Fulbright US Student Grant Program

UT Preliminary Campus Fulbright Application:  Complete now!

UT Final Campus Deadline for all Fulbright Grant Programs: August 22, 2016

National Deadline for all Fulbright Grant Programs: October 11, 2016

Exception: Fubright-MtvU Award Deadline: TBA

Please contact Andrew Seidler (aseidler@utk.edu) for assistance.


All UT undergraduates, graduates, and alumni are strongly encouraged to make an advising appointment with the ONSF to discuss their Fulbright application over the summer.  Below you will find pdf files with checklists and deadline details for both the Full-Grant and ETAs.

UT Fulbright 17_18_Application Checklist_ETA

UT Fulbright 17_18_Application Checklist FULL GRANT

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

National Deadline for Fulbright Full-Grants and ETAs: October 2017

National Deadline for Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Story-Telling FellowshipOctober 2017

National Deadline for Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy FellowshipsOctober 2017

National Deadline for Fulbright-mtvU Awards (contact ONSF for application guidance): TBA

The Fulbright US Student Program is the largest US exchange program providing opportunities for recent graduates (applying as rising seniors), current graduate students and professionals to undertake advanced research, graduate studies, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching in countries around the world. Currently, the Fulbright US Student Program awards approximately 1,900 awards annually in all fields of study, and in more than 140 countries worldwide. The primary focus of the Fulbright US Student program is to facilitate cultural exchange and mutual understanding, as clearly detailed by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1945, who was interested in the “promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science.”

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Fulbright, candidates must meet the minimum requirements:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree by the start of the grant (graduating seniors or recent alumni), current graduate student, professional degree student (without a PhD), or alumni who holds at least a bachelor’s degree but does not have a PhD
  • Be a US citizen at the time of application (International students should visit foreign.fulbrightonline.org)
  • Possess language skills commensurate with proposed project
  • Strong academic record, as evidenced by competitive GPA

To be competitive for the Fulbright, students must demonstrate:

  • Evidence of previous research experience (full grants)
  • Experience teaching, providing instructions, and/or tutoring (ETAs)
  • Exceptional letters of recommendation
  • Projects that correspond with your educational/professional goals and matches well with your trajectory
  • Compelling reasons to conduct project abroad with specific given to country of choice
  • Interest in serving as a cultural ambassador and ability to articulate the mutual benefits of cultural exchange as set-forth by the Fulbright Commission

Additional Information Provided on the Fulbright US Student Program Website:

Other Resources



The Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships (ONSF) supports UT undergraduates and alumni who are undertaking nationally competitive application processes.  It provides support only and cannot, under any circumstances, accept responsibility for missed deadlines, incomplete applications, missing letters of recommendation or other supplementary materials, or selection outcomes at the campus or national level.   The responsibility of completing and submitting an application rests solely on the student or alumni engaging in a national application process.  The ONSF does not guarantee or promise any outcome and all guidance provided is offered as advice.