Fellow Fulbright Scholar Alumni AmbassadorProf. Vanessa Mari is on TikTok. She grabbed a few of us at our recent meeting in DC to ask impromptu questions about applying for a Fulbright Award. My question was, How did you approach the application? Here’s my answer (and transcript). If you’re thinking of applying, check out Vanessa’s other awesome TikTok vids.
“Hi, I’m Jeffrey Stanley. I’m an adjunct faculty at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and at Drexel University. I was a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in 2018-19, researching early 20th century Bengali film and theatre and their impact on India’s nascent Independence Movement.
My tip for YOU regarding the application: take it seriously, tell a story about YOURSELF, take some time with it. It’s not a quick form you’re going to fill out and then your bio is going to ride you through the application process. You are telling about YOURSELF. They have your bio, they have your CV. What else do you want them to know about why this trip is important to you, and why your work will be important to the world afterward.”
You can watch the entire inspiring ceremony below.
Bono’s jaw-dropping speech starts around 59:20 (the link is cued up for you). He is introduced by the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the first woman and first African to hold the position, Dr. Ngozi Okon-Jo-Iweala.