Fulbright U.S. Student Program

What Fulbright Program Advisors Do

This is a general overview of the roles and responsibilities of an FPA.

Outreach and Recruitment
Promotion of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program on campus is essential for raising interest among students and recruiting for future application cycles. Promotion of the program can be done in many ways including:
  1. Informal Get-Togethers and Workshops
  2. Fellowship Fairs
  3. Press Release of Competition Opening
  4. Fulbright Brochures and Posters
  5. Campus visits from IIE program staff or Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors.
Advising
Providing accurate information and guidance to prospective applicants. As students are only allowed to apply to one type of grant per application cycle, it may be necessary to help applicants narrow down which program will best fit their interests/skills/experiences. Applicants and FPAs should carefully go through country profiles and resources on the Fulbright website to assess eligibility.

The different types of awards are:

  1. Study/Research Awards (including Arts Awards)
  2. English Teaching Assistant Awards (ETA)
  3. Special Programs (i.e. Fulbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowships)
Campus Deadline and Interview Process
FPAs create institutional deadlines and facilitate the Campus Interview process to provided applicants feedback prior to the national deadline.  All applicants must complete an application in the Embark Online Application System. FPAs will have login access to view applications while they are in progress.

A campus interview and evaluation form from a Campus Committee are also required for applicants applying through an institution. This part of the application process is designed to provide feedback to applicants about their proposal, as well as giving insight to the National Screening Committee (NSC) about the candidate.

Managing the Embark Online Application System
The FPA oversees applications from their institution in the Embark Online Application. There is only one Embark login per institution. The institutional account is linked to the Primary FPA’s email address.

Embark allows FPAs to:

  1. View Fulbright applications that have been started or submitted in Embark.
  2. Review applications and submitted forms.
  3. Upload Campus Committee Evaluation (CCE) form into each candidate’s application.
  4. View initial results and semi-finalist status in January.
Updating Institution Page on Fulbright U.S. Student Website
FPAs should regularly update their Institution Page on the FPA Website with campus deadlines, Fulbright events, FPA contact information, and any other information necessary for applicants to know as they go through the application process.
Publicity for Fulbright Finalists:
After the final selection process is complete, we encourage FPAs to celebrate any Fulbright finalists from their institution by publicizing it to the local press and media. Publicizing Fulbright achievements also helps encourage other students to apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program in future cycles. Publicity tips and templates are available in the FPA Resources section.

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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.

Artist

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. 

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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.