The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 1,500 grants annually and currently operates in more than 150 countries worldwide. Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships are now available to more than 40 countries. Fulbright full grants generally provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident coverage, and full or partial tuition. The purpose of the Fulbright program which was established in 1946, following the end of WWII, is to establish mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills, and to provide U.S. students with the opportunity for professional development and international experience.
Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program must be U.S. citizens at the time of application and hold a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent by the beginning of the grant. In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience meets this basic eligibility requirement. You could be one of more than 1,500 students who receive a Fulbright U.S. Student grant to go overseas, if you:
- Are a U.S. citizen, and
- Will have a bachelor’s degree by the beginning of the date of the grant and do not have a doctorate degree as of the application deadline (note that applicants may hold a J.D. degree at the time of application), and
- Are thinking of studying, teaching English, or conducting research abroad.
- Have appropriate language skills for carrying out research. Most of the teaching assistantships do not require language proficiency. Consult the Fulbright website for details.
Types of Student Awards & Programs
U.S. Student Fulbright Grants fall into three general categories:
- Full Grants for Study / Research: Most grants offered in the U.S. Student Program are Full Grants for Study/Research. These include grants in academic fields and in the creative and performing arts and writing.
- Full Grants for English Teaching Assistantships (ETA): Full Grants for English Teaching Assistantships are awarded in 47 countries.
- Travel-Only Grants: Available in Italy, Germany and Hungary only and designed to supplement an award from any source that does not provide for international travel or a student’s own funds for study or research.