Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Instructions for Fulbright Foreign Language Evaluators

The Fulbright Application Deadline is October 6, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time Eastern Time and all Foreign Language Evaluations MUST be submitted through the Embark online system by this time and date. No exceptions.

An applicant for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program has requested that you complete the Foreign Language Evaluation (FLE) form to evaluate their language ability. If the candidate is a current or former student, you may complete this form based on the candidate’s record and performance in your language course(s), and/or, you may interview the applicant to determine his/her current proficiency in the language.

We ask that you comment on the candidate's present language competence relative to their proposed project of study or research for the grant. The applicant should provide you with a summary of their Statement of Grant Purpose. In an interview, you may ask them to describe the grant project or program in the language being assessed.

You may refer to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for assessing language ability in determining the appropriate rating in each category.

Fulbright applicants register their language evaluator in the Embark Fulbright Online Application System to give them the opportunity to complete the FLE form online so that it can be attached to the student's online application. If you are not familiar with the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, you may wish to visit our website, us.fulbrightonline.org. The most useful pages for language evaluators would be the section Country Summaries for the applicant’s proposed host country.

The steps below allow you to submit online Foreign Language Evaluation (FLE) Form:

  1. Once the student has registered you, an email will be generated and sent to you, from the Embark Online Recommendation system with the student’s name in the subject line. If you do not receive this email, please let the applicant know or email Tech Support directly: support@embark.com and tell them the name and email address of the applicant and your name and email address.

  2. Login to the system using the User ID and password sent to you in the email.

  3. You will see a page with the names of applicants who have listed you as an evaluator with the Fulbright Online Application System.

  4. Click on the applicant’s name (corresponding to the program and year if there is more than one entry for the applicant).

  5. At the top of the page, complete the information to verify your status and respond to the questions. Download a sample Foreign Language Evaluation (PDF).

  6. Respond to the questions assessing the candidate's competency in each area.

  7. When up have answered all the questions, you may preview a PDF of the form.

  8. If you are satisfied, you can print the PDF version of rhe FLE form for your records.

  9. The final step is to submit the Evaluation. Before you click Submit, be sure that this is the Evaluation that you wish to have reviewed by screening committees in the U.S. and abroad. Once you submit the Foreign Language Evaluation, you will not have access to edit or change it.

Only evaluations submitted via the Embark Fulbright Online Application System will be accepted

The applicant will provide you with the date the language evaluation is due. Each institution sets its own internal campus deadline. For currently enrolled candidates or alumni applying through their alma mater, this date may be earlier than the national Fulbright Application Deadline. Evaluations submitted after the campus deadline may not be considered and could affect the candidate’s eligibility.

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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.


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.