The Fulbright U.S. Student Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. The majority of students who apply for Fulbright pursue either a Study/Research Grant or an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Grant. Program requirements vary by country, so the applicant’s first step is to familiarize themselves with the program summary for the host country.
ETA Grants place grantees in schools overseas to supplement local English language instruction and to provide a native speaker presence in the classrooms. Countries offering English Teaching Assistant grant are listed here.
U.S. Student Fulbright Study/Research Grants are the traditional Fulbright awards and offer the greatest flexibility. The majority of grant awards are designed to conduct study and/or research in one country for an academic year. Applicants for these grants often secure an affiliation in a host country at the time of application, collaborate with a host affiliation abroad to design their own projects, and typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. Projects may include university coursework, independent library, lab or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination. Proposals are evaluated based upon feasibility and the extent to which the candidate and the project might help advance the program’s aim of mutual understanding between nations.
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application.
- Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant.
- Applicants may not hold a doctoral degree at the time of application, but may hold a J.D. degree.
- Applicants must be in good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Certificate of Health from a physician.
- Applicants should 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/research. Such proficiency is especially important for students wishing to undertake projects in the social sciences and the humanities.
- Preference will be given to those applicants whose higher education was undertaken primarily at educational institutions in the United States. Foreign study during the junior year or other periods of undergraduate study that are integral parts of the curricula of American institutions will not be considered a disadvantage.
- Preference will be given to those applicants who have not resided or studied for more than six months in the country to which they are applying for.
For complete details please visit the “Eligibility” portion of the Fulbright website.
Grant benefits for all Fulbright U.S. Student grants include:
- Round-trip transportation to the host country
- Funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs, based on the cost of living in the host country
- Accident & Sickness Health Benefits
In some countries, grants may also include:
- Book and research allowances (Research/Study Recipients)
- Mid-term enrichment activities
- Full or partial tuition
- Language study programs
- Pre-departure and in-country orientations
- Grantees with projects that require extensive research support, in-country travel, study materials, or equipment should explore additional funding from other sources to supplement the Fulbright funding.
Please review the relevant Country Summary on the Fulbright website for specific details.
St. Olaf Deadlines
For a more comprehensive set of Campus Deadlines, see the How to Apply page.