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Fulbright: Project Proposal

The project proposal is the most important part of the entire application. As proposals are evaluated at Carleton and beyond, the questions below may be asked by evaluators.

Academic or Professional Qualifications (especially in relation to proposed project)

  • Is the candidate able to present a realistic statement of his or her professional aims?
  • Has the candidate investigated which foreign universities offer the best opportunities in the chosen field of study?
  • Has the candidate ascertained that the sources in which interest is expressed will be available during the coming academic year?
  • Has the candidate undertaken any work outside regular courses in connection with the proposed project or field of study?

Validity and Feasibility of the Proposed Project

  • Does the candidate need to go overseas to pursue the project, or could it be done equally well in this country?
  • Why has the particular host country been chosen?
  • Could the project be undertaken equally well in another country?
  • Can the project be completed in one academic year?
  • Would the resources necessary for the project be available to the candidate?
  • What steps, if any, have been taken to ascertain that such resources would be available?
  • Does the candidate have sufficient background and training to carry out the project?
  • Does the proposed project fit well into the candidate’s overall career plans?

Language Qualifications

  • Is the candidate comfortable in the language, or is the student hesitant in asking or responding to questions in the language; can he/she carry on a conversation?
  • What is the candidate doing to improve facility in the language?
  • If the candidate will be working in rural areas, does he/she possess knowledge of the regional dialect? Does he/she realize that such a dialect is necessary?
  • For teaching assistantships, what is the candidate’s aptitude in the English language, as well as in the language of the host country?

Evidence of Maturity, Motivation, and Adaptability to a Different Cultural Environment

  • Does the candidate seem emotionally stable and mature?
  • Does the candidate appear to have the ability to meet people effectively?
  • Will the candidate be able to adjust to a different cultural environment, or to new and unusual situations?
  • Is the candidate open to new ideas?
  • Is the candidate tolerant and able to understand and appreciate another person’s point-of-view?
  • Does the candidate accept criticism well?
  • Why is the candidate applying for a grant?
  • Are there any personal or family problems which might cause distress during a year abroad?

Knowledge of Host Country

  • What does the candidate know about the history of the country and its present political and economic conditions?
  • Is the candidate aware of the host country’s geography and the distance between its major cities?
  • How familiar is the candidate with the country’s social customs and the cultural differences which would be encountered?
  • Would the candidate be apt to take advantage of similar opportunities abroad?
  • Is the candidate purely an “academic” type who would be inclined to spend most of the year abroad pursuing scholarly activities?
  • How knowledgeable is the candidate about domestic and world affairs?