U.S. student fulbright program
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study, and teaching opportunities to recent graduates and graduate students. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. Grantees spend eight to 12 months (typically one academic year) in one of over 140 countries around the world where Fulbright operates.
The primary aim of the Fulbright program is to further mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries. Grantees promote this mission by pursuing research, study, or creative projects, teaching English to non-native speakers, or gaining international professional experience in public health or policy fields. The Fulbright program typically covers all costs for the year.
Applications are due in early fall for the following academic year. The campus deadline is usually in early September, and the national deadline is in early October.
types of grants
Study/Research/Creative Fulbright Grants (also called Open Grants)
Applicants propose a self-designed academic, research, or artistic project to pursue in their country of interest. These projects may include university coursework, independent library or field research, classes in an art school or music conservatory, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination of these.
English Teaching Assistants teach English to students of all ages in classrooms around the world. Most ETAs are placed in schools or universities outside of capital cities and are assigned various activities designed to improve their students' language abilities and knowledge of the United States. ETA grants currently are offered in about 65 countries. While ETAs typically spend between 20 to 30 hours in the classroom each week, many countries also encourage grantees to engage in side research or community engagement projects.
Public Policy Fellows serve in professional placements in select foreign government ministries or institutions. There they gain hands-on public sector experience while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project. The goal is to build the Fellows’ knowledge and skills, provide support to partner country institutions, and promote long-term ties between the U.S. and the partner country. Applicants must have a master's degree or Juris Doctor and at least a few years of full-time, policy-related work experience.
how to apply