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

Spring 2015 Fulbright Information Sessions:

  • Overview of Fall Fellowships (British, Watson, Fulbright), Thursday, February 26, 6:30-7:30 pm in Hillcrest 103
  • Preparing Proposals for the Fulbright and Watson: Thursday, Thursday, March 12, 6:30-7:30 pm in Hillcrest 103
  • Watson and Fulbright Preliminary Application Deadline: April 15preliminary_application_for_fulbright_scholarships.doc

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


1.  Fulbright Comprehensive [Full] Grants: these grants generally provide round-trip transportation; language or orientation courses (where appropriate); tuition, in some cases; book and research allowances; maintenance for the academic year based on living costs in the host country; and supplemental health and accident insurance. MA programs are available in certain countries (e.g. UK, Australia).

2.  Teaching Opportunities: Opportunities to teach English language and conversation classes are available in approximately 21 countries. Specific information on these opportunities is available in the Individual Country Summary area of the Fulbright website.

3.  Opportunities in Business: Mexico and Spain offer international MBA opportunities. Specific information on these opportunities is available in the Individual Country Summary area of the Fulbright website.

4.  Fulbright Journalism Grants: available in Germany and the United Kingdom.  Specific information on these opportunities is available in the Individual Country Summary area of the Fulbright website.

5.  Fulbright Travel Grants: Travel grants are available only to Germany, Hungary, or Italy.  They are available to supplement an award that does not provide funds for travel or to supplement a student's own funds for study.  Travel grants provide round-trip transportation to the country where the student will pursue studies for an academic year, supplemental health and accident insurance, and the cost of an orientation course abroad, if applicable. 

6. Special Opportunities:

a)  Three to six months of intensive language study in addition to research or study grants in eligible languages [mainly Arabic, Russian, Turkish, and Indic languages] prior to and during the Fulbright grant period. 

b) Fulbright-mtvU Award:  Up to four awards will be available to pursue projects around an aspect of international contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression. Application deadline in winter.

c) Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling: Four awards available for digital storytelling projects along specified themes. 

Additional details on these, and other, new programs will be posted to the Fulbright website as they become available.

Approximately 1,600 grants for study in over 150 foreign 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 considered 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. Submit preliminary application materials by April 15, 2015. This is not a binding commitment, but allows you to develop a strong proposal by the fall deadline. Preliminary application form at top of this page.

2. Middlebury Internal deadline for 2015-16: TBA (mid/late September)

TRANSCRIPTS: Submit a Banner Web Degree Progress Report for Middlebury and photocopies of any other transcripts as part of the on-line application for the internal deadline.  Note: we will obtain the Middlebury transcript needed for the final deadline and email you a copy; you will need to get them from any other schools.

Official transcripts will be ordered for all students who apply by the internal deadline.


Lisa Gates, Associate Dean for Fellowships and Research

(802) 443-3183

-or -

Jeff Cason, Dean, International Programs and Off-Campus Study
(802) 443-5745

Fulbright U.S. Student Scholar Program