Fulbright Grants

Campus Contact: Professor Douglas Casson (casson@stolaf.edu), Co-Director of External Fellowships and Scholarships.

Schedule appointments by emailing Prof. Casson, Professor of Political Science, directly.

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 become familiar 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 grants are listed here.

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 projects, and typically work with advisors 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 on 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.

For complete details please visit the “Eligibility” section of the Fulbright website.