Fulbright U.S. Student 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.  Open Study/Research: independent research, graduate programs, internships or a combination of study and research. See the lists of field-specific award opportunities and graduate degree grants

2.  English Teaching Assistant (ETA): teach English language and culture in primary schools, high schools, and universities. See the list of countries that offer ETA grants.

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


Approximately 1900 grants to 140+ countries.


  1. US citizen
  2. Preference to students who have received the majority of their higher education at a US institution. 
  3. Preference for 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.


Carefully Review the Following Middlebury Fellowships' Documents

PDF iconFulbright Applicant Checklist 073019.pdf

PDF iconFulbright Application Guidance Aug 2019.pdf

PDF iconFulbright Essay Guidance Aug 2019.pdf

Note: we strongly encourage undergraduate alumni to apply through Middlebury. If applying through Middlebury, you must adhere to Middlebury's internal deadline and application process. Alumni may also apply At Large. Senior applicants must apply through Middlebury.

Deadlines Overview
See Fulbright Applicant Checklist and Guideline documents above for specific details and requirements.

1. April 15, Preliminary Application Deadline: Complete the online preliminary application. Alumni will need to complete the Word docs on the Fellowships forms page.

2. August 15, Intent to Apply Deadline: Email Fellowships draft materials--see Application Checklist for specific instructions. No recommendations needed at this point. Note that current Middlebury seniors must apply through Middlebury. Middlebury alumni may apply through Middlebury or At-Large.

3. September 11, 2019, at Noon Middlebury Internal Deadline. All applications must be submitted by this date. Any issues, contact Dean Gates.

SUBMIT a complete, proofed and final application online. 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.


Lisa Gates, Associate Dean for Fellowships and Research

(802) 443-3183

Fulbright U.S. Student Program