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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 are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

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 are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at their most recent alma mater to inquire if the institution can support alumni/ae through the application process. If not, non-enrolled applicants are welcome to apply at “at-large” candidates.

Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Please visit the Getting Started page for next steps.

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 7-years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the 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. Faculty/Staff/Professionals

If you are a U.S. citizen and faculty or staff at a U.S. institution, or professional interested in applying, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Non U.S. Citizens

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

Getting Started

2021-2022 Competition Deadline: Tuesday October 13, 2020 at 5 pm Eastern Time


Step 1: Confirm Eligibility

Review eligibility requirements for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program before proceeding.


Step 2: Determine Applicant Type

You will apply either through a U.S. institution or At-Large. If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a U.S. college or university, you are strongly encouraged to apply through that institution, even if you are not currently a resident there. If you are not currently enrolled, you may apply through your alma mater, provided that the institution is willing and able to accommodate alumni applications.

All other candidates will apply as At-Large applicants.

Application procedure for candidates applying through U.S. institutions

The Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA) will set a campus application deadline for the institution’s students, which is typically 4-6 weeks earlier than the final October deadline. Please confirm the campus deadline with the FPA.

All candidates applying through a U.S. institution must submit the Fulbright application through the Fulbright online application system by the campus deadline; all supporting materials as outlined in the Application Components section, must also be included by the campus deadline date.

Once your application has been submitted for institutional review, the Fulbright Program Adviser will schedule a campus interview for you.

Following the interview and before the national deadline in October, you may have the opportunity to revise your application based on feedback provided by the Fulbright Program Adviser and the campus interview committee.

You must work with the Fulbright Program Adviser to ensure that your application is officially submitted and that all supporting documents are attached by the final deadline.



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Application procedure for At-Large candidates
At-Large candidates must submit their applications through the Fulbright online application system by the national deadline. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that all supporting documents are attached to the online application, as outlined in the Application Components.


Step 3: Select Award Type

Study/Research Awards

Offered for projects in all Academic and Creative & Performing Arts fields. Applicants can propose their own independent study/research projects or, in some countries, can propose to enroll in a graduate program. Arts applicants, please proceed to the Creative & Performing Arts Fields of Study section for information about available fields and supplementary materials requirements.

Special Programs

  • Fulbright-Fogarty Awards in Public Health: Offered through a partnership between the Fulbright Program and the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, these awards were established to promote the expansion of research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings. Please proceed to the Fulbright-Fogarty Awards in Public Health section for additional program details. 

Enhancement Awards

  • The Fulbright–National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship provides a unique platform for American Fulbright students to develop global narratives and discuss commonalities across borders around a common issue or theme. Trained, supported, and mentored by National Geographic Editors during their grants in one or multiple countries, Fellows will use new media platforms to help build ties across cultures while enhancing mutual understanding. The digital content that they produce will be featured online in various places, including a blog hosted by National Geographic.

  • The Critical Language Enhancement Award provides supplementary funding for Fulbright U.S. Student Program grantees to receive between three and six months of intensive language study in addition to their research or study grants. This opportunity is available for select languages and in limited host countries.
English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Awards

Programs that place grantees in schools overseas to supplement local English language instruction and to provide a native speaker presence in the classrooms. Please proceed to the English Teaching Assistant Award section to see the countries offering a grant.

 

Tutorial Videos and Webinars can assist you in learning more about each award type.  


Step 4: Review Country Opportunities

Select country(ies) of interest and review available awards and eligibility requirements.

 


Step 5: Review Application Components