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Title: Tips for Writing A Strong Project Essay for the Fulbright Scholar Program


1
Tips for Writing A Strong Project Essay for
the Fulbright Scholar Program
  • Myron O. Stachiw
  • Director, Fulbright Program in Ukraine
  • mstachiw_at_fulbright.com.ua myron.stachiw_at_gmail.co
    m

2
What is a Fulbright Grant?
  • An opportunity to live and study in a foreign
    land and culture (U.S.)

3
What is a Fulbright Grant?
  • An opportunity to live and study in a foreign
    land and culture (U.S.)
  • An opportunity to represent your country of
    origin and its educational and scientific system
    to others

4
What is a Fulbright Grant?
  • An opportunity to live and study in a foreign
    land and culture (U.S.)
  • An opportunity to represent your country of
    origin and its educational and scientific system
    to others
  • An opportunity to study and/or conduct deep
    research on a subject or topic

5
What is a Fulbright Grant?
  • An opportunity to live and study in a foreign
    land and culture (U.S.)
  • An opportunity to represent your country of
    origin and its educational and scientific system
    to others
  • An opportunity to study and/or conduct deep
    research on a subject or topic
  • An opportunity to collaborate with U.S. scholars
    and a U.S. institution of higher education

6
What is a Fulbright Grant?
  • An opportunity to live and study in a foreign
    land and culture (U.S.)
  • An opportunity to represent your country of
    origin and its educational and scientific system
    to others
  • An opportunity to study and/or conduct deep
    research on a subject or topic
  • An opportunity to collaborate with U.S. scholars
    and a U.S. institution of higher education
  • An opportunity to create long-term contacts with
    U.S. scholars and institutions

7
The Application
  • The act of entering into the competition for a
    Fulbright Scholar grant

8
The Application
  • The act of entering into the competition for a
    Fulbright Scholar grant
  • A formal statement and presentation of
  • Personal data
  • home and current address, date of birth, current
    status as employee major accomplishments,
    publications, fellowships family information
    past experiences overseas, etc.

9
The Application
  • The act of entering into the competition for a
    Fulbright Scholar grant
  • A formal statement and presentation of
  • Personal data
  • home and current address, date of birth, current
    status as employee major accomplishments
    family information past experiences overseas,
    etc.
  • Academic/professional qualifications
  • Education professional activities
    publications, fellowships, patents, etc. three
    letters of support from your selected referees
    (colleagues, employers, academic administrators,
    etc.) translated into English language
    proficiency, etc.

10
The Application
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae
  • Education (universities, degrees, dates)
  • Positions held
  • Courses taught and other services provided to
    students and the home institutions
  • Publications (full citations, starting with most
    recent)
  • Other professional activities (workshops,
    seminars, consultations)
  • Membership and activities in professional
    associations
  • Professional honors, awards and fellowships
  • Community service

11
The Application
  • Institutional Affiliation Preferences
  • The program is intended to support deep,
    directed, and advanced research/study, not
    initial explorations of new topics.
  • List up to three institutions with which you
    would like to be affiliated, together with the
    reasons for these potential affiliations. You
    are strongly advised to make contact with one or
    more of these institutions before submitting your
    application, and to have a letter of invitation
    and offer of collaboration in hand when you apply
    from the scholar or department head with whom you
    wish to collaborate most closely (especially if
    you will need to work in a laboratory or with
    special equipment).

12
The Application
  • Institutional Affiliation Preferences
  • The identification of a scholar or groups of
    scholars at specific institutions with whom you
    would like to collaborate indicates that you have
    given considerable thought to the realization of
    your project. A letter of invitation from these
    scholars and institutions reflects their interest
    in your project and their willingness to
    collaborate with you. As a major goal of the
    Fulbright Program is mutual enrichment of all of
    the participants (grantees and hosts), it is
    important that you have such evidence of
    potential collaboration. Your application will
    be much stronger with such a potential connection
    to a US institution.

13
The Application
  • Course Syllabi
  • While few Ukrainian scholars are invited to teach
    entire courses, several scholars in the past few
    years have received such invitations.
  • If you are asked to teach a course, provide up to
    10 pages of sample syllabi you will teach or have
    taught.
  • You may also choose to provide a list of
    individual lectures in your field of
    specialization and about your research that you
    could share with students, faculty, and other
    scholars. This will allow your host institution
    to consider the option of having you deliver one
    or more lectures during your stay.

