I have to begin my stating that none of the writings on this blog reflect the attitudes or views of the U.S. State Department, the Fulbright Program, or the Bashkir State Medical University.
I decided to make a page about the Fulbright program to give people a better idea of precisely what I am doing and why the program was established in the first place. According to their official website, “The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increased mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program provides participants – chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential – with the opportunity to study, teach, and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solution to shared international concerns.”
I strongly encourage my younger readers (if I have any) to consider applying for a Fulbright during their senior year of college, and I encourage those who have already graduated to consider applying as At Large candidates. Like college applications, you never really know what goes into your selection, but based on the people I met during training, they accept people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
There is also a new program through the partnership of Fulbright with mtvU called (unsurprisingly) the Fulbright-mtvU Fellows Program. The purpose is to send “students around the world to study and promote ‘the power of music.'” Fellows are responsible for maintaining a video blog. From what I have heard about it, applicants choose where they wish to study, and the competition is very low due to the program being in its infancy.
In addition to the Fulbright programs, there are hundreds of grants available for students, recent graduates, and everyone else, too. A few minutes spent on the U.S. State Department’s website yields a wide range of fellowship opportunities. The money to do lots of cool stuff is out there – you just have to have the energy and desire to find it!