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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, 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.

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.

FPA

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 fulbrightscholars.org.

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.

Fulbright Finalist Resources

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IIE Participant Portal

All required Fulbright documents will be submitted to the Institute of International Education (IIE) via the IIE Participant Portal. You can log in to the IIE Participant Portal with the email address that IIE has on file. When accessing the portal for the first time, click the “Forgot your password?” link and enter your email address. If you later change your email address on file with IIE, your log-in for the portal will also change to the new email address.

1. Uploading Required Documents

Fulbrighters submit pre-departure documents required by IIE through the IIE Participant Portal. Uploaded documents will be reviewed by IIE. If a document is incomplete or is not required for a particular grantee, it will be rejected and the grantee will be notified.

Note for Commission grantees: Uploading a document to the portal does not give the Commission access to it. Please make sure to send any documents that the Commission requires directly to them.

2. Updating Mailing Address and Emergency Contact Information

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program requires a permanent mailing address, preferably in the U.S., that will be valid before and during the grant period. Mailing addresses must be updated via the IIE Participant Portal. Emergency Contact Information can also be updated here.

Fulbrighters are encouraged to add their Skype address, if available, to facilitate potential sessions with ASPE ASSIST.

3. Entering Physical Address
This is the Fulbrighter’s contact information in the host country. Once this contact information is known, address information should be updated in the IIE Participant Portal.
4. Updating Email Addresses

Please ensure that IIE has a valid, current email address on file for you. We recommend using a permanent, personal e-mail address rather than a university e-mail address, as these tend to expire. You can change or update your e-mail address in the IIE Participant Portal.

5. Confirming Arrival in Host Country

Confirm the arrival date in the IIE Participant Portal after landing in the host country. 

 

Required Grant Documents

All candidates accepting the Fulbright U.S. Student grant are required to submit the following program eligibility documents to IIE via the IIE Participant Portal. You will need to determine if there is a Fulbright Commission in your host country because the steps and requirements for countries that have a Fulbright Commission differ from those that do not (Post Countries).

Determine if there is a Fulbright commission in your host country. Please keep in mind that IIE and Fulbright Commissions are separate offices that work together to administer your grant.

If you are a grantee to a Commission country, the Commission will be your primary contact while on grant in your host country. They will provide your grant document, determine or approve your grant dates, provide information on ETA placements, issue your grant payments and provide instructions regarding visas and travel. IIE is not able to provide this information for Commission grantees. IIE is your secondary, U.S.-based contact during your grant.

If you are a grantee to a Post country (without a Commission), IIE will be your primary contact, assisting you with your pre-departure and throughout your grant experience. IIE will assist with questions related to your grant administration and will provide your grant document, grant payments and instructions regarding travel to the host country. While you are in your host country, the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy (Post) performs facilitative services for grantees in country and is your main point of contact for questions related to your experience in the host country, including visa related matters, and they must approve your grant dates.

1. Medical History and Examination Form

Successful completion of your Fulbright program depends on your physical and mental well-being. Therefore, medical clearance is a prerequisite for all Fulbright U.S. Students. It is important that the Medical History and Examination Form (PDF) be completed as fully and accurately as possible, and that a new form be submitted if your health status changes. The information provided by you and your physician(s) is considered private. However, it will be responsibly shared within organizations administrating your host country affiliation and/or grant program.

The Medical Form must be completed and signed by a qualified licensed physician or nurse practitioner. Medical Forms and supporting documents must be submitted through the IIE Participant Portal so that it can be reviewed by the Fulbright Program’s physician for medical clearance.

Please note that further consideration of your application will be contingent upon receipt of a complete Medical History and Examination Form. Selection for a Fulbright award is contingent on your receiving a satisfactory medical clearance.

Prior to Departing:

