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F ULBRIGHT U . S . S TUDENT P ROGRAM. Program History & Administration. Created by Congress in 1946 to foster mutual understanding between the U.S. and other cultures and nations Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State

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F ulbright u s s tudent p rogram


Program history administration

Program History & Administration

  • Created by Congress in 1946 to foster mutual understanding between the U.S. and other cultures and nations

  • Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State

  • Functions abroad in cooperation with Fulbright Commissions and Foundations, and U.S. embassies

  • Over 1,600 grants awarded yearly, representing all elements of American society

Senator J. William Fulbright

Why fulbright

Why Fulbright?

  • Award to support self-designed study or research, or language teaching assistantships abroad in over 155 countries

  • If you receive a grant, you will be doing exactly what you want to do in a specific country

  • You will be representing your country, while enhancing your personal and academic credentials

  • You will be learning about a new culture and its people

Who should apply

Who should apply?

  • Highly-motivated, open-minded individuals with strong academic and/or professional preparation

  • Those who can contribute to and benefit from cultural exchange and that has an interest in community involvement

  • Current juniors, graduating seniors, alumni.

  • Less than six months spent in host country (excluding undergraduate study abroad)

  • Demonstrated leadership ability

F ulbright u s s tudent p rogram

Who is Eligible?

  • U.S. Citizens

  • Bachelor’s degrees, equivalent training or professional experience by grant start

  • Sufficient language ability as required by host country and in keeping with the Fulbright mission

  • Good health

F ulbright u s s tudent p rogram

Who is NOT Eligible?

  • Non-U.S. citizens (including permanent residents)

  • Ph.D. degree-holders

  • Previous U.S. Student Fulbright grantees

  • Dual citizens or residents in some host countries (check website country descriptions)

Grant benefits

Grant Benefits

Round-trip airfare

Monthly stipend (for room, board, incidental costs)

Health and accident insurance

Benefits may also include (varies by country):

Dependent support

Research allowance


Language lessons

Enhancement activities

(Caleb Kim – South Korea)

Grant information full and eta

Grant Information: Full and ETA

Full Grants

Individually-designed academic, research, or artistic project

  • Projects may include university coursework, research, or professional training in the arts

    Sample Carnegie Mellon Projects:

    Netherlands, Music, 2011-12

    Project title: Harpsichord and Historical Performance Study in the Netherlands

    Australia, Chemistry, 2011-12

    Project Title: Evaluation of Magnetic Virus Capsids as MRI Contrast Agents

    English Teaching Assistantships (ETA)

  • Grantees assigned to teach conversational English in schools or universities throughout host country

  • Grantee-designed project emphasizing community engagement

  • For 2012-13, over 50 countries offer Fulbright ETA grants

    Sample Carnegie Mellon Post:

    Indonesia, 2011-2012

    Teaching English to high school students

Statement of proposed research or study full grants

Statement of ProposedResearch or Study (Full Grants)

  • Two page essay that answers the questions: what, where, how, when, and why

  • Demonstrates knowledge of the field of study

  • Demonstrates awareness of needs in host country

  • Any potential concern about project feasibility or your ability should be addressed directly

Letters of affiliation full grant only

Letters of Affiliation (Full Grant only)

From a host contact willing to advise/mentor you while conducting your Fulbright project

Can be a professional at a university, laboratory, library, community organization

Local Organization Preferred over large International Organizations ( UN, Red Cross etc)

Provides a signed letter on institutional letterhead indicating their support

Check country summary for specifics before requesting letter

Statement of proposed research or study eta grant

Statement of ProposedResearch or Study (ETA Grant)

  • One page essay that explains how you will reach your goals as an English Teaching Assistant, and why you would like to be an English Teaching Assistant

  • Description of a small, supplemental research project (focused on community involvement)

    • Should not be location-specific

  • Demonstrates sincere desire to teach English to non-native speakers

Applications in creative and performing arts

Applications in Creative and Performing Arts

  • Supplemental materials must be submitted:

    • Photographs, Slides, Portfolios

    • CDs

    • DVDs

    • Writing Samples (Creative Writers only)

  • See website for eligible arts fields and specific requirements

Critical language enhancement initiative

Critical Language Enhancement Initiative


  • Pre-grant training for three to six months of intensive language study in addition to the Fulbright grants.

  • Funding is only available to grantees who demonstrate need for training and intend to use one of the eligible languages in their Fulbright project.

Critical language enhancement initiative1

Critical Language Enhancement Initiative


  • Eligible Languages:Arabic (all dialects), Azeri, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin only), Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Marathi, Pashto, Punjabi, Russian, Tajik, Turkish, Urdu and Uzbek.

  • Eligible Countries:Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Morocco, Israel, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Yemen

Application components

Application Components

  • Application form (online)

  • Two-page statement of proposed study/research

    (one page for ETA)

  • Personal Statement (one page)

  • Three references

  • Transcripts

  • Language Evaluation - varies by host country

  • Affiliation in host country (only for Full Grant)

  • Campus Committee Interview Evaluation (interviews take place on campus late September)

Fulbright timeline

Fulbright Timeline

Design Project, Seek Affiliations, Prepare App.


June 15, 2012

Campus Registration

September 12, 2012

Campus Deadline

IIE Application Deadline

~ Mid-October 2012 (TBA)


National Screening Committees



Foreign Scholarship Board


More resources podcasts

More Resources - Podcasts

More resources youtube

More Resources - YouTube

Fulbright contact information

Fulbright Contact Information

  • Fulbright Contacts

  • General Inquiries

  • Asia, Pacific and South Asia

  • Europe and Eurasia

  • Africa and the Middle East

  • Mexico, Canada and South America

  • Central America & the Caribbean & Critical Language Enhancement Awards

  • Germany & South & Central Asia

    • Carnegie Mellon Campus Fulbright Advisor

Relevant Program Managers

Walter Jackson (wjackson@iie.org)

Jonathan Akeley (jakeley@iie.org)

Rachel Holskin (rholskin@iie.org)

Jermaine Jones (jjones@iie.org)

Jody Dudderar (jdudderar@iie.org)

Pamela Jennings (pjennings@iie.org )

Cara Doble (cdoble@iie.org)

Jennifer Keating-Miller (keating@andrew.cmu.edu)

Stephanie Wallach (sw4s@andrew.cmu.edu)

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