What is the Fulbright U.S. Student Program?
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers opportunities for recent graduates, postgraduate candidates, and developing professionals and artists to conduct career-launching study and research abroad.
Enacted by Congress, in 1946, after WWII to foster mutual understanding among nations through cultural and educational exchanges:
- U.S. government's premier international scholarship
- 140+ nations currently involved
- Program policy overseen by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB), a committee formed by the president
- The U.S. Student Program administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE)
- Cooperating partners include Fulbright Commissions and Foundations abroad, and U.S. embassies
- Additional program information is available online at www.fulbrightonline.org
Program Facts and Figures
- The Institute for International Education (IIE), the organization that administers the program receives more than 4,500 applications annually
- For the 2005/06 competition, 5,672 applications were received and 1,140 grants were awarded
- For 2006/07, there are 1,007 scholarships available
- Grants broken out by country and region with number of applicants vs. number of available grants can be found at: http://www.fulbrightonline.org/us/thinking_competition.php
What Expenses do the Grants Generally Cover?
- Full airfare
- Health Insurance
- In some cases: dependent support; tuition; language lessons
What Types of Grants are Available?
- Grantees generally plan their own programs
- Projects may include
- University coursework
- Independent library or field research
- Classes in music conservatory or art school
- Special projects in the social or life sciences
- o or some combination of the above
What are the Eligibility Requirements?
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Hold at least a bachelor's degree by the time your scholarship begins
- Sufficient fluency in language of host country
- Good health
What Qualifications Does the Fulbright Selection Committee Seek?
- High level of academic and/or professional achievement
- Demonstrated leadership ability
- Preference is given to those have spent a minimal amount of time in proposed host country
- A developed project that requires the applicant to spend time in the host country
Application and Selection Process
How to Apply
- The application process has two components
- A paper application
- An online application
- Currently enrolled students must apply through one of the campus Fulbright Program Advisors
- Dr. Neil H. Donahue
Fulbright Program Adviser
Associate Dean, Honors College
243F East Library Wing, 145 Hofstra University
Hempstead, New York 11549-1450
516-463-5442 / 4842 | Email
- Dr. Neil H. Donahue
- Alumni are free to apply on their own or through the Campus Fulbright Committee. The latter is recommended.
- A completed application is submitted to the Campus Fulbright Committee.
- The deadline for submitting your application to the campus committee is Friday September 22, 2006
- Applicants may submit their proposals to the committee for a preliminary review, no later than two weeks prior to the campus deadline for submission (September 8, 2006)
- The committee will consider your completed application and invite you to an interview
- The campus committee will forward your application to the National Fulbright Screening Committee along with its evaluation of your application
General Application Guidelines
- The project must be of the applicant's own design
- The proposed project may include any (or a combination) of the following:
- Library or field research
- Taking courses
- Special projects in the social or life sciences or some combination of the above
- Grants are for 9 to 12 months in duration
- Applications may be made to one type of country program only
- Programs generally take place in one country (under special circumstances some multi-country proposals are allowed)
- Application Form
- Curriculum vitae (not a resume!)
- Three faculty references
- Affiliation in destination county
- Statement of proposed study
- Language report, if applicable
- Academic transcripts
- Artists and musicians may only submit slides, portfolios, CDs or tapes, photographs
Factors Considered in the Selection Process
- How the project advances the Fulbright mission
- Individual country requirement
- Language proficiency
- Feasibility of the project
- Previous time in country (excluding study abroad and military service)
Tips for Success
- Start early!
- The application process is complex. It is best started during your sophomore year and must be developed during your junior year. Applications are due early in the fall semester of your senior year.
- Have a feasible project
- Work with faculty members to help ensure that your proposal is well-developed. Dr. Forman will work with you to help identify those faculty members
- Be selective with references
- Ask faculty members that truly know you to write on your behalf
- Secure solid affiliation
- This is important! You must make contact with a representative (generally a faculty member) of the host university.
- A representative of the host university must provide you with a "Letter of Welcome" that indicates a willingness to have you study at their institution and to work with you to complete your proposed project.
- Choose your destination country wisely!
- Don't procrastinate. If you think you might want to pursue a Fulbright Grant, start the process now!
RECEIVING A FULBRIGHT GRANT IS A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE. THE FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATION OF HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY ENCOURAGE YOU TO APPLY AND STAND WILLING AND ABLE TO HELP YOU THROUGH THE APPLICATION PROCESS.