Apply to Fulbright
The application process for the Fulbright US Student program is substantial, but ASU students benefit from a wide range of resources. Prospective applicants should reach out to Dr. Kyle Mox (firstname.lastname@example.org), the ASU Fulbright Program Advisor, for information on how to get started.
ASU Campus Deadline - Monday, September 7, 2020 - 11:59 pm MST.
- All application materials must be submitted online via Embark system by this time.
Fulbright Campus Interviews - Friday, September 18, 2020.
- All campus interviews will be held on this day. If you intend to apply to Fulbright through ASU, you must interview on this day - no exceptions.
- Individual interview times will be determined after the campus deadline. Due to the large number of applicants and committees, we cannot honor any time preferences.
- All interviews will occur over Zoom. Students who have work/class should plan ahead and request time off as necessary. ONSA can provide official documentation if necessary. Please contact Laura.Sells@asu.edu.
National Fulbright Deadline - Tuesday, October 13, 5pm EST
- **ASU students are encouraged to submit their final application by Friday, October 9 at midnight MST to ensure proper submission.**
Application Process for Fulbright US Student Program
The Fulbright Program annually awards 2,000 grants to support graduate study, independent research, teaching, and artistic practice abroad. The program was founded in 1946 to increase mutual understanding between the people of the US and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen.
- Must have a bachelor's degree or equivalent by the start of your grant.
Undergraduates typically begin their applications spring/summer of their junior year leading into the fall of their senior year. ASU alumni, master's, and doctoral students may also apply.
The Fulbright US Student Program funds several types of grants. The two main types of grants are Academic grants and English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) grants. One may only apply for one type of grant per application cycle. If you're not sure which program is right for you, consult our FAQ page or discuss your options with one of our advisors.
- Students applying for Academic (aka "Study/Research") grants design their own academic projects and typically audit courses at and/or complete projects under the supervision of faculty members at foreign universities. Specific program requirements will vary by country. Projects typically involve formal (i.e. classroom) study, directed study, independent research, or some combination of all three. Students may also apply for grants to support projects in the creative and performing arts.
- Students who receive an ETA grant are placed in a classroom and assist teachers of English to non-native English speakers. ETA recipients also serve as cultural ambassadors. Specific requirements of ETA grants also vary by country.
A complete Fulbright application will consist of the following:
- Biographical Data (basic resume information)
- Statement of Grant purpose (one or two-page grant proposal)
- Personal Statement (one-page narrative essay)
- Reference Letters (three)
Depending on the type of grant and the requirements of the host country, applicants may also need to submit the following:
- Foreign Language Evaluation
- Affiliation Letter (Study/Research and Arts applicants only)
- Supplementary Materials (Arts applicants only)
Campus Application Procedures
The on-campus deadline to apply for the Fulbright US Student Program is September 7, 2020. All materials must be submitted by Midnight MST. Currently enrolled students are expected to apply through the campus process. The application is submitted entirely online.
Students and alumni applying through the ASU campus process should follow these steps in the order described. Direct any questions or concerns about these instructions to Laura.Sells@asu.edu – don’t make assumptions!
Step 1: I want to apply! What should I do before making my first appointment with ONSA?
- Thoroughly review information in the “About” tab on the Fulbright US Student website. Familiarize yourself with the general eligibility requirements and types of awards (https://us.fulbrightonline.org/about/fulbright-us-student-program).
- Determine which type of award interests you (e.g. Study/Research or ETA). Check your eligibility. Remember that you can only apply to one type of award.
- Determine which countries interest you, read their descriptions, and make a short list (no more than five): https://us.fulbrightonline.org/countries/regions. While you may be interested in multiple countries, remember that ultimately, you can only choose ONE award and ONE country.
- Enroll in the ASU Fulbright Canvas page at https://canvas.asu.edu/enroll/LTNE6C.
- Review the first module and submit a Preliminary Interest Form.
Step 2: I did my homework! How do I make an appointment?
- After you submit a Preliminary Interest Form, go to https://bass.barrett.asu.edu to schedule an appointment. (Tip: select a topic to access the appropriate advisor's appointment calendar.) When you schedule your first appointment please bring your resume to your appointment.
- Schedule a meeting with Dr. Mox (Study/Research), Ms. Salgado (ETA), or Dr. Stoff (ETA); if you are undecided as to type of grant, you can select Fulbright (General) as your meeting topic. Be prepared to discuss your program and country preferences. At this meeting, you will also discuss your general project ideas, potential recommenders, and application mentors.
- Following your intake meeting, you will be given access to the next module in the ASU Fulbright Canvas.
Step 3: I’ve chosen a program and a country! Now what?
- Open a Fulbright application https://us.fulbrightonline.org/applicants. At the bottom of the left-hand menu, click Fulbright Online Application.
- Create an account, ensuring to indicate that you are applying through ASU (not “at-large”). You will now be entered into the system and receive important updates from ONSA about the application process.
- Fill out the basic biographical information and as many of the short answers as possible. Note that when you put the contact information for your recommenders in the application, they will immediately receive an email asking them to upload their letters. You should wait to do this until you are sure they have enough information to write a strong recommendations.
- Leading up to the September 7 campus deadline, you will proceed through the modules on the ASU Fulbright Canvas and submit numerous drafts of your application essays to ONSA advisors for review. Expect to write between five and twelve drafts of each essay.
All campus applicants will participate in screening interviews with the Fulbright Campus Committee on Friday, September 18, 2020