2019-20 internal deadline: September 21, 5pm CST.*

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

For over 60 years, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program has been aiming to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange while serving as a catalyst for long-term leadership development. These grants are open to graduate students in all stages and programs, and are available in approximately 140 countries. For the research grants, applicants for these grants design their own projects and will typically work with affiliations at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. The English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program places U.S. citizens in foreign classrooms as teaching assistants. Program requirements vary by country, so the applicant’s first step is to familiarize themselves with the program summary for the target host country by visiting the website. These grants involve an internal review process in order to receive institutional endorsement, so students should be sure to contact Sara Mehta (srmehta@uchicago.edu) in UChicagoGRAD to learn about that process and the early campus deadline.

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.

Note: UChicago students planning research or study abroad should review the resources provided in the the UChicago Travel Toolkit and register in UChicagoTraveler to be enrolled in UChicago’s International Travel Emergency Assistance Program.

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