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Fulbright U. S. Student Program

Campus Deadline: September 1, 2017

This national fellowship provides funding from the U.S. Department of State for students to pursue research, study, and teaching opportunities abroad.

You must participate in the campus application and interview process in order to apply through Texas A&M. The process is as follows:
  1. Complete your online application in its entirety and submit it by noon on September 1, 2017. Your application will be submitted only at the university level in a “soft” submission, meaning the fellowships coordinator can un-submit and return your application to you at any time.
    1. All of the following, as applicable, must be submitted with your application by September 1st: letters of recommendation or references, affiliation letter, language evaluations, personal statement, statement of grant purpose, transcripts.
  2. Campus interviews will be held in mid- to late September. Your interview panel will consist of about 3 faculty and staff members with expertise in your academic field or in the country to which you have applied. They will assess you primarily on two aspects: academic preparation for your proposed research/study/teaching plan, and your ability to serve as a successful representative of the US (cultural awareness and sensitivity, knowledge of host country’s culture and history, motivation for choosing that country). The interviewers will complete an evaluation form that will be attached to your application.
  3. After your interview, your online application will be un-submitted and returned to you so you can make final changes, include any missing pieces, and polish the application. You MUST resubmit your application by the October deadline indicated by the fellowships coordinator.
  4. Final campus submission deadline will be a few days prior to October 6 (the Fulbright’s external deadline) to allow the fellowships coordinator time to attach the evaluation form to your application and check the application for completion. On the October 6 deadline, the application portal will be “frozen,” and neither the applicant nor the fellowships coordinator can make any further changes.


Students can apply for:

Study/Research Grants – These awards allow students to pursue degree programs or research projects with foreign universities or other educational or service organizations. About 140 countries offer study/research grants.

English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Grants – These awards enable students to teach English language-learners ranging in age from kindergarten to the university level, depending on the country. Students apply to a country and are placed in a more specific location and school by the Fulbright program. More than 65 countries offer ETAs.

Arts – The arts grant is a subcategory of the study/research grant, allowing students to pursue projects in the visual and performing arts. Applicants submit examples of their artistic work as a supplement to the study/research grant application.

Additional Fulbright fellowships are available in specific fields; please contact Texas A&M’s National Fellowships coordinator or view more options.

Eligibility
The Fulbright is open to students from all disciplines. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applicants must receive a bachelor’s degree prior to the beginning of the grant period but cannot hold a doctoral degree. Please view further eligibility requirements here.

You are a good fit for the Fulbright fellowship if you:
  • can articulate a detailed and specific plan of post-college study and/or research,
  • can make a compelling argument for why study in a foreign country will further your educational and/or professional goals, and
  • have ideas for how you can contribute to a host country through community involvement.
Application
As part of the online application, students must submit:
  • Statement of Grant Purpose
  • Affiliation Letter (not required for ETA Grants)
  • Personal Statement
  • Foreign Language Forms
  • 3 References
  • Transcripts
More details about the applications can be found here.

Timeline
All application materials must be submitted for internal review by Texas A&M’s selection committee by September 1, 2017. Campus interviews with the selection committee will be held the week of September 11-15, 2017.

For a broader picture of the application process, please engage with this interactive timeline provided by Fulbright.

Website
http://us.fulbrightonline.org/

Campus Contact
Benjamin Simington, National Fellowships coordinator: bsim1968@tamu.edu

Additional Information
  • The Fulbright allows for a great deal of flexibility and creativity in your chosen project. Please meet with the National Fellowships coordinator to learn how the Fulbright may help you pursue a goal you already have!
  • This fellowship is open to alumni, and our office is happy to nominate former students through Texas A&M’s application process.
  • Some, but not all, Fulbright countries require familiarity or proficiency with foreign languages. The country profiles specify what level of aptitude, and in what language, is required.
  • Although Texas A&M’s internal selection committee holds interviews for Fulbright candidates, there is no additional interview required outside of the university by the Fulbright U. S. Student Program.