Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowships

The 2019-20 internal UChicagoGRAD deadline to apply for Fulbright funding will be September 21, 2018 at 5:00 pm CST.

*The College has a different Fulbright deadline and process. Click here to learn more about the undergraduate Fulbright process.

About the Award

Fulbright fellowships are for 8-12 months of study or research abroad; criteria vary widely by country, and applicants should review requirements associated with their proposed country prior to submitting an application. The award covers expenses for travel, living, research, insurance, tuition and/or language training (if applicable). Applicants can also qualify for concurrent Special Program Grants in selected countries, fields, and languages including the Critical Languages Enhancement Awards and English Teaching Assistantships.


U.S. citizens who hold a BA degree at the time of the grant; some countries have requirements regarding foreign language proficiency and/or previous time spent in country.

Application Process

The internal deadline for travel in 2019-2020 is September 21st, 2018. The application is electronic; applicants must also complete a campus interview, partly conducted in a relevant foreign language, prior to the agency’s deadline. Interviews will be arranged by UChicagoGRAD.

  • Statement of Proposed Study: maximum of 2 pages, single-spaced; explanation of research question, methodology, and project timeline that ensures feasibility within grant period as well as consideration of Fulbright mission.
  • Personal Statement: maximum of 1 page, single-spaced; an intellectual biography in narrative form; should provide information not otherwise provided in application and show what makes applicant “tick.”
  • Letters of Recommendation (x3): recommenders submit letters online; if possible, provide your references with a copy of your grant proposal before they write the recommendation.
  • Transcripts from all post-high school institutions: every course at every institution taken after high school should be included; complete instructions on uploading transcripts can be found here.
  • Foreign Language Evaluation Report (if applicable): summary of language study to date; must be interviewed by an instructor who submits form electronically.
  • Letters of Affiliation from host country: brief letter of support, which can come from a variety of institutions such as academic, non-governmental, industrial, archival, etc.; must be on an official letterhead, signed by the writer, and uploaded electronically.

NOTE: Additional materials are required for applicants in the Creative and Performing Arts.

Selection Process

Approximately 1,500 grants will be offered worldwide based on applicant’s academic record, language preparation, feasibility of proposal, personal qualifications, and desire to serve as a “cultural ambassador” and to advance Fulbright’s aim of promoting mutual understanding among nations through engagement in host country. Applications evaluated highly by specialists in the U.S. will be forwarded to host countries for further review, then ultimately selected by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Announcements will be made between mid-March and late May 2018; UChicago had a 50% applicant-to-winner success rate in last year’s competition.


For more information and to set up an advising session: visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website and contact Sara Mehta.

Congratulations to the 2017-18 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowship Winners!

Name Department Country
Justin Benavidez Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Spain
Emily Dreyfus Germanic Studies Germany
Shiraz Hajiani Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Tajikistan
Emily Hanink Linguistics Germany
Zoe High Divinity School India (declined)
Ashley Jackson School of Social Service Administration Colombia
Haeyoung Kim History China
Ariel Maschke School of Social Service Administration India
Nicholas O'Neill History France
Jessica Peritz Music Italy (declined)
Alex Sarabia Harris School of Public Policy Mexico
Alexandra Tate Law India
Matthew Vanderpoel Divinity School France
Brian White East Asian Languages and Civilizations Japan
Alice Yeh Anthropology China