UC San Diego Internal Deadline for US Student Fulbright Program

UC San Diego’s internal deadline to apply for the 2016-17 US Student Fulbright Program is Monday, September 7, 2015.

By that date, your entire application must be complete. This includes all three letters of recommendation, your foreign language evaluation(s), and your letter of affiliation, if applicable.

If you are interested in applying for the Fulbright this fall, please email gradadvisor AT ucsd DOT edu as soon as possible.

UCSD Internal Application Deadline for 2015-16 Fulbright Program

UCSD’s internal application deadline for the US Student Fulbright Program is September 10, 2014.

The Fulbright program lets you go abroad for approximately one year to conduct research, work toward a graduate degree, complete an arts project, or teach English.

Students interested in the Fulbright program should contact Zoe Ziliak Michel at gradadvisor AT ucsd DOT edu as soon as possible.

How to Choose Which Country to Apply to for an ETA


Students applying for research or study grants usually come to me knowing what country (or at least region) they want to apply to, but those applying for ETAs often need help choosing a country.  The first step to deciding on a country is to read the country summaries for all the countries you’re considering.  To do this, start here.

Here are some things to pay attention to while reading the country summaries:

What school level would you be teaching?
Some countries place you in a university classroom, while others place you in a high school or even elementary school.  When selecting your country, think about what age children you want to be teaching, and find a country whose assignments match your interests.

How much English teaching experience does the country require or allow?
Some countries prefer applicants who have a TEFL certificate or at least some EFL/ESL teaching experience.  Other countries prefer candidates who will be teaching English for the first time.  Last year, I sat in on a review panel for ETAs to Germany, and the reviewers nixed many applicants for being overqualified!  Make sure to find a country that’s looking for applicants with your level of teaching experience.

Where in the country would you be placed? Unlike research/study grant applicants, ETA applicants don’t get to choose where in their host country they will be placed.  (Spain is an exception; they let ETA applicants apply to a specific region.)  Some countries send everyone to the capital, while others send everyone to rural schools.  The country summary will probably give you an indication of where in the country you’ll be placed. 

How proficient must you be in the host country’s language? Some countries are fine with ETAs who speak only English, but others expect the ETAs to have up to a moderate proficiency in the/a host country language.

Does the country require, allow, or forbid a side project?  Since ETAs only teach for about 20-30 hours per week, some countries require a small (~10 hr/week) side project such as coaching a kids’ team or conducting a small research project.  Other countries allow but do not require this, while still other specifically forbid ETAs from having side projects.  If you want to do a side project, make sure to apply to a country that allows it.

UCSD US Student Fulbright Program Info Session May 21

It’s time to kick off the new year of Fulbright applications!  If you’re interested in applying, please come to this session:

US Student Fulbright Program Information Session

Wednesday, May 21

1:30-3:30 PM

Biomedical Sciences Building (BSB)

Garren Auditorium


Guest Speakers:

Kevin Gabbard

Fulbright Fellow to Norway



Patrick Adamiak

Fulbright Fellow to Turkey



Come learn about the US Student Fulbright Program, which sends Americans to more than 155 countries to conduct research, complete an arts project, or teach English!

Undergraduates, grad students, and faculty are all encouraged to attend.

Fulbright Blog Reactivated – Application Tips will be Coming In!

Hi again all!

Last week, our fall 2012 Fulbright applicants found out whether they were recommended for a grant by the National Screening Committees.  Being recommended is basically like being a finalist; it means you have about a 50% chance of getting the grant.  Even getting to the recommended stage means that you must have done pretty well on your proposal.  Therefore, I’ve asked the students who have been recommended for a grant if they’d be willing to write up some tips on how to prepare a good application.  (I could wait until they find out if they’re actually grantees, but I thought it would be good to ask them while the application process was still fairly fresh in their minds.)

Several students have agreed to write up some tips, so look for new blog posts in the coming weeks!