Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Website: Fulbright Program
- Be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible.
- Hold a B.A. degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant.
- Applicants who have not earned a B.A. degree or the equivalent, but who have extensive professional study and/or experience in fields in which they wish to pursue a project, may be considered.
- In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional study and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement.
- Applicants may hold a J.D. degree at the time of application, but not a doctorate.
- M.D. or medical students or the equivalent (e.g., D.D.S, O.D.) who wish to continue medical or hospital training or to obtain practical clinical experience should apply to IIE. However, M.D.s who have completed formal postgraduate training and propose attachment to a hospital or clinic for independent or collaborative research should apply to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Grants shall not authorize activity for which a license to practice medicine or nursing is required.
- Be in good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate of Health from a physician.
- 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. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities.
PREFERENCE IS USUALLY GIVEN TO APPLICANTS WHO:
- Have undertaken their higher education primarily at educational institutions in the U.S. Foreign study during the junior year or other periods of undergraduate study that are integral parts of the curricula of American institutions will not be considered a disadvantage.
- Have not resided or studied in the country to which they are applying for more than six months. Duty abroad in the Armed Forces of the United States is not considered disqualifying within the meaning of this section.
For most grants, applicants who have had extensive previous foreign experience in the country of application are at a disadvantage, but are not necessarily disqualified for that reason.
- Us Citizen
Two methods of application:
- If you will be enrolled in the fall quarter, you must go through the campus application process.
- If you have recently earned a Bachelor's degree from the UW and will not be enrolled in the fall, you have the option to go through the campus application process or to apply "at-large". We encourage you to take advantage of the campus application process so you can have a campus interview, receive valuable feedback, and work with people familiar with the national Fulbright competition. Additionally, a campus rating form will be added to your application materials. If you choose to apply at-large, you will not participate in the campus interviews and you will send your application materials directly to the Fulbright national office.
Register your interest in applying, even if you aren't sure yet:
- If you are current UW student or a UW alum, please contact the relevant adviser listed below to let us know you plan to apply. This will help us to connect with you regarding advising, application support, and upcoming Fulbright applicant events.
Seek information, advice and feedback from the relevant office, based on your student status (contact information is below):
- The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards staff offers assistance to undergraduates and Bachelor's alumni preparing for the Fulbright competition.
- The Fellowships and Assistantships Office of the Graduate School offers assistance to graduate and professional students and alumni of those programs.
- UW Bothell's Office of Merit Scholarships offers assistance to all UW Bothell students and alumni.
- UW Tacoma's Student Fellowships & Awards office offers assistanct to all UW Tacoma students and alumni.
Application Writing Workshops:
Undergraduate and bachelor's alum applicants are encouraged to attend these workshops to get tips and brainstorm for the Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement essays required in the Fulbright application.
Review the previous workshop slides here and contact the relevant UW adviser for advice and feedback on your essay drafts.
- Statement of Grant Purpose Writing Workshop for Research/Study applicants
- Statement of Grant Purpose Writing Workshop for English Teaching Assistantship applicants
- Personal Statement Writing Workshop for all applicants
- Tips for Getting Started & Choosing a Host Country
- Demystifying the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship
- Sample Fulbright Application Timeline
- Top 10 Myths about the Fulbright Program
- Critical Language Enhancement Award - additional funding for language study
- Look up UW Fulbrighters from previous years in Fulbright's Grantee Directory
Preparing a Competitive Application
- Developing a Project
- General advice for undergrads working on proposals
- Research or Study Proposals: Tips for Completing the Fulbright Application
- English Teaching Assistantship Proposals: Tips for Completing the Fulbright Application
- Preparing an Application in the Creative, Performing or Visual Arts
- Tips for Writing the Personal Statement
- Tips on Writing a Proposal, Personal Statement, and Selecting References from Radha Blackman, Fulbright Alum to Bulgaria
- Tips on Letters of Reference & Language Evaluations
- Requesting Letters of Recommendation
- For Recommenders: Writing Fulbright Letters of Recommendation
- Additional Tips on Getting Letters of Recommendation at UW
- Establishing a Host Affiliation
- University of College London's Guidance on how to contact potential supervisors (applicable to any university or country)
- Polishing the Application
Preparing for the Campus Interview
- In 1945, Senator J. William Fulbright introduced a bill in the United States Congress that called for the use of surplus war property to fund the "promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science."
- On August 1, 1946, President Harry S. Truman signed the bill into law, and Congress created the Fulbright Program.
- From its inception, the Fulbright Program has fostered bilateral relationships in which other countries and governments work with the U.S. to set joint priorities and shape the Program to meet shared needs. The world has been transformed in ensuing decades, but the fundamental principle of international partnership remains at the core of the Fulbright mission.
- The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) was created by Congress to supervise the Fulbright Program. This 12-member Board, appointed by the President of the United States, works in cooperation with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, binational Fulbright Commissions and Foundations, and Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies abroad, to administer the Program. The FSB sets policies and procedures for administration of the Fulbright Program, has final authority for selection of all grantees, and supervises the conduct of the program both in the United States and abroad. Click here for a complete list of current FSB members.
- The Fulbright Program has provided more than 307,000 participants, chosen for their leadership potential, with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic and cultural institutions, exchange ideas, and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants.
- The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is now the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. The U.S. Student Program currently awards approximately 1,700 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.
- Fulbright Student alumni populate an entire range of professions and include heads of state, cabinet ministers, ambassadors, Members of Congress, judges, heads of corporations, university presidents, journalist, artists, professors, and teachers. Actor John Lithgow, composer Philip Glass, opera singer Renee Fleming and economist Joseph Stiglitz are among notable former grantees.
THE FULBRIGHT PROGRAM:
- Is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State
- Is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide
- Was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries"
- Awarded approximately six thousand grants in 2010, at a cost of more than $322.3 million, to U.S. students, teachers, professionals, and scholars to study, teach, lecture, and conduct research in more than 155 countries, and to their foreign counterparts to engage in similar activities in the United States
- Supports approximately 1,700 U.S. citizens to engage in study, research, or teaching assistantships abroads via the U.S. Student Program
- Receives its primary source of funding through an annual appropriation from Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions in foreign countries, and in the United States, also contribute financially through cost-sharing and indirect support, e.g., through salary supplements, tuition waivers, and university housing
The U.S. Student Program grant numbers are subject to the availability of federally appropriated funds. The United States Department of State reserves the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, numbers of awards, terms of agreement, and allowances.
UW Seattle undergraduate students and alums:
Emily Smith - if you are a currently enrolled UW Seattle undergraduate student applying to any country except the UK (UK applicants: see Robin below)
Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards
171 Mary Gates Hall
Robin Chang - if you are a UW Seattle Bachelor's alumni (applying to any country), or are a currently enrolled UW Seattle undergrad applying for a Fulbright grant to the UK
Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards
171 Mary Gates Hall
UW Seattle graduate students and alums:
Fellowships and Assistantships Division of the Graduate School
UW Bothell students of all levels:
UW Bothell Student Success Center
UW Tacoma students of all levels: