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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 California, Santa Barbara

Fulbright Program Adviser

Dr. Shawn Warner
Director, Graduate Student Professional Development
Graduate Student Resource Center
Student Resource Building, Room 1215
Santa Barbara, California 93106-2070

Institution Information

Campus Deadline: August 28, 2020

Application Season Opening: March 31, 2020

Program Description: Up to one year of international funding for recent undergraduates, 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.

Current UCSB Graduate Students: All graduate student applicants to study-research awards must submit their full online application by the campus deadline and participate in the campus interview process to allow our committee members to complete a mandatory evaluation form required by Fulbright. The campus deadline for graduate student applicants is Friday, August 28, 2020. The campus interview process is tentatively scheduled for September 7-18, 2020. Applicants are encouraged to meet with Shawn Warner (Director of Graduate Student Professional Development, for questions regarding the application process and with Robby Nadler (Graduate Writing Specialist, to review their application materials prior to submitting. The UCSB Graduate Student Resource Center also hosts periodic information sessions on the Fulbright Program during the summer months. Visit for information on an upcoming session.

Current UCSB Undergraduates, Recent Alumni, and ETA Applicants: Current undergraduates, recent alumni, and applicants to the English Teaching Assistant (ETA) programs are NOT required to submit materials by the campus deadline and do not participate in the campus interview process. For general questions regarding the application process, contact Shawn Warner (Director of Graduate Student Professional Development, For support in reviewing application materials, contact Nick Alward-Saxon (Executive Assistant to the Dean of Undergraduate Education, or the Campus Learning Assistance Services Writing Lab (

Past Grantees
Christopher McQuilkin
Patrick Lambelet
Theology & Religion
Elizabeth Kataoka
Joseph Sterphone
Jed Forman
Theology & Religion