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 contact the Fellowships Office by emailing fellowships@missouri.edu or calling 573-882-1395.


Applicants must:

  • 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. They are more than an academic award. 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.

Getting Started

The first step in applying for a Fulbright grant is to make an appointment with the Fellowships Office by emailing fellowships@missouri.edu. 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. 2, 2019

Final Deadline: Oct. 8, 2019

Campus Deadline

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 2 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 Tuesday, October 8. However, we ask that all MU applicants submit the final version of their application by Tuesday, October 1. 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 October 8.


Application Timeline


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 2.


Monday, September 2 (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 (should not be scary; I will explain the process later).


October 1 (12:00pm): Submissions due for final check by Fellowships Office staff—but earlier is better!

October 8: Absolute submission deadline, but we want all of ours in earlier, to avoid server overload/crashing that usually happens on the application website. 

Spring 2020

Late-January: Notification to applicants whether applications will be forwarded to target countries as semifinalists. Some semifinalists will have telephone or Skype interviews in February or March.

March-April: Notification to semifinalists whether selected or not.


MU Fulbright Applicant Resource Center

Detailed information about applying for Fulbright as an MU applicant, as well as sample Statements of Grant Purpose, are in the applicant resource center. Please email fellowships@missouri.edu to request access to this folder on Box.