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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 2021) and alumni who are US citizens are eligible to apply through this office. Start by reading through the information below and/or by attending one of our information sessions and hearing from past applicants.   

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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 after graduation 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 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!

April 1, 2020 Application opens on Fulbright website
August 18, 2020 Deadline to submit draft applications for review by the Fellowships Office
September 8, 2020 Deadline to register for campus review process via Student Grants Database AND by submitting completed application via the Fulbright application portal1pm ET


Campus Review 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.

September 30, 2020 Interviews must be completed by this date. Fulbright applications will be released back to applicants for final revisions.
October 13, 2020 National deadline: all applicants must submit final application via Fulbright application portal - 5pm ET
Late January, 2021 Semi-finalists results are announced.
March-May, 2021 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. 
  • 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 spring-term, in-person Yale Fulbright session, or watch the online presentation. While both can be useful, only the in-person 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


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 review process?  

If you are a rising senior (class of 2021), you are strongly encouraged to participate in campus review. If you are a graduating senior (class of 2020) 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 campus review.  

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.