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Georgetown Fulbrighter Spotlight

Gabriel Antuna-Rivera (SCS'23)

English Teaching Assistant - Mongolia

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From Gabriel Antuna-Rivera (SCS'23) - "I have been committed to attending each performance in the 61st season of the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, drawing attention both among my colleagues and those with an interest in Mongolia to the country's incredibly diverse and long-standing history of musical performance art. In addition to my teaching responsibilities in one of the city's engineering universities, I lecture frequently at local libraries to discuss cultural concepts in the United States."

Application Suggestion:

"Canvass other Fulbrighters, especially those that have served or are currently serving in your country of choice. Use it as an opportunity to clarify things like housing and access to the local arts and other chances to network, all of which helps you fulfill the Fulbright mission. Doing so doesn't just give you more perspective on how to prepare for the work-life rhythm in your desired posting, but shows others how committed and forward-leaning you are as a candidate. Especially during the application phase."

Advising Corner


Once you have spent time researching where you would like to go for an ETA award and understanding the location's specific description and requirements (e.g., applicant's teaching experiences, language proficiency, and eligibility), you will need to think of three recommenders who can complete a short-answer electronic form.

To help identify recommenders you will invite, consider the questions they will be asked to address - 750 characters each:

  • Based on your observation of and experience with the applicant, comment on their ability to overcome challenges.
  • In your view, how has this applicant demonstrated qualities associated with teaching or mentoring?
  • Based on your observation, how might the applicant interact with students, faculty, and community members, among others, in an unfamiliar or unstructured situation or in a different cultural environment?
  • What kind of impression, in your view, would the applicant make as a representative of the United States abroad?
  • Please comment on any other factors which you believe may have a bearing on the applicant's potential to have a successful experience abroad as a Fulbright ETA (comments regarding academic and/or personal experience, maturity, adaptability and flexibility are welcome).

Provide recommenders with the instructions webpage, which includes a link to a sample .pdf ETA recommendation form.

  • SPEND time at the Center for Research & Fellowships (3607 O Street, NW, 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday to Friday) reviewing example ETA application essays.
  • ENROLL in our Canvas course for more information about ETA awards.

Fulbright Statistics Page

Fulbright US Student Program landing page detailing application statistics for each grant type

As you are deciding among award types and countries, a helpful resource might be the statistics webpage published by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

On it, you can review, by country, the number of applications and the number of awards given by award type for the 2021-2022, 2022-2023, and 2023-2024 grant cycles.

Further, during a recent webinar for campus advisors, Fulbright highlighted some specific countries where particular award types were recently undersubscribed. They are:


Start Writing Early

Spend the weeks ahead working on the various components of your Fulbright application, including your essays. By early to mid-August, a solid draft should be ready. Once you LOCK (not submit) that draft (by September 1 at the latest), the center can begin working to match you with a campus mentor.

You will then have time to make updates before Fulbright's October deadline!

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Be sure to schedule an appointment with an advisor to discuss your application well before the September 1 internal deadline.

Visit the Center for Research & Fellowships (3607 O Street NW) to review example Fulbright statements.

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