The Fulbright Program aims to foster mutual understanding among nations through education and cultural exchanges. Administered by the U.S. Department of State, assisted by the Institute of International Education, each year the program allows more than 1,100 Americans to study and conduct research in over 140 countries. The U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent graduates opportunities for personal and professional development and international experience. Study proposals may include university coursework, classes in a music conservatory or art school, independent research, classroom teaching, or a combination thereof. Grants are available in all fields of study.
Interested students should contact Dr. Harald Leder, Office of International Programs.
103 Hatcher Hall, 578-1104
Selection is made on the basis of the student’s academic record, language preparation, the feasibility of the proposed project, and personal qualifications. Among other factors, selection is affected by:
The extent to which the applicant, and the project, will advance the Fulbright Program’s aim to promote international understanding;
Varying program requirements in different countries;
The ratio between the number of awards offered in a given country and the number of applicants received.
Be a U.S. citizen at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible;
Hold a B.A. or B.S. degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant;
Not hold a doctorate at the time of application, although a J.D. degree is acceptable;
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 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 U.S. is not considered disqualifying within the meaning of this section.
For most grants, applicants who have extensive previous foreign experience in the country of application are at a disadvantage but are not necessarily disqualified for that reason.
Fulbright grant benefits are based on the cost of living in the host country. At a minimum, Fulbright grants provide funds for international transportation, a living stipend, a small book/research allowance and medical insurance. Some countries will also provide tuition assistance, a small dependent’s allowance, a pre-departure or in-country orientation, or other grant enhancements.
Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the Participating Country Summaries, included on the website, for specifics. In general, grants:
Will be one academic year in length – between 9 and 12 months. Advanced doctoral candidates and those in the creative or performing arts may submit requests for grants for shorter periods, but not less than 6 months;
Begin no sooner than July and no later than March;
Departure dates generally correspond to the academic calendars abroad.