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Fulbright US Student Program

Established by the U.S. Congress in 1946, the Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's premier scholarship program and is designed to give recent graduates opportunities in personal development and international experience.

There are primarily two kinds of Fulbright grants: research/study grants and ETAs (English teaching assistantships). Research/study grant applicants plan their own programs that may include university coursework, independent library or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school or special projects in the social or life sciences or combinations. Recipients of ETAs get to teach English at various levels, depending on the needs of the respective countries.

The program promotes cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding on a person-to-person basis in an atmosphere of academic integrity and intellectual freedom.


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application.
  • Preference is given to applicants educated primarily in the U.S. (Study abroad experiences are fine.)
  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree before the beginning of the grant period.
  • Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with people and carry out the study.
  • Applicants must be in good health (certified by physician).


To begin an on-line application you must contact the campus Fulbright Program Adviser, Dr. Lisa Haegele. Graduate students should contact Dr. Brian Smith & Dr. Andrea Hilkovitz, Fulbright Program Advisers in The Graduate College, for assistance with preparing their applications -- No applications are accepted after the campus deadline. The campus deadline is usually the last week of September or the first week of October each year and should not be confused with the final Fulbright deadline. Please check the Fulbright website for the exact date.

See the Fulbright Program Adviser to determine which type of Fulbright grant you are interested in and the requirements for the various grants. Program descriptions and a wealth of related information are available at the Fulbright Online web site.

The Fulbright Scholarship is highly competitive and the successful applicant must carefully research the opportunities in universities of the country he/she proposes for carrying out the projected program.

Application may be made to only one type of country program (full grant or ETA).


  • Applications must be submitted electronically on the Fulbright website by the campus deadline.
  • Applicants must also upload official transcripts and have referees upload their letters of recommendation by the campus deadline.
  • It is highly recommended that you consult faculty or other advisors for comments on your proposal and autobiographical statement before submitting your application.
  • The Fulbright Program Adviser and the campus Fulbright committee will schedule an interview with the candidate to provide strength to the candidate's proposal and evaluate language skills approximately one week after the campus deadline.