Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant

Fellowship Information

NC State Endorsement Required:


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, was established on August 1, 1946 to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. This program provides U.S. students and alums from all majors with funding to pursue grants (open study/degree, open research/projects, or English teaching assistantships) in countries all over the world.

Who Should Apply:

Must be a U.S. citizen. All majors are eligible, but each country outlines priority and/or restricted fields of study. Open to graduating seniors, bachelor’s and master’s degree holders, and master’s/Ph.D. students. No stated GPA, but 3.5 or higher is helpful. Applicants should emphasize a plan for study/research that is feasible and fits goals and should provide a good rationale for the host country. Language proficiency varies depending on the host country.

Fellowship Benefits:

In some countries, grants may also include:

  • book and research allowances*
  • mid-term enrichment activities
  • full or partial tuition language study programs
  • pre-departure and in-country orientations

*Grantees with projects that require extensive research support, in-country travel, study materials, or equipment should explore additional funding from other sources to supplement the Fulbright funding.

Program Duration:

9-12 months

Program Website:
Number & Amount Available:

Over 1500 awards to U.S. students annually . Different numbers of grants allotted to each host country. Funds most expenses associated with tenure abroad (round-trip transportation, maintenance for the academic year, book and research allowances, health insurance, full or partial tuition (if enrolled at a university), language or orientation courses (where appropriate).

Citizenship Requirements:
STEM Fields Only:

ApplicantĀ Information

Required GPA:
Academic Level:

Documents, Deadlines, and Submission Instructions

NC State Campus Deadline:

September 14, 2020

Applicants: If you are considering applying for this award, please email UFO staff at fellowships-advising@ncsu.edu as soon as possible.

Letters of Recommendation: It is a good idea to share with your recommenders a draft of your application. Please be sure to read, and then share with each recommender, the guidance from UFO that provides instructions for what to include in the letter. This letter is posted below.

You should not have access to your letters of recommendation. Your recommenders will need to submit their letters of recommendation with a different online submission form (contact us for the link to send them). If they need to submit with a different method or have any difficulty, they should contact UFO staff.

Download letter of recommendation guidance hereĀ as a PDF file.

Fulbright Program NC State campus review meeting dates (required for a full CCE form):

Applicants can check the 2021-22 Fulbright Interview Scheduler sent out by Courtney Hughes to see their interview date and Zoom link.

National Deadline for Campus Representatives:
October 13, 2020 at 5PM EST

Additional Information