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Fulbright U.S. Student Program 


Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships abroad for one academic year to graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals, scientists, and artists. Program participants pursue graduate or professional study, advanced research, or English teaching in elementary and secondary schools or universities. 

USU Fulbright History

Utah State University (USU) has a rich history of global engagement with a focus on bridging geographic and cultural boundaries through international programs, exchanges and studies abroad. Many USU students, faculty, and staff have received Fulbright Student and Scholar awards, making a difference globally.

  • USU Fulbright Student Awards: 24 since 1951
  • USU Fulbright Scholars: 22 from 2010 to 2017

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen at the time of applica­tion. (Permanent residents are not eligible.)
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or the equiva­lent before the start of the grant. Appli­cants without a BA or the equivalent may also be considered if they have extensive professional study and/or experience in the field they wish to pursue.
  • Submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate of Health from a physician.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient 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.

For more information on eligibility require­ments, including ineligibility, visit: us.fulbrightonline.org

How to Apply

Apply through Utah State University if you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at USU. If you are not currently enrolled, you may apply through USU as your alma mater. 

All other candidates should apply as At-Large applicants.

Utah State University Applications for 2018-2019 

To get started on your application, visit: https://us.fulbrightonline.org/applicants. Choose the application procedure for candidates applying through U.S. institutions. Select the type of award, and review the application components for that award. Applications and supporting documents must be submitted via the Embark Online Application system on or before September 6, 2017. 

  1. If you need assistance, contact the Office of Global Engagement at: exchangevisitors@usu.edu; or schedule an appointment with a Fulbright Program Adviser at 435-797-1124.

  2. After your application is submitted, a faculty committee will review application materials and conduct a 30-minute interview with each applicant. (The committee comprises faculty representatives from the eight academic colleges and the Library.)
  3. Constructive feedback will be provided to each applicant prior to the final submission deadline of October 6, 2017.

For more information about applications, visit: https://us.fulbrightonline.org/applicants

Awards and Grants

Open Study/Research Awards 

The Fulbright Study/Research Award is the traditional award opportunity where a candidate designs a proposal for a specific country. Read the Country Summaries for more information.

English Teaching Assistant Awards 

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant programs place grantees in schools overseas to supplement local English language instruction and to provide a native speaker presence in the classrooms. View the countries offering English Teaching Assistant Awards here.

Special Programs

Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

The Fulbright–National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship provides a unique platform for American Fulbright students to develop global narratives and discuss commonalities across borders around a common issue or theme. Trained, supported, and mentored by National Geographic Editors during their grants in one or multiple countries, Fellows will use new media platforms to help build ties across cultures while enhancing mutual understanding. The digital content that they produce will be featured online in various places, including, most prominently, a blog hosted by National Geographic.

Critical Language Enhancement Award 

The Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Award: Candidates for the Fulbright U.S. student program in selected regions may apply to receive up to six months of additional intensive language training in eligible critical languages. The application for the Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) is made in con­junction with the Fulbright U.S. Student application.

https://us.fulbrightonline.org/about/types-of-awards 

Fulbright Grants for Research/Study and Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships Provide:

  • Round-trip transportation to the host country
  • Maintenance for the academic year, based on living costs in the host country
  • Book and research allowances
  • Healthcare coverage
  • Mid-term enrichment activities in many countries or world regions
  • Full or partial tuition, in some cases
  • Language or orientation programs, in some cases