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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.

Instructions for Study/Research Recommendation Writers

The Fulbright Application Deadline is Tuesday October 13, 2020 at 5 pm 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 and specific award.

Fulbright applicants register recommenders in the Fulbright Online Application System allowing them to upload the recommendation letter online so that it can be included with the applicant's online 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 within 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 proposed research project and/or study program within the allotted grant period.
  • Linguistic preparation for the proposed plan.
  • Applicant's ability to adapt to a different cultural environment and to represent the U.S. as a cultural ambassador.
  • If in the arts, the applicant's talent and potential for growth.
  • Any other factors which you believe may have a bearing on the applicatnt's experience overseas.

The steps below allow you to submit the reference:

  1. Once the applicant has registered you as a recommender, an email will be sent to you, from the Fulbright Online Application System with the student’s name in the subject line. If you do not receive this email, please let the applicant know to resend the email
  2. 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.
  3. Using the link sent to you from the application system, enter the online system. Google Chrome is the most compatible browser. We advise against using Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, or Firefox due to compatibility issues; Tablets/Phones cannot be used for submission.
  4. Following the steps in the online system, complete the required fields and upload your letter.
  5. The final step is to submit the recommendation. Before submitting, click Preview, to ensure  this is the letter you wish to have reviewed by screening committees in the U.S. and abroad and that it appears correctly.  Sign electronically and submit.  After submitting, you will not have access to edit or change it.
  6. A confirmation email will be sent to the recommender and applicant once the recommendation form has been submitted. 
  7. If you wish to save a copy for your personal reference, click the ‘Display Copy’ button and save the letter to your files.

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, typically in August or September. Recommendations submitted after the campus deadline may not be considered and could affect the applicant’s eligibility.