Tips from Fulbrighters about essay writing

Speak from your heart. Take your time. Write, re-write, re-re-write and write again. At the end, it should flow like a rivulet.

–Vivek Bhandari, Science & Technology Ph.D Program Grantee 2012
University of Minnesota

Something that I have found useful and important in an essay is a clear link between your achievements in the past and your aspirations in the future.

–Anu Aryal, Fulbright Foreign Student Program Grantee 2015
University of Washington

First, pour your heart and brain in the paper. Fearlessly express yourself. Write it today. Revise it tomorrow and day after tomorrow and so on. I used to allocate about 1-2 hours every day on my personal essay. Once I thought it was ready to go, I sent it for revision to my seniors. Do not submit in hurry!

–Samjhana Shakya, Fulbright Foreign Student Program Grantee 2014
University of Kentucky

Join a program growing in demand in Nepal that will be fully utilized upon return.

–Prof. Krishna Das Manandhar, Fulbright Visiting Scholar 2014
La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

Everyone has a story: story of struggle, hard work, persistence and even surviving and thriving. Present your story in such a way that shows how you thrived the hard times rather than showing yourself as a victim. That means, tell how you can PERSIST and PERSEVERE even in less comfortable times.

Also, state not only how you will benefit from the program but also how you will contribute to the program.

–Hima Rawal, Fulbright Foreign Student Program 2013
Michigan State University

  1. Prove with concrete evidence why you are outstanding and distinct from the pool of the applicants.
  2. Show that you are a deserving candidate and you can make a difference. For this, highlight your potentialities such as risk-taking ability, ability to work in a group/ team, leadership ability, and your achievements till now in a very honest way. But don’t sound like you are boasting. I always remember what someone told me while I was drafting my personal essay for the Fulbright Scholarship—tell in your application that you are kind without using the word “kind.”
  3. In your personal essay, don’t forget to explain what you learned from each incident you mention.
  4. In the SOP, be very specific about your study area. Show genuinely how and why you are passionate about studying your subject. Also mention the impact you’re likely to make after the program.

–Kunti Adhikary, Fulbright Foreign Student Program Grantee 2015
Michigan State University