USC Advising Guide

The month-by-month Advising Guide is a suggested timeline for applicants applying for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program through USC.  It is normal and should be expected to write multiple drafts of your statements and we encourage you to have thoughtful conversations with faculty mentor, peers and advisors along the way.  If you prefer to work towards a goal in small chunks, this timeline may be a good fit for you.


February    


March   


April

  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program Application Opens! Begin an application and register to apply through USC
  • Attend the USC 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
  • Contact your references to confirm their commitment to write a letter
  • Review examples of successful Fulbright essays in STU 300 – no appointment needed!
  • Make an appointment with The Writing Center – bring essay prompts and drafts of 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 admission application process and affiliation for host university
  • ETA Applicants: Research the education system in host country
  • If applicable: Secure a Foreign Language Evaluator (a professor who teaches the target language)
  • Reach out to AHF staff if you have questions on any of the above: ahfstaff@usc.edu

May

  • Opt in the the AHF Fulbright Friday Newsletter
  • Make progress on all points from April
  • Check in with your Fulbright faculty mentor to update them on your progress before leaving for summer
  • Note: AHF Fulbright Advising staff are not available for one-on-one advising appointments after April 19 and through Commencement

June

  • AHF Fulbright Friday Newsletters begin!
  • Participate in an AHF Fulbright Statement Advisement Day
  • Register for an Upcoming Fulbright Webinar and watch applicable Recorded Webinars hosted by Fulbright IIE Staff
  • Make progress on all points from April

July        

  • Deadline to Register your Fulbright application through USC
  • Participate in an AHF Fulbright Statement Advisement Day
  • Register for an Upcoming Fulbright Webinar and watch applicable Recorded Webinars hosted by Fulbright IIE Staff
  • Make progress on all points from April

August

  • Request an official copy of transcripts from all institutions attended (do NOT use STARS or OASIS reports)
  • Register for an Upcoming Fulbright Webinar and watch applicable Recorded Webinars hosted by Fulbright IIE Staff
  • Make progress on all points from April
  • End of August: USC Campus Deadline to submit all application materials

September

  • Mid September: Study/Research Campus Evaluation and Feedback Meetings with faculty
  • Mid/late-September: ETA Campus Evaluation and Feedback Meetings with faculty

October

  • National Fulbright U.S. Student Program Deadline

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