Why Apply for a Fulbright Grant?

Of course the prerequisite for applying for a Fulbright Grant is that you want to study in the U.S. But how is a Fulbright grant different from other grants?

We have asked some of our american Fulbrighters that currently study, teach and do research at different Universities around Denmark why they chose Fulbright.

1. Among the Best and Brightest

When asked what it means to get a Fulbright grant or to be a Fulbrighter – as we like to call it – our American Fulbrighters tell us how well known and prestigous the Fulbright Program is in the U.S.

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“It really opens the door for your future career in terms of the prestige of having a Fulbright and of having that accomplishment."

- Taylor Azizeh from University of Idaho,
Fulbright Student at Aarhus University 2019 and Greenland Institute of Natural Resources 2020

In the U.S. a Fulbright Grant is very prestigious and often works as a seal of quality.

Being a Fulbrighter means you are among the best and brightest in you field. Fulbright grants are awarded to the most talented scholars, graduate and PhD-students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance and will actively contribute to the promotion of mutual understanding as cultural ambassadors of Denmark.

“I think having a Fulbright is kind of engrained in the U.S. national psyche, like the prestigiousness and the importance of that. Back home, in comparison to Denmark, I’d say almost everyone knows what it is and is very impressed with your ability to research and study outside the U.S. and have that international experience”
– Alanna Schenk, University of Southern California, Fulbright student at Aalborg Universtity 2019/2020.

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"It [the Fulbright program] meant doors opening and a welcome mat. (...) in the U.S. it is very high prestige."

- Amy Childress, Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California, U.S. Fulbright Scholar at DTU, Autumn 2019.

2. Individual Guidance

Before and after you are awarded a Fulbright grant, we at the Fulbright Center will help and advise you through the entire process. It is no secret that it takes a lot of preparation to study a year in the U.S.

Besides individual guidance we also host a pre-departure meeting in June where you receive practical advice and meet all the other future Fulbrighters.

“I was completely blown away by that level of service (…)”
– Niels Knudsen, Danish Fulbright student at Harvard University 2019/2020

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Isabelle Bauman (right) and Alanna Schenk (left)

- Isabelle from Brown University is studying a MSc in Wind Energy at DTU.
- Alanna from University of Southern California is studying a year of European Studies with an Arctic specialization at Aalborg University.

3. Alumni Network All Over the World

Being af Fulbrighter means you get the connections, collaborations and friends at the University you visit in the U.S, and it also fosters lifelong connections across the worldwide elite Fulbright community.

More than 380,000 Fulbrighters from the United States and other countries have participated in the Program since its inception in 1946. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually worldwide. Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

All Fulbrighters are invited to join The Fulbrighter – an exclusive online community for Fulbright alumni and grantees.

4. An Experience for Life

Most likely your stay in the U.S. will be an experience for life and will have a great impact on you, your career and how you view the world.

(…) for me it’s inspired me to have to grow a lot, and to become really flexible, be able to adjust and be able to kind of go out of my comfort zone and make connections that I don’t think I could’ve done before. So it’s definitely helped me to be more outgoing and pursuant of what I want.
– Taylor Azizeh from University of Idaho
U.S. Fulbright student at Aarhus University 2019 and Greenland Institute of Natural Resources 2020.

Do you want an experience like that? See if you are elligible for a Fulbright Grant and remember the deadline for Danes to apply is always the first Wednesday in March, next deadline is March 4, 2020. If you are interested and have questions you are always welcome to contact us.