Fulbright Scholarship 2016 - Pitt Campus Process

Questions? Please contact Shannon Mischler, Program Manager.

Fulbright Program Guidelines and Application Checklist PDFs.

If you are a graduate student, please contact Jessica Sun for assistance.

Things To Do Now: 

  • Begin an application and register as a Pitt Main Campus applicant
  • Attend a mandatory Fulbright information session
  • Thoroughly read Fulbright’s website
  • Carefully consider the profiles of countries
  • Research country; keep up with current events in the country
  • Consider potential recommendation writers
  • Put together a “support team” of faculty experts in your country and research and study area
  • Look for opportunities to strengthen your candidacy, e.g., become a volunteer ELL instructor
  • Begin networking for affiliates (research and study grants only)
  • Schedule advising meetings with Ian, Judy and Shannon - *We suggest advance scheduling of a minimum 3 appointments (6 appointments are the average) from now through August
  • Update your CV/resume and upload it to your UHC profile (which will be created for you once you schedule an appointment)
  • Read sample Fulbright essays in the UHC office (drop-ins are welcome!)

By June 1:

  • You should have met at least one time with a scholarship advisor to receive feedback on your first draft (upload your essay drafts to your UHC Profile AT LEAST 24 hours in advance of advising appointments.)
  • Ask potential recommenders for a commitment (if you haven’t already done so) and provide them with the recommendation writers’ packet 
  • Meet with your support team to discuss ideas about your candidacy and proposal
  • Schedule your language evaluation
  • Send for necessary transcripts 

By July 1:

  • You should have met for at least a second time with a scholarship advisor to receive feedback on your second draft (upload your essay drafts to your UHC Profile AT LEAST 24 hours in advance of advising appointments.)
  • Complete your Fulbright application; download and bring a copy to your advising appointment
  • Begin filling out the Campus Committee Evaluation form 
  • Continue to check in with your support team to discuss ideas about your project statement

By August 1:

Shannon will be in touch by mid August to schedule your one-hour committee interview to be held the 2nd and 3rd weeks in September.

By September 1:

  • Submit your application through Fulbright’s Embark System
  • Prepare for your interview: re-read your application; be aware of current events in your country or region; dress appropriately for an interview; arrive 10 minutes in advance of your appointment and wait outside of our office until we get you (other committees may be in progress in our office)

By October 1: 

  • Submit your final completed Fulbright application on the Embark system
  • Thank your letter writers and support team
  • Relax and celebrate your efforts!