Sample Personal Statement for Fulbright Scholarship

Written by Talha Omer

January 16, 2014

10171662_10151913205886442_2087249612_n Personal statement’s are written and edited by Tim Cleary, the head of the admissions team at BrightLink Prep. He can be reached at info@brightlinkprep.com.

 

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Over the past year or so I have been getting a lot of requests from students in Pakistan regarding sharing a sample personal statement for the Fulbright scholarship.

This sample Fulbright personal statement has been shared with me by an anonymous but successful Fulbright applicant who has allowed me to share her personal statement on this blog. It can be used as an example to give you an idea of how to write and structure your own personal statement for the Fulbright program in Pakistan.

If you feel you need a little extra help, you can always contact me to check if I can help but please DO NOT copy chunks from this statement of purpose, or plagiarize them directly. You will not only lose your chance of getting the Fulbright scholarship but it is also unfair to copy someone’s original work. Simply use this to as a reference guide for writing your own authentic personal statement.

Before you go on to read this sample personal statement for Fulbright scholarship, let’s do a little exercise to warm you up for writing your own statement of purpose.

So here it goes: Which of the following sounds more appealing?

I went down the building to the cafeteria, which looked good, and bought a burger that I ate.

OR

I strolled down the building as the cafeteria fragrances wafted through the air. I then bought the best chicken burger I have ever tasted.

Of course you would say that the second one is better. This is so because it is more descriptive and creates a more vivid and inspiring picture in your mind. But at the same time it requires the right set of words to describe the situation which is slightly more challenging.

So a word of advice – just write more descriptively so that its all the more exciting to read!

Some examples:

BORING: I performed in my first GRE exam today.
EXCITING: I blew the GRE test away in my first attempt.

BORING: I ran an antivirus, and got the computer to work
EXCITING: Ignoring risks and malfunctions, I did a complete antivirus run on my new computer.

Just know that you all have remarkable stories to share – you just need to dare to be more descriptive!

Click here to view the sample personal statement for the successful Fulbright Scholar in Finance!

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86 Comments

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    Dear Talha
    I have some confusion and I do not know what is difference between (Study Objective) and (Personal statement). You clarify the important points that should be considered in writing the P S, but, what should be considered in writing the study objective? Thanks in advance

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    • Talha Omer

      Personal Statement is all about general stuff whereas study objectives focus on what you want to study in the US. Infact if you look at the form you will see that FB has clearly given the instructions of what should be included and what should not be in a SOP/study objectives.

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    Sir,
    Is there a way I can send you my Personal statement and you just read it once? I don’t know if good or not.

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    • Talha Omer

      Hi Mehar, To review a personal statement thoroughly requires several hours of work – if you want to have your personal statement critiqued please contact my office and set up an appointment. The review session carries a fee that depends on the scope of your work. Thanks

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        dear sir TALHA OMER!
        I am from Afghanistan and want you to critic my personal statement and kindly send me your contact and payment detail on my email. sartor.ahmadi@gmail.com
        thanks

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        Aoa, I want to apply for phD Fulbright scholarship in education policy. I have done M.phil in educational management from hamdard University Karachi with 3.08 CGPA. I did M. A in economics from Karachi University with 49 .8 percentage and B.Sc. in maths, stats & economics from saint Joseph college Karachi with 66% , F.Sc with 69.8% from federal gov. Girls college and matric with 78.8% from Queen Mary school Lahore. I knowy academic background is not great but do I have some chance of selection for Fulbright scholarship if I work hard and get good GRE score.

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        • Talha Omer

          W.A.S. Fulbright relies heavily on gpa. so in my view the app is very weak for Fulbright

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    Dear Sir,

    Kindly guide me regarding Letter of intent. What areas must be covered in that letter?

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    • Talha Omer

      Hi Saba, A letter of intent is the same as a Personal statement.

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    Could you please explain to me about study objective and research objective? what are the differences? And which one should we choose? Thank you beforehand.

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    • Talha Omer

      Kaneka, Where did you see this research objective requirement for FB? If you can point it out then i can better help you.

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    What is the difference between the CV and personal statement? Thanks

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    • Talha Omer

      CV is a resume – a brief summary of your professional and academic experiences. Personal statement is a detailed analysis and insights into your personal and professional history.

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        Is a detailed CV better or a short one

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    how best can your write a personal history statement for a scholarship

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    How do we prepare for GRE?
    I will complete my degree by November this year, so I will apply next year when the applications are open.
    I can’t come to your city, so is there any way you can guide me about effective GRE prep, books, and other things that I must get straight before I srart working on my application next year?
    Thanks in anticipation

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    • Talha Omer

      Hi Jia, Before i go on to help you out can you tell me what is your academic background like?

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        Hello! I am a senior student in tourism management. Do I have to take GRE exam.

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    Can candidates having MS in Management Sciences apply for Fulbright PhD Scholarship?.

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    • Talha Omer

      Yes of course they can 🙂

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    Asalam-O-Alaikum! Can you guide me about undergraduate? Me from Nawabshah Sindh! Not affordable to arrange a meeting with you in Lahore, I am Quite away from the Lahore here 🙁 I fill Out mine Application. Just the page Of Personal statement is remaining. I have a ton of panic to tell Fulbright which I faced in my life 🙁 Let’s leave it! Can you give me a few whiles on call for your kind information? THANKS

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    Sir i want to do MBA could you please tell me the difference between GRE and GMAT and which one i should prepare?

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    I want you to please proof read my SOP. I have done my majors in geotechnical Engineering. Want to pursue phd. Kindly tell me regarding the fee if any?

