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TIPS ON  PREPARING  EARLY  FOR  THE   FULBRIGHT-­‐HAYS  (DDRA)  APPLICATION    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, November  11,  2010 Walt  Hakala

▼ Timeline:  Closing  Notice:  PDF   •   Applications  become  available  in  mid-­‐September   •   Are  due  to  the  program  ofGicer  by  around  the  end  of  October.   ▼  Use  the  deadlines  to  your  advantage:   •   Fulbright  IIE  project  narrative  is  very  short  (~2  pages).    Will  force  you  

to describe  your  project  in  a  succinct  way.       •   Fulbright-­‐Hays  is  an  academic  grant.    Compared  with  baby  Fulbright,   10  pages  is  a  lot  of  space  to  work  with.     •   SSRC  is  the  most  involved  of  all  three,  the  last  one  due,  and  the  appli-­‐ cation  that  requires  the  clearest  articulation  of  your  disciplinary  ap-­‐ proach ▼  Before  you  begin,  you  should  secure   •   A  letter  of  support  (if  not  afGiliation)  from  a  reputable  educational   institution/faculty  person  in  your  host  country/countries   •   A  commitment  from  faculty  from  whom  you  will  be  requesting  letters  of   recommendation   •   A  commitment  from  the  faculty  that  will  be  evaluating  your  language   competence ▼  What  you  can  do  now   ▼  Update  your  C.V.   ▼  You  should  consider  showing  it  to  your  faculty  advisor     •   Things  that  seem  impressive  to  you  may  not  actually  impress  the   award  committee   •   “Peer-­‐reviewed  CV”   ▼  Seek  out  summer  grants  for  preliminary  research  or  language  develop-­‐ ment   •   Being  able  to  show  that  you  are  familiar  with  the  lay  of  the  land  will   make  your  application  a  lot  stronger   ▼  If  you  can  demonstrate  superior  ability  in  one  or  more  languages  spo-­‐ ken  in  the  countries  to  which  you  are  applying,  you  will  appear  to  be  a   far  more  competitive  candidate.  


• 5  points  for  "a  research  project  that  focuses  on  any  of  the  seventy-­‐

eight (78)  languages  selected  from  the  U.S.  Department  of  Educa-­‐ tion’s  list  of  Less  Commonly  Taught  Languages  (LCTLs):"   •   5  points  for  "Research  projects  that  are  proposed  by  applicants  us-­‐ ing  advanced  language  proGiciency  in  one  of  the  78  languages  se-­‐ lected  from  the  U.S.  Department  of  Education’s  list  of  LCTLs,  which   are  also  listed  in  competitive  preference  priority  1,  in  their  re-­‐ search  and  focus  on  one  of  the  following  Gields  or  topics:  Environ-­‐ mental  Science,  Economics,  Public  Health,  Education,  or  Political   Science."   •   Use  this  to  develop  a  relationship  with  an  institution  and  faculty  in  the   host  country   ▼  If  your  research  involves  human  subjects,  seek  clearance  from  the  Uni-­‐ versity  of  Pennsylvania  OfGice  of  Regulatory  Affairs  |  3624  Market  Street,   Suite  301  S.,  Philadelphia,  PA  19104-­‐6006   •   Website:  www.upenn.edu—index.php   •   Contact  past  DDRA  fellows  who  have  worked  in  the  country/countries  to   which  you  are  applying   •   Apply  to  other  fellowships  (e.g.,  American  Institute  of  Pakistan  Studies  in   January,  American  Institute  of  Indian  Studies  in  June,  etc.)   ▼  Get  busy  with  your  dissertation  proposal   •   Join  or  create  a  working  group  for  your  dissertation  proposal  and  pro-­‐ ject  narratives. ▼  Structure   •   Make  it  obvious  to  your  readers  why  you  have  arranged  your  narrative  in   the  way  you  have.     ▼  Consider  using  the  evaluation  criteria  to  structure  your  narrative:   •   (1)  The  statement  of  the  major  hypotheses  to  be  tested  or  questions  to   be  examined,  and  the  description  and  justiGication  of  the  research   methods  to  be  used  (15  points);   •   (2)  The  relationship  of  the  research  to  the  literature  on  the  topic  and   to  major  theoretical  issues  in  the  Gield,  and  the  project’s  originality   and  importance  in  terms  of  the  concerns  of  the  discipline  (10  points);   •   (3)  The  preliminary  research  already  completed  in  the  United  States   and  overseas  or  plans  for  such  research  prior  to  going  overseas,  and   the  kinds,  quality  and  availability  of  data  for  the  research  in  the  host   country  or  countries  (10  points);   •   (4)  The  justiGication  for  overseas  Gield  research  and  preparations  to   establish  appropriate  and  sufGicient  research  contacts  and  afGiliations   abroad  (10  points);


• (5)  The  applicant’s  plans  to  share  the  results  of  the  research  in  pro-­‐

gress and  a  copy  of  the  dissertation  with  scholars  and  ofGicials  of  the   host  country  or  countries  (5  points);  and   •   (6)  The  guidance  and  supervision  of  the  dissertation  advisor  or  com-­‐ mittee  at  all  stages  of  the  project,  including  guidance  in  developing  the   project,  understanding  research  conditions  abroad,  and  acquainting   the  applicant  with  research  in  the  Gield  (10  points).   ▼  Intro   •   Use  a  hook  in  your  introduction  that  will  connect  your  obscure  pro-­‐ ject,  brilliant  though  it  may  be,  with  an  important  contemporary  issue   that  is  familiar  to  your  readers   ▼  Review  of  Literature   •   If  you  belong  to  a  department  with  a  strong  disciplinary  culture  (e.g.   sociology,  anthropology),  don't  waste  too  much  space  covering  the  ba-­‐ sics  in  your  review  of  literature   •   If  you  DON'T  belong  to  a  disciplinary  program  (e.g.,  area  studies),  take   a  bit  more  space  in  your  review  of  literature  to  connect  your  project   with  a  discipline   ▼  Logistics   •   Be  speciGic:  Establish  a  month-­‐by-­‐month  schedule   •   Don't  be  afraid  to  drop  names,  especially  if  they  are  famous! ▼  General  advice  on  layout   •   In  general:  be  consistent  (e.g.,  italicize  all  foreign  terms,  use  single  quotes   for  glosses,  etc.)   •   Do  not  use  diacritics     •   Double  space,  use  one  of  the  following  three  fonts:  Times  New  Roman,   Courier,  Courier  New,  or  Arial   •   Use  parenthetical  citations  since  they  take  up  less  space   •   Avoid  conditional/subjunctive  statements:  "I  feel",  "Should  I  have  the  op-­‐ portunity",  etc.    Write  with  certainty,  even  if  you  aren't!   •   Convey  your  enthusiasm  for  the  project.    If  you  hate  your  project,  they   probably  will,  too.    Ask  yourself:  do  I  really  want  to  go  to  a  foreign  coun-­‐ try  to  do  this  for  a  year?!?!

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