Information is subject to change. Please, verify all data with your local Fulbright commission.

Stage 5: Write your S/RO before your PS

Write the study/research objectives (S/RO) before the personal statement (PS). Your reader needs to know your future plans before she can evaluate if your past supports them. You probably need more time to research and decide on how to explain your future plans, and why you need a Fulbright Grant to achieve them. Therefore, if you get stuck on your S/RO, work on your PS as you continue to research your goals. Bottom line: keep making progress as you put together the pieces of this puzzle.

Here is the S/RO question as of April 2019 . Please, be sure to verify all essay and application instructions with your local Fulbright Commission.

28. STUDY/RESEARCH OBJECTIVES and BIBLIOGRAPHY

Write a clear and detailed description of your study objectives, giving your reasons for wanting to pursue them. Please include or attach a bibliography. Be specific about your major field and your specialized interests within this field. Describe the kind of program you expect to undertake, and explain how your study plan fits in with your previous training and your future objectives. This statement is an essential part of your application.

NOTE: Please limit your response to the size of this box (usually one page, roughly 50 lines of text or ~450 words). ONLY the *bibliography may be attached as an additional page (maximum one page) right after this page.

Writing Tip A: PS shows achievement

The Personal Statement must convince your readers that you are qualified to realize your S/RO.

Here is the PS question as of April 2019 . Please, be sure to verify all essay and application instructions with your local Fulbright Commission.

29. PERSONAL STATEMENT(英語)

This personal statement should be a narrative statement describing how you have achieved your current goals. It should not be a mere listing of facts. It should include information about your education, practical experience, special interests, and career plans. Describe any significant factors that have influenced your educational or professional development. Comment on the number of years of practical experience already completed in the field in which academic work will be done in the U.S. Do not mention specific U.S. universities at which you would like to study.

NOTE: Please limit your response to the size of this box (usually one page, roughly 50 lines of text or ~450 words).

  • In your answer, be sure to demonstrate that you
    • achieve goals
    • prioritize and follow through on your objectives
    • learn from your mistakes
    • possess leadership and communication skills

Writing Tip B: Show confidence

Be confident

  • Remember, you do NOT need experience abroad to be a strong candidate.
  • On the contrary, the purpose of the Fulbright Program is to expose Americans to the world (and vice versa).

Information is subject to change. Please, verify all data with your local Fulbright commission.

Stage 6: Share your ideas and gather feedback

  • Although intelligent people will be reading your proposed plan of study, few (if any) will be specialists in your field
  • The longer you spend in a field, the less you realize when you are using technical terms
  • Include concrete examples so non-experts can understand your ideas

"Thanks to my simple example, one of the people who had read my application was able to intelligently explain my proposal to her boss based solely upon what I had written." (Source: “Writing for the outside world” by Andrea Sims)

Information is subject to change. Please, verify all data with your local Fulbright commission.

Information is subject to change. Please, verify all data with your local Fulbright commission.

Information is subject to change. Please, verify all data with your local Fulbright commission.

Stage 9: Prepare for your interview

Write your S/RO and PS with an eye towards interview preparation.

Key discussion points

University choices (what you listed on your application)

Why those schools?

Why not (these other) schools?

Prepare to defend your S/RO more than PS

RELATED QUESTIONS FROM THE APPLICATION

46. MOST HIGHLY PREFERRED INSTITUTIONS

1. University

Department

Degree

Specialization/Concentration

Specific Reasons and Contacts

2. University

Department

Degree

Specialization/Concentration

Specific Reasons and Contacts

3. University

Department

Degree

Specialization/Concentration

Specific Reasons and Contacts

47. OTHER INSTITUTIONS IN WHICH YOU MAY BE INTERESTED

Please list any other institutions and departments in which you also may be interested. Again, please understand that there is no guarantee that your application will be sent to these programs.

48. INSTITUTIONS TO WHICH YOU HAVE APPLIED

It is not expected that you will have applied for admission to U.S. institutions; however, if you have already submitted an application directly to any universities in the U.S. over the past three years, list the names of these institutions and indicate the response you have received, if any.

Please mail letters of admission, letters of invitation, and deferral requests to the address located in the Supplemental Forms section.

