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The Fulbright US Student Program funds one-year post-graduate awards for study and research in more than 140 countries. The following are some suggestions for writing effective recommendations for students applying for research-based Fulbright Grants:
Fulbright applicants are evaluated on: (1) the merits and feasibility of the proposed project, (2) knowledge of the host country, (3) academic and other qualifications, especially in regard to the proposed project, (4) language qualifications, if applicable, (5) evidence of maturity, motivation and ability to adapt to a different culture, (6) impression the applicant will make as a citizen-ambassador of the US. Since the student you are writing for is applying for a research-type grant, your letter should address the merits of the proposed project and as many of the other criteria as you feel you can speak to. Keep in mind that the Fulbright program is not only an educational exchange program; it is a cultural exchange program for which the applicant’s potential for cultural engagement will also be assessed. Additional information can be found here - Fulbright Study/Research Reference Instructions.