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Vince Ricci How to Secure a Fulbright Fellowship Sign up here: http://bit.ly/FulbrightWebinar AIGAC Summit 2010

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As the most prestigious scholarship program offered by the US Government, The Fulbright Program strives to develop future leaders who can deepen bilateral ties with the United States. In this webinar I will outline winning strategies to help you appeal your candidacy through your CV, application essays, personal statement, study/research objectives, and interview. My goal is to teach concrete self-marketing and research techniques that can help qualified applicants secure a Fulbright award. I will help participants answer these questions: * What are your research and professional goals (and how are they connected)? * What are your technical, analytical and interpersonal skills that prepare you to succeed? * Why is it critical for you to study in the US (or outside the US if you are American), and why is now the best time to do so? * How can you contribute to enhance the mission and goals of the Fulbright Program? Regardless of the outcome, preparing the personal statements and application essays required by the Fulbright application gives applicants a headstart for MBA or graduation school applications. I encourage you to apply!

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Vince Ricci

How to

Secure a

Fulbright

Fellowship

Sign up here: http://bit.ly/FulbrightWebinar

AIGAC Summit2010

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Vince RicciEducator, Entrepreneurhttp://VincePrep.com

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Vince RicciEducator, Entrepreneurhttp://VincePrep.com

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Vince RicciEducator, Entrepreneur

•Writing teacher since 1990http://VincePrep.com

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Vince RicciEducator, Entrepreneur

•Writing teacher since 1990•Admissions counselor since 2002

http://VincePrep.com

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Tokyo at night Shibuya U of T

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Vince RicciEducator, Entrepreneur

•Writing teacher since 1990•Admissions counselor since 2002

•Helped 10+ Fulbrighters

http://VincePrep.com

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Vince RicciEducator, Entrepreneur

•Writing teacher since 1990•Admissions counselor since 2002

•Helped 10+ Fulbrighters•University of Tokyo, Part-time Lecturer, Academic Writing + Presentations

http://VincePrep.com

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Who are YOU?

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Where are you?

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What is Fulbright?

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What Fulbright Wants

Your Name Here

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Over 7,000

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150+ countries

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Easy to Access

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Transparent

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Contact them Directly

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Our Focus Today1. Statement of Grant

Purpose (proposed future project)

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Our Focus Today1. Statement of Grant

Purpose (proposed future project)

2. Personal Statement (about the past)

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Our Focus Today1. Statement of Grant

Purpose (proposed future project)

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Our Focus Today1. Statement of Grant

Purpose (proposed future project)

2. Personal Statement (about the past and present)

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Statement of Grant Purpose (PROJECT)

Research Proposal

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Statement of Grant Purpose (PROJECT)

Research Proposal

Study Plan

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Statement of Grant Purpose (PROJECT)

Research Proposal

Study Plan

Goals

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Statement of Grant Purpose (PROJECT)

Research Proposal

Study Plan

Goals

The Future

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Statement of Grant Purpose (PROJECT)

Developing a strong, feasible and compelling project is the most important aspect of a successful Fulbright application

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Statement of Grant Purpose (PROJECT)

Developing a strong, feasible and compelling project is the most important aspect of a successful Fulbright application

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Statement of Grant Purpose (PROJECT)

Your first step should be to familiarize yourself with the program summary for the country to which you wish to apply

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Photo of Tokyo subway map in Japanese

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Easy to Access

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Transparent

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Statement of Grant Purpose (PROJECT)

Please ensure that your project design fits the program guidelines for your host country

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Statement of Grant Purpose (PROJECT)

Here you demonstrate in detail what and how your research will contribute to your discipline

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Statement of Grant Purpose (PROJECT)

Here you demonstrate in detail what and how your research will contribute to your discipline

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Accepted Areas of Research

Make sure your proposed project will contribute to one of the designated project areas identified by the Fulbright commission of your country

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Accepted Areas of Research

Make sure your proposed project will contribute to one of the designated project areas identified by the Fulbright commission of your country

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How do you add value?

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ContributionA contribution includes an addition to your field’s overall knowledge that also enhances understanding between the US and another nation

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Something cute

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Something cute

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Ask Yourself Six Questions

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① Who

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② What

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③ When

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④ Where

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⑤ Why

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⑥ How

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①Who②What③When

④ Where

⑤Why⑥How

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Who?With whom do you propose to work?

