"When people ask me what my experience was like, I tell them it was filled with challenges that worked to show me what my limits are. To me, finding those limits-and testing their thresholds-[made] my time in Belarus simultaneously invaluable and scary." ---Cara Cilano, Belarus (2007).
Fullbright U.S Student Program
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a 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. Recent graduates Graduating seniors and recent Bachelor's-degree recipients should have some undergraduate preparation and/or direct work or internship experience related to the project.
Kinds of Applicants:
Graduating seniors and recent Bachelor's-degree recipients should have some undergraduate preparation and/or direct work or internship experience related to the project.
Master's and doctoral candidates
Graduate-level candidates must demonstrate the capacity for independent study or research, together with a general knowledge of the history, culture, and current events of the countries to which they are applying.
Young professionals, including writers, creative and performing artists, journalists, and those in law, business, and other professional fields
Competitive candidates who have up to 5 years of professional study and/or experience in the field in which they are applying will be considered. Those with more than 5 years of experience should apply to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars in the Fulbright Scholar Program.
- U.S. citizenship at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible.
- B.A. degree or the equivalent conferred before the start of the grant.
- In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement.
- Good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate from a physician.
- Proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities.
- Candidates who have undertaken their higher education primarily at educational institutions in the U.S. Undergraduate study abroad will not be considered a disadvantage.
- Candidates who have not resided or studied in the country to which they are applying for more than six months, not counting undergraduate study abroad. Duty abroad in the Armed Forces of the United States is not considered disqualifying within the meaning of this section.
- For most programs, applicants who have had extensive previous foreign experience in the host country are at a competitive disadvantage, but are still eligible to apply.