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Fulbright Awards For Israelis

Can I commence my Fulbright post-doctoral fellowship award prior to July1 of the year the award is made?

No. Candidates must have received the approval of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) in the United States before commencing their program, which generally makes its decisions in late May.

Can you tell me why I was not selected?

No. Each year the number of well-qualified applicants exceeds the awards available. The guidelines regarding selection and non selected is set by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship board stipulate that it is not the policy to give specific reasons for non-selection of applicants for awards.

Can the award be postponed until the following year?

No. Fulbright awards cannot be deferred until the following academic year.

How soon after the interview will I hear the result?

Within one week.

I am not able to be present at the interview. Can I be interviewed on the telephone and will my application still be considered?

No. Applicants are required to be present at the interview.

Who serves on the selection panel?

The selection panel is comprised of academic reviewers.

I have not been accepted at an American university yet. Should I still apply for the post-doctoral fellowship?

Yes. Most applicants have not been accepted at universities at the time of application. If you are interviewed and are successful, you will be offered an award on condition that you are accepted at an accredited institution in the United States.

I have been awarded another grant(s) to study/conduct research in the United States. Am I eligible to apply for a Fulbright award?

Yes, recipients of other grants are eligible for Fulbright awards. Applicants, however, are encouraged to check with their U.S. universities/institutions/or other grant sources to ascertain if the Fulbright award will be deducted from their funding.

May my spouse apply for a Fulbright grant at the same time that I apply?

Yes.

What grades are required to meet the criteria of the Fulbright award?

Most successful candidates are normally in the top tier o tier respective classes and fields.  In the post-doctoral program, no minimum grade point average is fixed by the Foundation.  However, there are many applicants for each fellowship available, and thus candidates who do not have high averages may be at a disadvantage.

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