Fulbright US Student Grant Program

National Deadline for Fulbright Full-Grants or ETAs: October 14, 2014

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

  • The campus application for the Fulbright US Student Grant program 2015-16 has now passed.  If you are still interested in submitting your application for the national deadline, please contact Nichole Fazio-Veigel (nfaziove@utk.edu), Director of the ONSF, immediately for further guidance.  All current UT undergraduates (rising seniors), graduate students, and alumni are strongly encouraged to apply through UT’s Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships. Those who submitted their applications by the 25 August campus deadline will have the benefit of a formal faculty interview in advance of submitting their final Fulbright application.

National Deadline for Fulbright Full-Grants or ETAs: October 14, 2014 National Deadline for Fulbright-mtv-U (no campus process required): February, 2015 National Deadline for Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Story-Telling Fellowship (no campus process required): February, 2015 National Deadline for Fulbright Public-Policy Grant (no campus process required): Applications accepted between November 1, 2014 and February 3, 2015 (ANTICIPATED DEADLINE window). 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

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