Do I know what I want to study or research overseas and why?
Do I know why I want to teach English overseas?
A vital part of any application is the enthusiasm for, and understanding of, a period of study or research overseas. This is true whether you are applying as a graduating senior or as an advanced graduate student. The core of a Fulbright application is the argument that you make for the importance of your experience abroad, whether it be for academic study, research overseas, or teaching English. While Fulbright considers other aspects of an application, priority is given to your expressed goals.
Is my academic record strong enough?
Although there is no minimum grade point requirement, the Fulbright Awards are academically competitive, and it is unusual for recipients to have a GPA below 3.5.
Am I someone who is interested in things outside of the academic area and do I have experiences I can share that show these interests?
The Fulbright looks for evidence of non-academic interests and pursuits. Your extracurricular involvement and achievements can be in any area (e.g., volunteer activities, student organizations, work, and sports). These activities should be meaningful aspects of your life, and you should have a comfort level when talking and writing about them.
Do I have faculty members, advisors and/or business supervisors who I know well enough to ask for the references, and will they be able to speak to my qualifications and character to support my application?
The Fulbright requires three letters of recommendation and a language evaluation if required. At least two of the three references should be from those who have known you in an academic setting and who are able to comment on your other characteristics. From our experience, students who are successful in obtaining this grant have very detailed references from faculty, supervisors, advisors, etc. If possible, references should provide an in-depth evaluation of a student based on a relationship with faculty/advisor/supervisor who have engaged with you in more than a large class or general setting.
Do I need to have contacts in the country where I am applying?
If you are applying for the Study Research Grant, you are required to identify and submit an official Affiliation Letter as a component of your application. This in-country support contact is most often affiliated with a university or organization. The Fulbright committees needs to feel confident that you will have the support and guidance necessary to conduct your proposed project in your host country.