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 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 review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.

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 5 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. 

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U.S. Professor

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

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 or Student Program.

2018-2019 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, 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. When saving documents to upload into the IIE Participant Portal, please adhere to the Document Naming Protocol to ensure proper tracking of your submissions. 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 will be updated via the IIE Participant Portal. Emergency Contact Information can also be updated here.
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

Changes in email addresses must be sent to the IIE Advising Inbox for your region listed above. Please be sure to indicate that you are a U.S. Student grantee and your host country when submitting Email address changes. 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. 

 


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.  The steps and requirements for countries that have a Fulbright Commission differ slightly from those who do not (Post Countries), and so you will need to determine if there is a Fulbright commission in your host country. 

Please use this link to determine if there is a Fulbright commission in your host country.

If you are a grantee to a Commission country, the Commission will be your primary contact while on grant in your host country and will provide your grant documents, grant payments and instructions regarding visas and travel.

If you are a grantee to a Post country (no Commission), IIE Advising will be your primary contact, assisting you with pre-departure and throughout your grant experience, with questions related to your grant administration, and will provide your grant documents, 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 Fulbright students in country and is your main point of contact for questions related to your experience in the host country, including visa related matters, and 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 attached Medical History and Examination Form be completed as fully and accurately as possible. If your medical status changes prior to departure or at any time during your Fulbright program, you must notify IIE. Certain changes, especially prior to departure may require an updated Medical History and Examination Form.

The Medical Form must be completed and signed by a qualified licensed physician or nurse practitioner and reviewed by the U.S. State Department for medical clearance. Medical Forms and supporting documents must be submitted through the IIE Participant Portal. The completed Medical History and Examination Form should be submitted no more than twelve months before your grant start date, and no later than two months before your grant start date.

Dependents do not require IIE/Dept. 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 must also obtain appropriate health and accident insurance for any accompanying dependents, including emergency evacuation and repatriation benefits.

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.

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 Advisor listed in the Contact section at the top of page who is responsible for your host country.
  3. Make sure that you have completed all of the 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 she/he 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 she/he has included all requested contact information. The physician should include their title (MD, etc.).
  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 or JPG file. Other file formats will not be accepted. Name your saved document using the following format: Primary Host Country-Last Name-First Name-MedForm (example: China-Jones-John-MedForm).
  9. Upload the completed Medical History and Examination Form via the IIE Participant Portal for processing.
     

Important Notes:

  • 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 not contain any pages not related to the medical report (medical tests and lab results are fine). Only pages 2-8 and related test results may be included in the file. Please do not upload Page 1, the instructions page, or any other unrelated pages.
  • 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. 

Submission Deadline: The Medical History and Examination Form is due between six and two months before your grant start date.

 

2. Fulbright Program Terms & Conditions Form

Fulbright Program Terms & Conditions Form (PDF)

Submission Instructions: Print, sign and upload the document into the IIE Participant Portal AND return a copy to the Fulbright Commission as instructed by your contact at the commission.

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 must be uploaded to the IIE Participant Portal within two weeks of the date that the Fulbright selection email was sent to you. You will also email a signed copy to the Fulbright Commission in your host country once they contact you.

 

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.

Submission Deadline: Proof of Citizenship is due within two weeks of the date that the Fulbright selection email was sent to you. 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

If you are a grantee to a country that has a Fulbright Commission, the Commission will send you the Grant Authorization Document which stipulates the financial terms, dates, and affiliation details of your award. This is the document that you will sign and date in order to formally accept or decline the Fulbright Award offer.

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 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 (no Fulbright Commission), IIE will send you the Grant Authorization Document which stipulates the financial terms, dates, and affiliation details of your award. This is the document that you will sign and date in order to formally accept or decline the Fulbright Award offer.

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.

Submission Deadline: The Fulbright Grant Authorization Document is due within two weeks of the date that the document was sent to you.

5. Bachelor’s Degree Verification (Graduating seniors only)

The BA Degree is an eligibility requirement of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Participants receiving their bachelor’s degrees after January 1, 2018 must submit a document confirming receipt of the bachelor’s degree once the degree has been conferred in the form of an official transcript or letter from the Registrar. This is in addition to the official transcript submitted after notification of semi-finalist status.

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. You will also be asked to check a box certifying that the transcript copy or Registrar’s letter is official and has not been altered in any way.

Submission Deadline: As soon as the university Registrar’s Office can produce the hard-copy final official transcript noting conferral of the bachelor’s degree or a letter confirming fulfillment of graduation requirements.

6. Additional Information for Post grantees ONLY

After IIE provides you with the Grant Authorization Document & Financial Terms & Conditions form for your signature and submission, you will receive a new link to a page outlining the remaining requirements for your region before you can begin the award. These documents will include all or some of the following:  Bank Information, Host Country Contact and Affiliation Information Form, R/T International Travel instructions and Fly America Act guidance.

Submission Instructions: Complete the documents as instructed and upload them into the IIE Participant Portal.

 


Pre-Departure Orientations

All candidates accepting awards for the programs listed in the Pre-Departure Orientation Schedule are required to attend a pre-departure orientation.

Attendance at Pre-Departure Orientations is mandatory. Exemptions will only be considered for extenuating circumstances by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State. Information on filing an exemption will be made available to grantees invited to the Pre-Departure Orientations in early April.


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Grant Resources

  1. Health Benefits Summary
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  3. Tax Information
  4. Loan Deferments
  5. Grantee Reports
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Other Fulbright Resources

  1. Sample Letter to Congress (DOC)
  2. Exemption Information for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act