The Fulbright application includes the following components:
The CV should include details about work experience, publications, and participation in scientific conferences. The selection committee will also consider GPA scores from the previous level of study.
The essay holds significant weight in the application process. The final decision depends on how effectively the applicant presents their experiences through these essays.
First essay — a personal statement or motivation letter. It should reveal aspects of the applicant that cannot be conveyed through the application form. The goal is to connect personal background, work experience, and academic achievements with plans for studying in the United States. To effectively structure their narrative, applicants should answer three key questions:
- Why me? — Highlight relevant study and/or work experiences related to your chosen master's program. It is important to showcase what has been learned from these experiences, the skills and knowledge gained, and how they have influenced personal growth.
- Why here? — Explain the reasons for choosing the US and specific universities. What unique opportunities do these institutions offer? Why are these opportunities unavailable elsewhere? Is there a particular supervisor or faculty that interests you?
- Why now? — Outline your short and long-term plans. What will you do with the acquired knowledge and opportunities?
In the personal statement, avoid repeating information already provided in the questionnaire and resume. Instead, focus on sharing new and unique details.
Second essay — a study objective. It requires a more specific description of academic goals, focusing on the curriculum and future graduation project. It is important to demonstrate highly specialized knowledge and not only emphasize the scientific novelty of your work, but also its potential benefits for your home country. It is advisable to share the research plan with a supervisor to receive feedback on any weaknesses.
Stages of the Fulbright application
- Register on the scholarship website and follow the detailed instructions.
- Create an online application in your personal account and attach all the required documents.
- Documents should be translated or initially prepared in English.
First selection stage
- The commission evaluates applications and screens out up to 90% of the candidates.
- Those who pass the selection are invited to the next stage.
- Candidates take the TOEFL exam, with the expenses covered by Fulbright.
- Based on the exam results, the commission selects a university for each candidate, taking their preferences into account.
- Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements set by universities based on their exam scores are eliminated from the process.
- The finalists are required to undergo an interview with the scholarship commission conducted in English.
- The interview lasts for 20 minutes and includes questions about the candidate's personality, academic background, learning goals, and motivation.
- The commission publishes the final lists of scholarship winners based on TOEFL scores and interview performance.
The start and end dates of each stage may be subject to change. For accurate and up-to-date information, refer to the official scholarship website.
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