What is the Fulbright U.S. Student Program?


The Amherst internal deadline for the Fulbright Student Program is:

September 12, 2022 at Noon

The Fulbright program offers one year of independent research, study, or assistant-teaching English in about 140 countries outside the U.S. Beyond their grant work, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs. To learn about the program overall and specific types of grants, watch these brief tutorials.

Award Details

How do I apply and what do I need?

While institutional endorsement is not required, we enthusiastically encourage seniors and alums to apply with support from the Office of Fellowships! We'll advise you on choosing a grant, give you essay feedback, provide interview coaching (as applicable) and write a campus evaluation/endorsement for you. Application components for the Fulbright differ depending on the type of grant. Please use the links below to apply for your specific grant.

For Recommenders

Recommendation content and format differs depending upon the Fulbright grant to which the student is applying (ETA or research/study grant). Recommenders will receive a link from the Fulbright Online Application portal in response to an email generated by the applicant. Office of Fellowships' staff can access your letter from the portal. Recommendations are due by the AC internal deadline of SEPT 12, 2022 so that the campus committees may review them before the applicant is interviewed. The form and content for each grant is below:

  • Research/study grants - In a letter format, discuss the candidate’s ability to carry out the proposed research or graduate study taking into consideration their research experience, understanding of the field, linguistic preparation, and feasibility of the project, as well as their potential to adapt to a different culture and represent the U.S. abroad. If you can, also address the relevance of the candidate's research. in the field. Fulbright offers further instructions for reference writers here. The Office of Fellowships provides recommendation letter writing suggestions here, and will provide feedback as requested.
    • Format and submission: Letters should be typed on institutional letterhead (electronic is fine; if the writer has no access to letterhead they should type their name and mailing address on the first page. There is no word limit, but two pages is sufficient.
  • English Teaching Assistantships - a traditional letter is not accepted. Instead, Fulbright poses five questions in an online form aimed to assess the applicant's ability to assistant/teach English in a different cultural setting. Fulbright offers these ETA recommendation instructions. Questions on the form that are answered in detail will help the applicant's chances substantially. See sample ETA recommendation form.
    • Format and submission: Recommenders complete the form online.

Have questions? Please contact us.

Christine Overstreet, Director of Fellowships
212 Converse Hall

Eric Myers, Associate Director of Fellowships
213 Converse Hall

Mailing address: Office of Fellowships, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002

On-Campus Mailing Address: AC # 2214