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Fulbright U.S. Student Program

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The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards grants to support study, research, or English teaching abroad in more than 140 countries. Fulbright applicants can propose self-designed study/research projects, participate in established research projects or serve as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA). Funding is also available for specialized Fulbright Programs such as the Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship and the Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowships in Public Health.

The award covers funding including a living stipend, a travel stipend for round-trip transportation to the host country, accident and sickness health benefits for a full academic year. In some cases, funding may also cover a stipend for books and research, full or partial tuition, language study program, pre-departure and in-country orientations, and mid-term enrichment activities.

Scholarship Amount

Tuition fees, if applicable, a living stipend, and a travel stipend

Annual Number of Scholarships Awarded

  • ~8,000 per year
    • ~1,900 U.S. students
    • ~4,000 international students
    • ~1,200 U.S. scholars
    • ~900 visiting scholars


  • Be a U.S. citizen of U.S. national by the start of the award
  • Hold at least a bachelor's degree or equivalent by the start of the award, but not a Ph.D. Applicants may hold a J.D. at the time of application
  • Be in good health
  • Sufficient language proficiency for the particular award (language requirement will vary depending on country and award type) and language competency to adjust to life in your host country and to complete your proposed project
  • It is preferred that applicants have not lived in the host country for more than 6 months

Selection Criteria

  • Quality and feasibility of the proposal as described in the Statement of Grant Purpose
  • Academic excellence or professional record
  • Personal qualifications
  • Language preparation
  • Extent to which the candidate and the project advance the Fulbright aim of promoting mutual understanding among nations
  • Requirement of the program in your proposed host country
  • Ability of the supervising agencies abroad to arrange/confirm supervision and facilitate research clearance, if applicable
  • For English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) demonstrated interested in teaching English and ideally, some teaching experience

Application Material

  • Fulbright Application
    • Statement of Grant Purpose
      • 2-page maximum for study/research grants
      • 1-page maximum for ETAs
    • Personal Statement
      • 1-page maximum
    • For study/research applicants ONLY: Letter of Affiliation/Endorsement from host country indicating institutional support for applicant's project
      • If conducting research: Correspondence with potential PI in proposed host country
    • Language Self-Evaluation and Foreign Language Evaluation
  • CV/Resume
  • Transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • University Endorsement

University Endorsement Process

University endorsement is a competitive process and not guaranteed. Students seeking University of Utah endorsement must submit certain application components by the University’s deadline.



University Deadline:

National Deadline:


Late March/Early April: Fulbright Application Opens

September 6, 2023: University Deadline

September 18-22, 2023: University endorsement interviews for applicants

October 10, 2023 by 3 pm MST: National Deadline

January: Notification of semi-finalists

March-May: Notification of selection

Length of Scholarship

9-12 months, depending on the program

Scholarship Website


Contact Information

Fulbright Director: Howard Lehman

Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships