Fulbright at ASU

Overview

The Fulbright Program annually awards over 2,000 grants to support independent study or research, teaching, graduate study, or 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. Sponsored by the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, it is the largest and most prestigious educational exchange fellowship program in the world.

If you are a...

  • Graduating senior,
  • Current ASU graduate student, or
  • Recent ASU graduate,

You will work with ONSA advisors to apply for the Fulbright US Student Program

The campus deadline to apply for Fulbright is Tuesday, September 13, 2022. The final date by which to schedule an intake meeting and open a Fulbright US Student application is August 31, 2022.

 

If you are a current ASU...

  • Faculty member
  • Administartor, or
  • Educational professional,

You will work with Karen Engler in the Office of the University Provost to apply for the Fulbright US Scholar Program.

If you are an international student seeking Fulbright funding to study in the US, contact your home country’s Fulbright commission. If you are an international student or scholar who will be studying at ASU with Fulbright funding, contact the International Students and Scholars Center.

Getting Started with Fulbright

Getting Started: Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Apply to Fulbright

Application Overview

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.

Eligibility:

  • 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

Key Dates

Key Dates

ASU Fulbright Day - March 30, 2022 @ 3:30 PM via ZOOM

Fulbright Application Opens - March 31, 2022

  • Fulbright site refreshes with 2023-2024 grant year information
  • Online application available
  • ASU Canvas site available 

Campus Fulbright Deadline - Tuesday, September 13,  2022 - 11:59 pm MST. 

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

Fulbright Endorsement Interviews - Friday, September 23, 2022.

  • 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 aheadand request time off as necessary. ONSA can provide official documentation if necessary. Please contact Kai.Johnson@asu.edu

National Fulbright Deadline - Tuesday, October 11, 2pm AZ Time (5pm EST)

**ASU students are encouraged to submit their final application by Friday, October 7 at midnight MST to ensure proper submission.** 

Fulbright Timeline

Application Components

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

Campus Application Procedures

The campus deadline to apply for the Fulbright US Student Program is September 12, 2022. 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 Kai.Johnson@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.
  • 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 https://bass.barrett.asu.edu 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 23, 2022

 

 

Fulbright FAQs

Should I apply for a Research/Study grant or an ETA grant?

Should I apply for a Research/Study grant or an ETA grant?

Students who have a focused interest in the host country that could be pursued through study or directed research should apply for the Research/Study grants. Students who have the appropriate background and professional aspirations should apply for the ETA. Many students incorrectly assume that the ETA application is “easier” than the Research/Study grant application, when in fact there are fewer ETA grants available and almost equal numbers of applicants.

Should I apply through the campus process or apply at-large?

Should I apply through the campus process or apply at-large?

All currently enrolled students are expected to apply through the campus process. Anyone who is eligible for the Fulbright may apply at-large; however, currently, enrolled students who do not apply through the campus process may be viewed suspiciously by the national selection committee. Alumni may apply at-large and are not faulted in any way for doing so.

How can I decide which country to apply to?

How can I decide which country to apply to?

Applicants should offer compelling reasons for their choice of host country. Research/Study grant projects should be tightly connected to the host country; ETA applicants should offer a compelling reason for their interest in the host country. As well, the applicant should demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the host country’s culture and possess the requisite language skills. A “strong desire” to visit the country or a “passion” for the country is insufficient.

How many people apply for grants? How many grants are there?

How many people apply for grants? How many grants are there?

Full competition statistics are available on the Fulbright US Student Program website.

How many ASU students apply for the Fulbright? How many get grants?

How many ASU students apply for the Fulbright? How many get grants?

In a typical year, the College will endorse 50 to 70 applications. Of those applications, between 15 to 25 are typically awarded grants. Arizona State University is frequently among the top ten Fulbright-producing schools in the country.

Who can help me with the application essays?

Who can help me with the application essays?

The first and best resource is the Fulbright website, which provides ample guidance on how to approach the application essays. The IIE also holds several webcasts throughout the application season. The Fulbright Program Adviser can provide excellent guidance during the beginning stages of the application process. As the essays develop, however, applicants should seek the advice of faculty advisers, graduate students, and writing tutors.

How do I get an Affiliation Letter?

How do I get an Affiliation Letter?

Most Fulbrighters undertaking Research/Study grants will affiliate with universities, although in some countries it is possible to affiliate with other types of organizations such as research institutes or government ministries. The Affiliation Letter should come from the institution/individual in the host country with whom the applicant is proposing to work. Affiliation requirements vary by country, so before starting the application applicants should note the specific requirements for the proposed host country. The Affiliation Letter should be printed on official letterhead and should be signed by the author. There is no “secret” method for obtaining Affiliation Letters – applications should initiate direct contact with potential affiliates well ahead of the application deadline.

How do I get a Foreign Language Evaluation?

How do I get a Foreign Language Evaluation?

The Foreign Language Evaluation Form is part of the online application and should be completed by a professional language teacher. The University offers a wide range of languages, and applicants should be able to find a faculty member who can do the evaluation.

What hard copy materials do I need to submit to ONSA?

What hard copy materials do I need to submit to ONSA?

None. The entire application is submitted online.

What are the screening interviews like?

What are the screening interviews like?

The Campus Committee interviews are conducted by interview teams comprised of three to four faculty members and professional staff. The two main purposes of the interviews are to 1) provide constructive feedback to the applicant; and 2) gather enough information to complete the required evaluation form that will accompany the final application. No applicant can be rejected by the University – every completed application is submitted.

Can I keep working on my application after the campus deadline?

Can I keep working on my application after the campus deadline?

Yes – the applications will be returned to “in progress” status shortly after the campus deadline. Students may continue to revise the applications until the final campus deadline established by the Fulbright Program Adviser, which is typically a few days before the national deadline.

When will I know if I get the grant or not?

When will I know if I get the grant or not?

The selection process occurs in two stages. In the first stage, the national reading committee selects applicants that it will “recommend” to the host countries. These announcements are made by the end of January each year.