Fulbright Student Scholarships 2015-2016


** Want to see the list of W&M student Fulbrighters abroad in 2013-2014?  **


The W&M Fulbright application process is open to graduating seniors, graduate students, and alumni of the College.  The Fulbright Program Advisor (FPA) is Director of Fellowships Lisa Grimes [[lmgrim]].


The campus deadline for ETA grants is 12 noon on Monday, September 15, 2014.
The campus deadline for full grants is 12 noon on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Submitting sends your application to Lisa. She will be able to release it back to you after your interview.

Interviews will begin soon after the deadlines.

The earlier you start working on your application, the stronger and more competitive it will be.

*Explore the Fulbright Prezi created by W&M Peer Scholarship Advisors for an overview of the application process.

*Read the information on the Fulbright website very carefully, particularly the requirements of the country you're applying to.  Note that Fulbright has stopped printing booklets listing the country descriptions - everything is online now.

*Subscribe to the Applicant Blog which focuses on specific world region / country program issues and contains articles written by Fulbright program managers and former and current Fulbrighters, as well as tips for completing the application.  Check out the Fulbright podcasts as well.

*Meet with a Peer Scholarship Advisor to talk about your ideas / get feedback on your essays.  Click here to see their office hours and contact information.  PSAs are available to review essays NOW.  Email your drafts to peerscholadvice AT gmail DOT com

*Register on the Embark application system starting May 1, 2014.  Be sure to select William and Mary as your institution whether you're a graduating senior, a graduate student, or an alum applying through the College.

N.B. Recent alumni are encouraged to apply through W&M!  We will work with you throughout the process and, if you aren't in the area, we will arrange phone or skype interviews.

*Submit your completed application online (this includes uploading transcripts) by the deadline.  Please keep in mind that this sends the application to campus Fulbright Program Advisor Lisa Grimes, not Fulbright.  You will be able to edit your application later in the process so please do not worry about hitting submit!

*Your language evaluation form (if required) and letters of recommendation are also due online by the deadline.  Note that you will be able to submit your part of the application even if all of these items have not been submitted.  No hard copies are required!

N.B. Ask your recommenders / language evaluator to write for you as early as possible, and be sure to talk with them about your application and motivation for applying for a Fulbright.  It's up to you to make sure they have as much information as possible about you and about why you want to carry out this research / teach English abroad so that they can write a strong letter.  

*For research or study applicants (not ETAs): Upload your hard copy letter of affiliation, with original signature, as soon as you have it.  Talk with Lisa about what to do with letters that come in after the campus deadline.  See this page for information on affiliations.

*All applications are distributed to campus committees for review, and these committees will conduct interviews soon after the deadline. Committees will consist of William & Mary faculty members, likely with some expertise in the area of the world pertinent to your application. Interviews will last about 20 minutes; part of the interview will be in the language of the proposal country (if applicable). Committees are asked to evaluate: the candidates' academic or professional qualifications (especially in relation to the proposed project); the validity and feasibility of the proposed project; language qualifications; evidence of maturity, motivation, and adaptability to a different cultural environment; knowledge of host country; impression candidate will make abroad as a citizen representing the U.S.

N.B. Please note that there is no screening of applications at the campus level. ALL applications are submitted to campus committees for review, evaluation and rating, all applicants are interviewed, and all applications are forwarded, along with the campus rating and evaluation, to IIE in New York.  Because the committees use the materials submitted by the deadlines and the interview to establish the campus rating for each candidate, applicants should consider those materials as the final version and should submit the most complete and polished application as possible.

* Final applications must be submitted online by noon on October 13, 2014.

* W&M Fulbright Program Advisor Lisa Grimes compiles committee comments for the campus evaluations and submits all applications to IIE US Student Programs by the national deadline of October 14, 2014.

*IIE National Screening Committees review the applications and recommend applications for further review by supervising agencies abroad. All applicants are notified of their status (whether or not their application has been recommended to the supervising agency in their host country) by the end of January.

*Applications are reviewed further by supervising agencies abroad, particularly as to placement at foreign universities. These agencies make their recommendations to the Scholarship Board.

*Final selection for Fulbright grants is made by the Scholarship Board. Selection is made taking into account the recommendations of the National Screening Committee, availability of funds, approval of the supervising agencies abroad, and other program requirements. Final notification may come anywhere from mid-March to the end of June.

Congratulations to these Fulbright Students Scholars who will be abroad in 2013-2014

  • Sophie Berman - English Teachins Assistantship in Colombia
  • Chris Engebretson - English Teaching Assistantship in Indonesia
  • Brett Evans - Academic Grant to the United Kingdom for an MA in Classical Reception at the University of Bristol
  • Angela Hales - English Teaching Assistantship in Luxembourg (declined)
  • Libby Hennemuth - English Teaching Assistantship in Germany
  • Morrison Mast - Academic Grant to Panama, "Laying Foundations for Sea Turtle Research and Conservation in Armila, Kuna Yala" 
  • Alex McGrath - English Teaching Assistantship in Russia
  • Dana McKelvey - English Teaching Assistantship in Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Kristine Mosuela - English Teaching Assistantship in Mongolia
  • Dylan Murray - Academic Grant to Brazil, "Environmental and Economic Impacts of Amazonian Payment for Ecosystem Services Programs"
  • Emma Paynter - English Teaching Assistantship in Germany
  • Judson Peverall - English Teaching Assistanship in Germany
  • Michelle Repper - Academic Grant to India to research Amrita Sher-Gil and the Search for an Indian Identity 
  • Mariel Tavakoli - English Teaching Assistantship to the Czech Republic
  • Kyra Zemanick - English Teaching Assistantship in Norway

These candidates have been named alternates:

  • Amanda Gibson - Panama
  • Delaney Osborn - English Teaching Assistantship in Indonesia 
  • Jenna Swalin - Spain
  • Elizabeth Tompkins - Sweden

Kayla Grant and Angela Hales have been awarded scholarships by the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF).

William and Mary students have been awarded Fulbrights to Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkino Faso, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Sserbia, Slovakia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Turkey, Uganda, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.