J. William Fulbright Scholarship

The U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates, master's and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. The Fulbright Program offers invaluable opportunities to meet and work with people of the host country, sharing daily life as well as professional and creative insights. The program promotes cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding on a person-to-person basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  • Must hold a B.A. degree or the equivalent before the beginning date of the grant.
  • Must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people and to carry out proposed study.
  • Must be in good health.

Selections are affected by:

  • Extent to which the candidate and the project will help to advance the program aim of promoting mutual understanding among nations.
  • Ability of the supervising agencies abroad to arrange supervision.
  • Requirements of programs in individual countries. In many countries, only advanced degree candidates may apply, and in some countries, certain fields of study are closed. Check with IIE before filing an application if you do not meet country specifications.
  • Ratio between the number of awards offered in a given country and the number of applications received. For example, the competition for some countries is especially keen, and many well-qualified applicants cannot be accommodated. Therefore, if your project can be accomplished in a less competitive country, your chances for success in the competition will be enhanced by applying in the less stringent country competition. Consult the competition statistics for comparative country statistics.
  • Desirability of achieving wide institutional and geographic distribution.
  • Other qualifications being equal, veterans receive preference.

Deadline is in late October.
For more information on the Fulbright scholarships: www.iie.org/fulbright