Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers culturally immersive, fully funded research, study, and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students.
Learn about Fulbright
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, funded through the U.S. government since 1946, provides grants for students to design and conduct their own study or research project or to teach English abroad. Learn more about the benefits to receiving a Fulbright award here.
Am I eligible?
The Fulbright U.S. Student grant is open to students with a bachelor’s degree including, graduating seniors, recent graduates, graduate students, and early career professionals, including creative and performing artists/musicians. Doctorate students, and those with more than 7 years of experience, must apply through a different program.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens by the application deadline. Other country-specific requirements may also apply.
What programs are available?
The Fulbright Study/Research Award, funds recipients to conduct their own academic or research projects in conjunction with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. Field-specific award opportunities are available in the areas of the Arts, Business, Journalism & Communication, and STEM and Public Health.
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) program places grantees in schools overseas to supplement local English language instruction by providing a native speaker presence in the classrooms and also serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. The age and academic level of the students varies by country. ETA applicants apply to only one country.
Applying for Fulbright through Purchase - Campus deadline is August 1st
- A strong proposal requires reflection, research, and deep engagement with the region and subject matter you are proposing. Please be sure to give yourself and all of the people supporting you (FPA, recommenders, affiliated institutions) plenty of time to do their part.
- Depending on the type of award you seek, you may need an institution and/or expert to host you from whom you will need a letter of affiliation. The process of cultivating this relationship should start as early as possible.
- If the award to which you are applying has a foreign language requirement, we will help to facilitate a foreign language evaluation for you.
- Line up your three recommenders early. They should be faculty with whom you have worked during your time at Purchase. The ideal recommender can speak to your personal qualities as well as academic/artistic accomplishments.
- Think about your host country engagement piece along with your main proposal. In addition to securing the support of a host institution/expert, it is very useful to establish a relationship with the entity with whom you propose to work to fulfill your community engagement in country.
- Be sure to follow the application components and application checklist section of the Fulbright Student Program website
- When you are ready to begin to build your application, you will create an account on the Fulbright Student Program website. Please note: You do not need to have all components ready to begin building your application. You can return to it again and again until it is complete.
- The campus interview process is designed to provide feedback to applicants to strengthen their proposals and to provide the National Screening Committee (NSC) insight into the candidate and their project.
- Given the nature of the interview, which lasts about 15-30 min., applicants should be prepared to answer questions and discuss their application in-depth. The ability to answer the committee’s questions and the way in which the applicant conducts themselves during the interview will demonstrate the applicant’s flexibility and maturity, which are important criteria for the Fulbright Program.
- If possible and in addition to the required Foreign Language Evaluation Form, the campus committee may test the language competence of the candidates applying for study in the countries where knowledge of a foreign language is required.