Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English teaching assistant programs.
During their grants, Fulbrighters 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 in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.
Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.
- U.S. citizen at the time of application.
- Recent graduate, MA or PhD student, artist or scholar at large.
- Desire to study or perform research in one of many countries overseas at the postbaccalaureate level. Government-sponsored teaching assistantships are also a possibility in Argentina, Austria, Belgium-Luxembourg, Chile, Germany, Korea, Poland, Russia, Spain, Thailand and Turkey, among other places.
- Expectations for foreign language proficiency differ by country. Some countries/regions favor applications from graduate students while others expressly welcome applicants holding only the BA or BS.
- Preference is given to candidates who have not previously spent more than six months in the country to which they are applying (but study abroad as a junior wouldn't put you at a disadvantage).
- Preference is given to students who can demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country.
More than 130 countries. Visit the Fulbright website for up-to-date program information.
Amount, Duration of Award
The Fulbright grant is usually for 10 months, but the duration varies by country and can be up to 12 months. Grant benefits 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; accident and sickness health benefits; 24/7 support line for urgent and nonurgent situations; 12 months of noncompetitive eligibility hiring status within the federal government.
If you are interested in applying for a Fulbright — either a research or teaching grant — contact Director of Academic Fellowships Meredith Monaghan for further information and discussion. The Fulbright website is also a wealth of information as you get started.
- Online application. DO NOT SUBMIT your online Fulbright application until you are directed to do so by the Brandeis Fulbright committee.
- Specific plan of study (Statement of Grant Purpose). In two pages maximum, describe your study or research plans and your reasons for wishing to undertake them in the country of your choice. Outline a plan that realistically can be completed in one academic year abroad. Graduating seniors, applicants in the creative or performing arts and applications for teaching awards are not expected to formulate detailed research projects. Graduating seniors should describe the study programs they wish to follow in terms as specific as possible.
- Personal narrative (Personal Statement). This single-page statement should be a narrative giving a picture of yourself as an individual. It should deal with your personal history, family background, influences on your intellectual development, the educational and cultural opportunities (or lack of them) to which you have been exposed and the ways in which these experiences have affected you. Also include your special interests and abilities, career plans and life goals, etc. It should not be a recitation of facts already listed on the application or an elaboration of your statement of proposed study.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Language report (if necessary).
Dates, Deadlines and Notification
- Intent-to-apply deadline: July 15, 2021 (email firstname.lastname@example.org for the form).
- Campus deadline: Sept. 1, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. No later than the campus deadline, you should submit a draft of your Fulbright application, including supporting materials, online through the Embark website. In addition, three letters of recommendation should be uploaded into your online application by the recommenders themselves. Please also email a copy of your resume to email@example.com. The campus committee usually makes further suggestions for revision after the campus deadline. You will be able to work on your application up until a few days before the national deadline.
- Deadline for receipt at the IIE: Oct. 12, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. (online submission).
- Notification: The U.S.-based commission usually notifies us by the end of January if your application has been recommended to the overseas commissions. Finalists for the ETA positions will often be expected to complete an application to the appropriate government ministry, usually in the language of the country (i.e., French, German, etc.). Final notification for all awards occurs between late February and early June, with the majority of responses coming through in April.
Past Brandeis Winners
- Patrick Brown, PhD'17, 2014-15, research, Russia.
- April French, PhD’16, research, Russia.
- Sela Brown’15, 2014-15, English teaching assistant, Spain.
- Malika Imhotep ’15, 2014-15, English teaching assistant, South Africa.
- Wei Yee Mooi '15, 2014-15, English teaching assistant, South Korea.
- Sydney Skov, MA'15, 2014-15, arts, India.
- Dan Boyle ’14, research, Italy.
- Kara Faktor ’14, research, Honduras.
- Dina Kapengut ’14, English teaching assistant, Thailand.
- Abigail Simon ’14, English teaching assistant, Mexico.
- Clare Churchill-Seder '13, 2014-15, research, Canada.
- Steph Cohen '13, English teaching assistant, Spain.
- Iyvon Edebiri '13, research, Italy.
- Jessye Kass '13, English teaching assistant, Thailand.
- Suzanne Rothman '13, English teaching assistant, Azerbaijan.
- Jesse Appell '12, Chinese comedic art of Xiang-Sheng, China.
- Olivia Edelman '12, 2011-12, English teach assistant, Turkey.
- Doreen El-Roiey ’12, research, Sweden.
- Skye Fishbein '12, research, South Africa.
- Kelsey Grab '12, 2011-12, English teach assistant, Malaysia.
- Rachel Klein '12, 2011-12, English teach assistant, Nepal.
- Hannah Levinger '12, MA'13, English teaching assistant, Morocco.
- Gloriya Nedler '12, 2014-15, English teaching assistant, Russia.
- Anwar Abdul-Wahab ’11, English teaching assistant, Thailand.
- Anna Khandros ’11, English teaching assistant, Tajikistan.
- Vu Truong '11, research, Burkina Faso.
- Daniel Chavez '10, architectural lighting design, Sweden.
- Jonah Seligman ’10, English teaching assistant, Malaysia.