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.

2013 Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors

The Fulbright U.S. Student Alumni Ambassador Program was established in 2008 to identify, train and engage a select group of approximately 15 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni each year to serve as representatives, recruiters and spokespersons 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.

Fulbright 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 mentor 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.

Stephanie Aigner

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant
Greece, 2010-2011

Marvin Alfaro

Fulbright U.S. Student in Oceanography
Australia, 2011-2012

April Conway

Fulbright U.S. Student in Ecology
Sierra Leone, 2010-2011

Emma Din

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant
Colombia, 2011-2012

Justin Dunnavant

Fulbright U.S. Student in Archeology
Jamaica, 2009-2010

Jared Finkelstein

Fulbright U.S. Student in Engineering
Italy, 2010-2011

Esther Francis

Fulbright U.S. Student in Business
Mexico, 2011-2012

Cristina Gauthier

Fulbright U.S. Student in Environmental Studies
Brazil, 2010-2011

Nancy Guevara

Fulbright U.S. Student in Design
Mexico, 2011-2012

Zigfried Hampel-Arias

Fulbright U.S. Student in Physics
Argentina, 2009-2010

Kaitlen Howell

Fulbright U.S. Student in Medicine Sciences
Germany, 2010-2011

Heather Michelle Hunt

Fulbright U.S. Student in Arabic Language and LiteratureEgypt, 2011-2012

Sarah Lima

Fulbright U.S. Student in Archeology
Albania, 2011-2012

Todd McKay

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant
Bangladesh, 2011-2012

Shadea Mitchell

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant
Jordan, 2010-2011

Deeneaus Polk

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant
Germany, 2011-2012

Rachel Reetzke

Fulbright U.S. Student in Public Health
China, 2011-2012

Jonathan Remple

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant
Rwanda, 2010-2011

Marisa A. Rinkus

Fulbright U.S. Student in Environmental Studies
Brazil, 2010-2011

Munir Sayegh

Fulbright U.S. Student in Design
Egypt, 2011-2012

Heather Yocum

Fulbright U.S. Student in Anthropology
Malawi, 2011-2012