The Fulbright program was created by the U.S. Congress in 1946 “to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges.”

More information on the Fulbright Program.

Grants Available

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

Additional Information

Number Offered

Approximately 1900 grants to 140+ countries.


  • U.S. citizen
  • Preference to students who have received the majority of their higher education at a U.S. institution.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Certificate of Health from a physician.

Application Process

Carefully Review the Following Middlebury Fellowships’ Documents:

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.


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

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

  • 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.

  • September 14, 2020 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 with the Middlebury Fulbright committee will be scheduled in late September and early October. Fall 2020 interviews will be by Zoom.

Final Fulbright Deadline: October 13, 2020


Lisa Gates, Associate Dean for Fellowships and Research
Davis Family Library 225G

(802) 443-3183

Fulbright Updates

  • Watson and Fulbright Internal Deadlines

    | by Lisa Gates

    Yes, deadlines are fast approaching. Summer is officially over. Watson internal deadline: Wednesday, Sept 9 at noon. To apply for nomination, complete the required sections of the Watson online application and send an email to fellowships@middlebury.edu with a Banner transcript (advising format if possible), the names of your recommenders. In the subject line, write “Watson […]

  • Drop-In Sessions For Current Fulbright and Watson Applicants on 9/1

    | by Colleen Norden

    Lisa Gates will be hosting Fulbright and Watson application help sessions on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Current fall 2020 applicants are welcome to drop-in the Zoom room with questions about the application or internal application process. This will be an open session for whoever wants to drop in! Watson questions welcome from 9-10 a.m. Fulbright […]

  • Upcoming Fulbright Webinars–check it out!

    | by Lisa Gates

    Upcoming Webinars for Applicants: *NEW* Alumni Ambassador Panel: First generation college students (July 14) Alumni Ambassador Panel: Reapplying to Fulbright (July 15)  Study/Research Alumni Ambassador Q&A (July 31) A full list of Applicant webinars can be found on the Information Sessions page of the website. All applicant webinars are recorded and can be accessed throughout the competition on the Recorded […]

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