About Fulbright

For those of you that don’t know, or want to know more about Fulbright:

The Fulbright Program, including the Fulbright-Hays Program, is a program of highly competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists, founded by United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.
During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.  The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

I will be doing the ETA in South Korea!

Here are some of the statistics about the program: https://us.fulbrightonline.org/eta-grant-application-statistics

Source: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/

 

7 thoughts on “About Fulbright

  1. Hi Kristen! Just curious, when did you find out you were accepted as an ETA? Did you know any alternates and when they were accepted for South Korea? Trying to get an estimate about when to expect to hear back…thanks! I’ve spent all night reading through your blog so if I get chosen I know your experience will be helpful!

    1. Hey Sam! If I remember correctly I heard back around mid-april? Maybe a bit sooner. I know some alternates but for alternates it varies by a lot. Some heard a month before the program starts…others only a week or two before? Anyway, glad to hear my blog has been somewhat helpful! Let me know if you have any more questions, and good luck~

  2. Hi Kristen! A fan of your blog here!

    I was curious about the placement of the ETA in South Korea. Do you know how likely it would be that an ETA be placed in Seoul or Jejudo? I am someone who is looking to apply for the ETA position, and I have had experience in being in South Korea for extended periods of time already, so I was wondering how I could be placed, if possible, in those two places if I were to be selected as an ETA. Thank you so much!

    1. Hi!
      There is a chance that you could be placed on Jeju-do; however, you will not be placed in Seoul. 1st year ETAs are not placed in Seoul.
      During orientation, you are given a placement preference survey, so you may write your preferences on the form. But of course, no placement is ever guaranteed!
      You have a chance to be on Jeju-do, but I can’t say how good of a chance you have. Hope this helped~

  3. Hi Kristen,
    I am so happy to have found your blog! I will be joining the Fulbright program this coming July. Your posts are really insightful and give me a better idea about what to expect. I know this is probably a busy time for you, but if you have a free moment, I would greatly appreciate any tips/ advice about teaching English in Korea or about the Fulbright program in general. Thanks so much!

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