Fulbright US Student Program
Fulbright is considered the flagship program of the US 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 US Student Program is also the largest and most competitive exchange program for US citizens and sponsors 9 to 11 month experiences abroad including teaching, research, and study. It also funds international post-graduate students to study for advanced degrees in the United States. Grants cover tuition, fees and travel and include a stipend. Applicants in all fields are welcome. Fulbright awards approximately 1,900 grants to US students annually and operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.
The Fulbright Scholars program is proud of its tradition of excellence and its alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, and athlettics (390,000 alumni since 1946):
- 37 Fulbright alumni have served as heads of state or government
- 60 Fulbright alumni from 14 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize
- 72 Fulbright alumni are MacArthur Foundation Fellows
- 86 Fulbright alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes
The Fulbright Scholars Program IS NOT:
- a "gap" year experience (before medical school, law school, etc). Note: nothing after College should be referred to simply as a "gap" year, most especially a national fellowship of this caliber;
- study abroad (you are responsible for creating your Fulbright experience);
- a way to become politically active in another country;
- something to do if you don't know what else to do post-graduation; this is a serious, nationally prestigious fellowship that must fit into your post-graduate and vocational plans;
- for students who have no connection or bona fide interest in the host-country and just want to travel after College (competitive candidates must demonstrate language proficiency if required, provide evidence of previous study or research in/on/about the host-country or topics relevant to the host-country, a sound case for being in the host-country);
- for students who do not speak the language of the chosen host-country (if it is required);
- for students who show no meaningful awareness of their proposed country's history, culture, and language, or who lack evidence of cultural competency.
Visit our Workshops and Information Sessions page to view the latest upcoming information sessions, alumni panels, and affiliation FAQs throughout the Spring Quarter.
Visit the Fulbright Website: Tutorials for a comprehensive introduction to the various aspects of the Fulbright program.
Please refer to the Fulbright Campus Application Guide for ALL details about internal deadlines, submission procedures, and instiutitional endorsement.
It is your responsibility to be aware of and work to the stated campus application procedures and deadlines. The CCRF and its associated staff are not responsible for late submissions, including late or missing letters of recommendation, or missed national deadlines. There is no recourse at the national level for missed deadlines or incomplete applications. Plan accordingly.
FINAL Campus Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 3, 2019
FINAL UChicago candidate national deadline: ALL MATERIALS must be submitted via Fulbright's national application portal SLATE (all final essays, letters of recommendation, supplementary materials, transcripts) : Tuesday, October 1, 2019
- 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 begin the application process in early spring quarter.
- US citizens are eligible to apply.
- Recent alumni of the College who are not currently in graduate school are encouraged to apply through the campus process. The CCRF is available for all College alumni applicants.
A separate campus application process exists for University of Chicago graduate students.
For complete information on campus procedures, including deadlines and how to submit your materials, please visit the Fulbright Campus Application Guide.