University

Department

Date of Application

Response to Application

Information is subject to change. Please, verify all data with your local Fulbright commission.

Stage 10: Proofread and polish

Check your logic, then edit and spell check!

  • Once you feel confident that your Study Plan makes sense, go back and reread your Personal Statement
    • As you read it this time, as yourself, “Does my personal statement fully support my project proposal?”
    • If not, revised your Personal Statement to ensure that the Fulbright Committee will understand how your background best prepares you to execute your plans
    • More tips here https://www.vinceprep.com/essays/editing

SPOTLIGHT

Making a Difference: HKS Alumni in the Anti-Human Trafficking Field

Mayumi Ueno, MPA '09

Mayumi Ueno, MPA '09 is a Harvard Kennedy School alumni who is spearheading an anti-human trafficking program in Somalia. She completed her Masters in Public Administration (MPA) Program at the Kennedy School in June 2009. Upon completing her MPA, Ms. Ueno was posted to the International Organization for Migration's (IOM) regional office in Nairobi, Kenya to launch the Counter-Human Trafficking Project in Somalia. The Project is composed of four major sub-components which include: capacity building, data/information collection, awareness raising/community outreach, and direct victim assistance.

Ms. Ueno was a Fulbright Scholar at the Kennedy School researching on the topic, “Countering Human Trafficking.” She has practical experience initiating a return and reintegration program for trafficked victims based in Japan.

While at the Kennedy School, Ms. Ueno regularly attended anti- human trafficking events hosted by Ambassador Swanee Hunt at the Women and Public Policy Program, and what is now the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Ms. Ueno's time at the Kennedy School allowed her to become exposed to the broader issues surrounding and pertaining to human trafficking and enabled Ms. Ueno to formulate a comprehensive approach to addressing human trafficking.

“The forms of exploitation perpetrated through human trafficking are more brutal than you can ever imagine — we need to raise more awareness in the international community.” -- Mayumi Ueno

Ms. Ueno implemented the Project from scratch which proved fruitful and led to interest and support from regional authorities and civil society, resulting in the establishment of a Counter Trafficking Taskforce (CTTF) within the local authority and a Counter Trafficking Network (CTNW), a consortium of local NGOs.

Through the Project's activities, Ms. Ueno was able to gather important evidence illustrating the existence of human trafficking in Somalia. Using interviews and direct interaction with trafficked victims, Ms. Ueno is further committed to fighting against this practice of modern slavery. Ms. Ueno's work with the IOM is mentioned in the UN Secretary's report on Somalia, distributed to the Security Council on September 9, 2010 (paragraph 35 on page 7).


SPOTLIGHT

Eugenio Mitsuru Tsukamoto, MA '00

https://www.linkedin.com/in/eutsk

http://actadvent.co.jp/

Information is subject to change. Please, verify all data with your local Fulbright commission.

Writing Fulbright Essays @ Agos 2019

APPENDIX

Blank unformatted Fulbright application pasted

FOR REFERENCE ONLY - please be sure to check with your local Fulbright organization for the actual forms

FULBRIGHT STUDENT PROGRAM

APPLICATION FOR STUDY IN THE UNITED STATES

GENERAL INFORMATION

1. NAME: (As it appears or will appear on your passport.)

2. NAME ON PREVIOUS ACADEMIC RECORDS: (If different from above.)

3. (DO NOT COMPLETE SHADED AREA. FOR FULBRIGHT PROGRAM USE ONLY)

4. PERMANENT MAILING ADDRESS:

5. DATE OF BIRTH

6. GENDER:

7. BIRTHPLACE:

8. COUNTRY OF CITIZENSHIP:

9. COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE:

10. DO YOU NOW HAVE, OR HAVE YOU EVER HELD:

U.S. CITIZENSHIP?

U.S. DUAL CITIZENSHIP?

U.S. PERMANENT RESIDENCY?

STUDY PLANS

11. WHICH APPLICATION CYCLE ARE YOU APPLYING TO?

DEGREE OBJECTIVE:

12. WHAT IS YOUR PROPOSED MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY?

SPECIALIZATION IN FIELD:

BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE SPECIFIC AREA OF THE FIELD IN WHICH YOU PLAN TO SPECIALIZE.

