Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Components

All applicants must complete and submit an application via the Embark Fulbright Online Application. The Embark system will allow you to enter data, upload documents, and register your reference writers and foreign language skills. The following items comprise the components of the Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy application: 

Biographical Data

The first pages of the application ask for all of your basic personal information such as your name, contact information, birth date, etc. They also ask for the details of your academic background, occupational experience, extracurricular activities, publications, and previous foreign experience. Here, also, you must include a project title and an abstract of the Statement of Grant Purpose, along with a brief explanation of your future plans upon returning to the U.S.

To apply for the Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship, select ‘Fulbright Clinton Fellowship’ from the list of award names given in Question 3a. (You will need to click on the “Award Name” link in that question to access it.)
Enrolled candidates and recent graduates are strongly encouraged to apply through their U.S. schools, but may apply ‘At-Large’ instead (See Question 5 of the application for further details).

Consult the Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowships page for more details.

Statement of Grant Purpose

Instead of a single Statement of Grant Purpose essay, Fulbright-Clinton candidates must submit two essays—a Policy Fellowship Statement and a Skills Self-Assessment. The full details on those essays are outlined below. Both essays should be saved together as a single Word or PDF document, and uploaded into the Statement of Grant Purpose section of the Embark application (page 6).

Policy Fellowship Statement

(2 page limit)

It is anticipated that most Fulbright-Clinton Fellows will work in a capacity similar to that of a “special assistant” to a senior official and have a wide range of responsibilities. Please include the following:

  • Explain what knowledge, experience and skills you would bring to the Fellowship that would enable you to be successful in this kind of assignment, addressing any specific strengths, versatility, relevant work experience, and prior experience(s) living or working in a foreign culture;

  • Provide examples of your familiarity with the culture and chief public policy challenges of the country/region for which you are applying;

  • Describe any challenges you expect to face as a foreign national working in the host country government and how you plan to address or manage them;

  • Your application will be reviewed for a specific country (or countries) and may be considered for any participating country for which you meet certain criteria. Please ensure that your preference for one country or multiple countries is indicated and relevant information is provided for review by the named countries. In this section, you are encouraged to explain your interest in a placement in a specific ministry or ministries or desire to work on a specific set of policy issues, with the understanding that your application will be considered for a special assistant position government-wide.

  • Please also include a few sentences about the proposed academic component (research project, academic coursework, etc.) that you wish to carry out during the program.

  • For this section, please do not include a statement of personal motivation, which will be addressed in the Personal Statement.

Skills Self-Assessment
(1 page limit)

Your application will be reviewed for placement in the country or countries to which you are applying, but may also be reviewed by any country participating in the program if you meet eligibility requirements for that country and have relevant skills and experience that are sought by another country. Please discuss skills you have developed from your professional and educational experiences that may be considered transferable and beneficial to any host ministry which is considering hosting a special assistant.

A few examples of specific skills that may be identified include: data compilation and analysis; writing reports, briefing materials, and official correspondence; preparing budgets; grant writing; IT competencies; etc.

Additional skills related to professional experiences which may provide insight into policy-related portfolios may be field-focused, such as law, education, public health, economic development; science and technology; and others.

Feel free to elaborate on any relevant skills that are referenced or have not been included in your resume or provided elsewhere in this application.

Personal Statement
(1 page limit)

Please describe your motivation for applying for the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship. This statement should allow the Selection Panel to “get to know” you and include information about your personal background that is relevant to your field/topic area of interest and the country/region or countries to which you are applying.

The statement should: (1) cite any relevant experience that has led to your applying for the program; (2) outline your short and/or long term career and/or personal goals related to your application. This statement should not simply restate information found in other parts of the application. Please supply whatever information you think may help us to understand your candidacy.

Foreign Language Forms

Applicants are required to be proficient in the working language of the host country government.

For countries where language skills are required or recommended, you must submit both a Language Self Evaluation and a Foreign Language Evaluation Form, which is completed by a professional language teacher.

For countries where there may be more than one working language, you may submit additional language evaluation forms.

For programs in countries where English is the working language of the government, you are not required to submit any foreign language forms unless a foreign language is required by a specific project. However, it is strongly encouraged to submit forms for any languages that may be beneficial. For example, in the case of Bangladesh, English is all that is required, but Bangla is recommended so if applicants have even an introductory knowledge of Bangla, they should submit the foreign language forms.

Applicants who are successful in the panel review and country review phase will have their language proficiency assessed through an interview.


You must submit three reference letters as part of the application. The authors should be the three individuals who can best speak to your ability to be successful in the fellowship based on your intellectual and professional preparation. You should provide the reference writer with a copy of the Statement of Grant Purpose before requesting the reference letter. The reference letter should NOT simply be a character reference as this will be of no value in assessing your ability to successfully complete the fellowship. All references must be written in English.  If the original reference letter is written in a language other than English there must be an official English translation.  Because the reference letter is confidential the translation cannot be done by the applicant.  Both the original reference letter and the English-language translation must be uploaded into the Fulbright application.

We will not accept any references submitted after the application deadline under any circumstances. Please request your references well in advance.


The Fulbright Program requires a complete academic record of your higher education. You must provide transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions from which you received degrees. Transcripts must also be submitted from other institutions where you studied and received credit for coursework.

Failure to submit all required transcripts at the time of application will result in your being declared ineligible.

During the application process, either official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable forms.

All applicants to the Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship must include a Resume with their applications that details their relevant professional experience. Resumes in English should be uploaded to Affiliation Upload Page 1 in the Embark application. Applicants who are applying to a host country that speaks a language other than English and who are proficient in the language should upload a second Resume in the host country language. Host country language Resumes should be uploaded to Affiliation Page 2 in the Embark application.

Resume length is limited to a maximum of two single-spaced pages. Longer Resumes will not be presented to screening committees.

I am a....

Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 



U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.