14
The Detailed Project Statement
  • The project statement is the most important
    component of the Fulbright application. Those
    scholars with the most compelling,
    theoretically-sound, well-written, and feasible
    proposal are generally recommended for awards.

15
The Detailed Project Statement
  • The project statement is the most important
    component of the Fulbright application. Those
    scholars with the most compelling,
    theoretically-sound, well-written, feasible
    proposal are generally recommended for awards.
  • Explain your proposed project, and the strategy
    for completing it, in a statement of three to
    five single-spaced pages (maximum 3,500 words).
  • Do not exceed the page limit (5) of the
    proposal.

16
The Detailed Project Statement
  • The project statement is the most important
    component of the Fulbright application. Those
    scholars with the most compelling,
    theoretically-sound, well-written, feasible
    proposal are generally recommended for awards.
  • Explain your proposed project, and the strategy
    for completing it, in a statement of three to
    five single-spaced pages (maximum 3,500 words).
  • Do not exceed the page limit (5) of the
    proposal.
  • Attach a select bibliography of no more than
    three pages (2,100 words), to your proposed
    research.

17
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Content
  • The project statement should introduce you
    professionally to your colleagues in the U.S.

18
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Content
  • The project statement should introduce you
    professionally to your colleagues in the U.S.
  • Make sure your qualifications and expertise match
    the objectives in your project statement. Show
    that you are qualified to accomplish what you
    propose to do.

19
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Content
  • The project statement should introduce you
    professionally to your colleagues in the U.S.
  • Make sure your qualifications and expertise match
    the objectives in your project statement. Show
    that you are qualified to accomplish what you
    propose to do.
  • Emphasize how your project will benefit the host
    institution or other scholars in your country and
    in the U.S. What is the likely impact of your
    experience abroad? To whom? How will you use this
    experience upon your return, professionally and
    personally?

20
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Content
  • The project statement should introduce you
    professionally to your colleagues in the U.S.
  • Make sure your qualifications and expertise match
    the objectives in your project statement. Show
    that you are qualified to accomplish what you
    propose to do.
  • Emphasize how your project will benefit the host
    institution or other scholars in your country and
    in the U.S. What is the likely impact of your
    experience abroad? To whom? How will you use this
    experience upon your return, professionally and
    personally?
  • Focus on what can be reasonably accomplished
    during the period of the grant.

21
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Content
  • Explain the projects significance and its
    importance to the field . Use language that
    will be understood by ALL reviewers, as some
    will be outside your field.

22
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Content
  • Explain the projects significance and its
    importance to the field . Use language that
    will be understood by ALL reviewers, as some
    will be outside your field.
  • Connect your past experience to what you are
    proposing to do if you receive the award. Make
    a clear case for yourself based on your past
    experience and current scholarly endeavors.

23
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Content
  • Explain the projects significance and its
    importance to the field . Use language that
    will be understood by ALL reviewers, not just
    specialists, as some members of the review and
    selection committee will be outside your field.
  • Connect your past experience to what you are
    proposing to do if you receive the award. Make
    a clear case for yourself based on your past
    experience and current scholarly endeavors.
  • Do not stress how a Fulbright grant will benefit
    only you or your career. Remember the programs
    primary goal is to foster mutual understanding
    between cultures and nations.

24
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Content
  • Discuss any preparatory steps you have taken or
    will take before starting your grant. For
    example, if you plan to bring to the U.S. samples
    such as tissue, plants, chemicals, etc., indicate
    that you have addressed this with the Fulbright
    Office or with the U.S. Embassy and with your
    prospective host, if known, in order to determine
    what clearance and approval processes are
    needed.

25
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Content
  • Organize your proposal in order of the following
    points, and use them as headings for sections of
    text in your statement.
  • Background Introduce the research topic. Place
    the project in academic or professional context
    by referring to major works by others on the
    subject (with proper citations).

26
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Content
  • Organize your proposal in order of the following
    points, and use them as headings for sections of
    text in your statement.
  • Background Introduce the research topic. Place
    the project in academic or professional context
    by referring to major works by others on the
    subject (with proper citations).
  • Objectives Clearly define the aims of the
    project.

27
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Content
  • Methodology Describe the project and explain
    the approach, methods, and plan you will use (for
    example, interviews, library or archival
    research, or laboratory experiments). Indicate
    whether the research will be qualitative or
    quantitative (or both). Be prepared to answer
    detailed questions about your research plan and
    the methodology you propose to use in the U.S to
    accomplish your goals.

