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Fulbright Grant

Fulbright US Student Grants fund 9-10 months of international in one of over 145 countries. Grantees usually design and define their own programs. Projects may include independent research, field work, university coursework, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, business internships, English Teaching Assistantships, or a combination of the above.

Eligibility and Qualifications

Selection is made on the basis of the applicant’s academic or professional record, language preparation, the feasibility and specificity of the proposed project, commitment and motivation as well personal qualifications.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Graduating seniors, graduate or professional students or alumni of any age are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree before the beginning date of the grant
  • Applicants may not hold a doctoral degree at the time of application

Application Procedures and Selection Criteria

The most important parts of the application are the following:

  • A two-page statement of grant purpose (single-spaced) articulating the research project or plan of study and its feasibility. For English Teaching Assistant applicants, the statement is only one page
  • One-page personal statement.
  • Three letters of recommendation, two of which are usually from professors in the applicant’s proposed area of study. (Exceptions are common.) Official transcript from every college attended
  • Language proficiency report, to be completed by a language instructor whenever possible. May not be required in all cases.
  • Letter of affiliation, usually from a scholar at a university or research institution in the host country.


Complete applications are due to CURF on September 16. (“Complete” includes recommendations, language evaluations and transcripts.)

Campus interviews take place in late September/early October

Applications must be finalized and are submitted mid-October.

At the end of January, IIE will notify candidates of their status after a preliminary national screening. Those who are recommended by the national screening panels are transmitted to the supervising agencies abroad for further review, particularly as to placement at foreign universities. Final selection for Fulbright Grants is made by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and grantees usually receive notification of the final decision by May.


Cheryl Shipman
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships
3601 Locust Walk, The ARCH
Philadelphia, PA 19104

For appointments: 215-746-6488

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