Fulbright Applicant Timeline

Use of this month-by-month timeline is required for applicants applying for the Fulbright through USC. Compelling applications are the result of months of planning and preparation. Please note that multiple statement drafts and thoughtful conversations with faculty, peers and advisors will be part of a successful Fulbright journey. Embarking on a Fulbright application is an investment in yourself and the communities you will work with abroad and we wish you happy travels!

See the USC Campus Deadlines page for more specific dates. 


February    


March   

  • Attend Fulbright Writing Workshop Series
  • Select your country and grant type
  • Identify your Fulbright faculty mentor – This should be someone in your field who will write one of your letters of recommendation and can provide feedback on your Statement of Grant Purpose. It is strongly suggested that ETA applicants talk with someone from the host country.

April

  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program Application Opens! Begin a 2018-2019 competition application.
  • To register your application through USC, create an account and complete the following sections:
    1. Preliminary Information
    2. Personal Information (including email address!)
    3. Program Information questions #21-26
    4. Select the University of Southern California for question #25
    5. Save your application at the bottom of the screen. Voilà, you’re registered!
  • Attend Fulbright Writing Workshop Series
  • Meet your USC Subject Librarian and explore Research Guides by Subject
  • Meet with your Fulbright faculty mentor(s) to discuss your application
  • Work on Statement of Grant Purpose and Personal Statements – tailored to your host country’s program description (it is normal to write 10-12 drafts!)
  • Contact your references to confirm their commitment to write a letter on your behalf. Give them drafts of your statements and a current resume
  • Review examples of successful Fulbright essays in AHF office in STU 300 – no appointment needed!
  • Make an appointment with The Writing Center – bring essay prompts and drafts for BOTH essays to the appointment (FYI: The Writing Center closes most of May and August)
  • Study/Research Applicants: Reach out to contacts in host country to secure a letter of affiliation
  • Graduate Study Applicants: Work on graduate admissions application process for host university
  • ETA Applicants: Research the education system in host country
  • If applicable: Secure a Foreign Language Evaluator. (Evaluator should be a professor who teaches the target language.)
  • Reach out to AHF staff if you have questions ahfstaff@usc.edu

May

  • AHF Fulbright Advising staff are not available for one-on-one advising appointments after April 14 and through Commencement
  • Make progress on all points from April – Your country and grant type selection should be finalized
  • Check in with your Fulbright faculty mentor to update them on your progress

June

  • AHF Fulbright Friday Newsletters begin!  Only applicants who have registered to apply for Fulbright through USC will receive the Newsletter.
  • Register for an Upcoming Fulbright Information Session with Fulbright IIE Staff and watch applicable Recorded Webinars hosted by Fulbright IIE Staff
  • Check in with your Fulbright faculty mentor
  • Make progress on all points from April
  • Participate in AHF Summer Writing Advisement

July        

  • Deadline to Register your Fulbright application through USC and be eligible to participate in Campus Interviews with faculty
  • Register for an Upcoming Fulbright Information Session with Fulbright IIE Staff and watch applicable Recorded Webinars hosted by Fulbright IIE Staff
  • Make progress on all points from April
  • Participate in AHF Summer Writing Advisement

August

  • Request an official copy of transcripts from all institutions attended (do NOT use STARS or OASIS reports)
  • Register for an Upcoming Fulbright Information Session with Fulbright IIE Staff and watch applicable Recorded Webinars hosted by Fulbright IIE Staff
  • Make progress on all points from April

September

  • First Week of September: USC Campus deadline to submit all application materials
  • Mid September: Study/Research Campus Committee Evaluation Interviews
  • Mid-September: ETA Campus Committee Evaluation Interviews

October

  • National Fulbright U.S. Student Program Deadline

 

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