Fulbright Scholarships

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Campus Deadline Information for Applicants
Application Material
Sept. 22, 2015 1. Should I Apply? Fulbright Official Website
Campus Interviews: 2. Guide for Stanford Applicants Stanford Intent to Apply Form
Sept. 25, 28, 29,
Oct. 2, 5, 6, 7
3. The Process of Applying Stanford Cover Sheet
  4. Notes for Recommenders

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The U.S. Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946, immediately after World War II, to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Senator J. William Fulbright, sponsor of the legislation, saw it as a step toward building an alternative to armed conflict. Today the Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government's premier scholarship program. Each year, over 1,900 Americans study or conduct research in over 140 nations with the support of the Fulbright.

The Award

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent college/university graduates, graduate students and young professionals, opportunities for personal and career development and international experience. Most awards are for one academic year. There are two types of Fulbright Awards:

Study/Research Grants: Applicants for the Study/Research Grant plan their own programs. Projects may include university coursework, independent research, special projects in the creative or performing arts, or a combination. Recent projects have involved, views of climate change in Ecuador, the social impact of Microfinance in Peru, the effectiveness of Community-Based Health Programs in the Philippines, and the emergence and proliferation of hip-hop culture in China.

English Teaching Assistantships (ETA): English Teaching Assistantships differ from Study/Research grants in that their primary purpose is to engage students in the classroom and, therefore, elaborate study/research projects that are not required. ETAs may, however, propose small research projects or community engagement activities that complement their ETA fellowship and fulfills the purpose of the Fulbright program—mutual understanding. Click here for Fulbright ETA guide.


  • U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • Bachelor's degree by the beginning date of the grant. Applicants may not hold a doctoral degree at the time of application.
  • Preference given to applicants whose higher education was received primarily at a U.S. Institution. Undergraduate study abroad is not considered disqualifying
  • Sufficient language proficiency to carry out the proposed project
  • Good health

In addition to the general eligibility requirements, there are many specifications made for individual countries. Please see the website, or refer to the IIE Fulbright Program Book for details.


Anyone who has already held a U.S. Department of State-funded Study/Research Fulbright Student Grant.

The following are exceptions:

  • A student who has received an ETA may apply for Fulbright Study/Research Grant award after two years have elapsed from the end date of ETA award;
  • A student who has received a Fulbright Study/Research Grant may receive a Fulbright-Hays DDRA award after one year has elapsed from the end date of their Study/Research Grant. Please note: candidates may submit applications for both the Fulbright Study/Research Grant and the Fulbright-Hays DDRA award in the same year, but if awarded both, may accept only one

The Application

A Fulbright Application consists of the following:

  • General Application Form
  • Project Proposal (2 pages for full grant, 1 page for ETA)
  • Personal Statement (1 page)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Foreign Language Report (where applicable)
  • Letter(s) of Affiliation from Overseas Contact
  • Official Transcripts
  • Stanford Fulbright Cover Sheet (for 1st page of packet. Cover sheet available on this webpage - see "Application Material"

The Stanford Campus Process

If you are an enrolled Stanford student, you MUST apply through the Overseas Resource Center (ORC) and meet the campus deadline. As a recent Stanford graduate, you are still eligible to apply through Stanford and the ORC. The process for recent graduates is the same as it is for enrolled students and we offer the same services to alumni. All Stanford applicants are required to attend a campus interview.

Recent graduates also have the option of applying directly to the Institute of International Education (IIE) as an “at-large” applicant. Please note, however, that the ORC staff will not be able to offer advice on essays, courses of study, etc. to at-large applicants.

If you are a Stanford alumnus currently enrolled at another institution, you should apply through the institution in which you are currently enrolled

The Next Steps

If you are thinking of applying for a Fulbright Scholarship through Stanford, please do the following:

  • Fill out a Stanford Pre-Application
  • Carefully read the three handouts "Should I Apply," "Guide for Stanford Applicants," and "The Process of Applying."

Additional Resources:

Stanford Fulbright Info Sessions and Application Workshops

Fulbright Project Summaries:

Other Fulbright Awards:

Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship

Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

Fulbright mtvU Award


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