Student Grant & Award Initiative Fulbright Application Support

The CGU campus deadline for Fulbright applications is September 12, 2022.

Please see the information below for all of the events and services we have planned to support CGU student applications for the 2023-2024 cycle. To receive up-to-date information on everything, sign-up for our newsletter! We send it out regularly throughout the second half of spring and all of the summer with reminders and important updates.

Fulbright Application Resources

View Past CGU Fulbright Winners Here


Producing a Strong Fulbright Application

A strong Fulbright application begins with a thorough consideration of why you want to go abroad and then an appropriate choice of the potential host country. From there, it requires close attention to detail as well as the commitment to draft, revise, and revise again. For the application materials to reflect who you are and why Fulbright is the next logical step in your academic, artistic, or professional trajectory, you must be willing to spend the time to improve it over numerous iterations with the help of multiple perspectives of feedback. Please begin by reviewing our materials and making a one-on-one appointment with Rebecca Donaldson, the CGU Fulbright Program Assistant (rebecca.donaldson@cgu.edu). 

Below you will find a timeline, some helpful questionnaires to guide your thinking through the application, the Student Grant & Award Initiative’s scheduled events and staff, and some tips on the affiliation letter. If you have any questions about any of this, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at studentgrants@cgu.edu, or by making an appointment! Consultants at the Center for Writing & Rhetoric have also been trained on supporting Fulbright applications.


Timeline

March – June

  • Choose a country & study its Fulbright requirements
  • Review previous application samples & other resource material (email studentgrants@cgu.edu for access)
  • Meet with the Student Grant & Award Initiative Program Assistant
  • Meet with your faculty mentor (if doing research/study grant)
  • Draft and send your affiliation letter (if doing research/study grant)
  • Receive application draft feedback from initiative staff and the Center for Writing & Rhetoric
  • Attend Fulbright webinars

July & August

  • Continue revising and polishing the application via feedback
  • If you haven’t yet, draft and send your affiliation letter (if doing research/study grant–early July at the latest!)
  • Attend Fulbright webinars
  • Receive feedback from initiative staff and your faculty advisor

September

  • Polish application final draft & submit on Fulbright portal by the campus deadline: September 12, 2022
  • Interviews with the CGU Fulbright Review Committee, September 19 – 27, 2022
  • National Deadline: October 11, 2022

Fulbright Events

Upcoming Webinars

  • March 16, 2022 from 12 to 1:00pm: Introduction to Fulbright | (Register HERE!)

During this virtual event, Rebecca will cover the various Fulbright awards that are available to apply for and answer any questions students may have.  

  • April 6, 2022 from 12 to 1:00pm: Securing a Letter of Affiliation | (Register HERE!)   

During this virtual event, Rebecca will help students select a country to apply to and discuss how to secure a letter of affiliation.  

  • April 27, 2022 from 11am – 12pm: Fulbright Virtual Visit to Claremont Graduate University | (Register HERE!)  

During this virtual visit, representatives from Fulbright will discuss the various Fulbright awards available to students and present on the application process. CGU will be one of a select group of universities invited to the event. CGU representatives will be on-hand to field questions about CGU-specific details in a breakout room towards the end of the event.

  • May 4, 2022 from 12 to 1:00pm: Fulbright Roundtable | (Register HERE!) 

During this virtual event, Fulbright alumni will speak about their experiences abroad and provide suggests for crafting a successful Fulbright application.  

  • May 18, 2022 from 12 to 1:00pm: Writing your Grant Proposal Part 1 | (Register HERE!) 

During this virtual event, Rebecca will cover how to write a grant proposal for Fulbright. 

  • June 1, 2022 from 12 to 1:00pm: Writing your Grant Proposal Part 2 | (Register HERE!) 

During this virtual event, Rebecca will discuss how to write a grant proposal for Fulbright and continue to support students with developing their proposals.

  • June 15, 2022 from 12 to 1:00pm: Writing your Personal Statement | (Register HERE!) 

During this virtual event, Rebecca will discuss how to write a personal statement for Fulbright.     

  • July 6, 2022 from 12 to 2:00pm: Fulbright Drop-In | (Register HERE!) 

During this two-hour drop-in session, students may come to ask general questions and seek support from others applying for Fulbrights.  

  • July 13, 2022 from 12 to 2:00pm: Revisiting your Grant Proposal | (Register HERE! 