28
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Content
  • Methodology Describe the project and explain
    the approach, methods, and plan you will use (for
    example, interviews, library or archival
    research, or laboratory experiments). Indicate
    whether the research will be qualitative or
    quantitative (or both). Be prepared to answer
    detailed questions about your research plan and
    the methods you propose to use in the U.S to
    accomplish your goals.
  • Significance - Explain the importance of the
    project for the field, Ukraine, and your own
    professional development. Indicate what effect
    you expect the opportunity to have on your
    teaching or professional work in Ukraine.
    Describe briefly the expected impact of your
    participation on your home institution,
    community, or professional field.

29
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Content
  • Evaluation and Dissemination Describe plans for
    assessment and distribution of research results
    in Ukraine and elsewhere.

30
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Content
  • Evaluation and Dissemination Describe plans for
    assessment and distribution of research results
    in Ukraine and elsewhere.
  • Justification for Residence in the U.S. for the
    Proposed Project - Indicate very specifically why
    it is necessary for the accomplishment of the
    project to conduct research in the U.S. Do you
    need to access specific archives? To laboratory
    equipment? To a group of scholars?

31
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Content
  • Evaluation and Dissemination Describe plans for
    assessment and distribution of research results
    in Ukraine and elsewhere.
  • Justification for Residence in the U.S. for the
    Proposed Project - Indicate very specifically
    why it is necessary for the accomplishment of the
    project to conduct research in the U.S. Do you
    need to access specific archives? To laboratory
    equipment? To a group of scholars?
  • Duration - Explain how the project can be
    completed within the time period proposed. It
    might be useful to break down the tasks in terms
    of weeks or months (not specific dates, but
    duration).

32
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Content
  • English Proficiency - Describe your schooling in
    English, use of English and level of competence
    in speaking, writing, and reading.

33
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Content
  • English Proficiency - Describe your schooling in
    English, use of English and level of competence
    in speaking, writing, and reading.
  • Other - If applicable, indicate the quantity,
    format, and transportation requirements for any
    botanical, zoological, or mineral samples that
    you will need to bring to the U.S. for analysis.

34
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Style
  • Express what you can bring to the program clearly
    and succinctly
  • Why should I apply for a Fulbright award to come
    to the U.S.?
  • If selected, what will I do and how will I do it?
  • What preparations have I made?
  • What can I contribute to the Fulbright Program?
  • What will be the results of my participation?

35
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Style
  • Express what you can bring to the program clearly
    and succinctly
  • Why should I apply for a Fulbright award to come
    to the U.S.?
  • If selected, what will I do and how will I do it?
  • What preparations have I made?
  • What can I contribute to the Fulbright Program?
  • What will be the results of my participation?
  • Include only the most pertinent information do
    not
  • exceed the five page limit. On the other hand,
    do not
  • be so brief that your intentions are not
    understandable.

36
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Style
  • Grab the readers attention quickly and state
    clearly what you want to do, why it is
    important, and how you will do it.

37
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Style
  • Grab the readers attention quickly and state
    clearly what you want to do, why it is
    important, and how you will do it.
  • Emphasize key points in the first paragraph of
    the proposal. It is not helpful if reviewers
    have to search through the project statement to
    find the main points quickly. Remember, they
    often read many applications.

38
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Style
  • Grab the readers attention quickly and state
    clearly what you want to do, why it is
    important, and how you will do it.
  • Emphasize key points in the first paragraph of
    the proposal. It is not helpful if reviewers
    have to search through the project statement to
    find the main points quickly. Remember, they
    often read many applications.
  • Use the rest of your proposal to support your
    statements made in the opening paragraphs.

39
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Style
  • Keep your proposal simple and straightforward so
    that an educated reader from another discipline
    can understand it. Avoid using specialized
    jargon and complicated formulas to explain what
    you plan to do and why it is important.

40
The Detailed Project Statement
  • Style
  • Keep your proposal simple and straightforward so
    that an educated reader from another discipline
    can understand it. Avoid using specialized
    jargon and complicated formulas to explain what
    you plan to do and why it is important.
  • Pay attention to style in your proposal. You may
    want to use the first person, but you should
    avoid flooding your proposal with Is or
    referring to yourself in the third person
    (she/he).

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  • GOOD LUCK !
  • If you have questions about the application, the
    on-line procedure for completing and submitting
    the application, university affiliations, or on
    any other issues, please contact
  • Fulbright Scholar Program Officer
  • Natalia Zalutska
  • (044)-287-0777
  • nzalutska_at_fulbright.com.ua

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