NOTE: Please limit your response to the size of this text box or five lines of text. Anything over this size will not display or print on your submitted application. Click the "Preview" button at the top of the page to verify that your response will fit.

13. FUTURE PLANS: (Describe the career you plan to pursue after completion of study or research in the U.S., e.g. teaching, government, business, industry or any plans you might have for continued study or research in your home country. Also indicate if you will be returning to former employment, or if you have been promised a position in your home country after completing your U.S. training.)

EDUCATION

14. LIST EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS ATTENDED IN REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER, INCLUDING ANY IN WHICH YOU MAY BE PRESENTLY ENROLLED.

(List in reverse order. Write name in full. Do not abbreviate)

INSTITUTION

LOCATION

MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY

DATES

(If you are currently enrolled, please leave the "To - Month/Year" fields blank.)

ACTUAL NAME OF DEGREE OR DIPLOMA (Do not translate)

DATE RECEIVED OR EXPECTED

INSTITUTION 2 (space provided for up to 5 institutions)

LOCATION

MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY

DATES

ACTUAL NAME OF DEGREE OR DIPLOMA (Do not translate)

DATE RECEIVED OR EXPECTED

15. LIST SCHOLARSHIPS OR FELLOWSHIPS HELD AT PRESENT OR IN THE PAST (Give source or sponsor, amount, where held, and duration.)

NOTE: Please limit your response to the size of this text box or five lines of text. Anything over this size will not display or print on your submitted application. Click the "Preview" button at the top of the page to verify that your response will fit.

16. INDICATE ANY ACADEMIC HONORS OR PRIZES WHICH YOU HAVE RECEIVED, WITH TITLES AND DATES.

NOTE: Please limit your response to the size of this text box or five lines of text. Anything over this size will not display or print on your submitted application. Click the "Preview" button at the top of the page to verify that your response will fit.

17. LIST ANY BOOKS, ARTICLES OR THESES PUBLISHED BY YOU, ESPECIALLY IN YOUR PROPOSED FIELD OF STUDY. IF POSTED ONLINE, PLEASE PROVIDE US WITH THE URL/WEBSITE ADDRESS.(Give title, place and date of publication.)

NOTE: Please limit your response to the size of this text box or five lines of text. Anything over this size will not display or print on your submitted application. Click the "Preview" button at the top of the page to verify that your response will fit.

18. LIST PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES, FRATERNITIES OR OTHER ORGANIZATIONS IN WHICH YOU NOW HOLD MEMBERSHIP OR IN WHICH YOU HAVE BEEN ACTIVE IN THE PAST (Indicate if you have held an elective office.)

NOTE: Please limit your response to the size of this text box or five lines of text. Anything over this size will not display or print on your submitted application. Click the "Preview" button at the top of the page to verify that your response will fit.

19. TEACHING EXPERIENCE: (Include any teaching positions you have held or currently hold.)

NOTE: Please limit your response to the size of this text box or five lines of text. Anything over this size will not display or print on your submitted application. Click the "Preview" button at the top of the page to verify that your response will fit.

20. RESEARCH: (Include any research you have completed or in which you are currently involved.)

NOTE: Please limit your response to the size of this text box or five lines of text. Anything over this size will not display or print on your submitted application. Click the "Preview" button at the top of the page to verify that your response will fit.

OCCUPATIONAL EXPERIENCE

21. IDENTIFY YOUR CURRENT POSITION OR OCCUPATION. (Select position title which best describes the activity in which you are currently involved.)

22. OCCUPATIONAL EXPERIENCE: (List positions held, beginning with the most recent employment, if any)

NAME OF EMPLOYER

ADDRESS:

TITLE/TYPE OF WORK

DATES

(If you are currently employed, please leave the "To - Month/Year" fields blank.)

NAME OF EMPLOYER

ADDRESS:

TITLE/TYPE OF WORK

NAME OF EMPLOYER

ADDRESS:

TITLE/TYPE OF WORK

23. LANGUAGE SKILLS: (Rate yourself Excellent, Good, Fair, or Poor Include all languages in which you have some competence.)

