Get insider tips from current grantees

Write a more informed application by learning what ETA life is really like on the ground

  • Explore the Fulbridge Map. Whether you’ve already chosen which country to apply to, or are still deciding between several, the Map can enable you to gain a more varied and specific picture of what life is actually like on the ground in the countries that you’re considering.
    • What community engagement activities do ETAs in that country tend to engage in? Do they live in apartments or homestays? Where in the country are ETAs placed – rural, urban, or both? What age levels do they teach, and how much independence do they have in the classroom? Exploring the Map can help you piece this picture together.
    • This can enable you to choose a country that suits your background and interests, or learn more about the country you are set on applying to. You’re not just choosing a country, but the specific program that Fulbright offers in that country, so learning more about it in the early stages can help you choose a better fit, and write a stronger application.
  • Use the Map to find Fulbrighters’ blogs. Click on users’ profiles to see if they’ve included a link to their personal blog. Reading current and previous ETAs’ blogs can help you get a sense of what day-to-day life is actually like in that country – from teaching schedule and language use to food and social life.
  • Read ETA Spotlights on the Blog. See if your country has been featured on an ETA Spotlight to get a sense of daily life as an ETA in your country of interest.
  • Check out the Instagram and Facebook to see “Day in the Life” posts from current ETAs.
  • Get in touch with ETAs if you have questions about life in-country to aid in the decision process.

Deciding whether to accept or decline the grant? Current ETAs are the best to talk to about this. Get in touch with ETAs and ETA Alumni from your country to talk more about how they found their experience, and how the grant affected their lives and careers post-grant.

Not sure what to pack – and about all those medical forms? Reaching out to your in-country Coordinator is always the best first step, but current ETAs are a great resource for insider knowledge. If you’re curious about how to make the most of your grant, any recommendations of what to bring, language-learning resources, or other pre-departure questions, get in touch using the Map to better prepare for your grant year. You can create a Fulbridge profile even before you’ve found out your placement location to start taking advantage of the global Fulbright network.



More Resources

Application Tips

Tips for Fulbright Applicants: How to Choose the Right Grant
Tapping Your University’s Resources: Tips on the Fulbright Application Process
Tips for Polishing Your Fulbright Application

Learn More about Fulbridge

What is Fulbridge?
Fulbridge, the New Global Network for Fulbrighters
Fulbridge is Revolutionizing the Way Fulbrighters Connect Around the World

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