Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright U. S. Student Program is the largest US exchange program, offering study and research grants for US citizens who are students (at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level) or young professionals to undertake advanced research and international graduate study overseas. There are also opportunities to teach English abroad at either the primary, secondary, or university levels.
Approximately 1,800 grants are awarded annually in all fields of study, in more than 155 countries worldwide. Grants are typically for one academic year, but applicants should read the Country Summaries on the Fulbright website for specific information about the countries that interest them.
Please visit Fulbright's Student Program page for more information about the Fulbright US Student Program.
There are two main types of Fulbright US Student Grants:
- Study/Research Grants enable recent graduates and undergraduate and graduate students to design and undertake independent study programs abroad. Different countries have different requirements, so students should carefully read the country summaries on the Fulbright website for each country where they might consider applying.
- English Teaching Assistantships offer students and young professionals opportunities to teach English abroad. 65 countries participate in this program, and applicants should check the Country Summaries for information about the different opportunities available. Some countries are only interested in applicants who can provide training for English teachers, while other countries offer opportunities to assist in the teaching of children.
In past years, Hopkins students have been awarded grants for study in nations around the globe, including Egypt, Thailand, Mexico, Vietnam and the Dominican Republic, Brazil, the Netherlands, Ethiopia, Canada, Jamaica, and Uganda.
- Be US citizens at the time of application
- Hold a BA degree or equivalent before the start of the grant; applicants may hold a JD degree at the time of application, but not a PhD (the Fulbright US Scholars program offers opportunities for young professionals; for more information, see: http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/)
- Be in good health
- Have sufficient proficiency in the language of the host country to communicate with people and carry out the proposed research
Fulbright US Student Application Process
Typically, the annual cycle for the Fulbright US Student Program begins on May 1.
After reading the Fulbright website carefully and determining that they wish to apply for a Fulbright grant, students and recent alumni of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, School of Nursing and School of Medicine are encouraged to contact Felicity Turner (firstname.lastname@example.org), who serves as the Fulbright Program Advisor for the East Baltimore campus.
Applicants may only submit one application per year: they may only apply for one type of grant (ie, either the Study/Research Grant or English Teaching Assistantship or Public Policy Fellowship) and they may only apply for one country.
Currently enrolled Bloomberg School, School of Nursing or School of Medicine students and recent alumni who wish to apply through JHU must submit their Fulbright application by midnight on September 7, 2014. Please note that when you “Submit” your application on this date, it will make the application available to Felicity Turner, Fulbright Program Advisor for Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and not to Fulbright. You will still be able to edit your application later on in the process! This deadline is earlier than the official Fulbright deadline in order to give members of the Fulbright Campus Evaluation Committee at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health time to review the applications thoroughly, interview each candidate, provide feedback, and submit a written evaluation of each candidate to Fulbright; the early deadline also gives applicants time to revise their applications before the official deadline. Students who miss the campus deadline may apply at-large directly to Fulbright by the official Fulbright deadline.
Official announcements are made in the Spring, typically between March 1 and May 31, and grants usually begin in late Summer or Fall.
- Statement of Grant Purpose- this is a very important part of your application, as you will be describing what you hope to accomplish as a Fulbright grantee. You should use this essay to carefully explain what it is that you intend to do, why this work is significant, and why you will need to do it in that particular country, and the feasibility of completing the project you are proposing in the time period you are requesting.
- Personal Statement- this is your opportunity to discuss your personal motivations, experiences, activities, and future goals. For research/study grants, applicants’ personal statements are limited to one page, for ETA applications, personal statements are limited to two pages.
- Letter(s) of Affiliation- you will want to allow ample time for the organization/individuals where you propose to work to develop a strong and persuasive letter of affiliation. A convincing letter of affiliation will communicate clearly to the Fulbright selection committees that your work has support in-country.
- Letters of Recommendation- you will want to ask your recommenders to write letters for you as early as possible. It is your responsibility to make sure that they have all the information they need to write a persuasive and strong letter, so you should talk with them about why you are applying to Fulbright and what you hope to do as a grantee.
- Language Evaluation- if applicable. Ask your evaluator (a language instructor or a native speaker) to write your evaluation as early as possible, and make sure s/he has all the information needed to write an accurate evaluation.
- Transcripts- unofficial transcripts are acceptable when you submit your application, but if your application progresses through the selection process, you will be asked to submit official transcripts.
The website contains a veritable trove of Fulbright information. Some highlights are:
- Country Information- you will want to research each country that interests you, as countries offer different award packages and may have special programs that will appeal to you.
- Application checklists- you will want to review this section carefully as you prepare your application; it includes useful information about the different components of the application
- Webinars- you can register on the website to participate in upcoming information sessions on-line on specific topics, and to access recordings of previous sessions.
- Statistics- on the top right corner of the usfulbrightonline.org home page, there is a link for statistics, where you can search for a country that interests you and get a sense of the number of applicants to that country in the previous year and the number of grants awarded. If there are multiple different countries that you would consider, you may find the statistics helpful for narrowing down your selection.
- Blog- on the top right corner of the home page, there is a link to the Fulbright blog, where you can read entries from current and past Fulbrighters to learn more about their experiences.
- Directory- on the top right corner of the home page, you can search for other students from your university, or who may have worked in the country in which you are interested in working.