Mother Tongue

LANGUAGE

READING

WRITING

SPEAKING

YEARS STUDIED

EXAMINATION RESULTS

24. EXAMINATION DATES AND TEST SCORES: (Date if taken or future date for taking exams (Month/Year))

Date

Score

Percentile

TOEFL

IELTS

TWE

GMAT

GRE General Exam

Verbal Score

Quantitative Score

Analytical Score

GRE Subject Exam

Subject Name:

Other: Test Name:

Other: Test Name:

25. IF YOU HAVE TRAVELED, LIVED, OR STUDIED IN ANY COUNTRY OTHER THAN YOUR OWN FOR MORE THAN A MONTH, INDICATE PLACES, DATES AND REASONS. (Education, research, business, vacation, etc.)

NOTE: Please limit your response to the size of this text box or five lines of text. Anything over this size will not display or print on your submitted application. Click the "Preview" button at the top of the page to verify that your response will fit.

26. EMERGENCY CONTACT: NAME, ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS TO BE NOTIFIED IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY

IN YOUR HOME COUNTRY

STUDY/RESEARCH OBJECTIVES (S/RO)

27. Write a clear and detailed description of your study/research objectives, and give your reasons for wanting to pursue them. Be specific about your major field and your specialized interests within this field. Describe the kind of program you expect to undertake, and explain how your study plan fits in with your previous training and your future objectives. This statement is an essential part of your application and is required. Do not mention specific U.S. universities at which you would like to study.

PERSONAL STATEMENT (PS)

28. This personal statement should be a narrative statement describing how you have achieved your current goals. It should not be a mere listing of facts. It should include information about your education, practical experience, special interests, and career plans. Describe any significant factors that have influenced your educational or professional development. Comment on the number of years of practical experience already completed in the field in which academic work will be done in the U.S. Do not mention specific U.S. universities at which you would like to study.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae (R/CV)

29. Please include a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae. If you indicate books, articles or theses that are available online, please include the url links. If you have a professional website (e.g. design and visual arts), please include this url as well.

TRANSCRIPT

30. Before uploading an image of your unofficial transcript, please refer to the instructions from your Fulbright Program Office. It is possible that the Fulbright Program Office will accept scanned transcripts. Please click here to review these instructions.

To use this service, please obtain a copy of your transcript(s), convert it into an electronic format, and upload the file on this page. If you have more than one transcript, please upload all of your transcripts as a single document. To find out how to convert your transcript(s) into an electronic format, please click on the "?" button below.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

31. CURRENT MAILING ADDRESS:

32. NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (if applicable)

33. MARITAL STATUS:

34. NUMBER OF DEPENDENTS: (spouse and children)

35. PLEASE DESCRIBE ANY PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT YOU MAY HAVE. (This information is gathered for statistical purposes and to ensure appropriate placement. The Fulbright Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and/or physical impairment.)

NOTE: Please limit your response to the size of this text box or five lines of text. Anything over this size will not display or print on your submitted application. Click the "Preview" button at the top of the page to verify that your response will fit.

36. OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS: Indicate if you are planning to apply for a fellowship, scholarship, assistantship or other educational grant or loan from another organization, government or educational institution. (This information will not prejudice your application.)

NOTE: Please limit your response to the size of this text box or five lines of text. Anything over this size will not display or print on your submitted application. Click the "Preview" button at the top of the page to verify that your response will fit.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

37. REFERENCES: List the names of persons from whom you have requested letters of reference.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and its amendments guarantee students access to educational records concerning them. Students are also permitted to waive their right of access to recommendations.

  • I DO WAIVE my right to inspect the contents of the recommendation.
  • I DO NOT WAIVE my right to inspect the contents of the recommendation.

1. Family Name

First Name

Position

ADDRESS:

2. Family Name

First Name

Position

ADDRESS:

3. Family Name

First Name

Position

ADDRESS:

LETTER OF REFERENCE

instructions

This letter of reference must be written by a teacher under whom the applicant has studied or pursued research in the proposed field of study or by someone who has supervised the applicant in work related to the proposed field of study. This letter must be in English. If not in English, then an accurate translation must be forwarded to the Fulbright Program Office.

