Writing a Recommendation for the Fulbright Grant
2015-2016 Fulbright Recommendation Deadline: September 21, 2015 (see instructions below)
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: Study/Research grants and English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) grants. Study/Research grants fund research projects and/or graduate work 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. For ETA grants, the candidate’s main task is clear; the host country will place him/her as needed.
Writing Recommendations for Study/Research Grants
Applications for Study/Research 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 written on official letterhead, signed, and saved as PDFs. They can then be uploaded directly to the Embark site, following a link in the email that the applicant will generate. These letters are due by September 21, 2015 so that we can use them in our internal evaluation and interview process. There is no need to email recommendations directly to the fellowships advisor this year--we will access recommendations from Fulbright's Embark website.
Writing 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. If you wish to review these questions ahead of time, please see the Sample ETA Reference Form on this page. You can complete this form on Fulbright's Embark system by following the link in the email that the applicant will generate. These forms are due by September 21, 2015 so that we can use them in our internal evaluation and interview process. There is no need to email recommendations directly to the fellowships advisor this year--we will access recommendations from Fulbright's Embark website.
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.