Fulbright Week 2020


Join Undergraduate Research and Fellowships during the week of March 30-April 3, 2020 for an in-depth, virtual exploration of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Through a variety of virtual information sessions and workshops interested students can discover the many wonderful opportunities offered, learn about the application process and application timeline, and hear first hand experiences from those who have recently returned from their fellowship year.

All students are welcome to remotely attend one or all of the Fulbright focused sessions this week.

2020 Session Schedule

WEBINAR Session I: Starting Your Journey: An Introduction to the Fulbright Program
Monday, March 30 | 3:00-4:00 PM EST | JOIN HERE

Interested in researching, teaching, or studying for a year abroad after you graduate in one of 140+ countries? Join URF advisors as they kick off Fulbright Week with a virtual discussion on the three opportunities available (research, teaching English, studying for a Master’s degree) across 140+ countries. This session will provide information on the campus application process, timeline for preparing and submitting an application, resources available to you on and off campus, application tips and advice on selecting a program/country, and provide an overview of the Fulbright selection process from start to finish.

WEBINAR Session II: Virtual Visit: Institute of International Education (IIE)
Tuesday, March 31 | 4:30-6:00 PM EST | REGISTER HERE

Join URF in welcoming representatives of IIE's Fulbright Outreach and Recruitment team to virtually share country updates, program trends, and answer questions from interested Columbia students and prospective candidates for the 2021-2022 cycle.

WEBINAR Session III: English Teaching Assistantship: A Professional Candidacy
Wednesday, April 1 | 2:00-3:00 PM EST | JOIN HERE

I’m interested in teaching English abroad, but I’ve never taught before! How can I create a strong application? Teaching experience is not a requirement for the Fulbright ETA! In other words, whether you have significant or scarce teaching experience, you can be a competitive candidate for this award. Join us to learn more about the Fulbright application process and, specifically, the English Teaching Assistantship. In this session, URF will discuss how to put your best professional candidacy forward, and how to frame your undergraduate experience in ways that speak to your potential as a teacher.

WEBINAR Session IV: Quality & Feasibility: Tackling the Fulbright U.S. Student Study/Research Application
Thursday, April 2 | 1:00-2:00 PM EST | JOIN HERE

So, what is the difference between a Personal Statement and a Statement of Grant Purpose? Where to I acquire a letter of affiliation? How do I determine project feasibility? I've never conducted independent research before, am I competitive? Join URF to learn more about the Fulbright application process and, specifically, the Fulbright Study/Research award. In this session, URF will discuss how to differentiate between the two Fulbright essays, and appropriate content for both. We will also discuss methods for finding and securing a letter of affiliation, and the resources available to you in developing a strong research proposal.

WEBINAR Session V: Global Fellowship Alumni Panel: Hear from Your Peers!
Friday, April 3 | 4:00-5:30 PM EST | JOIN HERE

What was it like teaching English in India? How did you make friends outside of your lab in Madrid? Curious to learn more about the experience from those 'on the ground'?! To conclude our first annual Fulbright Week, URF will host a panel discussion highlighting the experience of Columbia alumni/ae who participated in a variety of global fellowship programs, focusing on the experience of applying to, being awarded, and participating and engaging with their new host community, including the Fulbright. Speakers will reflect on how a year abroad helped to shape their current academic and/or professional trajectory and what factors they considered when deciding to apply.