Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Fullbright

Thank you for your interest in the Fulbright U.S. Student program. This program is for you, if you are interested in receiving funding to spend a year abroad after you complete your undergraduate degree or as part of your graduate degree. The Fulbright program is the largest and most prestigious US government international exchange program. The Graduate School and the Office for Global Engagement at the University of Utah provide advising as you prepare your US Student Fulbright application. We want U of U students to be successful Fulbright awardees! Please contact us early and often so that we can best assist you. If you are interested in applying, you should begin the application process at least six months prior to the deadline. This deadline is always about one year prior to the fall semester in which you would begin your Fulbright award.

OVERVIEW

The US Congress created the Fulbright program in 1946, immediately after World War II to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Senator J. William Fulbright, sponsor of the legislation, saw it as an important step toward building a more peaceful and secure world. Today, the Fulbright Program is the US Government’s premier scholarship program.

PURPOSE

The U.S. Student Fulbright Program is designed to give recent university graduates, graduate students, and young professionals opportunities for personal and career development and international experience. Most awards are for one academic year.

TWO TYPES OF FULBRIGHT AWARDS

  1. Study/Research Grants Applicants for the Study/Research Grants plan their own research program or academic study, or a combination of the two. Depending on the country of application, grants may be for graduate study which lead toward a degree. About 1000 awards to around 140 countries are available.
  2. English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs) The English Teaching Assistantships differ from the Study/Research grants in that their primary purpose is to engage students in the classroom. Successful applicants are placed as English teaching assistants in primary, secondary schools or universities overseas - improving foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while increasing the U.S. student's own language skills and knowledge of the host country. ETAs also design a small research program or community engagement activities that complement their ETA fellowship. About 700 awards to around 70 countries are available.

ELIGIBILITY

  • US citizen at the time of application
  • Bachelor’s degree by the beginning date of the grant.
  • Not have a Ph.D. at the time of application.
  • A degree of language proficiency, but some countries provide language instruction
  • All fields of study
  • Good health

BENEFITS

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Monthly stipend (varies depending on country)
  • Accident and health coverage

THE FULBRIGHT APPLICATION PROCESS

Current University of Utah students (graduating seniors and graduate students) who wish to apply for a Fulbright must apply through the U’s Graduate School. Recent University of Utah students also are eligible to apply and should contact the Fulbright Adviser in the Graduate School.

APPLICATION TIMELINE FOR THE 2016-17 AWARDS

Beginning March 2015
Contact Advisers,
Design Project,
Complete Proposal Outline

May-August 2015
Complete Proposal and Personal Statement
Get feedback from multiple faculty and friends,
Revise, revise, revise,
Obtain letter of affiliation (if required)

September, 2015
Campus Deadline

Early October, 2015
Campus Interviews

October, 2015
National Fulbright Deadline

March-June, 2016
Final Notification

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

  • The University of Utah deadline is September 9, 2015. By this deadline, you must have submitted your online Fulbright application. Your letters of recommendation also should have been received in the application system by this deadline.
  • Campus interviews will take place in late September/early October 2015. We will contact you about your interview.
  • After the interview, your application will be un-submitted to allow you to make any desired changes. The final Fulbright deadline will be in mid-October 2015. We will post the actual date here once it becomes available. You must have submitted your final online application by this deadline.

HOW TO START THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

Information about the Fulbright Program:
Prof. Howard Lehman
Fulbright Faculty Representative
154B Orson Spencer Hall
801-581-6246

Information about the application process:
Jolyn Schleiffarth
Fulbright Program Adviser
The Graduate School
302 Park Building
801-581-6020

For more information, go to the U.S. Student Fulbright web page: us.fulbrightonline.org