NAME OF APPLICANT: COUNTRY:

NAME OF REFEREE:

TITLE

INSTITUTION OR BUSINESS

ADDRESS

1. HOW LONG HAVE YOU KNOWN THE APPLICANT?

2. IN WHAT CAPACITY HAVE YOU KNOWN THE APPLICANT?

I] Teacher or Professor Employer or Job Supervisor III Research Adviser III Other (Please specify)

3. IN THIS RATING CHART, PLEASE EVALUATE THE APPLICANT IN COMPARISON WITH OTHER STUDENTS

WHOM YOU HAVE KNOWN DURING YOUR PROFESSIONAL CAREER.

Intellectual Ability

  • Excellent Very Good Average Below Average Not Applicable

Knowledge of Field

  • Excellent Very Good Average Below Average Not Applicable

Work Habits

  • Excellent Very Good Average Below Average Not Applicable

Motivation to Pursue Graduate Study

  • Excellent Very Good Average Below Average Not Applicable

Seriousness of Purpose

  • Excellent Very Good Average Below Average Not Applicable

Potential For Significant Future Contribution in Field

  • Excellent Very Good Average Below Average Not Applicable

Resourcefulness and Initiative

  • Excellent Very Good Average Below Average Not Applicable

Emotional Maturity

  • Excellent Very Good Average Below Average Not Applicable

Adaptability to New Situations

  • Excellent Very Good Average Below Average Not Applicable

Leadership Qualities

  • Excellent Very Good Average Below Average Not Applicable

Teaching Potential

  • Excellent Very Good Average Below Average Not Applicable

4. Please describe the applicant's qualifications and potential for successfully completing further academic study in the US. Your insights on the following are greatly appreciated:

Applicant‘s outstanding talents

How he or she compares with peers, both academically or in leadership roles

Observation on the applicant's character

38. PROPOSED LENGTH OF STAY IN THE U.S.:

39. APPROXIMATE ARRIVAL DATE:

40. HOW DID YOU LEARN OF THIS YEAR'S FULBRIGHT COMPETITION? (Please indicate all that apply.)

  • Friend or relative
  • Previous Fulbrighter
  • Poster/Flyer
  • University (specify)
  • Newspaper (specify)
  • Other Publication (specify)
  • Fulbright website
  • Internet link (specify)
  • Other (specify)
  • HAVE YOU PARTICIPATED IN ANY OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT SPONSORED PROGRAMS LISTED BELOW? (Check all that apply)
  • English Access Micro Scholarship
  • Global Undergraduate Scholarship (UGRAD)
  • Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study Program (YES)
  • Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX)
  • Study of the US Summer Institute
  • Summer Institute for Young Leaders
  • Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA)
  • Muskie Fellowship
  • Humphrey Fellowship
  • Undergraduate Intensive English Language Scholarship
  • Timor or South Pacific Scholarship
  • Other (specify)

41. AUTHORIZATION OF RELEASE OF INFORMATION:

I authorize the Fulbright Program Office or its administrative agency: Yes No

1) to review, receive, and/or request any standardized test score reports for exams I have taken, including but not limited to TOEFL, TWE, IELTS, GMAT, GRE, SAT, and ACT exams;

2) to send standardized test score reports to U.S. institutions on my behalf;

3) to apply on my behalf to U.S. institutions;

4) to request and receive information on the status of my application, including financial aid, from U.S. institutions; and,

5) to accept and decline offers of admission and financial aid on my behalf.

APPLICATION SIGNATURE

First Name

Family Name

UNIVERSITY PREFERENCES

It is not a requirement nor is it expected for you to identify institutions at which you would like to study. However, if you do have preferences, please list in priority order up to three schools of your choice. Indicate specific departments and/or programs. Give specific reasons for each choice. If you have been in contact with professors, please provide names and email and/or phone contacts for each one. Your preferences will be taken into consideration insofar as possible. However, please understand that there is no guarantee that your application will be sent to these programs. Applications are made on your behalf to programs that provide a good 'academic fit' based on your study plans and your competitiveness. The goals and priorities of your scholarship sponsor are also strongly considered.

46. MOST HIGHLY PREFERRED INSTITUTIONS

1. University

  • Department
  • Degree
  • Specialization/Concentration
  • Specific Reasons and Contacts

2. University

  • Department
  • Degree
  • Specialization/Concentration
  • Specific Reasons and Contacts

3. University

  • Department
  • Degree
  • Specialization/Concentration
  • Specific Reasons and Contacts

47. OTHER INSTITUTIONS IN WHICH YOU MAY BE INTERESTED

  • Please list any other institutions and departments in which you also may be interested. Again, please understand that there is no guarantee that your application will be sent to these programs.

