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Fulbright Student Program

Brief History

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government's flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world.  Approximately 7,500 grants are awarded annually.  The Fulbright Program was established by the U.S. Congress in 1946 under legislation introduced by Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. 

For detailed information on this program, please visit the Fulbright website.

For application and additional information contact:

Stephanie Franks-Helwich
Executive Director, Graduate Admissions & Global Online

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Fulbright U.S. Student Program?

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships abroad for one academic year to graduating college seniors and graduate students.

Program participants pursue graduate or professional study, advanced research, or English teaching in elementary and secondary schools or universities.  Each year, approximately 1,500 Americans traveling to more than 130 countries receive support from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Who are Fulbrighters?

Fulbright U.S. Students:

  • Are recent college graduates or postgraduates (graduate students)
  • Strive to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by learning from their hosts overseas while sharing American experiences with their counterparts
  • Represent the richness and diversity of the United States through their varied backgrounds, hometowns and academic institutions
  • Pursue research, teach English or undertake graduate studies in a wide range of academic fields in over 130 countries
  • Use their international experiences as cultural ambassadors to enhance their academic and professional careers and become leaders in their fields

Who Should Apply?

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program seeks applicants from highly motivated, open-minded individuals in any academic field and from any background.  Candidates are evaluated based on the cumulative experience and goals; there is no minimum undergraduate GPA requirement.  It is not necessary to be enrolled in a college or university at the time of application. 

Fulbright candidates should be flexible self-starters with strong interests in promoting international mutual understanding.  Above all, they should be capable of contributing to, and benefiting from, an intensive cultural exchange program.

For detailed information on this program, please visit the Fulbright website.

For application and additional information contact:

Gianna M. Thomas
Fulbright Program Adviser
School of Graduate Studies & Research
The Office of Web-Based Programs

What are the Eligibility Requirements?

To Apply to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, You Must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen at the time of application. (Permanent residents are not eligible)
  • Hold a bachelor's degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant.  Applicants without a BA or the equivalent may also be considered if they have extensive professional study and/or experience in the field they wish to pursue
  • Submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate of Health from a physician
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and carry out the proposed study.  This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities

What Types of Grants are Available?

Fulbright Grants for Research/Study and Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships Provide:

  • Round-trip transportation to the host country
  • Maintenance for the academic year, based on living costs in the host country
  • Book and research allowances
  • Healthcare coverage
  • Mid-term enrichment activities in many countries or world regions
  • Full or partial tuition, in some cases
  • Language or orientation programs, in some cases

The Critical Language Enhancement Award:

  • Enables Fulbright U.S. Student Program grantees to receive three to six months of intensive language training in addition to their research or study grants.
  • Is available to only those who have already been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student grants; application for a Critical Language Enhancement Award is made in conjunction with the Fulbright U.S. Student application, and reference to the language award must be included in the proposal.