The deadline for funding in 2018-19 passed on September 22, 2017. The 2019-20 deadline will be announced sometime in Spring 2018.
*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.
The internal deadline for travel in 2018-2019 is September 22. 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.
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.
Congratulations to the 2017-18 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowship Winners!
|Justin Benavidez||Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations||Spain|
|Emily Dreyfus||Germanic Studies||Germany|
|Shiraz Hajiani||Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations||Tajikistan|
|Zoe High||Divinity School||India (declined)|
|Ashley Jackson||School of Social Service Administration||Colombia|
|Ariel Maschke||School of Social Service Administration||India|
|Jessica Peritz||Music||Italy (declined)|
|Alex Sarabia||Harris School of Public Policy||Mexico|
|Matthew Vanderpoel||Divinity School||France|
|Brian White||East Asian Languages and Civilizations||Japan|