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:

Applicant Information

Required GPA:
Academic Level:

Documents, Deadlines, and Submission Instructions

NC State Campus Deadline:

August 21, 2018 by 5PM ET

Applicants: If you are considering applying for this award, you should email FAO staff and share your interest. You should also meet with FAO staff at least once early in the campus, or endorsement, application process. A strong endorsement application typically requires multiple drafts over a period of several weeks or months, and it should be treated as your final application. We therefore recommend that you meet with us as early as possible so that we can get to know you and give you feedback on your campus application.

In order to be considered for this award’s endorsement, you must submit endorsement application materials by the posted campus application deadline with our online submission form (contact us for the link). Please be sure to look at the online submission form before you are ready to submit to make sure everything is formatted correctly. Letters of recommendation are also due by that deadline, but should be submitted by the recommendation writer as noted below.

Email FAO staff to obtain the endorsement application instructions for the campus deadline.

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 FAO 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 FAO staff.

Download letter of recommendation guidance here as a PDF file.

Fulbright Program NC State campus review meeting dates (required for a full CCE form):
To be confirmed. Please hold the following dates and times on your calendar: September 4-7, 2018, 8AM-5PM ET and September 10, 2018, 8AM-5PM ET. If you will be out of town and cannot reschedule, contact us immediately and no later than the campus deadline.

Applicants will also be expected to meet with Dr. Kershner within a week of their campus review meeting and will be required to sign-up for that appointment as directed by FAO.

National Deadline for Campus Representatives:
Early October 2018

Additional Information