Fulbright US Student Program
Requires campus nomination and must be submitted through the Fellowships Office.
Fulbright offers recent graduates opportunities for personal and professional development and international experience that fosters mutual understanding among nations through study and research abroad. Students design their own projects, which may include: university coursework, library or field research, classes in a music or art school, independent projects in the social or life sciences, a combination of these or other activities. Students may also apply for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) program to assistant teach English in one of more than 140 countries.
Individuals interested in applying for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program should make an appointment with a Fellowships Office staff member.
- Be U.S. citizens or nationals of the US at the time of application.
- Have received at least a bachelor’s degree before the start of the grant.
- Meet the language eligibility requirements for the host country and/or field of study for which they are applying.
Read full eligibility and ineligibility details here.
What They Are Looking For
Selections for Fulbright grants are based on a variety of factors. These grants are more than academic awards. Fulbright looks for applicants who participate in the community, demonstrate leadership potential, and convey a genuine interest in engaging in cross-cultural exchange to name a few key selection factors. Learn more about what makes for strong Study/Research or English Teaching Assistant Fulbright applicants.
The first step in applying for a Fulbright grant is to make an appointment with the Fellowships Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. During this appointment, a Fulbright advisor will talk with you about the program and its mission, preferred qualifications of Fulbright applicants, application timeline, and what you need to consider when applying.
As a potential Fulbright applicant, the first two things to consider are which country and which type of grant you’d like to apply for. You can only apply to one country to do one thing (study/research OR teach English) in your Fulbright application, so finding the right fit within the program is an applicant’s first task (with the advising support of the Fellowships Office). Some good questions to ask as a potential Fulbright candidate are:
- How does going abroad to study, conduct research, or teach fit within my long-term goals?
- Where in the world would I want to go?
- What about cultural exchange interests me?
To learn about offerings within each country, go to the Fulbright U.S. Student website, click on the Country tab, and then either choose a region to see a list of countries or just start clicking on the map directly – you can then read the specific details about that country, the types of grant offered there, the language requirements, the type of candidate they’re looking for, and other relevant selection criteria.
A Fulbright grant provides funding for roundtrip airfare, living expenses, and tuition and books (when relevant) for the full duration of your time abroad.
Campus Deadline: Sep. 1, 2020
Priority Deadline: May 31, 2020
Although hard to believe, the Fellowships Office wants to recruit Fulbright candidates in Spring 2020 so that you have plenty of time to develop your candidacy and application materials. During this time, we recommend interested candidates:
- Attend a Fulbright information session.
- Meet with a Fellowships Office staff member to discuss your interest in and credentials for the program.
- Submit your Fulbright Statement of Intent.
May 31: If you intend to apply for a 2021-2022 Fulbright grant, please submit a Fulbright Statement of Intent:
After submitting your Statement of Intent, we will add you to a Fulbright Canvas page that includes applicant resources and assignments where you will submit your Fulbright application drafts.
While we strongly encourage all Fulbright applicants to submit a Statement of Intent by May 31, we understand some candidates do not learn about Fulbright until after this time. Please email email@example.com if May 31 has passed, and you are interested in applying.
Early June – Late August: Write multiple drafts of your Fulbright application in advance of the campus deadline. Communicate with recommenders so that the Fellowships Office receives their recommendations by the campus deadline of September 1.
Monday, September 1 (11:59pm): Preliminary submissions due (online), including recommendations (more to come on this process in future messages; recommenders should NOT submit online until later).
Mid-September: Campus interviews for feedback and formal endorsement
Exact date to be determined (likely the first Tuesday of October) (12:00pm): Submissions due for final check by Fellowships Office staff—but earlier is better!
Exact date to be determined (likely the second Tuesday of October) (3.59pm CT): Absolute submission deadline, but we want all of ours in earlier, to avoid server overload/crashing that usually happens on the application website.
Late-January: Notification to applicants whether applications will be forwarded to target countries as semifinalists. Some semifinalists will have telephone or video conference interviews in February or March.
March-April: Notification to semifinalists whether selected or not.
All MU applicants must turn in a complete Fulbright application by the campus deadline to participate in the campus endorsement process. Fulbright requires MU to review and endorse applications from our applicants; therefore, it is important to turn in a polished application at this time. By September 1 applicants should have revised their materials several times.
Shortly after the campus deadline, applicants participate in a 30-minute campus interview in which they receive feedback on their application from three to four faculty or staff members who understand what the Fulbright program is all about. If you have diligently worked on your application prior to the campus deadline, the campus interview is not something to fear. It is a time for you to learn how to make your application stronger.
Final Submission Deadline
The real Fulbright national deadline is not until the second Tuesday of October. However, we ask that all MU applicants submit the final version of their application by the first Tuesday of October. Submitting early gives your fellowship advisors time to review your application one more time before the national deadline and helps you avoid the almost inevitable application system crash that happens the closer we get to the natioanl deadline.