Category Archives: U.S. Fulbright

Opening the Door to a New Interest: Fulbright ETA Marylin Rodriguez’s Story


In Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, today’s post spotlights how Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Marylin Rodriguez explored Afro-Uruguayan Culture as an integral part of her grant to Uruguay back in 2007, and how those experiences ended up having an impact on her career choices.

Marylin Rodriguez – to Uruguay, 2007 (ETA) from Fulbright Program on Vimeo.

About to Submit a Fulbright-Clinton Application? Join Today’s Webinar on Polishing Your Application.


Johanna Gusman, 2014-2015, Fulbright-Clinton Fellow to Samoa

Join U.S. Department of State and Fulbright U.S. Student Program staff at 12:00 p.m. ET today for a webinar offering tips and advice on finalizing your Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship application.

This will be the final Q&A webinar for all Fulbright-Clinton applicants before the national deadline of October 13. To register, click here:

Want to hear previous Fulbright-Clinton webinars or listen to the recorded version of today’s webinar later on? Click here.

Good luck!


About to Submit Your Fulbright U.S. Student Program Application? Make Sure You Review These Checklists.

The deadline for the 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition is Tuesday, October 13, 2015 (5:00 p.m., Eastern Time)!

If you’re in the final stretches of completing your online application, make sure you’ve fully reviewed the application checklists since components vary somewhat depending upon the type of Fulbright U.S. Student grant you’re applying for.

Ap checklist





Need some last minute application tips? Check out the following useful tips from current Fulbright-National Geographic Fellow Ryan Bell right here.

Have questions that need answering? Feel free to contact Fulbright U.S. Student Program staff or Embark Support.

What happens next? Click here to read about the selection process.

Good luck!


Making Friends in Unexpected Places

By Philmon Haile, 2014-2015, Jordan

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Philmon Haile, 2014-2015, Jordan (right), with Abu Abed pouring tea after a delicious meal

After arriving in Amman, Jordan for the second time, I was very excited to see my old friends that I had made when I visited in 2013. Most of all, I was excited to reconnect with Abu Abed, the security guard at the language school where I studied during the summer of 2013, which is also the same school where I completed my Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA). I did not tell him I would be coming back, wanting to surprise him. When I walked into the language school, he was shocked, immediately greeting me with kisses.

He is sort of a jack of all trades, and through our conversations, I have learned so much about Jordan’s history, language, and people. I would share stories about my hometown, Seattle. I would tell my story of being resettled in the United States as a refugee when I was a child, and talk about the diversity that makes the United States great and unique.

As a refugee from Eritrea, I connected with Abu Abed because he is one of millions of Palestinian-Jordanians who are refugees of previous conflicts. From our conversations and because of my background, I was inspired to learn more about issues facing current Syrian refugees in Jordan. Combining that desire and my passion for working with youth, after my CLEA, I decided to research the conditions of refugee youth through a research-orientated internship with the UN Refugee Agency.

Dreams and Friendship in Macedonia

By Abigail Jones, 2014-2015, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Macedonia


Abigail Jones, 2014–2015, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Macedonia (fourth from left), helped facilitate the Dreams and Friendship Exchange, a virtual exchange between students at Krste Petkov Misirkov in Bistrica, Macedonia and Ferry Pass Middle School in Pensacola, Florida. In this picture, some of the participants are shown after their last online class in May.

I arrived in Resen, Macedonia in a cab I paid too much for. I stood on the side of the road and called my host teacher from my new cell phone. I had only spoken to Maja twice, but I recognized the smile in her voice through the windshield of her red Volkswagon. My two under-twenty-five-kilo suitcases filled the backseat. I reached for a seatbelt that wasn’t there. Maja’s mother, Sonja, met us in their front yard and gave me the kind of hug I remember when I am asked to summarize my year in Macedonia.

My official Fulbright assignment was to assist in high school English classes. In the fall, I taught with Maja at the high school in Resen. My assignment moved to a music high school in Bitola for the spring. Throughout the year, I also spent two or three days a week at a junior high school in a village outside of Bitola, helping facilitate the pilot of an embassy-sponsored project called the Dreams and Friendship Exchange—a virtual exchange program that promotes English language learning and interethnic, intercultural understanding through partnering students in Macedonia and America.