During this two-hour session, Rebecca will work with students on their Fulbright grant proposals.  

  • July 20, 2022 from 12 to 2:00pm: Revisiting your Personal Statement | (Register HERE! 

During this two-hour session, Rebecca will work with students on their Fulbright personal statements.  

  • August 3, 2022 from 12 to 2:00pm: Fulbright Writing Session | (Register HERE!)

During this two-hour session, students will join Rebecca for quiet writing time. Break-out rooms will be provided to answer any questions.  

  • August 17, 2022 from 12 to 2:00pm: Fulbright Writing Session | (Register HERE!) 

During this two-hour session, students will join Rebecca for quiet writing time. Break-out rooms will be provided to answer any questions.  


Affiliation Letters

Applicants for research/study awards are required to obtain an affiliation letter from the institution that is going to support their project in the country. Fulbright provides some helpful guidance on finding affiliates, and Amherst has made helpful guides for initial emails for both the research and study tracks as well as templates for the actual research and study affiliation letters. The letter templates might be helpful to provide to potential affiliates before they write their letters.


Student Grant & Award Initiative Fulbright Staff

Rebecca Donaldson, Program Assistant

Rebecca Donaldson serves as the Program Assistant for the Student Grant & Award Initiative at CGU and works directly with students applying for Fulbright awards. She is a PhD student in Positive Developmental Psychology and a member of the Youth Development Evaluation Lab. In 2014, Rebecca was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she taught English phonetics and phonology courses at the Universidade do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).  

Dr. Marcus Weakley, Director, Center for Writing & Rhetoric & Co-Chair, Student Grant & Award Initiative

Marcus Weakley, Ph.D. is the director of the Center for Writing & Rhetoric (CWR) at Claremont Graduate University. He has been working in writing centers since 2013 and has taught writing since 2014. During this time, he has worked at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as in both Writing in the Disciplines and Writing Across the Curriculum contexts. He is a firm believer that writing is a critical element of graduate education and works to ensure that the Center is prepared to instruct and support CGU’s graduate students at all stages of their degrees. Grant writing is one of a number of areas the CWR has expanded into to provide comprehensive writing and presenting support to CGU students.

Clarisa Paschall, Program Assistant

Clarisa Paschall is a 2nd-year Master’s Student in Positive Developmental Psychology and Evaluation program at Claremont Graduate University. Growing up in places like Senegal, France and Hungary, have made her passionate about creating a more connected and culturally understanding world. Her interests include research on wisdom, empathy, global-mindedness, and refugee human rights. Clarisa is currently working on her Fulbright application to Turkey with help from Rebecca Donaldson and collegues. There she hopes to conduct a qualatative study that aims to understand experineces of racism felt my Syrian refugee women while in their new host country. 

Dr. Eusebio Alvaro, Full Research Professor & Co-Chair, Student Grant & Award Initiative

Eusebio Alvaro is a full research professor in the Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University and directs the Arizona office of the Institute of Organizational and Program Evaluation Research. His basic research centers on the study of social influence processes with an emphasis on biased message processing, resistance to persuasion, indirect effects of persuasive messages, and mechanisms by which minorities can achieve change. His applied research and evaluation activities involve studying persuasion in the context of health promotion, disease prevention, and medicine with a particular focus on the development and testing of mass media messages targeting health behavior change.

Alvaro received a PhD in Communication (specializing in social influence) and an MPH in Health Education and promotion from the University of Arizona. He has served as director of the Health Informatics Program in the Center for the Management of Information at the University of Arizona and director of the Health Communication Research Office at the Arizona Cancer Center. He is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and other organizations.

Alvaro’s current work involves the evaluation of mass media and community outreach efforts to promote organ donation in both the general population and among Hispanics. These projects have a theoretical basis in work regarding the attitude–behavior relationship and are designed to assess efforts at transforming positive organ donation attitudes into organ donation behavior. He also works with William Crano in developing and assessing the impact of drug prevention messages for adolescents. Alvaro has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and has published in the fields of psychology, communication, public health, and medicine.

At CGU, Alvaro regularly teaches the course Quasi-Experimental Methods, as well as core health psychology courses, including Overview of Applied Health Psychology, Health Psychology Research and Measures, Health Promotion, and Survey of Health Behavior Theory.