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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.


  • U.S. citizen
  • Senior or recent alumnus/a
    • Applicants who will have completed a Ph.D. by the start of the grant are encouraged to apply to the Fulbright Scholar Program
  • Fulfill language requirements (varies by country/grant)

Application Materials: 

Application Procedure:

Office Pre-Application Deadline - August 14, 2020

To be included in the campus interview process, you must first notify the office ( of your plans to apply and participate in the campus process.

Office Application Deadline - August 28, 2020

You must submit a completed application through the Fulbright online application system. The office will share the submitted materials with the your interview committee.

Disclaimer: Applicants who fail to meet the above deadlines will not be included in the campus interviews and will receive limited feedback.

Month of September - Campus interviews are conducted

The office will assemble committees of Penn State faculty and staff to interview applicants. During the interview, applicants will receive extensive feedback on their application materials. This interview is the only guaranteed interview in the entire Fulbright application process. Applicants will have the chance to continue to revise their materials after the campus evaluation process.

National Deadline - October 6, 2020

 Applications must be submitted directly using the online application system.

Current Status: 
Senior, Grad Student, Recent Alum
Duration of Award: 
Full Year or More
Graduate Study, International Experience, Research
Office Nomination
Fields of Study: 
Agricultural Sciences, Business, Communications and Journalism, Education, Health-related, Humanities and Social Sciences, Information Sciences and Technology, International Relations and Public Policy, STEM, Visual and Performing Arts
Semester of Application Deadline: 
Fall (September – December)

Boucke Building
University Fellowships Office
321 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802