Short-listed for Fulbright Scholars Award
August 15, 2011 2:23 AM   Subscribe

I've just been short-listed for a Fulbright Scholars Award (huzzah!). I'm wondering if anyone else has been in this position and what I might be able to expect in the interview?

In May this year, I applied for a Fulbright Scholars (UK to US rather than US to UK) and I've just found out I've been short-listed for an interview which will be held next week. This award is for those who have finished their PhD rather than to work on their PhD, but I can't seem to find much in the way of info on what to expect for a scholar's interview (lots of info on the *scholarship* post-grad interview though).

Has anyone on Metafilter been in the position of being interviewed for a scholars award, or generally have any advice for a scholarship interview? This isn't the same as applying for a job since the interviewing panel has no involvement with my project if I am successful, so I'm unsure how useful it is to research 'job interview techniques' (although I'm sure some of them will be useful).

Any advice, suggestions, comments on how to do my best at the interview will be gratefully received!
posted by Scottie_Bob to Work & Money (2 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Hi! I had a Fulbright Scholar award for the 2006-07 year.

Here are two threads I have answered since then about my process. Both of them are a bit more about the writing side, but it might not hurt to look at them.

http://ask.metafilter.com/36962/What-can-I-do-to-make-a-great-Fulbright-application

http://ask.metafilter.com/164180/What-to-write-for-Fulbright-essays

To be honest I don't remember a lot about my interview. I have a decent memory, so I think that probably speaks to the fact that the interview probably went along pretty standard lines. I was interviewed by faculty at the University of Michigan, where I was a graduate student at the time. They asked me about my project, what had prepared me for such a plan of study, etc. It is not like a job interview, but if you've been queried or quizzed by faculty at your university at all, it will be fairly similar to that.

Good luck!
posted by Slothrop at 3:22 PM on August 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


Thanks for the info Slothrop. I had looked at both those threads you'd posted, but because it was on the writing side, it wasn't exactly what I was looking for (useful though!).

I'll just need to keep on practicing my answers and hope I don't fumble over 'em ;)
posted by Scottie_Bob at 1:57 AM on August 16, 2011


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