Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowships 2017-2018

Upcoming information session: Tuesday, May 24 at 12pm in Cobb 103


For over 60 years, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program has provided Americans with an unparalleled opportunity to study, conduct research, and teach in countries around the world. Fulbright student grants aim to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange while serving as a catalyst for long-term leadership and academic development. In the last competition, 19 UChicago graduate students won awards (50% of all students that applied!).


The University of Chicago Fulbright internal deadline is Monday, September 19, 2016 for travel during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Types of fellowships:

  • Fulbright Research/Study Fellowships: These fellowships provide support for 8-12 months abroad for applicants with well-formed international research projects and/or study plans. Eligibility criteria varies widely – check out the profile of your prospective host country to determine if you meet the minimum requirements. Many countries require proficiency in the local language. Competitive applicants will also have established affiliations with academics or organizations within the host country to support the proposed project.
  • Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA): ETA fellowships place Fulbrighters in a classroom abroad to provide assistance to teachers of English to non-native English-speakers. ETAs are in the classroom approximately 20 hours per week and are expected to pursue a research or community outreach project in their spare time. The ETA is recommended only for those who have teaching or tutoring experience. The profile of a successful candidate varies by country.

Select students may be eligible for the Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowships and the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship. These programs also have a September 19th internal deadline.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must have U.S. Citizenship;
  • No educational requirements beyond completion of a B.A. – you can apply for a Fulbright anytime during your graduate program or afterwards (applicants holding a PhD must apply to the Fulbright Scholars program instead);
  • Depending on the country, proficiency in foreign language may also be required;
  • In general, there is a preference for applicants who have not spent extended periods of time (more than 6 months) in their prospective host countries, but there are exceptions to this rule;
  • Some countries do not allow dual-citizenship – check host country page for preferences or restrictions.

Awards include:

  • Pre-departure orientation;
  • Round-trip transportation;
  • Monthly stipend;
  • Basic sickness and accident insurance;
  • Certain countries include dependent allowances and tuition fees.

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