Fulbright Program Grants
The Fulbright Program looks to strengthen relations between Americans and other countries, and gets its funding from an annual appropriation from Congress. There are about 1,500 of the student awards to go around, and those awarded the State Department-sponsored fellowships are able to study, conduct research, or teach English in 140 countries. Grants are awarded in all fields and disciplines through the Institute for International Education. Applicants should hold a bachelor’s or the equivalent before the start of the grant, although those with extensive professional experience in the field they’re interested in may be eligible for an award.
- Be U.S. citizens at the time of application; permanent residents are not eligible
- Hold a B.A. degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant (Applicants who have not earned a B.A. degree or the equivalent, but who have extensive professional study and/or experience in fields in which they wish to pursue a project, may be considered)
- Be in good health; grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate of Health from a physician
- Have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country 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
At a minimum, Fulbright grants provide funds for international transportation, a living stipend, a small book/research allowance, and medical insurance. Some countries will also provide tuition assistance, a small dependent’s allowance, a pre-departure or in-country orientation, or other grant enhancements.