Skip to main content

Fulbright U.S. Student Grant

Go to external website


The United States Government established the Fulbright Scholarship 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 who 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.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship: This program places a grantees in a classroom abroad to provide assistance to teachers of English to non-native English-speakers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as a cultural ambassador for U.S. culture. The age and academic level of classroom students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level.

Fulbright Research/Study Grants: Academic research/study grants are available in approximately 140 countries. Applicants for these grants design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. Projects may comprise independent research, enrollment in a graduate degree program, or some combination of the two. Applications are welcome in any disciplines in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Program requirements vary by country, so applicants should familiarize themselves with the program summary for the host country.

Fulbright Clinton Fellowship: This program allows fellows to serve in professional placements in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project. Grantees must have a masters degree in hand and two years of relevant work experience prior to the start of the grant.

Fulbright-mtvU Award: Up to four Fulbright-mtvU awards will be available to pursue projects around an aspect of international music as a cultural force for expression. Applications will be accepted for any country to which there is an active Fulbright U.S. Student Program for Academic and Arts fields. Projects should center around research on an aspect of international musical culture, and should focus on contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression.

Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship: This program funds U.S. citizens for an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in up to three countries. Fulbrighters undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue, comparing and contrasting how that issue is experienced across borders. Utilizing a variety of digital storytelling tools, Fellows will tell their stories, or the stories of those they meet, publishing their work on National Geographic media platforms with the support of National Geographic’s editorial team. Fellows receive instruction and editorial guidance from National Geographic staff before and during their time abroad. Grantees must have a record of publication prior to application.

Award Details:

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.

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"). 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.


Available to U.S. citizens who will have a bachelor's degree by the beginning of the grant period.