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Here's a quick and easy quiz:
What do Knox College Fulbright Fellows do?
A) Research the impact of Turkish-German women writers
B) Conduct oral history research
C) Teach English in India
D) All of the above
If you guessed D) All of the above, you're correct!
The Fulbright Program was developed by the U.S. Department of State to strengthen international understanding between people from the United States and other parts of the world--on a face-to-face experiential basis. No matter what path you choose after Knox, the program provides you with an international perspective that you can bring to your career, graduate education, or community activities. Read more about the Fulbright Program and view the different types of international grant opportunities available to students.
Interested in applying? It's important to start thinking about the Fulbright process well before your senior year. Be sure to attend an informational meeting at the Fall Institute in October and again in May. You'll receive suggestions from faculty and the dean of the College on how to develop and refine your proposal. You're also encouraged to discuss opportunities with faculty and develop drafts of your proposal to submit in the fall term. Interviews take place on campus prior to the final submission of your application .
Who's eligible? You must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application, and your bachelor's degree must be conferred before the start of the grant. Read more about the Fulbright eligibility requirements. Most applicants already have some international experience, but there are others who have limited experience abroad and see the program as a unique opportunity to gain such experience. The program is open to both groups, and Knox encourages both as well.
Life after Fulbright? In many cases, the Fulbright experience helps provide direction for your next step. Many Fulbrighters decide to pursue internationally-focused careers, but others develop an "internationalist" perspective to bring back to the U.S.