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, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a Ph.D. degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants 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.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and 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. Professor/Administrator

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor or administrator at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award, you will need to apply through

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award 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 Program or Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

University of California, Santa Barbara

Fulbright Program Adviser(s)

Dr. Shawn Warner
Director, Graduate Student Professional Development
Graduate Student Resource Center
Student Resource Building, Room 1215
Santa Barbara, California 93106-2070
Baron Haber, Ph.D
Assistant Director of Professional Development, Graduate Division
Graduate Student Resource Center, Room 215
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Institution Information

Campus Deadline: August 24, 2022

Thank you for your interest in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program! See below for important information about the application process through UC Santa Barbara.


  • Application Open: Wednesday March 31, 2022
  • Fulbright Information Session: Monday April 25, 2022, 12pm Pacific (3pm Eastern) - REGISTER HERE
  • Individual Advising Appointments (see below for more information): April through August 2022
  • UCSB Campus Deadline (current graduate students only): Wednesday August 24, 2022
  • Campus Interviews (current graduate students only): September 6-16, 2022
  • National Deadline: Tuesday October 11, 2022, 2pm Pacific (5pm Eastern)


Depending on the type of award being applied for and the status of the applicant, there are different application processes and resources. However, ALL applicants should do the following:

  • Students should review the relevant information on the Fulbright website carefully, including information about application components and the country profile page
  • Students are strongly encouraged to begin their applications early, as it can be time-consuming to secure all of the necessary components and compose a strong application
  • Students should arrange to have an individual advising appointment with one of our campus’ Fulbright advisors: Shawn Warner ( or Baron Haber (

For Current UCSB Graduate Students

  • Graduate students should additionally arrange to have an individual advising appointment with Robby Nadler ( to review their application essays
  • Graduate student applicants must submit a complete application, including all letters of recommendation and letter of affiliation, via the online Fulbright application portal by the campus deadline of Wednesday, August 24, 2022 (note: it is the responsibility of the applicant to communicate the importance of this deadline to all of their letter writers)
  • Graduate student applicants must participate in the campus interview process, which is tentatively scheduled for September 6-16, 2022 (students will be notified of the exact date and time of their interview slot after the campus deadline)
  • The purpose of the campus deadline and campus interview process is two-fold: to allow the applicant to get in-depth feedback on their application to ensure it is in line with the goals of the Fulbright program, and to ensure that the campus review committee (comprised of knowledgeable UCSB faculty and staff) has the necessary information to submit the mandatory Campus Committee Endorsement form to be reviewed by the National Screening Committee

For 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, you can schedule an individual advising appointment with one of our campus’ Fulbright advisors: Shawn Warner or Baron Haber
  • For support in reviewing application materials, contact Nick Alward-Saxon ( or the Campus Learning Assistance Services Writing Lab

Before requesting an advising appointment, all interested applicants should carefully read through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Sheet for UCSB Affiliates.

Past Grantees
Johanna Krukowski
Theater & Stage
Jackson Stephenson
Islamic Studies
Felicity Stone-Richards
Political Science, Misc
Kira Weiss
Music, Miscellaneous
Sabra Harris
Anthropology, Miscellaneous