Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Fulbright Student Top Producer 2020-2021


Application cycle for the 2022-23 fellowship competition will open on March 31, 2021


Campus Deadline for Graduate Students:  Tuesday, September 28, 2021

National Deadline:  Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Fulbright IIE website



Predoctoral grants are administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) for U.S. citizens who must pursue dissertation research in foreign countries with which the U.S. has diplomatic relations. Graduate students typically apply for the Research Grant. Most students apply for one country, although graduate students may propose a multi-country project, provided that the countries selected are within the same geographic region.


  • U.S. citizen in good health
  • Bachelor's degree but not Ph.D. by beginning date of the grant
  • Proficiency in the language of the host country(ies) to which you are applying
  • Preference for applicants who have received the majority of their education at 
    educational institutions in the U.S. (study abroad will  not disqualify applicant).

Application Procedure for Graduate Student Applicants

Fulbright requires universities to conduct a campus screening process and evaluate all Fulbright applicants. The Graduate School works in collaboration with Fellowship Advising in the Office of International Programs to help students through the Fulbright application process.  Interested graduate students please follow this link for information about the application process for graduate students.  The first step in the process is to be in touch with Dr. Steve Gump, associate director of fellowship advising, to schedule a time to discuss your plans and review a draft of your project and personal statements. You may also contact Elaine Willey, assistant dean for academic administration in the Graduate School, for more details or consult IIE's website for detailed information and the online application.

Completed applications are evaluated by the Graduate School and the Fellowship Subcommittee.

A complete application includes:

  • Fulbright online application form
  • Statement of Grant Purpose (2 pages max.)
    • the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of what you’re proposing
  • Personal Statement (1 page narrative max.)
  • Affiliation Letter
  • Foreign Language Evaluation form
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)