Fulbright: Rejected, Short-listed and Accepted

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Posts that are also related to this one can be found in this link (Fulbright: Pre-Fulbright Experiences)

After I had taken the qualifying examination (TOEFL-iBT and GRE test) as well as receiving notification from AMINEF in terms of submission plan, then, that was the time for me to wait for the outcome of the submission. When I followed the process, it seems like the placement itself was determined by the university. Although I had received information from AMINEF that I had been considered as a Fulbright scholarship recipient, it did not mean that I was admitted in a university. The hard time was in this stage. If all universities in the submission plan did not accept me, then, the Fulbright scholarship would not be any chance for me to study in the United States.

In my submission plan, the universities that would be a place for me to study were Ball State University, Texas State University, Colorado State University, Purdue University, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The process of the admission was happening one by one. I was quite shocked to receive information about my application was rejected by a certain university but I was also happy when I knew the application was admitted to some universities. One of these was Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). I was not sure how the university evaluated the application but I believed that it was really competitive because I had to compete with other applicants from around the world. The chance was getting limited in some ways. However, the professional background of the faculty was also the reason why the admission process was a hard competition. They always consider prospective students for the quality of the application, including TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language).

Good Luck with your application process to the university!


This writing is intended for Indonesian students who might be interested in pursuing higher studies (M.A or Ph.D.) in the United States under the Fulbright scholarship. In Indonesia, this scholarship is organized by AMINEF (American Indonesian Exchange Foundation). Once you are admitted to this scholarship program, you will be taken care by IIE (Institute of International Education) in New York.

If you are selected, you will have to do two things:

  1. Pursue your study seriously and get good grades at the school in which you are enrolled in – you are going to need the grades when you come back to Indonesia to continue your work
  2. Be active to take part in cultural activities on campus in the United States to promote the cultures of your country. This second thing is compulsory; therefore, it is expected that you need to do cross-communication with American students to expand mutual understanding of two different countries. This is the main aspect of being a Fulbright scholar.

Author: Syayid

Syayid Sandi Sukandi is a person who is just like you. He loves to meet new people. He likes to learn new things and opens his horizon to understand how this world works. He is happy to help you when he can. His personal blog is Sparkling Silent Silhouette (https://www.syayidss.com/). He can be contacted at e-mails: syayid@gmail.com or said_sandi@hotmail.com. He has a YouTube channel @Mr.Syayid's Corner. He is active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You may follow and subscribe to his creativity and works there. Enjoy different perspective and insightful ideas!

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