The United States Government established the Fulbright Scholarship in 1946 immediately after World War II to create goodwill between nations by fostering educational and cultural exchange. Named in honor of Senator J. William Fulbright who sponsored the legislation, the Fulbright program seeks individuals who excel academically and/or professionally, and take an active interest in other peoples and cultures. Candidates should be highly motivated, mature, and eager to make an excellent impression abroad as a citizen representing the United States. The Fulbright is funded by the Dept. of State and administered by IIE, the Institute of International Education.
The two main types of Fulbright grants are the research/study grant and the English Teaching Assistantship (ETA). For a research/study grant, applicants propose some combination of an independent research project and independent study, to be conducted over the course of an academic year in a specific country. Recipients of the ETA grant will be assistants to an English-language teacher in an elementary or secondary school classroom. Some countries also make available other types of grants for more specific purposes. All applicants apply for a grant to one country (with very few exceptions). Currently, research grants are available in 140 countries, and ETA grants are available in 45.
The Fulbright provides round-trip transportation, a books and research stipend, and health and accident insurance. It may also include a language and/or orientation course, stipend for living expenses, and tuition (if applicable). Exact terms of award vary by country.
be a U.S. citizen
have a bachelor's degree by the beginning of the grant period
Applicants may be graduating seniors, graduate students, or alumni. Students from all fields and disciplines are welcome to apply.
There is no GPA "cut off" for the Fulbright. In general, the strongest candidates have an undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or higher.
Language requirement varies by country (see notes in each individual country's "Country Summary"). In general, language proficiency must be commensurate with the project proposed. Most countries require at least some proficiency with the major language of the country; many countries require advanced proficiency.
Important points about the application process:
A campus review is required for all applicants (whether undergraduate, graduate, or alumni) applying through Fordham.
Applicants must abide by the campus deadline, which is four to six weeks earlier than the external application deadline.
Applicants receive guidance from the campus FPA (Fulbright Program Adviser) throughout the application process.
Campus interviews are conducted for every Fordham applicant in September or early October of each year.
Candidates should begin the application process early and plan to meet with the FPA before the end of spring of the year they intend to submit an application.