Fulbright U.S. Student Scholar Program: Research/Study Grants and English Teaching Assistantships


The Fulbright program was created by the US Congress in 1946 "to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges."  


1.  Research/Study: supports nine-month pursuit of independent research, master's program or combination of study and research.

2.  English Teaching Assistant (ETA): Teach English language and culture in primary schools, high schools and universities. 

Specific countries may have other types of grants that support internships (business, journalism) and graduate degree programs.

3. Critical Language Enhancement Awards (CLEA): Three to six months of intensive language study in addition to research or study grants in eligible languages.

Fulbright Tutorials About the Grants

Find additional tutorials at Fulbright Videos and Tutorials or additional information at Fulbright U.S. Student Scholar Program

Other Resources:

Approximately 2000 grants to 140+ countries.


  1. US citizen
  2. Preference to students who have received majority of their higher education at a US institution. 
  3. Preference will usually be given to candidates who have not resided or studied in the country to which they are applying for more than six months. Study abroad or military duty is not disqualifying.
  4. Applicants must hold a BA or the equivalent degree before the beginning date of the grant. Applicants may not hold a doctoral degree at the time of application.
  5. Applicants must 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. 
  6. Good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Certificate of Health from a physician.


1. To apply for a Fulbright, submit the online preliminary application by April 15. Alumni only: complete and email the application on the Forms page to the left. If you miss this deadline, please submit the preliminary information form and contact Dean Gates about your interest, preferably by July.

2. Current Middlebury seniors must apply through Middlebury. Middlebury alumni may apply through Middlebury.

3. If you are applying through Middlebury, to confirm your intent to apply you need to (A) register and begin your application in Embark and (B) email to fellowships@middlebury.edu the following by midnight on August 15, 2018. If you send us this information by this date, we will order your official transcript for you (no charge) and provide feedback on your application materials. If you miss this deadline, you may still apply, but you will need to order your own transcript and we may not be able to provide feedback. 

  • Email a Word attachment for your two essays (statement of grant purpose and personal essay; you can include both in a single word doc) and (if possible) a single pdf of your application screens.

    (To do this in Embark, you should be able to select print and then "print to pdf" and all the sections where you have entered data should appear in the pdf. If you are getting individual screens, you can combine the pdfs into a single pdf in a single pdf file in Adobe Acrobat or Preview. If you can’t combine, sending pdfs of the individual screens is fine. And if you just can’t manage it, send the the essays as word docs plus a current resume at the very least!)

  • For the subject line, use “Fulbright Intent to Apply Materials”

  • Applications can be started at: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/applicants/getting-started

  • Recommendation and affiliation letters are not due at this point. To provide adequate notice, all letters should have been requested by this date and writers alerted of the 9/13/17 deadline for the letters.

  • Application feedback and an electronic copy of your official transcript for upload will be provided in approximately 2 weeks.

3. Middlebury Internal Deadline: Wed. September 12, 2018 at noon. Please note: no new applications will be accepted after this date.

Even though the submitted online application at this point is only seen by Middlebury, it needs to be the final version since it is forwarded to Fulbright once the committee evaluation is added.

Interviews (Skype, in person, or phone) with the on-campus Fulbright committee will be scheduled in late September and early October.

Official Transcripts will be provided free of charge for anyone confirming their intent to apply by Aug 15. You will need to obtain transcripts from other schools. Electronic copies will be emailed to you for uploading before the September deadline and any required hardcopies for finalists sent directly to Fulbright. 


Lisa Gates, Associate Dean for Fellowships and Research

(802) 443-3183

Fulbright U.S. Student Scholar Program