Fulbright U.S. Student Program


Application cycle opens:  March 31, 2015
First internal deadline (full application):  TBA
Final internal deadline for submission of electronic application:  TBA
National deadline for submission of electronic application:  October 13, 2015

Eligibility requirements:

  • Be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible.
  • Hold a B.A. degree or the equivalent (see website for equivalent definitions)before the start of the grant.
  • Be in good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate of Health from a physician.
  • Have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities.

Preference is usually given to applicants who:

  • Have undertaken their higher education primarily at educational institutions in the U.S. Foreign study during the junior year or other periods of undergraduate study that are integral parts of the curricula of American institutions will not be considered a disadvantage.
  • Have not resided or studied in the country to which they are applying for more than six months. Duty abroad in the Armed Forces of the United States is not considered disqualifying within the meaning of this section.
  • For most grants, applicants who have had extensive previous foreign experience in the country of application are at a disadvantage, but are not necessarily disqualified for that reason.

Award summary and conditions:  U.S. Student Fulbright Grants fall into three general categories:

  • Full Grants: Most grants offered in the U.S. Student Program are Full grants. These include grants in academic fields and in the Creative and Performing Arts and Writing.
  • English Teaching Assistantship Grants are awarded in 43 countries
  • Travel-Only Grants: Available in Italy, Germany, and Hungary only and are designed to supplement an award from any source that does not provide for international travel and a student's own funds for study or research.

U.S. Student Fulbright Grant:

  • Allows for individually designed study/research (Full Grant--propose a project and/or study plan that will take place during one academic year in a country outside of the U.S.) or an English Teaching Assistantship
  • Provides grants for study/research/teaching in a single country (For exceptions, see World Region Summaries). Meet, work, and live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.
  • Facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in daily tasks, thereby gaining an appreciation of others' viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.
  • Promotes mutual understanding through engagement in the community, through interaction on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom.

Full Grant benefits for Study/Research and English Teaching Assistantships include:

  • Round-trip transportation to the host country
  • Maintenance for the academic year, based on living costs in the host country
  • Limited Health Benefits
  • In addition, Full Grants may include (see relevant Country Summary for details):
  • Book and research allowance*
  • Mid-term enrichment activities in many countries or world regions
  • Full or partial tuition Language study programs
  • Orientation
  • The allowance provides some funding for research, books, and/or supplies. Grantees with projects that require extensive research support, in-country travel, study materials, or equipment should explore additional funding from other sources to supplement the Fulbright funding.
    *Grantees with projects that require extensive research support, in-country travel, study materials, or equipment should explore additions funding from other sources to supplement the Fulbright funding.

Application process: All application materials, including academic transcripts and letters of reference must be submitted in the Embark Online Application and Reference System (https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/usa/27/ ) by application deadline. Hard copy submissions will not be accepted. 

Application materials:  A complete application will consist of the following items:

  • Basic data
  • Statement of Grant Purpose
  • Letter(s) of Affiliation for Research/Study Applicants (May be required-consult the country summary)
  • Personal Statement
  • Language Report Forms (May be required-consult the country summary)
  • Form 7: Language Background Report
  • Form 7A: Critical Language Enhancement Award Supplementary Form
  • Form 8: Foreign Language Evaluation
  • Three letters of recommendation**
    • FORM 9A: References for Research/Study Grants
    • FORM 9B: ETA Reference Forms
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Form 11: Creative and Performing Arts Supplementary Form and Materials

**Please be sure that your recommenders know that the internal deadline is the date by which they must have submitted your letters of recommendation.  The prompt they receive from the Fulbright software system for applying (Embark) may indicate the national deadline rather than Whitman's internal deadline.

Faculty Representative: Keith Raether
Internal committee: Yes
Internal interview: Yes
Internal nomination required: No. However, a campus evaluation form is completed following the interview and forwarded with  each application to the national committee.

National committee interview: No

Selection:  Selection is made on the basis of:

  • Academic or professional record.
  • Language preparation.
  • Feasibility of the proposed study/research/teaching assistantship project.
  • Personal qualifications
  • Preference factors as established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) and the Fulbright Commissions/Foundations.

The process for review of candidates:
Stage 1:
National Screening Committee Review (NSC). During November and December, specialists from U.S. institutions and organizations in various fields and area studies meet in the U.S. and recommend candidates for further consideration.

  • Academic fields: Reviewed based on country or region by faculty from various disciplines with experience in the region.
  • Creative and performing arts fields: Reviewed by specialists/faculty/professionals in each field, e.g., Creative Writing, Painting, Piano, and so on.
  • Teaching Assistantships: Reviewed by foreign language or TOEFL professionals with world region experience.

By the end of January applicants will know if they have been recommended for further consideration.

Stage 2: Host Country Review. Applications of recommended candidates are transmitted to the supervising agencies abroad for further review, particularly with regard to placement at foreign universities.

Stage 3: Final selection for Fulbright Grants is made by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB), taking into account the recommendations of the NSC, availability of funds, approval of the supervising agencies abroad, and other program requirements. For non-Fulbright grants, the appropriate foreign government, university or private donor makes the final selection.

Announcement date: Final selection letters are sent mid-March to late June

Contact information: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/component/content/article?id=105

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers additional programs.  Please see the Fulbright website for details.