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

Fulbright Information:

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


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

2.  Teaching Opportunities: Teach English language and culture in primary schools, high schools and universities. 

3.  Opportunities in Business: Mexico and Spain offer international MBA opportunities. 

4.  Fulbright Journalism Grants: available in Germany and the United Kingdom.  

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.  

6. Special Opportunities:

a)  Critical Language Enhancement Awards (CLEA): 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].

b) Fulbright-mtvU Award: Pursue projects around an aspect of international contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression. February application deadline.

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

Fulbright Tutorials About the Grants

Additional information at Fulbright U.S. Student Scholar Program.

Approximately 2000 grants over 150 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, email preliminary application and materials by April 15, 2016 to fellowships@middlebury.edu. This is not a binding commitment, but allows you to develop a strong proposal by the September deadline. You can apply after April as well but suggest you contact Lisa in July at the latest. Her availability is also limited in the summer. See the Fulbright application checklist (coming soon) for additional help.

Microsoft Office document iconFulbright Preliminary Application

2. NOTE: Instructions revised 8/15 due to Embark error messages.

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 18, 2016.

  • 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 you can manage this) a single pdf of your application screens in section B.

    (To do this in Embark, you need to hit the preview button to open the page in Adobe and save to a pdf. Next combine these pdfs into a single pdf file in Adobe Acrobat or Preview. If you can’t combine, sending pdfs of the individual screens is fine. If you have trouble creating a pdf, try printing the page and save as a pdf through that process. And if you just can’t manage it, send the the essays as word docs 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
    The 17-18 Fulbright Application will open on March 31, 2016.

  • 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 9/19 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: September 19, 2016 at noon. Please note this is a hard deadline and 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 8/18/16. 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