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Fulbright Grants for US Students are intended for: 

  • Rising seniors (class of 2019) and alumni who are US citizens.
  • One academic year of study or research abroad in any discipline; or
  • English teaching assistantships (ETAs) abroad in programs designed by the host countries.

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Why apply?

Tip: "One of the best things about the Fulbright program is that you can propose to do anything; the only limiting factor is your imagination. Unfortunately, one of the worst things about the Fulbright program is that you can propose to do anything." - former Yale Fulbrighter

  • A year abroad fits into your larger, longer-term goals. 
  • You wish to reflect on your priorities, values, and ambitions through an extended process of writing and planning. 
  • You could win this life-changing award!

Application timeline & tips

Date: Plan ahead! It can take months to assemble a quality application. 

Important deadlines 

  • April 2, 2018: applications open on the Fulbright website.
  • August 28, 2018: deadline to opt into the Yale campus review process via the Student Grants Database. Rising seniors are strongly advised to apply through this process.
  • September 6, 2018: deadline to submit completed applications for campus review.
  • See the campus application timeline and checklist for additional deadlines and details.

Application Tips

  • Think about what you want to do, learn, and accomplish in the year after you graduate.
  • Consider where you want to spend that year (and why!).
  • Find a break-down of essential questions for the Fulbright in the campus pre-advising questionnaire for Study/Research and for ETAs.
  • Be sure to explore the wealth of resources and information about the Fulbright program options and host countries, available on the Fulbright website.
  • Attend a spring-term, in-person Fulbright session, or watch the online presentation. Find the online version of our Fulbright information session here. Find our calendar of upcoming events, including information sessions, here.
  • Review the campus application timeline and checklist.
  • Begin thinking about how you might approach your Personal Statement, your Statement of Grant Purpose and who you might ask for letters of recommendation. Guidance on these aspects of your application can be found on the Fulbright website.
  • Come talk with us! Find out how to make an appointment with Fellowships Staff here

F​AQs

FAQ: I don't know whether I want to pursue a research/study grant or an ETA. How can I decide?

If you have a very specific proposal for study or research, you may wish to consider the Study/Research option, since in the ETA program you will not be able to choose where you will be placed and you will not have very much time for independent research or study. Furthermore, successful ETA's are those who value the experience of working in an educational environment first and foremost. Note that you may only apply to one country and one type of grant per cycle. 

FAQ: My plans are not concrete enough to answer the questions on the pre-advising questionnaire. Can I meet with an advisor even if I don't have all the answers yet?

Of course! We are here to support you at all stages of the application process. However, since our appointment time is limited, please provide us as much information as possible via the questionnaire and make a few concrete goals for our meeting. 

FAQ: I heard something on campus that makes me think I am not competitive for this award. Can I still apply? 

The Fulbright website is ultimately the best source of information about this award. Please investigate there - and consider speaking with an advisor! - before ruling yourself out. While Fulbright grants are very competitive, we have observed that the application process can lead to a stronger sense of clarity and purpose regardless of the outcome.