Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.

During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.  The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the specific country summary for details.

Eligibility and Resources


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible.
  • Applicants must have a conferred bachelor's degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant.
  • Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study/research. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities.



Upcoming Fulbright Workshops

  • 2/13, Monday 10-11 am, PSU 319 Bass Lake
  • 4/4, Tuesday 4-5 pm, PSU 136 Snake Mountain

On-Campus Advisor

Maria Anastasiou


Appointments Available:

  • Wednesdays — 11:00-1:00 
  • Thursdays — 9:00-11:00
  • Email if times do not work for you

Schedule an appointment

Campus Application Deadline

Annually, September 1

Past Appalachian Fulbright Recipients

Year AwardedGranteeField of StudyCountry
2017Ryan HellenbrandCommunity-Based Combined GrantAustria
2017Megan Holt SmithEnglish Teaching AssistantshipGermany
2009Stephanie L. SchaffnerEnglish Teaching AssistantshipBulgaria
2006Anne B. FurrEnvironmental StudiesMadagascar
1950Margaret E. KnightEducationUnited Kingdom

What happens after I submit my application?

Fulbright Selection Stages

  • Stage 1: National Screening Committee Review (NSC). Specialists in various fields and area studies meet in November and December and recommend candidates for further consideration.
    • Academic fields: Reviewed based on country or region by faculty from various disciplines with experience in the region.
    • Creative and performing arts fields: Review by specialists/faculty/ professionals in each field, e.g. Creative Writing, Painting, Piano.
  • Stage 2: Host Country Review. Applications of recommended candidates are transmitted to the supervising agencies abroad for further review, particularly with regard to placement at foreign universities.
  • Stage 3: Final selection for Fulbright Grants is made by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB), taking into account the recommendations of the NSC, availability of funds, approval of the supervising agencies abroad, and other program requirements. For non-Fulbright grants, the appropriate foreign government, university or private donor makes the final selection.

Notification of Selection:

  • Round 1: Applicants will be notified via email in late January indicating if they have been recommended to the host country or not.
  • Round 2: Final selection letters sent between mid-March and late June.

Duration/Conditions of Awards:

If you are recommended for further consideration for a grant in the first round of the selection process, then you must notify IIE immediately of:

  • Changes of present or permanent address, including telephone number
  • Changes in marital status or in accompanying dependents
  • Changes in anticipated academic progress
  • Awards of any other grant for study during the same academic year
  • Any other change which affects your application in any way
  • Any correspondence with foreign institutions indicating admission granted