  • Your physician should carefully review the medical form instructions on testing to ensure that appropriate medical tests are performed. Do not assume that your physician knows about the medical context in your host country. Research your host country and apprise your physician of medical resources and health requirements in your host country, and health-related conditions in your grant country, such as altitude, climate, or air pollution, so that they will be able to evaluate their impact on your health. Consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for specific vaccination information and other health information pertinent to the country of your Fulbright grant.
  • Discuss the medical risks of traveling outside the U.S. with your doctor and how best to plan for your health care during your time abroad, particularly if you have a pre-existing condition requiring regular monitoring or treatment. To avoid medical problems while abroad, your physician should precisely note on your medical form any pre-existing conditions, special medications, physical care or health-related equipment that you require. Medical facilities in your host country may be very different than those in the United States. If the facilities in your host country are inadequate for your medical condition, medical clearance is not recommended.
  • Get inoculations to protect yourself and your dependents from infectious diseases endemic in your host country;
  • Plan for how you will obtain medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, in your host country. In some countries and rural areas, medications that are standard and OTC in the U.S. may be available via prescription only, in limited supply, or may not be available at all. Shipping medications is not always possible, and customs may significantly delay the arrival of your medications when it is legal to ship or mail them. Do not assume that medications will be readily available in your host country or city. If you do not yet know where you will be living, please work with your physician to give extra consideration to the medical resources available under the assumption that you will be living in a remote area.
  • If you have private health insurance in the US, contact your provider to see what services will and will not be covered while abroad; and
  • Purchase travel or supplementary insurance that will cover medical evacuation, particularly if you have a pre-existing condition or accompanying dependents.
  • Changes to medical status after medical clearance: If your medical status or medical needs change after you have been medically cleared, prior to departure or at any time during your Fulbright program, you are required to notify IIE and/or your Fulbright Commission. Certain changes, especially prior to departure, may require an updated Medical History and Examination Form.

Submission Instructions:

  1. Open and download the Medical History and Examination Form (PDF) and read the instructions on Page 1.
  2. Complete Parts I, II, and III. Your information must be typed directly into the PDF document. Questions on the Medical History and Examination Form should be directed to your IIE Program Manager listed in the Contact section at the top of this page who is responsible for your host country.
  3. Make sure that you have completed all required fields in Parts I, II, and III.
  4. Print out the Medical History and Examination Form and take the form to your physician so that they can evaluate your health and complete Parts V, VI, and VII.
  5. Please ensure that the physician/nurse practitioner has signed the form in Part VII on page 8 and that they have included all requested contact information. The Medical History and Examination Form must be completed in English by a licensed physician, doctor (MD, DO, or foreign equivalent), or nurse practitioner who is not a member of your family then uploaded into the IIE Participant Portal before your participation in the program can be confirmed. Violation of this policy may result in termination or revocation of your grant. If the forms are completed by a health practitioner who is not an MD, DO, or nurse practitioner, it must be cosigned by an MD or DO. The physician must include their title (MD, DO, NP, etc.) for the form to be approved.
  6. Check to confirm that all required sections of the Medical History and Examination Form have been completed. Please note than any incomplete forms will be removed from the online system and the grantee will be required to re-submit a completed Medical History and Examination Form.
  7. Sign and date page 8 of the Medical History and Examination Form.
  8. Scan the Medical History and Examination Form and any additional documents as a single file. The file must be saved as a PDF file. Other file formats will not be accepted.
  9. Upload the completed Medical History and Examination Form via the IIE Participant Portal for processing.

What types of digital signatures can we currently accept?

  1. Adobe PDF digital signature or equivalent
  2. .jpg picture of written signature inserted

What types of digital signatures do we NOT accept?

  1. A typed in name as a substitute for a signature
  2. Mouse‐drawn signature

Important Notes About Submission:

  • The Medical History and Examination Form must be uploaded as a single document. The document cannot be uploaded as individual pages.
  • The Medical History and Examination Form must only contain pages related to the medical report - This includes pages 1-8 of the medial form. Related test results may be included in the file (i.e., medical tests and lab results). All pages of the Medical History and Examination Form must be legible, including the writing by the physician and the contrast of the document pages (i.e., clean, light background).

After Submission:

  1. The medical clearance process typically takes 2-3 weeks. When your medical clearance has been approved IIE will send you a confirmation email.
  2. If there are any problems with the Medical History and Examination Form or if additional information is required by the State Department doctor, IIE will contact you.
  3. If you wish to view your Medical History and Examination Form after it has been submitted, you can access it via the IIE Participant Portal.
  4. Remember: If your medical status or medical needs change after you have been medically cleared, prior to departure or at any time during your Fulbright program, you are required to notify IIE and/or your Fulbright Commission. Certain changes, especially prior to departure, may require an updated Medical History and Examination Form.

Dependents: Dependents do not require IIE/Department of State medical clearance. However, if you will be accompanied by dependents, we recommend that they have a complete medical examination prior to departure. You should also obtain appropriate health and accident insurance for any accompanying dependents, including emergency evacuation and repatriation benefits.

Submission Deadline: The Medical History and Examination Form is due no later than three months before your grant start date. It should be submitted as soon as possible.

2. Fulbright Program Terms & Conditions Form

Submission Instructions: Print, sign, and upload the document into the IIE Participant Portal.

