Purpose: The Fulbright Program for U.S. students is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. It is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. It was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries."
The Institute of International Education (IIE) coordinates the U.S. Student program.
Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must hold a BA or the equivalent degree before the beginning date of the grant.
Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study. Such proficiency is especially important to students wishing to undertake projects in the social sciences and the humanities. Applicants who apply to teach English as second language do not need to be proficient in the native language.
Applicants must be in good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Certificate of Health from a physician.
Study can be in any field except as otherwise stated in the Individual Country Summaries.
Award amount and conditions: There are two major areas and one special program:
1. Fulbright Comprehensive [Full] Grants: these grants generally provide round-trip transportation; language or orientation courses (where appropriate); tuition, in some cases; book and research allowances; maintenance for the academic year based on living costs in the host country; and supplemental health and accident insurance. Fulbright Full Grants are payable in local currency or US dollars, depending on country of assignment.
2. English Teaching Assistantships: Opportunities to teach English language and conversation classes are available in 47 countries. Specific grant details and the number of available teaching opportunities vary by country; information on these opportunities is available in the Individual Country Summary area of the Fulbright website.
3. Fulbright/mtvU Awards: Four grants will be available for all countries where there is an active U.S. Student Fulbright Program to conduct research around an aspect of international musical culture. Projects should focus on contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression. Preference will be given to recent graduates. In addition to the Fulbright application, an mtvU Documentation and Outreach Plan is required.
Number offered: In 2008, at a cost of over $275.4 million, IIE awarded approximately six thousand grants to individuals, including U.S. students, teachers, professionals, and scholars to study, teach, lecture and conduct research in more than 155 countries, and to their foreign counterparts to engage in similar activities in the United States.
Deadline: Preliminary applications are due in the Office of Fellowships early in September.
Application materials: Preliminary application forms are available in the Office of Fellowships, 213 Converse Hall.
Official website address: www.fulbrightonline.org
For more information:
413-542-2536 Fax: 413-542-8555
The Office is located in
213 Converse Hall.
The mailing address is:
Office of Fellowships
Amherst, MA 01002
English Students, Taiwan, 2004
Joanne Wang '04, Fulbright Fellow 2004-05