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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." Listen to students discuss their Fulbright experiences on the Office of Fellowships video page and at the Fulbright Foundation's YouTube Channel.
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. The Fulbright program continually updates this website with new opportunities. Be sure to watch the Office of Fellowships "How to Navigate the Fulbright Foundation Website" to get the most out of the page.
New as of 2010: First- time recipients of ETAs (English Teaching Assistantships) are now eligible to apply for a study or research grant once two years have passed following the conclusion of the ETA. Individuals can still only receive one study or research Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant and those who are first-time study/research grant recipients cannot apply for an ETA.
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. See How to Write a Good Fulbright Grant Proposal.
2. English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs): Opportunities to teach English language and conversation classes are available in 53 countries and more are continuously added. 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. See Information from the Fulbright Program for ETAs.
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. For a full description of the application process and requirements go to Fulbright-mtvU Award Application.
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. Consult Fulbrightonline.org frequently for updated numbers and country information.
Deadline: Preliminary applications are due in the Office of Fellowships early in September. The official Fulbright application will be submitted entirely online. DO NOT begin the online application process on the Fulbright website until you have completed the hard copy preliminary application process on campus.
Application materials: Preliminary application forms are available in the Office of Fellowships, 213 Converse Hall. Depending on which type of grant you choose the preliminary application will include a project proposal, personal statement, and three letters of recommendation OR four evaluation forms. If you plan to apply for a Fulbright, please contact us for complete details and winning examples.
Official website address: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/
For more information
Director of Fellowship Advising
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