How You Can Join Fulbright
The Fulbright Program, the United States government’s flagship international educational and cultural exchange program, awards approximately 8,000 merit-based grants every year to accomplished students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and fields. The Fulbright Program offers the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to complex global challenges in more than 160 countries worldwide.
If you are interested in applying for a Fulbright, but are not sure where to start, this page is for you. While there are many Fulbright Program opportunities, with some only available in certain countries, this page provides an overview of the most common programs.
Select a section to get started:
The Fulbright Study/Research Award is the traditional award opportunity for a candidate to design a proposal to pursue coursework or undertake independent research in a specific country. Applicants for Study/Research awards design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. Program requirements vary by country. Some countries have awards at specific institutions or in specific fields.
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program places recent graduates and young professionals as English teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools or universities overseas, improving foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while increasing the U.S. student’s own language skills and knowledge of the host country. ETAs may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities.
The Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship provides opportunities for selected Fulbright U.S. Student participants to engage in an academic year of storytelling projects on globally significant themes, with training and support from the National Geographic Society. Storytelling tools can include text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media. Fellows will tell their stories, or the stories of those they meet, and publish their work on National Geographic online platforms. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society.
The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies in the United States.
Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowships in Public Health give medical students and graduate students interested in global health the opportunity to conduct research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings. Fellows spend nine months in one of nine countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia or South America. This Fellowship is offered in partnership with the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institute of Health.
The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends U.S. scholars and professionals to approximately 130 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Current faculty, administrators, and experienced professionals are encouraged to apply. Postdoctoral candidates are encouraged to apply for postdoctoral awards. Click here to review Fulbright U.S. Scholar eligibility requirements.
The Fulbright Specialist Program, a short-term complement to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning and related subjects at overseas academic institutions for a period of 2 to 6 weeks. Note that eligibility for the Fulbright Specialist program may differ from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar guidelines.
The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship provides opportunities for U.S. early- and mid-career professionals and practitioners to serve in placements in a foreign government ministry or institution around the world. Fulbright Public Policy Fellows build mutual understanding and contribute to strengthening the public sector while cultivating public policy experience in their area of expertise. The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship also includes an independent research component that focuses on an issue related to the Fellow’s in-country work. Note that eligibility for the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship may differ from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar guidelines.
The Fulbright Arctic Initiative supports scholars, researchers, and professionals from Arctic Council member countries to carry out collaborative research on public policy questions related to the unique challenges of the Arctic region. The goal is to create a network to stimulate international collaboration on Arctic issues while increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
The Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) Awards provide international education professionals and senior higher education officials an opportunity to engage in a two-week intensive seminar to learn about the host country’s education system and establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues.
The Fulbright Distinguished Scholar awards are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Candidates should be senior scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Research Program sends U.S. primary and secondary school teachers abroad for three to six months to pursue individual projects, conduct research, take courses for professional development and share their expertise with local teachers and students. There is a short-term program option (2-6 weeks) that sends expert U.S. teachers to support projects identified by U.S. Embassies and Fulbright Commissions in schools, teacher training colleges, government ministries, and educational NGOs.
The Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) is a professional development fellowship for elementary, middle, and high school teachers from the United States to participate in a program aimed at globalizing U.S. classrooms. The fellowship includes an online professional development course, a Global Education Symposium held in Washington, D.C., and a two-to-three-week international field experience.
The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides short-term study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries.
The Fulbright-Hays–Group Projects Abroad Program provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor.
Eligibility for the Foreign Fulbright Program varies by country and the specific program for which you are applying. Please contact your binational Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy for more detailed information.
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals, and artists from abroad to research and study in the United States for one year or longer at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions. Application details and grant terms for the Fulbright Program vary by country of citizenship and program. Potential applicants should consult individual country pages for program availability and contact information or see a list of current programs. For prospective applicants from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, the UAE, West Bank and Gaza, or Yemen, please see this page for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program.
The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program provides grants to foreign scholars to conduct post-doctoral research or teach at U.S. institutions for periods ranging from an academic semester to a full academic year.
The Fulbright Arctic Initiative supports scholars, researchers and professionals from Arctic Council member countries (Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark including Greenland and the Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden) to carry out collaborative research on public policy questions related to the unique challenges of the Arctic region. The goal is to create a network to stimulate international collaboration on Arctic issues while increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
The Hubert H. Humphrey Program provides 10 months of professional enrichment and non-degree graduate-level study in the United States for accomplished mid-level professionals from designated countries. Fellows are nominated by U.S. Embassies or Fulbright Commissions based on their potential for leadership and a demonstrated commitment to public service. The fellows are placed in groups by professional field at selected U.S. universities offering specially designed programs of study and training.
The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA) places early career educators as Foreign Language Teaching Assistants at U.S. colleges and universities — improving U.S. students’ foreign language abilities and knowledge of other countries. In addition to performing teaching duties, FLTAs engage in coursework, conduct language and cultural activities in their host communities, and improve their English language skills and knowledge of the United States.
The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program brings international educators to the United States for a six-week professional learning program featuring academic seminars at a host university and co-teaching placements at U.S. primary and secondary schools. Fellows observe classrooms, team-teach, and share their expertise with educators and students at the host university and at a variety of public, private (secular or faith-based), or charter schools. Participants also take part in civic and cultural activities in their host communities.
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers brings international primary and secondary educators to the United States for a four-month long program to complete an individual or group project; take courses for professional learning at a host university; and observe, collaborate, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in public, private (secular or faith-based), or charter schools.
U.S. Higher Education Institutions
The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA) places early career educators as Foreign Language Teaching Assistants at U.S. colleges and universities — improving U.S. students’ foreign language abilities and knowledge of other countries. U.S. schools can apply to host FLTAs in over 30 languages. U.S. campuses enhance the teaching of languages and expose students to a true understanding of people of different nations.
The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program is a unique Fulbright Scholar Program initiative that is specifically driven by the goals of U.S. institutions of higher education to enhance internationalization efforts on their campuses. Through the S-I-R Program, institutions host a scholar from outside of the United States for a semester or full academic year to teach courses, assist in curriculum development, guest lecture, develop study abroad/exchange partnerships and engage with the campus and the local community.
The Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF) provides funding for campuses, especially Minority Serving Institutions, Community Colleges, Small Liberal Arts Colleges, Women’s Colleges and Art Colleges, and geographically underrepresented institutions, to host Fulbright Visiting Scholars already in the United States for short-term speaking engagements. The OLF award is designed to enrich both institutions and Visiting Scholars through lectures that promote academic disciplines and cultural understanding.