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What?What do you propose to do?

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What?What is exciting, new or unique about your project?

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What?What contribution will the project make to the Fulbright objective of promoting cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding?

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When?When will you carry out your study or research?

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When?When will you carry out your study or research?

Include a timeline.

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Why?Why do you want to do it?

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Why?Why is your project important or significant?

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Why?Why must you go abroad to carry out your project?

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Add MU images / some kind of visual +/oranimation lessig style only words

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Something cute

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Why?What resources are available in your host country but not in your home country?

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Why?How will you use these resources to better understand your subject matter?

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How?How will you carry out your work?

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How?What methodologies will you use?

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How?What methodologies will you use? a) Access to archives &

specialists

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How?What methodologies will you use? a) Access to archives &

specialistsb) Site visits

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How?What methodologies will you use? a) Access to archives &

specialistsb) Site visitsc) Interviews

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How?How will your Fulbright project help further your academic or professional development?

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a b c

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Link to Current Issues

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In your home and/or host country, how can you contribute to issues such as

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a)good governance

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a)good governance

b)poverty alleviation

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a)good governance

b)poverty alleviation

c)rule of law

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(examples from social/political science)

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This sounds important

but I am not sure why

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Most interviewers hail from other disciplines

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Something cute

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Get FeedbackRemember your audience

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Get FeedbackRemember your audience

Avoid academic or professional jargon

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Keep It SimpleExamples are golden

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“Writing for the outside world”

by Andrea Sims

Although intelligent people will be reading your proposed plan of study, few (if any) will be specialists in your field

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“Writing for the outside world”

by Andrea Sims

The longer you spend in a field, the less you realize when you are using technical terms

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“Writing for the outside world”

by Andrea Sims

My assigned mentor took my proposal, underlined everything she didn't understand and made me do it again.

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“Writing for the outside world”

by Andrea Sims

My assigned mentor took my proposal, underlined everything she didn't understand and made me do it again.

And again.

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“Writing for the outside world”

by Andrea Sims

Then I sent my proposal to my parents, who are also not linguists.

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“Writing for the outside world”

by Andrea Sims

Then I sent my proposal to my parents, who are also not linguists.

And I wrote it again.

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“Writing for the outside world”

by Andrea Sims

Then I sent my proposal to my parents, who are also not linguists.

And I wrote it again.

And yes, again

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“Writing for the outside world”

by Andrea Sims

Each time I clarified the ideas while reducing the terminology

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Something cute

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“Writing for the outside world”

by Andrea Sims

Thanks to my simple example, one of the people who had read my application was able to intelligently explain my proposal to her boss based solely upon what I had written

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That is the goal.

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“Writing for the outside world”

by Andrea Sims

I will never again write a grant application without passing it in front of as many non-specialist eyes as are willing to read it

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Get FeedbackThis advice also applies to most graduate school and other scholarship essays!

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Get FeedbackThis advice also applies to most graduate school and other scholarship essays!

Even if not selected, the process will yield dividends

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Something cute

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Passion?

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What Do You Want to Change?

How will your studies impact your field?

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What Do You Want to Change?

How will your studies impact your field?

How will your studies and their impact change society?

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What Do You Want to Change?

How will your studies impact your field?

How will your studies and their impact change society?

If teaching, what new perspectives will enter your curriculum?

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Worthy?

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Something cute

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Is Your Project Feasible?

Account for resources, relevant to your project, of your host nation and host institution, as well as the time frame and funding of the grant

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Is Your Project Feasible?

Demonstrate you have already taken enough steps to set up parts of your research

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Is Your Project Feasible?

Any factor that could raise doubts about the likelihood of completing your project should be accounted for in your proposal

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OK, now I understan

d.

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Questions?

