The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 2,000 grants annually in all fields of study and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.
During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.
Grant lengths and dates vary by country.
See the general eligibility requirements below:
- Citizens or nationals of the United States of America at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible.
- Conferred bachelor's degree or equivalent before the start of the grant.
- In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement.
- Applicants must meet the language requirements of the award to which they are applying and demonstrate sufficient competency to complete their project and adjust to life in the host country.
All application components are submitted online through the Fulbright Portal. Applicants do not turn anything in directly to UNC Charlotte or the OEA.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with Brad Sekulich, Director of the Office of Education Abroad and UNC Charlotte's Fulbright Program Advisor (FPA). Email him for an appointment. Students should thoroughly read the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website to make the most of this meeting.
Applications submitted by the campus deadline will be reviewed by the campus Fulbright Student Program Committee and applicants will be interviewed by the committee. The point of this interview is to offer additional guidance to applicants so they will have sufficient time to hone their applications before the national deadline in October.
Students who do not meet the campus deadline may still submit their application through the Fulbright portal by the national deadline to be considered for a Fulbright award.