Study Abroad

Fulbright Program

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

Program Facts and Figures

What Expenses do the Grants Generally Cover?

  • Full airfare
  • Health Insurance
  • Stipend
  • 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 the campus Fulbright Program Advisor:
    • Dr. Elfreda Blue
      200 West Library Wing
      516-463-5400 | Email
  • Alumni are free to apply on their own or through the Campus Fulbright Program Advisor. The latter is recommended.
  • A completed application is submitted to the Campus Fulbright Program Advisor.
    • The deadline for submitting your application to the campus Fulbright advisor is September 15th of each academic year, unless this date falls on a weekend. When this occurs, the deadline will be on the following Monday.
    • Applicants should meet with Dr. Blue or the Fulbright Committee during the spring semester about the application.
    • The committee will consider your completed application and invite you to an interview during the early part of the fall semester.
    • The campus committee will forward your application to the National Fulbright Screening Committee along with its evaluation of your application prior to the October deadline.

General Application Guidelines

  • The project must be of the applicant's own design
  • 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 Components

  • 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!


COVID-19 Update

Hofstra Senior Wins Fulbright to Study in Equador

Getting Started

  • Make an appointment with the Hofstra Fulbright Advisor:
    • Dr. Elfreda Blue
      200 West Library Wing
      516-463-5400 | Email
  • Visit the Fulbright Grant Web site at
    • The site contains a wealth of information that will help ensure the development of a successful application as well as a downloadable application form

Meet Hofstra alumnus, Andrew Levinson, Fulbright Canada's June 2011
Fulbrighter of the Month

The U.S. Department of State is continuously monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and is working closely with partner governments, Fulbright Commissions, U.S. Embassies, Fulbright cooperating agencies, and U.S. and foreign host institutions to provide guidance and information to our Fulbright exchange participants. We share your concerns for everyone’s health, safety, and well-being, and are focused on supporting all Fulbrighters at this time.

On March 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of State issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory - Do Not Travel which instructs all Americans abroad to either return to the United States or prepare to shelter in place.

As a result of this advisory, the Fulbright Program is now suspended for all U.S. participants. We urge all current U.S. Fulbright participants to make arrangements to return to the United States as soon as possible.

An email has been sent to program participants which provides detailed information about arranging travel, financial considerations, and things to consider while preparing for your return to the United States.

In these unprecedented circumstances, we also recognize that due to conditions in specific countries, including the closing of borders and air space, the lack of available flights, or other safety considerations, not all U.S. Fulbright participants will be able to depart for the United States at this time. If you find yourself in this situation, please refer to your email for guidance and be in contact with your Fulbright administrators in your host country.

As circumstances are evolving, all Fulbrighters should remain in close contact with their Fulbright Program administrators, advisors, and/or their Fulbright binational commissions.

Your Fulbright Commission, U.S. Embassy, and/or IIE, will make every effort to assist you during this time, and we ask that all specific questions about your situation be sent to your advisor, as they have the most relevant information for your country and case. Please know that, at this difficult time, Fulbright advisors and Fulbright Commission staff are working diligently to provide support to each participant.

The above program suspension applies only to American citizens currently participating in the U.S. Fulbright Program abroad. Foreign Fulbrighters on programs in the United States, as part of the Fulbright Foreign Student and Visiting Scholar Programs, should contact their Fulbright Program administrators to inquire about any changes in their situations.

For general information regarding COVID-19, please visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of State’s page Current Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease. 

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