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Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Award Summary: Cultural and educational exchange funded by U.S. State Department.
One year post-graduate fellowship for research, study, or teaching English abroad.

Official Website

Recommenders: Official Fulbright Advice for Recommendations for
ETA and Study/Research Grant; Further Advice for Study/Research Grant Letters (from an experienced fellowship advisor, courtesy of Penn State, which includes samples)


What is the Fulbright?

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries through exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. There are two major types of Fulbright for U.S. students:

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship: An English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) places a Fulbrighter in a classroom abroad to provide assistance to teachers of English to non-native English-speakers. English Teaching Assistants do this while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. The age and academic level of classroom students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university.

Fulbright Study/Research Grants: The study/research grant category includes projects in both academic and arts fields. The study/research grants are available in approximately 140 countries. Applicants for these grants design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities, research institutes, or NGOs. Program requirements vary by country.

See for a few additional types of Fulbright Student awards.

Read more from Fulbright Alumni Ambassador and Notre Dame Graduate Patrick Cramer:

Who is eligible for the Fulbright?

First, you can apply from abroad.

To be eligible to apply for the Fulbright, applicants must:

1. Be U.S. citizens at the time of application.
2. Have a conferred bachelor's degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant.
3. Be in good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate from a physician.
4. 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/teaching. The importance of this criterion varies from country to country.

Application Calendar

Important Dates
Date and Time
First Draft of SGOP, Personal Statement due Friday, May 29 via
Summer Check-In and Mandatory Embark Submission Tuesday, July 7  
Penultimate Campus Draft due Tuesday, August 11 submit via Embark
Final Campus Draft Deadline Wednesday, September 9 submit via Embark
Campus Interview Week of September 21 In Brownson Hall
Notre Dame Fulbright Application Due Tuesday, October 6 submit via Embark

Online information sessions can be accessed through YouTube

What are my next steps if I want to learn more and/or am thinking about applying?

1. Download the ETA information sheet (PDF) or the Study/Research Grant Information Sheet (PDF)

2. RSVP for an Information Session and Pre-Application Workshop or view one online

3. Submit a Pre-Application

> ETA Pre-Application Guide (PDF)

> Study/Research Pre-Application Guide (PDF)

4. Contact CUSE National Fellowships if you still have questions

Please Note: CUSE is still accepting PreApplications