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Writing a Recommendation for the Fulbright Grant

First of all, thank you for agreeing to write a letter of recommendation for one of our students who is applying for a Fulbright Grant.

Fulbright grants come in two basic flavors. “Full grants” are individual research or study grants based on candidates’ own proposals. For these, the candidate generally has to establish his/her own affiliation with a host institution, which can be a university, NGO, museum, think tank, etc. Many of our students apply for the other type of Fulbright: an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA). For these grants, the candidate’s main task is clear; the host country will place him/her as needed.

Recommendations for Full Grants

Applications for full grants require standard letters of recommendation detailing the candidate's ability to undertake the project he or she has proposed. Directions for writing full grant references can be found here. These letters should be saved as a Word or PDF file, emailed to Pomona's selection committee (see instructions under "Save the Date" below), and uploaded directly to the Embark website.

Recommendations for English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs)

While applications for full grants require standard letters of recommendation, ETA applications are a bit different--they require reference forms instead of reference letters. These reference forms ask a series of questions about the applicant's ability to teach English abroad. For Pomona's internal nomination process, please download the internal reference form for ETA applicants [doc] , insert your answers, and email the completed document as a Word or PDF file to Jennifer Locke (see below under "Save the Date"). You will then fill out an identical form directly to Fulbright through the Embark website.

Save the Date: September 22, 2014

By the above date, please submit your letters of recommendation and/or reference forms both to Pomona and to Fulbright:

1) Email them to jennifer.locke(at)pomona.edu. Emailed references will be shared with faculty and staff involved in the on-campus interview and endorsement process.

2) Upload them to the Embark application system, using the instructions in the email you receive directly from Fulbright. If you have not yet received this email, please check first that your applicant has entered your email address into his or her Embark application. We are asking that your recommendations be uploaded in advance of the Fulbright national deadline in order to avoid any last-minute technical problems.

See Pomona's Fulbright page for more information, a link to the U.S. Student Fulbright Program website, and contact information for Pomona's Fulbright advisors.

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