A number of applicants will be invited for an interview in September 2023 with the Fulbright Selection Committee. The committee expects you to attend the interview at the U.S. Embassy in Bern in person. The pre-selection is based on the application materials, in which your personal statement, focusing not only on your academic goals, but also your support for the Fulbright ideals, and your study/research objectives play an important role.
Although the Fulbright grant allows you to list any universities in the U.S. on your application, we strongly urge you to consider a mix of small, large, public and private universities, not limited to specific geographic areas when listing your preferred universities. In the selection process, we will take this element of being open to other than highly selective universities, and willingness to cooperate with the Fulbright placement process and university recommendations, into account.
During the interview you will be asked to tell us more about your academic plans in the U.S., your interest in furthering mutual understanding, and the extra-curricular activities that you plan to do. During the interview you will also have the opportunity to tell more about yourself, to help the Committee get to know you.
Special preference will be given to candidates who show good academic performance, but who also have a sincere interest in getting to know the U.S. culture and values, and who do not have extensive and recent experience of living and studying in the U.S. Strong candidates are often socially engaged in community service, volunteer activities and the like, and are ready to meet new people and engage in new experiences.
Candidates will be notified of the results of the interviews in September 2023.