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Statement of Grant

Purpose (Project)

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Part II

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Personal Statement

The Past

The Present

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Personal Statement

Allows you to highlight the person-behind-the-project in no more than a single page 

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Personal Statement

A narrative giving a picture of you as an individual

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Personal Statement

Your opportunity to tell the committee more about how you came to this point in your life and where you see yourself in the future

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Personal Statement

Can deal with your personal history, family background, influences on your intellectual development, the educational and cultural opportunities (or lack of them) to which you have been exposed, and the ways in which these experiences have affected you

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Personal Statement

Can deal with … the educational and cultural opportunities (or lack of them) to which you have been exposed, and the ways in which these experiences have affected you

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Personal Statement

Can deal with … the educational and cultural opportunities (or lack of them) to which you have been exposed, and the ways in which these experiences have affected you

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No Prior International Experience? 

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Chicken vs. Egg

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Chicken vs. Egg

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You don’t need

experience abroad to be a strong

candidate

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On the contrary, the purpose of Fulbright is to expose Americans to the world

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(and vice versa) 

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Personal Statement

It should not be a recording of facts already listed on the application or an elaboration of your Statement of Grant Purpose (Project)

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boring 

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boring 

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Personal Statement

It is more of a biography, but specifically related to you and your aspirations relative to the Fulbright Program

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Personal Statement

Show in detail what has made you successful in the past and will facilitate the success of your proposed project 

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Who are YOU?

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What can you DO?

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Why are you

insanely great?

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a b c

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Demonstrate That

•    you achieve goals 

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Demonstrate That

•    you prioritize and follow-through on your objectives 

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Demonstrate That

•    you learn from your mistakes 

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Demonstrate That

•    you have leadership and communication skills

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a b c

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Do I Believe You?

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Can you help the Fulbright Committee understand how your background best prepares you to execute your plans?

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Can you help the Fulbright Committee understand how your background best prepares you to execute your plans?

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It is critical that your personal statement fully support your project proposal

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Why are you uniquely qualified to realize your ideas?

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Do I Care?

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How can Vince help?

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Admissions Counseling

① CV

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Admissions Counseling

① CV

② Goals / Project clarification

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Admissions Counseling

① CV

② Goals / Project clarification

③ Personal statement structuring

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Admissions Counseling

① CV

② Goals / Project clarification

③ Personal statement structuring

④ Interview training

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Admissions Counseling

① CV

② Goals / Project clarification

③ Personal statement structuring

④ Interview training

⑤ Second opinion

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Next Steps

① Do CV and Personal Statement together

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what how wo

w

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Next Steps

① Do CV and Personal Statement together

② Research and write Project Proposal (Statement of Grant Purpose) with an eye towards interview preparation

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Most interviewers hail from other disciplines

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Next Steps

① Do CV and Personal Statement together

② Research and write Project Proposal (Statement of Grant Purpose) with an eye towards interview preparation

③ Enjoy the process!

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Something cute

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Next Steps

① Start early

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Next Steps

① Start early

② Get help

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Next Steps

① Start early

② Get help

③ Contact Fulbrighters

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Vince’s Perspective

① Website

② Blog

③ VincePrep.com

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AIGAC.org

• Experienced

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AIGAC.org

• Experienced

• Ethical

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AIGAC.org

• Experienced

• Ethical

http://www.aigac.org/membership.htm

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Resources & Links

⑦ Special thanks to Adam and Steve

⑧ Blog link here http://adam-markus.blogspot.com/2009/04/steve-green-preparing-fulbright.html

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Resources & Links

① http://www.iie.org/en/Fulbright

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Resources & Links

① http://www.iie.org/en/Fulbright

② http://us.fulbrightonline.org/preparing_personalstatement.html

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Resources & Links

① http://www.iie.org/en/Fulbright

② http://us.fulbrightonline.org/preparing_personalstatement.html

③ http://bit.ly/FulTips

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Resources & Links

① http://www.iie.org/en/Fulbright

② http://us.fulbrightonline.org/preparing_personalstatement.html

③ http://bit.ly/FulTips

④ http://bit.ly/FulTipVids

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Resources & Links

① http://www.iie.org/en/Fulbright

② http://us.fulbrightonline.org/preparing_personalstatement.html

③ http://bit.ly/FulTips

④ http://bit.ly/FulTipVids

⑤ http://twitter.com/TokyoVince/following

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Good Luck!-Vince RicciAdmissions Advocate•Tokyo •San FranciscoVincePrep.com