Step 1: Confirm Eligibility
Review eligibility requirements for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program before proceeding.
Step 2: Determine Applicant Type
You will apply either through a U.S. institution or At-Large.
- If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a U.S. college or university, you are strongly encouraged to apply through that institution, even if you are not currently a resident there.
- If you are not currently enrolled, you may apply through your alma mater, provided that the institution is willing and able to accommodate alumni applications. All other candidates will apply as At-Large applicants.
Application procedure for candidates applying through U.S. institutions
- The Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA) will set a campus application deadline for the institution’s students, which is typically 4-6 weeks earlier than the final October deadline. Please confirm the campus deadline with the FPA.
- All candidates applying through a U.S. institution must submit the Fulbright application through the Fulbright online application system by the campus deadline; all supporting materials as outlined in the Application Components section, must also be included by the campus deadline date.
- Once your application has been submitted for institutional review, the Fulbright Program Adviser will schedule a campus interview for you.
- Following the interview and before the national deadline in October, you may have the opportunity to revise your application based on feedback provided by the Fulbright Program Adviser and the campus interview committee.
- You must work with the Fulbright Program Adviser to ensure that your application is officially submitted and that all supporting documents are attached by the final deadline.
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Application procedure for At-Large candidates
Step 3: Select Award Type
- Offered for projects in all Academic and Creative & Performing Arts fields. Applicants can propose their own independent study/research projects or, in some countries, can propose to enroll in a graduate program. Arts applicants, please proceed to the Creative & Performing Arts Fields of Study section for information about available fields and supplementary materials requirements.
- The Fulbright–National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship provides a unique platform for American Fulbright students to develop global narratives and discuss commonalities across borders around a common issue or theme. Trained, supported, and mentored by National Geographic Editors during their grants in one or multiple countries, Fellows will use new media platforms to help build ties across cultures while enhancing mutual understanding. The digital content that they produce will be featured online in various places, including a blog hosted by National Geographic.
English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Awards
- Places grantees in educational centers overseas to supplement local English language instruction and to provide a fluent speaker presence in the classrooms. Please proceed to the English Teaching Assistant Award section to see the countries offering a grant.
Resources for Picking the Correct Award
Step 4: Review Country Opportunities
- Select country(ies) of interest and review available awards and eligibility requirements.
Step 5: Review Application Components
Step 6: Start An Application
- Application is open annually from early April – mid-October. Check the Competition Timeline for this cycle dates.
- Applicants applying through an institution will submit by their campus deadlines, prior to the national deadline. Contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution for more information.