48. INSTITUTIONS TO WHICH YOU HAVE APPLIED

  • It is not expected that you will have applied for admission to U.S. institutions; however, if you have already submitted an application directly to any universities in the U.S. over the past three years, list the names of these institutions and indicate the response you have received, if any.

Please mail letters of admission, letters of invitation, and deferral requests to the address located in the Supplemental Forms section.

  • University
  • Department
  • Date of Application
  • Response to Application

Writing Sample

  • Doctoral candidates can use this area to upload a significant writing sample that can be sent along with your application materials for program review. Although not required in all fields of study, the vast majority of doctoral programs will require an academic writing sample.

TEST SCORES

  • Please upload your copy of any available test score reports. (e.g. TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, etc.). Note that you can only upload one document per page, so you may need to combine files if you have multiple exams.

ADDITIONAL UPLOAD PAGE

  • Please upload any additional documents you would like to include in your application. Be sure to read the application instructions carefully as some countries may require specific information/documents to be uploaded to this page.

Scholarship Seminar Fulbright Essay Tips executive summary


Stage 1: Confirm host country guidelines

Stage 2: Create your resume or curriculum vitae

Stage 3: Identify your contribution

Stage 4: Outline before you write

Stage 5: Write your S/RO before your PS


Thank you for joining us today. I am Vince Ricci, Agos Consulting Director. We are the strongest in Japan at helping you clarify your ideas. We want to give a special thanks to Okada san that organized this event. She is the most popular and successful consultant in Japan by far, and she works way too hard. I am available to help as many of you as possible with your interviews, but before you can work with me, you must get invited to an interview.


I won't be talking today at this seminar about the interview process for Fulbright. There is lots of information on my website and here is the URL to learn more about Fulbright interviews. We also will not be talking today about the recommendation letter process for the Fulbright application. Again, please access my website. You're free to open the URL now if you want and you can read along as we go through the first five steps for completing a Fulbright application.


Those five steps are: confirm, create, identify, outline and write.


You can work with our consultants including Okada san. She is the most experienced consultant in Japan for Fulbright and other scholarship applications. You can work with her on the entire process in Japanese. You can also work with Hayashi Sensei on the written application, uh, doing the process in Japanese if you like. We also have consultants based here in Japan and based in the United States and then England, the UK.


Warren, one of our consultants, is pursuing his Ph.D. at Oxford. If you are considering a Ph.D., We strongly encouraged you to work with Warren because he's gone through the process of getting admitted to a prestigious Ph.D. program.


As you may know, the Fulbright is only for study in the US there is another scholarship called the Chevening Scholarship. They have a handy website for how to get a scholarship for achieving not only for Ph.D. but also for master's degrees and MBA as well. We've helped lots of clients over the years secure a Chevening Scholarship to pursue a variety of degrees including an MBA in the UK.


Back to today's five keywords: confirm, create, identify, outline, and write.


Confirm means to confirm the requirements of the Fulbright application. All the information on my website is not direct. It's my best effort to summarize and share information found on the Fulbright website. But be careful. As with any third party source, you should go directly to the source to confirm the information we try. We do my best to keep it up to date, and if you find incorrect information, please let me know. You can contact me through my website@vinceprep.com slash contact and again, we apologize in advance. I'm not going to be available to help any of you with the written application, but let me know through my website if you find any information on my website that is not correct. We always do my best to make sure that my website is up to date. We know that a lot of the information on my website for programs is not up to date.


The schools have not released the new questions, so I'll be working in the coming months to update the information that we have on my website for deadlines and application requirements for some of the top MBA programs. Our website only with the covers NBA, but at Agos we help people apply to a wide variety of, of MBA programs. Not just the program was featured on my website. We also help people with law applications, master's degrees and Ph.D. programs. My team has the broadest experience in Japan for and probably the world for a wide range of graduate degrees study programs.


Confirm means confirm the requirements and the deadlines. We encourage all of you that we have three goals for you guys today. One is that you get motivated to apply for a Fulbright Scholarship. How many of you are interested in potentially studying in the United States?


