The Fulbright program for U.S. Students is currently the largest exchange program in the United States and offers the opportunity for both students and young professionals to perform graduate studies, research, as well as to teach at the university or secondary level internationally. The program distributes as many as 1,900 grants annually covering all fields of study, placing students in over 140 countries across the globe.
Individuals who qualify include:
- Recent Graduates: “Graduating seniors and recent bachelor’s-degree recipients have some undergraduate preparation and/or direct work or internship experience related to the project.
- Master’s and Doctoral Candidates: “Graduate-level candidates must demonstrate the capacity for independent study or research, together with a general knowledge of the history, culture, and current events of the countries to which they are applying.”
- Young professionals, including writers, creative and performing artists, journalists, and those in law, business, and other professional fields: “Competitive candidates who have up to 5 years of professional study and/or experience in the field in which they are applying will be considered. Those with more than 5 years experience should apply to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars in the Fulbright Scholar Program.”
Grant opportunities offered by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program fall into eight primary categories:
This category includes projects undertaking in academic and arts fields. Applicants will design a project on their own and interface with advisers at either a foreign university or institution of higher education. Please, refer to the program summary for the program of your interest, as program requirements vary amongst different programs.
Individuals submitting projects in creative and performing arts must submit supplementary materials which will vary by discipline.
Special grant opportunities are also subsumed by this category, which include:
- Fulbright Business Grants: Opportunities include programs in Finland, Mexico, the Netherlands, and Spain.
- Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowships in Public Health: This program promotes the development of research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings.
- Fulbright Journalism Grants: Opportunities are available in German, Spain, and The United Kingdom.
- Fulbright Grants in Sciences and Public Health: Applicants are encouraged to apply for all eligible countries, and some specific countries include Australia, Canada, Chile, Indonesia, and the Netherlands.
2. English Teaching Assistant Program
This allows individuals to teach English to non-native English-speakers while serving as cultural ambassadors for U.S. culture. Level of education the award winners will teach at vary by country, and can fall anywhere between kindergarten and university level. The following chart includes more specific information about specific programs by country.
3. Fulbright-mtvU Awards
This program focuses on international music culture, more specifically, contemporary or popular music as a means of cultural force for expression. Preference is given to recent graduates, and supplementary Documentation and Outreach plans are required.
4. Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships
The J. William Fulbright - Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship offers placement in a public-policy related position in foreign government ministries or institutions to gain active experience in foreign countries where available. Students awarded will also engage in an academic study and/or research project simultaneously.
5. Travel Grants
This award is only available for Germany, Hungary, and Italy. It is designed to supplement an award from any source that does not provide for international travel or to supplement a student’s own funds for study/research. Travel grants include:
- Round-trip international travel to the host country.
- Limited Health Benefits.
- Mid-term enrichment activities, if available in the host country.
- Language or orientation programs, if available in the host country.
6. Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship
This fellowship provides awarded students the opportunity to be trained, supported, and mentored by National Geographic Editors in one or several countries. Students will use media as a vehicle for connecting cultures and facilitating mutual understanding. Content produced will be featured online on National Geographic’s blog, as well as other online sources.
7. Critical Language Enhancement Award
This award is a supplemental award that affords students a three to six month intensive language study in addition to any research or study grants. Please, refer to the Fulbright website for more information on requirements and conditions.
8. Summer Institutes for US Undergraduates
This program offers an opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to experience learning at a highly regarded University in the United Kingdom. The program has options for three, four, five or six week academic and/or cultural programs. Students must be over the age of 18 and with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete.
The Summer Institutes Program will cover most of the participant costs including round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the host institution or university, accommodation and meals, and under some conditions provide a daily allowance.
Application deadlines are February 27 or March 6, 2014 depending on the program you are applying for. For more information on different programs and their conditions, please see the Fulbright website.
All information provided is sourced from the CIES website. For more information about the programs, selection criteria, and application information, please refer to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program's main website.