As you can see in the following table, there has been a significant increase in the number of applications and Fulbright awards to graduating seniors and recent alumni at The University of Chicago.
We have a very globally minded student body here in The College and it’s no surprise that a little program promotion and making time to advise prospective applicants have produced positive results.
As for the answer to “what does it take to get a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant?”….only students in and alumni from The College at the University of Chicago can schedule a meeting with me to learn the answer.
After one comment and a couple of e-mail messages about wanting an answer to the question "What does it take to get a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant?" I thought I would add the following which I copied and pasted in my reply to Anonymous in my comments section:
Part of the success of students in the College is simply due to an increase in the number of applications. The other part of their success is that most applicants start their application in spring and don't wait until July or August as that is too late in the game. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program application is rather simple compared to lengthy papers that students write for classes. The difference with the Fulbright application is that it's not submitted for a grade but rather for a significant amount of money in what is often times a very competitive provess (depending on the country of course). I do think that the letter(s) of affiliation (for the full grant) is a key component to pushing an application to the final round and then onto the recipient list. Securing a letter of affiliation takes time and this is why applicants should start thinking of their applicantions now and not in summer.