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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 for 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, the most numerous of which are:

Eligibility 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. 

Selection Criteria 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.

CUA Requirements Applicants should indicate their intent to apply for a Fulbright scholarship by signing a commitment form no later than the end of the Spring semester in the year in which they intend to apply. Because the Fulbright Program is extremely competitive and the application process similar to taking a class, students who begin an application after this deadline have a much smaller likelihood of success in their application and may not receive university endorsement. See the fellowships coordinator for this short form.

Applicants should expect to revise their Personal Statement and Statement of Grant Purpose several times. After submitting their application online by the campus deadline, each applicant will also have a campus interview by faculty. Following this interview, each candidate receives either an endorsement or a non-endorsement from the campus committee and a report, which is submitted with the completed application to the Fulbright Commission.

All application materials will then be reviewed by Regional Review Committees established by the Fulbright Commission in the United States. Semi-finalists 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.

2019-2020 Competition Timeline

  • Mid-Spring 2018: Application is available online
  • 12 September 2018: Mandatory on-campus deadline for applications for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program
  • From Mid-September to Late September 2018: Interviews on campus
  • 9 October 2018: Fulbright National Application Deadline
  • January 2019: Recommendation notifications issued from Fulbright
  • March - May 2019: Final selection notifications issued from Fulbright

On Campus Sessions

18 January 2018: Fulbright and Boren Information Session (Pryzbyla 327, 5pm-6pm)

15 March 2018: Fulbright, Marshall, Truman, and Boren Information Session (Pryzbyla 351, 5pm-6pm)


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 list of tutorials is available here.

Webinars Applicants are invited to attend a variety of webinars offered throughout the application cycle. A list of upcoming webinars can be found here.

In addition, students can access recordings of previous webinars here

For More Information

For more information, please contact Sarah Taylor, Fellowships Coordinator (