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Fulbright US Student Grants  

Fulbright grants provide funding for one academic year of study, research, or teaching English abroad. Rising seniors (class of 2022), graduating senior (class of 2021), and recent Yale College alumni who are US citizens are eligible to apply through this office. If time away from Yale has shifted your anticipated graduation date, you may still be eligible if you will complete your degree before the start of your grant. Start by reading through the information below and by attending one of our information sessions

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Is it a good fit?

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." - Yale Fulbrighter

Deciding whether or not Fulbright is a good fit for you and for your project requires some reflection and research into the specific grant you are considering. You might ask yourself: 

  • Will a year in [host country] after graduation engaged in [teaching, research, or study] be a meaningful step toward my longer-term plans? 
  • Can I see the value in articulating my priorities, values, and ambitions through an extended process of writing and planning? 
  • Is there overlap between a) my own goals, qualifications, and interests; b) the specific requirements of the grant; and c) the experience I am hoping to have while abroad? 

Please note that statistics or odds are generally a terrible way to determine whether Fulbright is a good fit. A frank conversation with Yale's Fulbright Program Adviser will be much more productive! 

Application timeline & tips

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

Important dates and deadlines 

Note: Fulbright newsletters with advice and reminders begin to go out in April. NOTE: these newsletters are different from the regular emails you get from the Office of Fellowships, and are sent by subscription only. Sign up now via Yale's subscription management service!

March 31, 2021 2022-2023 cycle begins! Application opens on Fulbright portal
August 18, 2021 Deadline to submit draft applications for optional review by the Fellowships Office
September 3, 2021 Deadline for currently enrolled students to register for campus process via Student Grants Database AND by submitting completed application via the Fulbright application portal1pm ET

Mid-September 

Campus Process Participants 

Study/Research Grant applicants are informed of their campus faculty reviewer and individually arrange a 1:1 interview. English Teaching Assistantship Grant applicants are informed of the date and time of their interview with the Yale ETA committee.

Late September, 2021 Interviews must be completed by this date. Fulbright applications will be released back to applicants for final revisions.
October 12, 2021 National deadline: all applicants must submit final application via Fulbright application portal - 5pm ET
Late January, 2022 Semi-finalists results are announced.
March-May, 2022 Finalists are notified. Notification deadlines vary greatly by country.

Application Tips & Resources

  • 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!).
  • Start early! No one who wins a Fulbright has ever commented that they wished they had waited until later to start their applications. 
  • Subscribe to the Yale Fulbright newsletter. Fulbright newsletters with advice and reminders begin to go out in May. NOTE: these newsletters are different from the regular emails you get from the Office of Fellowships, and are sent by subscription only. Sign up now via Yale's subscription management service!
  • Be sure to explore the wealth of resources and information about the Fulbright program options and host countries, available on the Fulbright website. Some highlights include:
  • Attend a live spring-term Yale Fulbright session, or watch the online presentation. While both can be useful, only the live sessions offer you a chance to ask questions (and hear what your peers are wondering about)!
    • 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 potential recommenders. Guidance on these aspects of your application can be found on the Fulbright website.
  • If you are considering a Fulbright grant to support study in the UK, be sure to read our page about UK and Irish graduate programs.
  • 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: Should I participate in the campus process?  

If you are a rising senior (class of 2022), you are strongly encouraged to participate in the campus process. If you are a graduating senior (class of 2021) or alum, you will not participate in the campus review process. Both groups should list Yale as their home institution when applying through the Fulbright portal regardless of participation in the campus process.  

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 speak with an advisor! - before ruling yourself out. While Fulbright grants are very competitive, we can help you judge your odds and think through how the application process might be valuable regardless of the outcome. 

FAQ: What else should I apply to?

If you are pursuing a Fulbright to support research, you may also want to look at the Yale College Postgraduate Fellowships as well as the Fox International Fellowship. If you are pursuing a Fulbright ETA grant, you can also explore the non-Fulbright teaching opportunities listed here. There are dozens of other non-Yale fellowships that may also be a good fit for your goals and interests, so be sure to take a look at our External Awards here