Apply to Fulbright

The application process for the Fulbright US Student program is substantial, but ASU students benefit from a wide range of resources. The following information provides a brief overview of the Fulbright application process at Arizona State University. Specific questions can be directed to

Key Dates

Fulbright Application Opens - March 31, 2021

  • Fulbright site refreshes with 2022-2023 grant year information
  • Online application available
  • ASU Canvas site available 

Campus Fulbright Deadline - Monday, September 13,  2021 - 11:59 pm MST. 

  • All application materials must be submitted online via Embark system by this time.

Fulbright Campus Interviews - Friday, September 24, 2021.

  • 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

National Fulbright Deadline - Tuesday, October 12, 2pm MST (5pm EST) 

**ASU students are encouraged to submit their final application by Friday, October 8 at midnight MST to ensure proper submission.** 

Application Overview

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. 

Grant Types

The Fulbright US Student Program funds several types of awards. The two main types of awards are Study/Research awards and English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) awards. One may only apply for one type of grant to one country 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 Study/Research awards 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 English Teaching Assistant (ETA) awards are placed in a classroom and assist teachers of English to non-native English speakers. ETA recipients also serve as cultural ambassadors and engage in community service activities. Specific requirements of ETA grants also vary by country

Application Components

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)
  • Recommendations (three)
  • Transcripts

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)

The application essays are the most important component of your Fulbright application - plan to write several drafts of each essay and have them reviewed by ONSA advisors. Most applicants spend several weeks preparing their applications.

Campus Application Procedures

The on-campus deadline to apply for the Fulbright US Student Program is September 13, 2021. 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 – 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): While you may be interested in multiple countries, remember that ultimately, you can only choose ONE award and ONE country.

  • If you have not attended an information session, view the ASU Fulbright Playlist on the ONSA YouTube page.

Step 2: I did my homework! How do I make an appointment?

  • After you have reviewed the materials above, go to to schedule an appointment. (Tip: select a topic to access the appropriate advisor's appointment calendar.) Schedule a meeting with Dr. Mox, Ms. Salgado, Dr. Stoff, or Dr. Bhattacharjya; 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.
  • Prior to your meeting, email a copy of your CV/resume and unofficial transcripts to your ONSA advisor.  

  • Following your intake meeting, you will be given access to the Canvas page for ASU Fulbright applicants.


Step 3: I’ve chosen a program and a country! Now what?

  • Create an account. 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 13 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 24, 2021 



Getting Started with Fulbright

Getting Started: Fulbright U.S. Student Program