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    I real need your help Sir. I am writing a SOP and its killing me. I manage to write the first draft which I am not sure if I am in the right track or not. may you send me your email so that I can email it to you to edit it. PLEASE

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    Dear Talha,
    Glad that you’re helping us. I’d like to know how can i overcome the negativity part in my SOP. I am almost done with the SOP, got the second opinion, however the persistent issue is with strengthening of the whole document. Although it addresses the whole thing but still some negativity is overshadowing the good things.

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    Well done,God bless your team.

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    can ypu please tell me what to write in statement of purpose for financial aid?

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    • Talha Omer

      Hi Manisha, There is no separate SOP for financial aid.

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    Helo Umar! I have done msc botany with 2.61 and Im 26 can I apply for the mphill. Reply plz..

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    Hi, i have one MBA marketing recently. I want to apply for the FB. in which areas can I apply? Thank you

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    • Talha Omer

      You can apply in any area 🙂

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    Hi Talha Omer, I just want to thank you for the kind help you are giving to various people.

    Thank you.

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    Aoa, Talha bhai what are the difference between personal statement and SOP? Are they same?

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    Hi Talha,
    I am applying for Fulbright 2017 and I am also working with a research organization. As you know the deadline for FB 2017 is 11 May, I am planning to give GRE in first week of May. I am preparing for it myself at home from KAPLAN books. I am having difficulty in memorizing vocabulary. My vocabulary is already very weak. Any advice how should I go about this?

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    • Talha Omer

      Hello – well unfortunately the only way to learn vocabulary in such a short amount of time is memorizing. If you had a lot of time then reading a lot would have helped but not in a month.

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    Hi Talha, I am going to apply for a scholarship program, NTHP at IBA – Karachi, I am having some problems while writing the SOP but i have written one, Will you please proof read that ?

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        helo talha i have to apply for fulbright ..i got 139 134 2 marks in GRE,, please send me cv sample and personal statement and objective samples on my mail .naghmamalik544@yahoo.com

        plz also tell me is there any hance to get scholarship for phd? by getting these marks

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        • Talha Omer

          You are inelgibile to apply for fb – they require a minimum of 138 Quant and 136 verbal to apply

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    hello please would you send me sample of personal statemet

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    • Talha Omer

      Hello – personal statement attached in the above article.

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    Hi dear Sir, I am in final year of my Bachelors in Engineering (Chemical Engineering) from Mehran UET, Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan. I want to hunt a scholarship for my Masters in Engineering in any foreign country.
    Thanks…..

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    Can I use an urdu phrase on my fullbright application?

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    Dear sir omer
    can you please help me in to write a personal statement. i am applying in scholarship after Master in Management sciences
    Regards
    Samina

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    • Talha Omer

      Yes you can contact us at 0331-4513196.

      Thanks

      Reply
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    Hi, I was enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Pakistan, did some research work too, but then left that program and it got cancelled. Do I need to mention that in my resume? Asking this since my research objectives will be based on the same and My research experience and course work were very relevant and course work went quite well too, i scored 3.67 GPA. Or shall i mention it as part of continuing education?

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    assalam o alaikum talha bai plz can you review my essays.I will pay fee.how i can send my sop to you

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    • Talha Omer

      WAS Umair, you can simply call us at 0331-4513196 and we can set up a time with you to discuss your profile and way forward.

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    Can I send to you a copy of my resume and sample cover letter to help me draft objectives and motivation on FLTA?

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    Dear Sir,
    could you please share some personal statement in my email which is in below:
    neamat,alishiryan@usa.com
    I thanks in advance for your time and cooperation.
    best regards.
    Alishiryan

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    • Talha Omer

      Hello – All personal statements have been shared above on the website.

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    Asslam o aleykum sir omer
    can you please help me in to write a personal statement. i am applying in scholarship after Graduation in Microbiology

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    • Talha Omer

      WS Fatima – for Personal statement assistance please contact 0331-4513196.

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    Hi Sir Omer!
    I need detail information about the best personal statement, suppose which point should be kept in mind and which should be avoided.
    I really need information for writing best articles for Fullbright S.

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    hie TALHA OMER
    MAY I HAVE A SAMPLE OF A STATEMENT OF PURPOSE FOR A SCHOLARSHIP IN PHD IN MATHEMATICS.
    MY EMAIL IS wongayig@gmail.com.
    thank you in advance

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    hello sir omer
    thank you for your help: i am graduated for law faculty and want to develop my knowledge, i need your help to write my statement. can you help?

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    • Talha Omer

      Hello – yes we do help. You can contact us at 0331-4513196 to have your essays reviewed.

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    hello sir Omer
    I am a PhD student at the faculty of law.I want to apply for the fulbright schoolarship but it is neccessary to find an american co-suprivisor to send me a letter of invitation. now I am tryiing to write a letter. i would like to ask if there is an example that i can follow. also can about the subject of the letter what I can write? can i write the likes o f these subjects:
    subject: Fulbright Joint Supervision Scholarship
    subject2: Inquire about a Ph.D. co-supervisor for my Ph.D research

    thank you in advance

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    • Talha Omer

      Hello – No there is no need for any letter.

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    Hi sir,
    can you help me writing few statments for commonwealth scholarships.

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    • Talha Omer

      Hello – yes we do help with essays – you can contact us at 0331-4513196. Thanks

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    need a personal statement for Phd in Biotechnology in china.. do reply me sir

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    • Talha Omer

      Well don’t have any in Bio tech!

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    Hi sir,
    can you help me writing few statments for commonwealth scholarships.
    How your proposed study relates to:
    a) development issues at the global, national and local level?
    b) development issues connected to your chosen CSC theme and the wider sector?

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    • Talha Omer

      Hello Abdul, For help on essay writing, you can contact us at 0331-4513196.
      Thanks

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    Hi, pl can you tell me the difference between a personal statement and a statement of purpose and the key elements that need to be covered in each.

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    especially in context of a fulbright application.

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