The process of applying for a Fulbright Scholarship will accelerate your application process. The deadline for Fulbright is over the summer, but the deadline for most if not all of the programs to which you will apply those deadlines don't come until the fall or the winter. Applying for a Fulbright Scholarship accelerates your application process and makes you more likely to succeed when you do apply to graduate programs. Also, you might get this scholarship from Fulbright.


There are two possible downsides of getting money from Fulbright. One is that you would have to study in the US. The other downside is that if you get the Fulbright Scholarship, you're given a special visa status, which requires you to come back to Japan for at least two years after completing your graduate degree. If your goal is to use graduate study to move to the United States and try to stay there for work right after graduation, again, uh, if you're given the grant, we do suggest you turn it down because you won't be able to do that with the visa that Fulbright gives you.


The Fulbright program is one of the most famous and prestigious scholarships in the world. I am grateful to the Fulbright program because it helped bring me to Japan. My best friend at NYU was there on a Fulbright Scholarship. After graduation, he had to return to Japan. A year later, he called me up and asked me to come over here to help him with a project. I'm personally very grateful to the Fulbright program.


The second key word is create. Create means create your resume. A resume is a very useful document, not only for graduate admissions and Fulbright Scholarships but for anything you want to do for your career. If you want to work for a global firm, you will eventually need an English language resume. Our team over the years has created thousands of resumes, and we are ready to help you create yours. After this seminar, please review my site and go through all of my free tips and resources for making your resume. Then see one of our consultants to make the final document.


The next keyword that I'll be talking about today is identify – identify your contribution. My first goal for you today is to motivate you to apply for a Fulbright Scholarship. Our second goal for you today is to understand the meaning of the concept of contribution. It is the most valuable concept in the admissions process. Knowing your contribution and clearly articulating your contribution helps differentiate you from other applicants, and you have to differentiate or die. If you can't differentiate yourself from other applicants, you will not be able to secure a Fulbright Scholarship or admission to a top graduate school.


Contribution can mean a contributing money. In this case, that's not the meaning that we intend because thankfully, in this case, the Fulbright Scholarship is very well funded. You don't need to give them money. They will be the ones giving you money. On the other hand, they are not likely to give you any money if you cannot articulate your contribution to the Fulbright community and your alignment with the Fulbright mission.


The Fulbright mission is a wonderful thing. After World War II, a US Senator named Fulbright Senator Fulbright created this scholarship as a way to connect the world with the United States. As you know, after the war, there was lots of destruction around the world, and the U s was thankfully spared most of that destruction. The United States did not, uh, people lost their lives, but there was not large-scale destruction of the country as happened here in Japan. Senator Fulbright wanted to help rebuild the world through education, and he wanted to create a fund that would send Americans out into the world to pursue graduate studies and also bring non-Americans to the United States to pursue their studies in the US. One by one he was helping to rebuild the world and create lasting peace. It's a really beautiful mission, and once you understand that mission, you can try to think about what you can add to that community.


The Fulbright brand carries a lot of weight in the United States. The Fulbright network includes prime ministers and presidents, government leaders, leaders from business, art, society, culture, artists, musicians; even athletes have received Fulbright grants. If you are lucky enough to be granted a Fulbright award, you have access to that network. It's like basically a huge database of people around the world who are well established and can be helpful to you.

My best friend when I was getting my masters in Digital Media Design for Learning at NYU was an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker who secured a Fulbright scholarship to study in the states. We collaborated well on multiple projects because we had complimentary skill sets. I don't know how to tell stories visually, and he had never taught in a classroom. The brand value of the Fulbright network helped him get an apartment. He had the most fantastic apartment I've ever seen in Brooklyn. He convinced the landloard to rent it to him in part because he showed the landlord his letter of acceptance from the Fulbright Commission. It's a very well respected degree in the US, and it opened doors for him.


To join that community, you need to be able to show what you can offer, which would be your analytical skills or your technical skills or your interpersonal skills. Something about what you have done should be unique and valuable. My team at Agos can best help you figure that out because we can benchmark you against people we've helped over the years that were given Fulbright awards. We can help you know if your contribution sounds unique and valuable. An identifying your contribution to Fulbright or the graduate school to which you are applying is one of the ways that my team at Argos can help you. It's one of the ways that we can live up to the mission of August, which is to help you maximize your value.


