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Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Please consult the program website to confirm program details, including applicable deadlines.

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Program Purpose

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by U.S. Department of State, is the largest U.S. international exchange program. Its goal is "fostering leadership, learning and empathy between cultures." Each year more than 1,500 students receive a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant to live and study, or work as teaching assistants, in one of more than 140 countries worldwide. Fulbright awards are in nearly all fields and disciplines, including the sciences, professional fields, and the creative and performing arts.

Program Description

There are several U.S. Student Fulbright grant types:

Full Grants. Grantees conduct independent study or research, or other projects, including in the creative or performing arts.

English Teaching Assistantships. ETAs in over 50 countries assist in teaching conversational English to grade school, high school, or college students. ETAs assist in the classroom and lead conversation for 20+ hours per week. Some host countries prefer applicants who intend to become foreign language teachers; others encourage applicants of all majors, including those who do not speak the host country language. Applicants with more than five years teaching experience should consider other Fulbright programs. See: Fulbright Teacher Exchange and Fulbright ETA Program .

Critical Language Enhancement Award. Grantees receive 3-6 months of intensive language study in addition to the Fulbright full grant. Only select languages and host countries are available for this opportunity.

Fulbright/mtvU Awards. Four grants are available to research an aspect of international musical culture, focusing on contemporary or popular music as a force of cultural expression or social activism. Preference will be given to unique, creative projects that are conveyed in a dynamic fashion and are accompanied by a feasible plan. Required mtvU "Documentation and Outreach Plan" describes how applicant intends to share her or his activities with their peers during the Fulbright year abroad through mtvU print, broadcast, or online mediums. Preference is given to recent graduates. See the Fulbright mtv-U Awards webpage.

Travel-Only Grants to Italy, Germany, and Hungary. These grants supplement an award from any source that does not provide for travel to these countries, or a student's own funds for study or research in these countries.

Fulbright Business Grants. Special Fulbright bi-national or international business opportunities are offered in Mexico and Spain that combine coursework and an internship. The Netherlands offers an International MBA Program.

Fulbright Journalism Grants. Special Fulbright journalism internship opportunities in Germany, the UK, and Taiwan.

Other Country-Specific Awards. Look to host country pages for special opportunities for programs in the sciences, slow foods, deaf studies, public policy, and water management.


Fulbright grants include round-trip transportation to the host country, and a living allowance for an academic year, based on living costs in the host country. Limited health benefits are also provided. Depending on the host country, full grants may also include full or partial tuition, language study programs, book and research allowances, pre-departure and in-country orientations, and enrichment activities.

Applicant Profile

Generally, applicants will not have spent more than six months in the host country. Applicants must have minimum language proficiency required by the host country and language abilities appropriate to their proposed project. Graduating seniors and recent bachelor's degree recipients usually propose projects for which they have undergraduate coursework or direct work or internship experience. Graduate students generally propose independent study or research. Successful ETA applicants will propose an independent project to work on when not assisting in the classroom. All applicants should demonstrate a knowledge of the host country, and propose cultural or community activities that would facilitate engagement with the local community.

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria include academic preparation for the project, feasibility of the project proposal, knowledge of the host country, and foreign language abilities appropriate to the proposed project.

Application Process

Enrolled students must submit completed applications to S.F. State's Fellowship Advisor by the campus deadline. Alumni who have not yet matriculated with another institution may apply either through the University or as 'at large' candidates. Alumni applying through the University must also submit complete applications to the Fellowship Advisor by the campus deadline. A campus interview is required for all applicants applying through the University. The Fellowship Advisor is available to assist you in preparing for the interview.


Graduating seniors and recent bachelor's degree recipients, master's and doctoral candidates, artists and musicians (4 years of study or experience required), young professionals (with up to 5 years experience), including writers, journalists, and those in law, business, and other professional fields.


U.S. citizens only.


Usually in mid-October for the full grant, usually in February for the Fulbright Public Policy program, and usually in March for the mtvU Fulbright. Applicants for the full grant who are currently enrolled at the University must apply through S.F. State by the campus deadline. Applicants for the Fulbright mtvU and Fulbright Cinton apply directly.

Campus Deadline

Completed applications must be submitted to S.F. State's Fellowship Advisor, ADM 211, by Noon on September 8, 2015. Apply directly for the Fulbright Clinton program and the Fulbright mtvU.

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