Fulbright Study/Research Grants
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is now the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. Applicants for study/research awards either design their own projects, typically working with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education, or enroll in one year of graduate degree study. The study/research awards are available in approximately 140 countries. Program requirements vary by country, so the first step is to familiarize yourself with the program summary for the host country. You can also see which countries offer graduate degree study, or field specific awards on the study/research award page.
Office Application Deadline: August 30, 2019
If you are interested in applying, please notify the University Fellowships Office by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and follow the internal process outlined below. If you’d like to schedule a meeting to discuss your interest in applying please contact us.
- U.S. citizen
- Hold a bachelor’s degree by start of the grant; not have completed a Ph.D. when applying
- Have sufficient proficiency in the language of the host country (varies by country/grant)
Application Process: The university is required to complete a Campus Committee Evaluation form for all applicants, so there is an internal interview process. Applications are submitted through Embark, Fulbright's application portal, by the date above. Applicants will be contacted and scheduled for interviews throughout September. After interviewing, applicants will have the opportunity to make any necessary revisions prior to final submission. To be scheduled for an interview, applicants must submit through Embark the following materials:
- Completed application
- Personal statement (1-page limit)
- Statement of grant purpose (2-page limit)
- Unofficial transcript(s)
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Affiliation letter (generally required for research and not for study, but check the program summary of the host country to be sure)
- Foreign language evaluation (if required)
When creating an application on Embark, be sure to affiliate it with Penn State. On the preliminary information page (1st page) make sure question 4, are you applying through your home institution, is answered yes. Then on the program information page (4th page) under question 25 be sure to select Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus, PA. This allows us to view the application after it is submitted, return if for editing after the interview, and is necessary to complete our application process.
After applicants interview, make any revisions and resubmit their applications, the application portal will close in early October. All applications are then reviewed by the Institute of International Education throughout the fall. In mid to late January, all applicants will be notified as to whether they've been named semi-finalists or not. Semi-finalists are those sent on to their perspective countries for final selection, and IIE only selects 1.5 to 2 semi-finalists per available grant position. Each country runs it's own selection process, and the majority require no further input from applicants. A handful conduct interviews over Skype or the phone and will contact semi-finalists directly to schedule these. Applicants having interviews can contact our office for help preparing for their interview. Countries make their final selections from March to May and semi-finalists are notified directly of their status.