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Myiah Smith (SFS'20)

English Teaching Assistant: Germany

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Myiah Smith (SFS'20) uses performance arts with her German high school students to enrich their English language development. She continues to advocate and lead creative systems change within the intersections of performance, education, and global diplomacy. 

Application Suggestion:

"Don't be shy! Fulbright wants to know about your passions and all the internships, campus organizations, and projects you've participated in. Be sure to get a trusted mentor, professor, or boss to review your application and ensure you're speaking to your amazing abilities! You got this!"

(Smith, pictured at left, with other Germany ETA Fulbrighters and Minister-Counselor Robert J. Greenan)

Advising Corner


If you are applying for a Fulbright study/research award, you will invite three individuals to write substantive letters of recommendation. You should give the individuals a draft of your statement of grant purpose to inform their letters.

You will register the recommenders in the Fulbright application portal, and they will upload confidential letters themselves. Please ask your recommenders to submit their letters in the Fulbright portal by Georgetown's September 1 internal deadline - 12 PM (noon) ET. (Note: The absolute latest time a recommendation can be submitted is October 10 at 5 PM ET. Fulbright makes no exceptions.)

As you are thinking about recommenders, it is important to reflect on what they will be asked to address. From Fulbright:

  • Feasibility of the applicant's proposed project in terms of the resources available and the research environment within the host country.
  • Appropriateness of the project and subject matter for the host country.
  • Suitability of the proposed research methodology given the topic and the applicant’s background.
  • Ability of the applicant to successfully carry out the proposed research project and/or degree program within the allotted grant period.
  • Linguistic preparation for the proposed plan.
  • Applicant's ability to adapt to a different cultural environment and to represent the U.S. as a cultural ambassador.
  • If in the arts, comment on the applicant's talent and potential for growth.
  • Any other factors which you believe may have a bearing on the applicant's experience overseas.

It is incredibly important that you begin engaging with potential recommenders now - if you have not already. This will allow individuals to learn more about Fulbright's mission and your specific plans for the grant award, as well as give them adequate time to write a thorough letter. Don't wait!

Recommendation Resources

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Resources From Fulbright

As you are continuing your research about the right award for you, visit Fulbright's website for resources.

For example, visit a webpage describing the "Top Tips for Your Fulbright Application."

Additionally, Fulbright offers a series of brief video tutorials describing various aspects of the program.

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Commit time in the weeks ahead to work on your Fulbright application and drafts of your personal statement and statement of grant purpose.

Be sure to schedule an appointment with an advisor for application and essay feedback well before the September 1 internal deadline.

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