Note: Please upload the complete document with last page signed and dated, and previous pages initialed in bottom right-hand corner.

Submission Deadline: The Fulbright Program Terms & Conditions Form is due no later than two weeks after receiving the introductory email from your IIE advisor. 

3. Proof of U.S. Citizenship

Submission Instructions: Scan and upload an image of the biographical pages of your U.S. Passport (containing your photo, name, signature, date of birth, place of birth, place of issue, etc.) into the IIE Participant Portal. Note: Birth certificates and other documents will not be accepted as proof of U.S. citizenship.

Submission Deadline: Proof of Citizenship is due no later than three months before the start of your grant. If you do not have a U.S. Passport, please apply for one and complete this requirement as soon as possible. A U.S. passport which has expired within the last five years will be accepted as proof of citizenship.

4. Grant Authorization Document/ Financial Terms

If you are a grantee to a country that has a Fulbright Commission, the Commission will send you the Grant Authorization Document that stipulates the financial terms, dates, and affiliation details of your award. This is the document you will sign and date to formally accept or decline the Fulbright Award offer.
Note: Commissions do not always provide these documents immediately after the selection and notification period. Your Commission will send you these documents in due course.

Sample Commission Grant Document (PDF)

Submission Instructions: Sign and date the document and indicate if you are accepting or declining the Fulbright Award offer. You must upload the document into the IIE Participant Portal using the “Non-IIE Grant Document” shell AND return a copy to the Fulbright Commission as instructed by your contact at the Commission.

If you are a grantee to a Post country (without a Fulbright Commission), IIE will send you the Grant Authorization Document that stipulates the financial terms, dates, and affiliation details of your award. This is the document you will sign and date to formally accept or decline the Fulbright Award offer.

Sample Post Grant Document (PDF)

Submission Instructions:Sign and date the document and indicate if you are accepting or declining the Fulbright Award offer. You must upload the complete document as a PDF into the IIE Participant Portal using the “IIE Grant Document” shell.

Submission Deadline: The Fulbright Grant Authorization Document must be uploaded to the IIE portal within two weeks of the date that the document is sent to you by your Commission or by IIE (Post grantees).

5. Bachelor’s Degree Verification

The Bachelor’s Degree is an eligibility requirement of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. All participants must submit a document confirming receipt of the bachelor’s degree in the form of an official or unofficial transcript or Registrar’s letter. This is in addition to the transcript submitted in the Fulbright application. Participants receiving their bachelor’s degrees after submitting their Fulbright application must submit their transcript or Registrar’s letter once the degree has been conferred. Note: Diplomas will not be accepted as bachelor’s degree verification.

Submission Instructions: Please scan and upload a copy of your final transcript or Registrar’s letter bearing degree conferral and graduation dates to the IIE Participant Portal.

Submission Deadline: For participants who have already received a bachelor’s degree, the bachelor’s degree verification must be uploaded to the IIE portal no later than three months before the start of your grant.

For participants receiving their bachelor’s degrees after Fulbright selection, the bachelor’s degree verification must be uploaded to the IIE portal as soon as the university Registrar’s Office can produce the final transcript noting conferral of the bachelor’s degree or a letter confirming fulfillment of graduation requirements. Please do not submit any documents as a bachelor’s degree placeholder, such as your current transcript which is missing bachelor’s degree conferral information

 

Pre-Departure Orientations

All candidates accepting awards to Post countries are required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO).

Pre-Departure Orientations for Fulbright U.S. Students will be held virtually throughout the summer, with exact dates depending on the world region. You will have access to a mix of pre-recorded and live virtual sessions, as well as links to additional readings, videos, and other resources to help prepare you for a successful grant. The virtual format allows you flexibility in when you review resources and how you access the PDO (computer, tablet, mobile device). Completion of the PDO is mandatory for Post grantees. Grantees should make every effort to join the live sessions at the designated time.

You will receive a detailed invitation in the coming months. In the meantime, please review the U.S. Department of State’s Pre-Departure Resources website. The password for this site is: mu2alxchange

 


Grant Resources

  1. Health Benefits Summary
  2. ASPE ASSIST
  3. Tax Information
  4. Loan Deferments
  5. Grantee Reports
  6. IIE Participant Portal
  7. Staying Safe and Secure
  8. Smart Social Media
  9. IIePay Guidelines
  10. Travel Guidelines
  11. Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) 

Other Fulbright Resources

  1. Fulbright Finalist Press Release Template (DOC) 
  2. Sample Letter to Congress (DOC)
  3. Exemption Information for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act