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.

Info Sessions

Thursday March 3, 2022 - Fulbright Info Session at 4:30 pm ET - Watch the video.

Fulbright Fellowships Info Session (multi-institution session) (recorded March 2021)

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 in Middlebury Apply (available mid-March).

  • August 15, Intent to Apply Deadline: See the 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.

  • Thursday, September 8 at Noon: Middlebury Internal Deadline. All applications must be submitted in the Fulbright Application Portal 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 2-3 weeks after the internal deadline.

Final Fulbright Deadline: October 11, 2022 at 5 pm. (2023 TBA)


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

(802) 443-3183

Fulbright Updates

  • June 2022 Notes for Watson and Fulbright Applicants

    | by Lisa Gates

    If you’re thinking about applying for a Fulbright grant or Watson nomination in the fall, you should start working on these applications. Many of you have already talked with me about your ideas or completed a preliminary application this spring–which is a great way to get started! And yes, you can absolutely still apply for […]

  • August Notes for Watson and Fulbright

    | by Lisa Gates

     It’s officially August (gasp!) and this is usually that time when I get a lot of questions from students and alumni wanting to apply for a Watson or Fulbright and they’re just thinking about that now. It’s also the time of year when I try to take vacation, since summer is lovely and the fall […]

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