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U.S. Department of State - Fulbright U.S. Student Program - Grants for Research, Study, & Arts

Deadline: Anticipated 7/2020 ( Previous deadline 7/15/2019 )

Deadlines for UIUC Graduate Students:
Priority Review Deadline (Highly Recommended): June 3, 2019
Campus Deadline (Required): July 15, 2019

NOTE: This listing describes the Fulbright grants for research, study, and arts.  For information on the English Teaching Awards, visit this page

Award Description:

The Fulbright program offers grants for US citizens to study or conduct research in any of approximately 140 countries around the world.  Students from any discipline are welcome to apply, and grants provide up to one year of support.  Fulbright grants help students pursue their own master’s or doctoral level research, and they allow students to immerse themselves in a different cultural environment.  Fulbright grants are among the most visible and respected of academic awards worldwide.  

The Fulbright program is the largest US exchange program, offering approximately 1,900 grants annually.  Fulbright alumni populate a range of professions and include scientists, artists, members of Congress, judges, heads of corporations, professors, and teachers.  Notable alumni include Bose Corporation founder Amar Bose, actor John Lithgow, composer Philip Glass, opera singer Renee Fleming, US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz.

Program requirements vary by country.  Applicants should familiarize themselves with the specific program summary for their intended host country.


  • Applicants must be US citizens at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible.
  • Applicants seeking a graduate-level fellowship must hold a BA or BS degree or the equivalent conferred before the start of the grant.
  • Applicants must be in good health.
  • Applicants must be proficient enough in the written and spoken language of the host country to carry out the proposed project.

Award Amount:

  • Stipend to cover room, board, and other living expenses based on the cost of living in the host country.
  • Round-trip transportation to the host country.
  • Accident and sickness health benefits.

       In some countries, grants may also include:

  • Book and research allowances.
  • Mid-term enrichment activities.
  • Full or partial tuition.
  • Language study programs.
  • Pre-departure and in-country orientations.

University of Illinois Awardees!

Many UIUC graduate students have won Fulbright grants over the years.  For details on recent awardees, see the following articles:

TO APPLY (for graduate students at the University of Illinois)


All applicants are encouraged to submit a priority review application in order to receive feedback from the Graduate College Office of External Fellowships.  The priority review application package must first have been reviewed by the applicant’s advisor, and it should contain only the following components:

  • Completed application form, downloaded from Slate. (If downloading is problematic, a current CV may substitute.) 
  • Statement of Grant Purpose
  • Personal Statement

Applicants should email these materials to the Office of External Fellowships at  Advisors in the Office of External Fellowships will conduct a thorough review of the materials and meet with applicants individually to discuss strategies for improvement.


Fulbright encourages universities to submit an institutional evaluation and endorsement for all applicants.  An institutional endorsement lends credence to the application and contributes to the student’s chances of winning.  To receive institutional endorsement, all graduate-level Fulbright applications must be submitted via Fulbright's online application portal by the campus deadline of July 15, and students must then be interviewed by a campus review committee. 

Graduate applicants must assemble their own review committees.  This will allow each applicant to obtain feedback from and be evaluated by faculty members that he/she knows and wants on the committee. To assemble the committee, each applicant must recruit at least three faculty members to serve, and those faculty members should not be among those writing letters of recommendation for the applicant to Fulbright. The applicant must email the Office of External Fellowships a list containing the names, titles, and contact information of those faculty members by the campus deadline of July 15. 

With the names of those faculty members in hand, the Office of External Fellowships will schedule interviews to take place from August 1 to August 23.  Applicants and committee members who are out of town during that time may participate via Skype.  The interview period will not extend past August 23, and students unable to interview during that time will not receive institutional endorsement.  

Interviews have two purposes: 1) to evaluate the candidate and report that evaluation to Fulbright, and 2) to offer constructive criticism to the applicant. 

Following their interviews, applicants will have until September 11 to revise and resubmit their applications through Slate. 


Applicants who met the campus deadline and were interviewed must submit their revised applications to Fulbright electronically via Embark by the final submission deadline of September 11.  Applications submitted must include all of the required supporting documents and all letters of recommendation. Late or incomplete applications, along with applications for which there has been no campus interview, will not receive institutional endorsement.  Instead, they will be submitted as is and without an official endorsement or evaluation.    

Notification of Results: In late January of 2020, students are notified if they been selected as a finalist, i.e., if their application has been reviewed favorably the national panel and forwarded to the host-country panel.  Finalists will be required to submit their official transcripts at that time. The host-country panels then review the finalists’ applications and further narrow the field. Some countries conduct telephone interviews of finalists, usually by early April.  Finalists are notified of their award status usually between March and June.

UIUC Information Session & Workshops:

  • Fulbright Information Session for Graduate Students: Wednesday, April 17, 1:00-2:30. 308 Coble Hall. Register.
  • Workshop: Writing Research Statements for Fulbright Grants (for graduate students): Tuesday, April 23, 3:00-5:00. 308 Coble Hall. Register.
  • Workshop: Writing Personal Statements for Fulbright Grants (for graduate students): Friday, April 26, 3:30-5:00. 308 Coble Hall. Register.
  • Workshop: ETA Workshop (for graduate and undergraduate students): Thursday, May 2, 11:00-12:00. 514 IUB.  No registration necessary.
  • For students interested in Fulbrights to Central Europe, Fulbright Hungary Director Dr. Karoly Jokay will offer an information session on Tuesday, March 26, 3:30-4:30, in 514 IUB.  No registration necessary.

UIUC Contact:
Ken Vickery, PhD
Director of Fellowships
Graduate College

Recorded Webinars:
Fulbright Grants for Research/Study & Arts
Other webinar videos



Categories: Annual stipend of at least $10,000; Social Sciences; Sciences/Engineering/Math; Professional Programs; Fine Arts; Humanities; US Citizens, Nationals, or Permanent Residents; Master's; Early Years of Doctoral Program; Dissertation Research; Fellowship/Grant; Research/Study Abroad; Unrestricted

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