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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

  • 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

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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

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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

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  • 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

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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

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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)

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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

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The Website

  • All information about the Program is on our website: www.fulbrightonline.org/us

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On the Website

  • Grant Information Descriptions

  • Eligibility Requirements

  • Country Descriptions

  • Campus Adviser Information

  • IIE Contact Information

  • Online Application

  • Grantee Directory

(Rosanna Brilliantes – Philippines)

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  • 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)

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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”

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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Online Application

  • The Fulbright Application is ONLY available online

  • Visit “Apply Now” on the website and follow the instructions for completing an application

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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

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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

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Overall Timeline

Design Project, Seek Affiliations, Prepare App.


Campus Deadline


IIE Application Deadline

October 19

National Screening Committees




Foreign Scholarship Board


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U.S. University Page

  • Look up FPA information, deadlines, and other campus Fulbright information on our website

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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

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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)