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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.
Applicants may apply for either a research grant or an English Teaching Assistantship, but not both in the same year. First- time recipients of ETAs (English Teaching Assistantships) are 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 may not apply for an ETA after they resceive a research grant.
Award amount and conditions: There are two major areas and two special programs:
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.
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.
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.
Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowships
These fellows will undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue, comparing and contrasting how that issue is experienced across borders. Utilizing a variety of digital storytelling tools, including text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media, Fellows will tell their stories, or the stories of those they meet, publishing their work on a a dedicated blog hosted on the National Geographic. Stories deemed by National Geographic to be of interest or merit may be considered for publication on other National Geographic platforms. In addition to receiving Fulbright benefits (for travel, stipend, health, etc.), Fellows will receive instruction in digital storytelling techniques, applicable to Fellows’ projects, including effective blog writing, video production, photography, and other relevant training, by National Geographic staff prior to their departure. Fellows will be paired with one or more National Geographic editors for continued training, editorial direction and mentoring throughout their Fulbright grant period.
Number offered: In 2013, at a cost of over $242.8 million, IIE awarded approximately eight 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 (see Deadlines and Events). 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 preliminary application process on campus.
Application materials: Preliminary application forms are available on this website in late spring of the year you will be applying (see How to Apply). Depending on which type of grant you choose the preliminary application will include a project proposal, personal statement, and three letters of recommendation OR three evaluation forms. If you plan to apply for a Fulbright, please contact us for complete details and winning examples.
Director of Fellowship Advising
413-542-2536 Fax: 413-542-8555
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