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Fulbright Student Programs

Program Overview

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 1,500 grants annually and currently operates in more than 150 countries worldwide. Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships are now available to more than 40 countries. Fulbright full grants generally provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident coverage, and full or partial tuition.

Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program must be U.S. citizens at the time of application and hold at minimum a bachelor's degree or the equivalent by the beginning of the grant. In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience meets this basic eligibility requirement. You could be one of more than 1,500 students who receive a Fulbright U.S. Student grant to go overseas, if you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen, and
  • Will have a bachelor's degree by the beginning of the date of the grant and do not have a doctorate degree as of the application deadline (note that applicants may hold a JD degree at the time of application), and
  • Are thinking of studying, teaching English or conducting research abroad.

Types of Student Awards & Programs

U.S. Student Fulbright Grants fall into three general categories:

  1. Full Grants for Study/Research: Most grants offered in the U.S. Student Program are Full Grants for Study/Research. These include grants in academic fields and in the creative and performing arts and writing.
  2. Full Grants for English Teaching Assistantships (ETA): Full Grants for English Teaching Assistantships are awarded in 47 countries.
  3. Travel-Only Grants: Available in Italy, Germany and Hungary only and designed to supplement an award from any source that does not provide for international travel or a student's own funds for study or research.

Regent University's Fulbright Services

Advising: Regent University offers advising to students who are applying for Fulbright programs. To learn more about Fulbright programs and to determine which program is right for you, we recommend that you visit the Fulbright website.

Campus Application Deadline

Note: The application deadline for 2011-2012 has passed, except for Fulbright-mtvU applicants, who must file their applications on or before March 1, 2011.

The 2012-2013 competition will open on May 1, 2012. Visit the Fulbright website for details and program specific application instructions.

New application materials are available for each year's competition by May 1, and students should plan to begin their applications no later than July, two months prior to the application deadline.

All student Fulbright applications must be submitted through Regent University's Fulbright Program Advisor. The campus deadline for the 2012-2013 Fulbright US Student competition is usually in September. Even though the official Fulbright deadline is in October, currently enrolled students MUST complete and submit all application materials by our earlier deadline.

Guidance Sessions: Guidance Sessions are available at regional centers throughout the United States or in the form of webinars. To view a complete listing of locations and dates go to.

Information to Complete your Fulbright Application: Online applications are available through the Fulbright website at Each applicant can set up his or her own application directly on the website. Make sure you check eligibility requirements first. Then, closely read the summary for the country to which you wish to apply. Each country has different guidelines, procedures and priorities. This is especially true of language and affiliation requirements. Please pay close attention to the details in the country summary to make sure your interests match before proceeding with an application.

Additional Resources & Tips for Success: Michigan State University provides some excellent additional resources on How to Write a Proposal and How to Develop a Host Country Affiliation.