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Sponsored by the United States Department of State, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.
Fulbright programs are offered in more than 150 countries worldwide, providing grants to cover round-trip air travel, monthly living stipends, health and accident insurance, and, in some cases, tuition waivers and research allowances.
Please review our listing of Fulbright grant programs for students and faculty.
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 professio
- Are a U.S. citizen, and nal 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:
- 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:
- 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.
- Full Grants for English Teaching Assistantships (ETA): Full Grants for English Teaching Assistantships are awarded in 47 countries.
- 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. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about the Fulbright student programs contact:
Dr. Almarie Munley
Campus Application Deadline
The 2013-2014 competition will open on May 1, 2013. 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 2013-2014 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 www.us.fulbrightonline.org. 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.
For more than 60 years, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) has helped administer the Fulbright Scholar Program, the U.S. government's flagship academic exchange effort, on behalf of the United States Department of State. The Fulbright Scholars programs offer U.S. faculty, administrators and professionals grants to lecture, conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields, or to participate in seminars.
Fulbright Scholars change lives abroad and at home.
The Fulbright Scholar Program affects thousands of lives worldwide. From the lecturer or researchers who has an impact on a village or institution abroad, to the students, faculty and staff in the United States who benefit from expanded knowledge, revamped curricula and new perspectives, Fulbright Scholars make a significant difference in the lives of many. They also form lasting bonds with colleagues from other nations, gain research and teaching insights, and share in what has become known as "the Fulbright experience."
Available programs and grants
The traditional Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program has expanded to include a variety of grant opportunities, such as the Fulbright Specialists Program, the Fulbright New Century Scholars Program and the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program.
Applying for a Fulbright
If you are interested in a U.S. Fulbright Scholar grant for the 2013-2014 academic year, you may submit your qualifications beginning in February 2012. The Fulbright competition for traditional Fulbright Scholar grants traditionally opens March 1. The application deadline is August 1. Applicants are encouraged to apply online. Award and application information for all programs is posted online. Application eligibility for the various Fulbright U.S. Scholar Programs differ, but basic requirements are determined by the following criteria:
- U.S. citizenship ( permanent resident status is not sufficient )
- a Ph.D. or equivalent professional or terminal degree depending on the award requirements
- college or university teaching experience at the level and in the field of the assignment for a proposed lecturing activity
- foreign language proficiency as specified in the award description or as required for the completion of the proposed project (Note: Except in certain world areas and countries, lecturing is in English.)
- sound physical and mental health
Facts you may not know about the Fulbright Scholar Programs
Each year, the Fulbright Scholar Program looks for a wide range of scholars and professionals to represent the United States abroad. Here are some reasons why you should apply:
- Opportunities abound for all levels of scholars. Whether you are a tenured scholar or adjunct faculty, there are a wide range of grants suitable for your level of experience. In fact, more than 800 grants are available every year in virtually every discipline.
- Professionals and artists are accepted into Fulbright, too. Curious about the development of media in developing countries? Want to lecture on American jurisprudence? Fulbright offers opportunities for journalists, filmmakers, administrators, lawyers and many other professionals.
- Awards are flexible in length. Grants range from two months to an entire academic year. Awards for less than one year are increasingly common. And in some cases, a Fulbright grant can be extended for an additional term or year.
- Foreign language fluency isn't necessary to apply. Although some Fulbright Scholar awards require fluency in a foreign language, most awards—especially those in lecture—only require English.
- You can spend your time teaching, researching or both. Just 26 percent of Fulbright Scholar awards are for research only. Most awards are for lecturing or combined lecturing and research. Depending on the country and the grant, you have opportunities to advance your career—and your home institution's prestige internationally—in the way you see fit.
- You can help internationalize your home institution. As a Fulbright Scholar, you become a catalyst in forging long-lasting links between your home institution and a hosting institution. Seventy percent of randomly sampled U.S. Scholar alumni have initiated educational exchange between home and host institutions after completing their Fulbright. Three out of every four scholars incorporated aspects of their experience into courses and teaching methods.
- You can get help in identifying prospective host institutions. In collaboration with overseas Fulbright Commissions and Public Affairs Sections of U.S. embassies, the Fulbright program can help you make connections with potential host institutions.
- Taking a sabbatical isn't necessary to become a Fulbrighter. Although stipends and benefits can vary from country to country, most Fulbright awards provide enough money for you to live on during your time abroad.
- Many Fulbrighters take their families. Your entire family can experience new cultures and customs. Some awards provide maintenance and travel funds for accompanying dependents. Some grants even include a tuition allowance to educate school-age children.
Additional resources and information
For more information on how to apply to the Fulbright Scholar Program, please contact:
Fulbright Scholar Program
Council for International Exchange of Scholars
3007 Tilden Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008-3009