The ASU deadline to apply for the Fulbright US Student Program is September 12, 2023, 11:59 pm (AZ time). Currently enrolled students are expected to apply through the campus process. The application is submitted entirely online. The Fulbright application takes significant time to complete - don’t wait to get started! Most successful Fulbright applicants write at least seven drafts of their application essays over a period of several weeks or months.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fulbright sounds interesting! What should I do before making my first appointment with ONSA?
- Check your eligibility for the Fulbright US Student Program
- Must be a US Citizen
- Can be a rising undergraduate senior (graduating Dec 2023, May 2024, or Aug 2024), enrolled graduate student (masters and PhD), or working professional
- Cannot yet hold a conferred PhD degree
- Watch the Getting Started Series video, which outlines the Fulbright application timeline, eligibility requirements, grant types, and campus process.
- Begin determining which type of award interests you. There are four options:
- English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Award
- Research Award
- Creative and Performing Arts Award
- Graduate Degree Award
For detailed description of award types, you can watch the Getting Started Series. The award type you choose will inform the country to which you apply - not all award types are available in all countries, and many countries offer unique awards.
Remember that ultimately, you can only choose ONE award type and ONE country per application cycle.
Step 1: I watched the Getting Started Series and am eligible to apply! What is my first step in the ASU Fulbright process?
You should schedule a Fulbright intake meeting according to the award type that interests you. You will see these three options on our Bookings Site:
- Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Intake
- Fulbright Research and Arts Intake
- Fulbright Graduate Degree Award Intake
Intake meetings are exploratory. We will discuss the Fulbright timeline, how the specific grant might support your skills and goals, walk through the Fulbright website, and strategize next steps. Intake meetings will occur over ZOOM and in a small group setting with an advisor.
If you are still deciding between award types (e.g. ETA award and Graduate award), you can schedule separate intakes to explore your options. Just remember…you can only apply to ONE award type per cycle! So your intakes should focus on how the award will support your long-term goals.
Step 2: I completed an intake! What is my second step in the ASU Fulbright process?
At this point, you will be familiar with the Fulbright program and will be ready to explore the application components in greater depth based on your award type. You will see these three options on our Bookings Site:
- Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA): Getting Ready to Write
- Fulbright Research and Arts: Getting Ready to Write
- Fulbright Graduate Degree Award: Getting Ready to Write
During the “Getting Ready to Write” meeting, we will walk through the online application, discuss specific application components (e.g. Letters of Rec) and provide an introduction to the Fulbright essays according to grant type. Applicants who are still deciding on which country should have a shortlist of options (no more than three) when they arrive at this meeting.
By the end of this meeting, you will have a clear idea of your award-specific application components and country options. If you have not yet chosen a grant and country, you will have the opportunity to chat with an advisor on how to proceed.
Step 3: I’ve completed an Intake and Getting Ready to Write meeting, now what?
At this point, you will have received a lot of information regarding your Fulbright options and should be ready to begin the drafting and revision process in earnest.
If you have chosen your grant type and country, you should follow these steps:
- Open a Fulbright application. At the bottom of the left-hand menu, click Fulbright Online Application.
- 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.
- E-mail Kaia Johnson at email@example.com to be added to the ASU Canvas page. In your email, please confirm your grant type and country choice.
If you have not chosen a grant type or country at this point, or you have other circumstances delaying your ability to commit to the application process, your next step is to reach out to an ONSA advisor directly via email to set up an individual appointment. Please note that individual Fulbright appointments are reserved for students who have completed BOTH an Intake and Getting Ready to Write appointment.
For general Fulbright questions, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 4: I know my grant type and country, and I’ve opened up an application! How do I receive help on my application materials?
At this point, you are ready to start drafting your materials and may have additional questions related to your application. You should schedule an appointment based on your grant type. You will see these three options on our Bookings Site:
- Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA): Drafting SoGP/PS
- Fulbright Research and Arts: Drafting SoGP/PS
- Fulbright Graduate Award: Drafting SoGP/PS
This meeting will be in a small-group setting over ZOOM and be workshop style. In addition to working on your essays, there will be additional time to discuss other application components as a group, and strategize productive writing habits. You are encouraged to work on your application materials often, and schedule multiple meetings as you revise your essays. ONSA is open all summer, so take advantage of the office and start chipping away at your essays!
Step 5: I’ve been working on my application materials! When do I need to submit?
All ASU applicants must submit a complete online application by Tuesday, September 12, 2023. Please note that this date is earlier than the submission date listed on the Fulbright website. All ASU applicants must plan to submit on this earlier date. You will have the opportunity to return to your application and make changes after your campus interview.