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  The Fulbright U.S. Student Program

 The Fulbright program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. Students can only apply to one type of grant to one country.  The Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program includes several different types of grants.  Two that CUA students will be particularly interested in are:
  • Grants for Study or Research support students for an academic year of university study, independent library or field research, or professional training in the arts and other fields.
  • Grants for English Teaching Assistantships (ETA) allow students to teach English or American Studies in 53 foreign countries. Students are placed in schools or universities, usually outside of capital cities.
All applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. 
  • Applicants must have a conferred bachelor's degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant. 
  • Applicants must be in good health. 
  • Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study/research. 
When applying for a Fulbright, you are specifically applying to one country and for one type of grant.  Each country has specific requirements and selection critieria. Specific information about each country is available on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website. It is very important to demonstrate why you have chosen to apply to a specific country in your application materials.
During the selection process, applicants must participate in a campus interview at CUA. Following this interview, each candidate receives a rating from the campus committee that is submitted with the completed application to the Fulbright Commission. All application materials will be reviewed by Regional Review Committees established by the Fulbright Commission in the United States.  Select candidates will have their materials forwarded to the host country of application for the final review and selection.  

For more detailed information, please visit The Fulbright U.S. Student Program website.

When should you start thinking about the Fulbright?
End of Sophomore/ beginning of Junior year at CUA.
When should you begin the application? Spring of your Junior year.

2016-2017 Competition Timeline

  • March 31, 2015: Application is available through Embark online application system
  • September 10, 2015: Fulbright Application CUA Campus Deadline
  • Mid-September 2015: On Campus Interviews
  • October 13, 2015: Fulbright National Application Deadline
  • January 30, 2016: Recommendation Notifications Sent Out
  • March- May 2016: Final Selection Notifications Sent Out

On Campus Sessions

Fulbright Information Session-
Undergraduate Students
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
1:30- 2:30 pm
Pryz 323
Fulbright Information Session-
Graduate Students
Thursday, April 16, 2015
2- 4 pm
Pryz 323

Online Resources 

Online Tutorials
Students can access a variety of online tutorials that provide basic information about how the Fulbright program operates and the application process. A full list of tutorials is available here.
Applicants are invited to attend a variety of webinars offered throughout the application cycle. A current list of upcoming webinars can be found here. 
In addition, students can access recordings of previous webinars here.


For More Information

Contact Matthew Cantirino, Fellowships Coordinator at