Fulbright U.S. Student Program – Get an Early Start on Your Application

Would you like to teach English or conduct your own research project overseas, and gain global cultural experience that will make you a more competitive candidate in your field? Then the Fulbright U.S. Student Program may be a perfect fit for you.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistantships. Many host countries also offer the option of enrolling in graduate study, and may even offer grants related to specific initiatives including government and policy. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.

During their grants, students 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/or daily tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs.

Basic Eligibility

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must have conferred at least a Bachelor’s degree before the start of the grant. Applicants who have completed a PhD are not eligible for the student program.
  • Additional eligibility (including level of proficiency in the host country’s language) may vary among host countries.

Interested students may explore the Fulbright U.S. Student Program Website.

All Fulbright U.S. Student grants include: round-trip transportation to the host country; funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs, based on the cost of living in the host country; and Accident and Sickness Health Benefits. In many countries, grants may also include: book and research allowances, mid-term enrichment activities, full or partial tuition, language study programs, and pre-departure and in-country orientations.

Students may apply through their college or at-large. Students who are currently enrolled are strongly encouraged to apply through their home institution, which allows applicants to receive valuable feedback from our Campus Committee to strengthen their applications. Our committee is comprised of individuals with expertise in advising students who wish to partake in opportunities abroad. We can also help you connect with faculty who have conducted research in the host country for more nuanced advice. The “at-large” option is typically used by applicants who are mid-career professionals and have been out of school for several years.

Due to increased interest in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, this year, there will be an internal campus deadline of Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. All College of Staten Island students seeking the endorsement of the Campus Committee must have completed at least their first draft of the Statement of Grant Purpose by this date. This allows adequate time to receive feedback on your proposal in order to strengthen your application before the official Fulbright U.S. Student Program deadline of Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. If you are interested in applying, please contact Michele Callahan at michele.callahan@csi.cuny.edu or 718.982.2332 for an appointment to get an early start on your application.