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, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. 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.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and 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. Professor/Administrator

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor or administrator at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award, you will need to apply through CIES.

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award 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.

2021 Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors

Fulbright at 75: Legacy Cohort

Fulbright U.S. Student Alumni Ambassadors represent the program's rich diversity and play a key role in increasing knowledge about Fulbright opportunities. They provide testimonials about their Fulbright experiences at conferences and campus presentations and offer application tips in written articles, video and podcast interviews, webinars and at special events throughout the United States. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program relies on the Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors to assist potential applicants, sharing what a Fulbright grant is really like, along with how to address the challenges of living abroad successfully and how best to meet the Fulbright Program's ultimate goal—to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries.

For the Fulbright Program’s 75th anniversary, the 2021 Fulbright U.S. Student Alumni Ambassador Program has brought together a cohort of  “Legacy Alumni Ambassadors” from the Ambassador Program’s 12-year history. By bringing together and sharing the stories of Alumni Ambassadors who served as recently as 2018, and as far back as the Ambassador program’s inaugural year (2008), this cohort demonstrates Fulbright’s impact on individuals, institutions, and communities over decades.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Alumni Ambassador Program was established in 2008 to identify, train and engage a select group of Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni each year to serve as representatives, recruiters and voices for the Fulbright Program. They are selected annually through recommendations from Fulbright Commissions and U.S. Embassy staff, area managers, the Fulbright Student Program Outreach Division and are approved by the sponsor of the Fulbright Program, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors come from an array of different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, states, fields of study, institutions; they have participated in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program in all world areas.

Emmanuel Johnson

Fulbright U.S. Student in Computer Sciences United Kingdom, 2013-2014 North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State UniversityUniversity of Southern California

Kristine Lin

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant 
South Korea, 2013-2014 
Arizona State University
St. John’s University

Shondrea McCargo

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant  
Malaysia, 2015-2016 
Morgan State University
University of Pennsylvania

Vince Redhouse

Fulbright U.S. Student in Philosophy 
Australia, 2015-2016 
University of Arizona

Sarah Staton

Fulbright U.S. Student in Chemistry  
Ecuador, 2011-2012 
William Jewell College
Arizona State University

Kathya Maria Landeros

Fulbright U.S. Student in Photography   
Mexico, 2007-2008 
Vassar College
Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Jonathan Freeman

Fulbright U.S. Student in History 
South Africa, 2016-2017 
Lane College
University of California, Los Angeles
Purdue University

History Estill-Varner

Fulbright U.S. Student in Interpretation/Translation 
Dominican Republic, 2015-2016 
Rochester Institute of Technology

Gwyneth Talley

Fulbright U.S. Student in Anthropology 
Morocco, 2015-2016 
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of California, Los Angeles

Nathaniel D. Bastian

Fulbright U.S. Student Fellow in Engineering  
Netherlands, 2008-2009 
United States Military Academy at West Point
Pennsylvania State University

Arienne Jones

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant 
Spain, 2012-2013
Spelman College
Tulane University Law School

M Jackson

Fulbright U.S. Student in Geography 
Iceland, 2015-2016, 2018-2019 
Fulbright English Teaching Assistant 
Turkey, 2011-2012
Pierce College, Western Washington University
University of Montana, University of Oregon

Diana Heise

Fulbright U.S. Student in Performance Art 
Mauritius, 2011-2012 
Vassar College
School of Visual Arts

Maya deVries 

Fulbright U.S. Student in Biology  
Panama, 2010-2011 
University of California, Davis
University of California, Berkeley

Davíd Morales

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant  Ecuador, 2013-2014 UC San DiegoStanford University

Cristobal Ramón

Fulbright U.S. Student in Law  
Spain, 2008-2009 
Macalester College
The George Washington University

Clarissa Michelle Davis

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant 
Malaysia, 2008-2009 
Spelman College

Cameron Kruse

Fulbright U.S. Student in Biology 
India, 2012-2013 
Pepperdine University

David Bernstein

Fulbright U.S. Student in Business 
Luxembourg, 2013-2014 
Bowdoin College
University of Rochester