Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Funds one academic year of study, research, or teaching assistantship experience in a participating country outside the U.S.

Fulbright Program: At a Glance

  • U.S. citizens and nationals
  • Fourth-year students (application process starts in third year) and recent alumni
Selection Criteria: 

Extensive Description

Fulbright is considered the flagship program of the U.S. State Department with a diplomatic mission of cultural exchange through research, teaching, and postgraduate study. It is among the oldest and most prestigious of the major national fellowships available to college students, recent graduates, and alumni.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is also the largest and most competitive exchange program for U.S. citizens and sponsors 9- to 11-month experiences abroad. Grants may cover tuition, fees, travel, and a stipend. Applicants in all fields are welcome. Fulbright awards approximately 2,100 grants to U.S. students annually and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.

The Fulbright Student Program is proud of its tradition of excellence, and its alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, and athletics (400,000+ alumni since 1946):

Deadline Information

Campus Endorsement Application Deadline: Monday, May 13, 2024

Fulbright National Deadline: Tuesday, October 8, 2024

Eligibility Requirements

  • Candidates must have completed a bachelor's degree by the start of the grant period; therefore, applications for Fulbright grants may only be submitted by fourth-year students (who will graduate before the start of the grant period) or recent graduates. Third-year students, fourth-year students, and recent College alumni are welcome to submit a Campus Endorsement Application in May 2024.
  • Applicants must be citizens or nationals of the United States of America at the time of application (early October 2024)
  • Please consult the Eligibility page on the Fulbright website for more information.

Application Process

Please see the 2024 UChicago Fulbright Campus Process page for how to get started on your 2024 Fulbright Campus Endorsement Application. The Fulbright FAQs page provides additional information.

Students with disabilities who have been approved for the use of academic accommodations by Student Disability Services (SDS) and need reasonable accommodations to participate fully in the 2024 UChicago Fulbright Campus Process should follow the procedures established by SDS for using accommodations. Timely notifications are required in order to ensure that your accommodations can be implemented. Please contact Johanna Best (bestjl@uchicago.edu) to discuss your access needs for this Campus Process after you have completed the SDS procedures for requesting accommodations.

For more information on this opportunity, please contact: 
Johanna Best