The Fulbright U.S. Student Program seeks to reflect and value the full range of diversity in U.S. society, and this includes people with disabilities both apparent and non-apparent. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities and will provide individualized reasonable accommodations and support to grantees with disabilities, as needed, to ensure their grant experience is as accessible as possible.
If you identify as having a disability and have questions about accessibility in your proposed grant country, please reach out to the IIE program officer for the country’s world region. Note that conversations about potential barriers are not meant to discourage you from applying for Fulbright. Rather, setting realistic expectations can help guide you in choosing the best grant for you and in planning for barriers which may need to be addressed.
If you have questions or require accommodations during the application process, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are looking for more information about the experiences of people with disabilities in international exchange programs or need more guidance or information on international travel with disabilities, visit our partners at the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE), which is administered by Mobility International USA (MIUSA). MIUSA also runs a unique course designed to help people with disabilities how to prepare for an international exchange experience. Learn more about the Access to Exchange Summit.
Click the links below to learn about past Fulbrighters with disabilities.
- Joseph Hill, Gallaudet University, 2007-2008 U.S. Student to Italy
- Carina Ho, Smith College, 2018 U.S. Student to Uruguay
- Bojana Coklyat, New York University, 2019-2020 U.S. Student to Czech Republic
- Disability Across Distance Webinar, Kristen Popham, College of William & Mary, 2021-2022 U.S. Student to France
And many, many more Fulbrighters with disabilities of all types have had successful grant experiences around the world. You can find their stories on Fulbright social media, through the NCDE, through the Fulbright Association’s Fulbrighters With Disabilities chapter, or through Fulbright Access, the affinity group for Fulbrighters with disabilities. To learn more about the different affinity groups, visit our Diversity & Inclusion page.