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

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program history administration
Program History & Administration
  • Created by Congress in 1946 to foster mutual understanding among cultures and nations
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of State
  • Functions abroad in cooperation with Fulbright Commissions and Foundations, and U.S. embassies
  • Administered in the U.S. by the Institute of International Education
what is the u s student fulbright program
What Is the U.S. StudentFulbright Program?
  • The U.S. Government’s flagship educational and cultural exchange program
  • Focus on recent U.S. college/

university graduates, artists, and young professionals

  • Study, research, or teaching assistantship opportunities
the basics
The Basics
  • What is a U.S. Student Fulbright Grant?
    • An award to support self-designed study or research in 150 countries; English language teaching assistantships in over 40 countries
  • Who should apply?
    • Highly-motivated, open-minded individuals
    • Those who can contribute to and benefit from cultural exchange
  • Program is seeking universities traditionally under-represented in the Fulbright Program
  • Institutional, ethnic & geographical diversity
  • 1,500 grants awarded representing all facets of American society (institutional, ethnic, & geographical diversity)

Number of institutions submitting applications / Awarded:

Small – 191 / 113

Large – 329 / 182

am i eligible
Am I Eligible?
  • U.S. Citizens
  • Those with 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
who is not eligible
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)
a fulbrighter has
A Fulbrighter Has…
  • Strong academic and/or professional preparation
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Less than six months spent in host country (excluding undergraduate study abroad)
  • Focus on community involvement

Phuong Do - Vietnam

the website
The Website
  • All information about the Program is on our website: www.fulbrightonline.org/us
on the website
On the Website
  • Grant Information Descriptions
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Country Descriptions
  • Campus Adviser Information
  • IIE Contact Information
  • Online Application
  • Grantee Directory

(Rosanna Brilliantes – Philippines)

  • Basic Grant Types
    • Full Grant
    • English Teaching Assistantship
    • Travel Grant (Germany or Hungary only)
  • Special Fulbright Programs
    • Critical Language Enhancement Awards
    • Fulbright-mtvU Awards
    • Internship Grant (Taiwan)
    • Business Grant (Mexico or Spain)
fulbright full grant
Fulbright Full Grant
  • Individually-designed academic, research, or artistic project
  • Projects may include university coursework, research, or professional training in the arts
  • Guidelines may vary by country – check the website for details
    • “Thinking of Applying”  “Participating Countries”
english teaching assistantship
English Teaching Assistantship
  • Grantees assigned to teach conversational English in schools or universities throughout host country
  • Grantee-designed project emphasizing community engagement
  • Over 40 countries offer Fulbright ETA grants
critical language enhancement initiative
Critical Language Enhancement Initiative
  • Pre-grant training covering language study in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Turkish and other specific languages for Full Grant applicants
  • Funding is only available to grantees who demonstrate need for training and have completed one year of language training
  • Language training occurs prior and during the grant term or for projects focusing on language acquisition training follows the grant term
fulbright mtvu awards
Fulbright-mtvU Awards
  • Grants focus is on international contemporary or popular music as a cultural force of expression
  • Explores the use of music as a global force for mutual understanding
  • Special ‘Documentation and Outreach Plan’ must be submitted in addition to Fulbright application
grant benefits
Grant Benefits
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Monthly stipend (for room, board, incidental costs
  • Health insurance
  • Benefits may also include (varies by country):
    • Dependent support
    • Research allowance
    • Tuition
    • Language lessons
    • Enhancement activities

(Caleb Kim – South Korea)

application components
Application Components
  • Application form (online)
  • Statement of Grant Purpose
  • Personal Statement
  • Three references
  • Transcripts
  • Language Evaluation (if necessary) - varies by host country
  • Affiliation in host country

(Lisbeth Garassino – Romania)

applications in creative and performing arts
Applications in Creativeand Performing Arts
  • Over thirty fields of study in the creative and performing arts
  • Supplemental materials must be submitted:
    • Photographs, Portfolios
    • CDs
    • DVDs
    • Writing Samples (Creative Writers only)
  • See website for eligible arts fields and specific requirements

(Randin Graves - Australia)

preparing the application
Preparing the Application
  • Visit “How Do I Apply” on the website for details on preparing the application
  • Currently-enrolled students MUST apply through the campus Fulbright Program Adviser
statement of grant purpose full grants
Statement of Grant Purpose (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
statement of grant purpose eta grant
Statement of Grant Purpose (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
letters of affiliation full grants only
Letters of Affiliation- Full Grants 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
  • Provides a signed letter on institutional letterhead indicating their support
  • Check country summary for specifics before requesting letter
  • ETAs DO NOT make affiliations
things to consider
Things to Consider
  • Is your project feasible?
  • Do you have/can you secure a solid affiliation?
  • Do you have requisite language skills?
  • Have you demonstrated your ability to carry out your proposed project?
online application
Online Application
  • The Fulbright Application is ONLY available online
  • Visit “Apply Now” on the website and follow the instructions for completing an application

Campus Deadline


  • Enrolled candidates submit applications to campus committee by campus deadline for review

IIE Application Deadline


  • Online submission deadline: Oct 19, Hard copy: Oct 21
  • Campuses send enrolled students’ applications to IIE at deadline, at-large applicants submit directly to IIE
  • Applications are processed at IIE and sent to National Screening Committee members
selection timeline
Selection Timeline

National Screening Committees


  • Screening committees review applications for a given country/field. They recommend candidates for selection

Fulbright Commissions/Embassies


  • The Fulbright Commissions and U.S. Embassies in the host countries select principal and alternate candidates

J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB)


  • The presidentially-appointed FSB makes the final selection of candidates
overall timeline
Overall Timeline

Design Project, Seek Affiliations, Prepare App.


Campus Deadline


IIE Application Deadline

October 19

National Screening Committees




Foreign Scholarship Board


u s university page
U.S. University Page
  • Look up FPA information, deadlines, and other campus Fulbright information on our website
current grantees
Current Grantees
  • Get a sense of current and previous fellows and their projects
  • Search by name, university, country, grant year, and more
  • Learn fellows’ project names and fields of study
fulbright contact information
Fulbright Contact Information

Fulbright Contacts

General Inquiries

Asia, Pacific and Southeast Asia

Europe and Eurasia

Germany, South & Central Asia

Africa and the Middle East

South America, Mexico and Canada

Central America & the Caribbean

Critical Language Enhancement

External Relations/Outreach

Relevant Program Managers

Walter Jackson (wjackson@iie.org)

Jonathan Akeley (jakeley@iie.org)

Rachel Holskin (rholskin@iie.org)

Charles Restrepo (crestrepo@iie.org)

Jermaine Jones (jjones@iie.org)

Jody Dudderar (jdudderar@iie.org)

Cara Wolinsky (cwolinsky@iie.org)

Tony Claudino (tclaudino@iie.org)

Schuyler Allen (sallen@iie.org)