It's time to be thinking about the Student Fulbright program for teaching, research or study abroad, funded by the US Department of State. A Student Fulbright is a fabulous opportunity: with a Fulbright you design your program of teaching, research or study abroad, and the program provides the funding. If that sounds a bit open-ended, please come in to talk more about Fulbright and how it can work for you. We can help you narrow your goals and objectives and refine your thinking about where you'd like to go and what you'd like to do. Teaching English in Indonesia? Studying the cultural implications of folk music in Spain? Researching microfinance for women in Mongolia? It's all possible through the Student Fulbright program.
This year's application process will open on May 1; our NIU campus deadline will be Friday, September 9, 2016. I know that sounds like a long way away, but it really isn't. And here's why: If you are proposing research or study abroad (as opposed to teaching English), you will need to have a letter of affiliation or an indication of academic admission (if enrolling) by September 24. And the academic calendar is different in other countries!
The best time to seek a letter of affiliation, then, is RIGHT NOW, up until the middle of June or so. If you wait until late summer or early fall, when we in the US come back to campus, you will probably not find many faculty at your host university on campus. So this is an excellent time to identify where you'd like to go, what university or other organization you might want to affiliate with, or where you'd like to enroll.
Please let me know if you have any questions. NIU students can be very competitive for Fulbright: in 2016 we had three students selected for Fulbright awards! So what are you waiting for?