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.


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. 



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.

Instructions for Study/Research Recommendation Writers

The Fulbright Application Deadline is Tuesday October 8, 2019 at 5 pm Eastern Time Eastern Time. All recommendation forms MUST be submitted through the Fulbright online application system by this time and date. No exceptions.

Recommendation Instructions

If you are not familiar with the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, please visit: The most useful sections for recommenders are Application Components and the Country Summary for the applicant’s proposed host country.

Fulbright applicants register recommenders in the Fulbright online application system allowing them to upload the recommendation letter online so that it can be submitted with the student's application.

The Fulbright Program requires that recommendations be submitted in the Fulbright online application system, as screening committees will only have access to recommendations submitted electronically.

In completing the recommendation, keep in mind that the applicant will be serving as a cultural ambassador representing the United States and that personal suitability, as well as academic excellence, is an important criterion to be considered. The study/research grant applicant should provide you with the Fulbright Statement of Grant Purpose and the Personal Statement.

Please comment on the following, as appropriate:

  • Feasibility of the applicant's proposed project in terms of the resources available and the research environment in the host country.
  • Appropriateness of the project and subject matter for the host country
  • Suitability of the proposed research methodology given the topic and the applicant’s background
  • Ability of the applicant to successfully carry out the project in the allotted time.
  • Linguistic preparation for the proposed plan.
  • Candidate's ability to adapt to a different cultural environment and to represent the U.S.
  • In the arts, the candidate's talent and potential for growth.
  • Any other factors which you believe may have a bearing on the candidate's experience overseas.

Steps to submit the reference:

  • Once the student has registered you as a recommender, an email will be sent to you, from the Fulbright online application system (email: with the student’s name in the subject line. If you do not receive this email, please let the applicant know or email and tell them the name and email address of the applicant and your name and email address.
  • Prepare the recommendation offline and save it as a Word document or a PDF document. We request that letters be submitted on institution/organization letterhead as this is the generally accepted professional standard. If you do not have access to letterhead, please be sure that your name and mailing address is on the top of the first page of the letter.
  • Log in to the system using the link sent to you from the application system.
  • Following the steps in the online system, Upload your letter.
  • The final step is to submit the recommendation. Before you click Submit, be sure that this is the letter that you wish to have reviewed by screening committees in the U.S. and abroad. Once you submit the recommendation, you will not have access to edit or change it.
  • A confirmation email will be sent to the recommender and applicant once the recommendation form has been submitted. 

Note: Only recommendations submitted via the Fulbright online application system will be reviewed.

The applicant will provide you with the date the recommendation is due. For currently enrolled candidates or alumni applying through their alma mater, this date will be earlier than the national Fulbright application deadline. Recommendations submitted after the campus deadline may not be considered and could affect the candidate’s eligibility.