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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.

UC Santa Cruz

Fulbright Program Adviser

Gabi Schmiegel
Assistant Director, Sponsored Student Programs
Divison of Global Engagement
Classroom Unit, Rm. 101
Santa Cruz, California 95064
(831) 459-2858

Institution Information

Campus Deadline: September 14, 2020

Application Season Opening:

April 1, 2020

Campus Deadline (e-submission):

September 14, 2020

Campus Interviews:

Scheduled for late September/Early October. Exact dates TBA. Due to COVID 19, interviews will be conducted remotely via zoom.

Program Description:

The Fulbright supports up to one year of international funding for recent undergraduates and masters recipients and current graduates students. The Fulbright may be utilized to explore research interests, graduate or independent study projects, and/or English teaching opportunities in participating countries. The program purpose is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. Selection is based on the applicant’s academic or professional record, language preparation, the feasibility of the proposed study project, and personal qualifications.


Applicants must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application. Applicants must hold a B.A., B.S. or, if in the creative or performing arts, four years of study and/or experience, before the beginning of the start date of grant with exceptions as noted in the Fulbright Program web site. Applicants can be in any year of graduate study, but must not have completed their PhD before the final submission date to Fulbright. All applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the language of the host country to communicate and carry out proposed study/research programs and be in good health. Applicants do not need to be enrolled, or plan on enrolling unless one is seeking to apply to for graduate study abroad. 

UC Santa Cruz will work with alum who are no more than two years post-degree and only if applicant can partake in on-campus interviews. Applicants who are more than 2 years from degree completion at UCSC must apply as an "at-large" applicant (see Fulbright web site for info on how to apply at large).

Prepping to Apply:

See webcast link below, as well as the information on the “Getting Started” section of the Fulbright website. Specific country questions may also be directed to the IIE/Fulbright staff contact listed at the country summary area of the country you are interested in applying to. Fulbright webinars and student guidance sessions are posted here.

Application and Interview Process:

The online application will be available April 1, 2020. The campus deadline is September 14, 2020. All applicants must partake in a remote campus interview process to allow our Committee members to complete a mandatory evaluation form required by Fulbright. If you are an undergraduate or masters student graduating from UC Santa Cruz in 2020 and will not be in the area in September, you may forgo the campus interview and apply directly to Fulbright as an “at-large” candidate.

Application and Information:

The Embark application web portal will be utilized for electronic submission of the application. Letters of recommendation are also uploaded by referees to the Embark site by the campus deadline.


Past Grantees
Zachary Hejny
World Music
Halie Kampman
Environmental Studies
April Reber
Kirby Parnell
Daniel Rudin
Film Studies