We want to motivate you to apply for scholarships including Fulbright. The process will accelerate your process, increase your chances of success, and leave you with valuable life skills.


The second goal is that you understand the concept of contribution and my third goal for today is to help you learn how to ask good questions at events like this. Asking questions is highly valued in my culture, Western culture, American culture. Asking a good question is a way to get noticed and to stand out again, to differentiate yourself from other applicants and also to express indirectly your contribution. Asking good questions is a contribution because it helps others learn.


Have you heard of The Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC)? AIGAC is the only professional association in the world specifically for people like my team and me. I'm a former president of AIGAC, where I served on the board for six years. AIGAC allows us to talk directly to admissions directors. One of the complaints that we hear from admissions officers is that the Japanese are a little too shy about asking questions. Today, we want to encourage you to ask me questions when I'm done talking, which will be in about eight minutes.


Here are my best essay tips. First, outline your essays before you write them. Organize your ideas before you just start writing. That will make the writing process more efficient and effective for you. My Agos team are some of the world's leading experts on helping you brainstorm your stories and organize your ideas so that the writing process we'll be more efficient and effective basically. Maximize the value of your time that is spent outlining and writing your application essays. There's lots of advice on my website, lots of links about how exactly to do that. Writing well is a valuable life skill. Thus, we encourage you to apply for a Fulbright award because the process makes you a better person.


You need a resume. You need to know how to outline and write to be admitted anywhere. You need to know how to express your ideas and persuade others. That is leadership. When it comes to writing the essays, we encourage you to write the essays in reverse order. The Fulbright application asks you first to write about your personal background. The, your personal statement is a one-page essay outlining your background, and it's tough to know what to include in that one-page document. One page is quite short. All of you have led full lives and you could write about all kinds of stuff. You could write about your childhood, you could write about your school, your elementary school, middle School, and high school experiences. You could write about your professional experience. You could write about your personal life and your hobbies, your family.


What are you going to write about? That's hard to know if you don't know your goals. We encourage you to write your goals first. In this case, Fulbright calls "goals" S/RO.


We invite you to write about the future before you write about the past. When it comes to Fulbright, the essay about your goals is called the study/research objectives (S/R). It is your study plan. How will you spend your time in the states? We encourage you to write an outline and then write your study plan before you try to outline and write your statement.


When it comes to your study objectives, you have to show readers why you must study in America. What can you only learn in America that you cannot learn in Japan? That’s we think the core question that you need to answer in the study and research objectives. What knowledge are you going to America to get that you will then bring back to Japan? That is the mission of Fulbright again, to bridge our two countries, in this case, the United States in Japan, so that you can go to the United States, get some advanced knowledge, and then bring that knowledge back to help your country be more competitive, more effective in the world as a leading country.


You need to write as much detail about your study/research objectives as you can in one page. We can help you clarify your study/ research objectives.


Mayumi UENO went to Harvard Kennedy School to study ways that the United States was using to protect victims of human trafficking. These victims were afraid to testify against the criminals that were harming them. Once she identified that she had to go with us to learn how this program is working and then bring that best practice back to Japan and implemented here, um, she clarified that well.


When she knew what she needed to study, it was much easier to write her statement. The personal statement essentially supports the claim that she made, that she was the best person to go and learn that system and then bring that system back and implement, localize and implement that system here in Japan. She used her personal statement to prove that she was the best person to realize her study and research objectives and stop this horrible crime. Once you know what you want to study, it's a lot easier to figure out what parts of your background support study your research objective.


Now there are programs in Japan where you can learn instructional design designed for, you know, digital media design for learning that those kinds of programs now exist at Keio and towed. We and other leading universities have programs in that field, but at the time there weren't any programs like that in Japan. He could identify how he could become a bridge to go to the US and get new skills and add those to his existing skills as a filmmaker to bring a critical field back to Japan. He’s now utilizing that skill in his business. His company is called act advent and later on, I'll put that link up on my website to his company. You can see the work he's doing now, which is quite outstanding.


Thanks again for joining us today. We wish you the very best with your Fulbright application and with everything you're doing.


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