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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.


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. 



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.

University of Pennsylvania

Fulbright Program Adviser(s)

Lauren Orr
Fulbright Advisor
Center for Undergrad Research and Fellowships
3601 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Wallace Genser
Senior Associate Director for Fellowships
3601 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Institution Information

Campus Deadline: August 31, 2020

Q: How does Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) support Fulbright applicants?

A: Prior to Penn’s Internal Deadline, potential Fulbright applicants are encouraged to schedule advising appointments with Lauren Orr in CURF, and are welcome to communicate via email as questions arise.  Additionally, CURF hosts Fulbright-related information sessions and events, and we maintain a Canvas site with Fulbright application resources.  We are also happy to review Statement of Grant Purpose and Personal Statement drafts for Penn applicants.  After Penn’s Internal Deadline, CURF continues to provide the aforementioned application support while also reviewing application materials and engaging applicants in the campus process described below.


Q: When is Penn’s Internal Fulbright Deadline?

A: Penn’s Internal Fulbright Deadline is August 31, 2020.


Q: What materials do I need to submit by Penn’s Internal Deadline?

A: Your complete Fulbright application, which includes: the Fulbright application form, statement of grant purpose, personal statement, three recommendations, language evaluations, transcripts, and any additional required materials (affiliation letter, creative arts supplement, etc.).


Q: How do I submit these application materials to Penn?

A: On the Fulbright application, select the University of Pennsylvania as the institution through which you are applying (the relevant question is in the Award Information section, and reads "What type of applicant are you? (Applying At-Large or through a U.S. Institution)." - in response, you'd select the University of Pennsylvania from a drop-down menu). Then, when you submit your application through Fulbright’s online application system, it will become accessible to CURF as an intermediate step. 


Q: Why does Penn have an Internal Deadline?  What is the benefit of meeting it?

A: Penn’s campus deadline is earlier than Fulbright’s National Deadline to allow applicants to participate in our Campus Process, where CURF matches applicants with members of Penn’s Fulbright Faculty Committee.  The faculty member will conduct an interview with you, draft a campus committee evaluation to be appended to your application, and may provide feedback about your application materials (which you can then utilize to revise your application materials before Fulbright's National Deadline).  This process is designed to be supportive and educational. 


Q: Will I still be able to edit my application materials after Penn’s Internal Deadline?

A: In many ways, yes. After processing your initial application internally, CURF will return it to you in the online application system so you may continue revising it up until the final deadline. You will be able to edit your statements, for example, or upload an updated transcript. However, note that elements of the application submitted on your behalf (recommendations & language evaluations) cannot be easily changed – doing so creates a hassle for the recommender/evaluator as well as Fulbright’s tech support, so this should be avoided.


Q: What if I cannot submit a complete application in time for Penn’s Internal Deadline?

A: If you cannot submit a complete application by August 31 but still want to apply for the Fulbright through Penn, simply submit a complete application "through Penn" (see instructions above) by Fulbright's National Deadline. While an applicant who does not meet Penn’s Internal Deadline cannot participate in the campus process outlined above, qualified candidates who submit complete applications through Penn by the National Deadline will still be forwarded to Fulbright’s National Screening Committee with the rest of Penn’s applicants. 


Q: Should I apply through Penn or At-Large?

A: Alumni are strongly encouraged to apply through Penn to gain access to the campus process and CURF support, but alumni do have the option to apply At-Large. Current Penn students are expected to apply through Penn.

Past Grantees
Fjora Arapi
International Relations
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Candace Morff
English Teaching Assistantship
Helen Stuhr-Rommereim
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English Teaching Assistantship