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 campus deadline is Monday, September 9, 2019 at Midnight MST. All application materials must be submitted online by this time.
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 9, 2019. 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?
- 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.
Step 2: I did my homework! How do I make an appointment?
- All appointments can be scheduled via https://bass.barrett.asu.edu. When you schedule your first appointment please bring your resume to your appointment.
- Schedule a meeting with Dr. Mox (Study/Research), Ms. Salgado (ETA), Dr. Scott (ETA), or Dr. Stoff (ETA). 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.
Step 3: I’ve chosen a program and a country! Now what?
- 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.
- Once you open up a Fulbright Application and indicate ASU, you will be added to the ASU Fulbright Canvas and will gain access to helpful resources, example essays, and applicant discussion boards. Once you have opened your application, please e-mail Laura.firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the Canvas page.
All campus applicants will participate in screening interviews with the Fulbright Campus Committee on Friday, September 20, 2019.
Alumni applicants may directly apply for the Fulbright US Student grant and do not need to apply through the campus process, although they are encouraged to do so. Prospective alumni applicants should consult the FPA before deciding on the proper method of application.