Princeton Deadline: 1 p.m., September 26, 2016
National Deadline: 5 p.m., October 11, 2016
Fields of Study: Open
Description: The Fulbright Grant, sponsored by the U.S. government, was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." Each year, over 1,000 Americans study or conduct research in over 140 nations with the support of the Fulbright. There are two types of Fulbright Grants available.
- Study/Research Grants: Applicants for the Study/Research Grant plan their own course of study or research. Projects may include university coursework, independent research, special projects in the creative or performing arts, or a combination
- English Teaching Assistantship: Recipients of the Fulbright ETA are placed in schools or universities outside of capital cities. They are assigned various activities designed to improve their students' language abilities and knowledge of the United States.
- U.S. citizen in good health
- Bachelor’s degree but not Ph.D. by the beginning date of the grant
- Language proficiency, in non-English-speaking countries, sufficient to communicate with the people of the host country and to carry out the proposed study
- Preference for applicants who have received the majority of their education at educational institutions in the U.S. (study abroad does not count).
Application Procedure for Graduate Student Applicants
If you are a Princeton graduate students interested in applying for a Fulbright Grant, follow this link for information about the application procedure for Princeton graduate students.
Application Procedure for Undergraduate Applicants
Enrolled Princeton undergraduate students who wish to apply to the Fulbright Scholars Program must apply through the Fellowship Advising office at Princeton. Princeton undergraduate alumni may also apply through the Princeton Fellowship Advising office or they may apply as at-large candidates. Generally, candidates may apply for one country only.
April 2016: Make an appointment via WASS to meet with an adviser to discuss your plan for applying to the Fulbright. Bring a resume, grade report from TigerHub, and a completed Fulbright Advising Questionnaire (.doc) to the meeting. If you have begun a draft of your project statement, please bring it with you as well. If you plan to apply for an English Teaching Assistantship, please make an appointment with a fellowship adviser. Your draft statement should be a discussion of your approach to teaching and your interest in the country where you would like to teach.
As you begin to map out your project, be sure to consult the Fulbright website, especially the application timeline, components, and tips listed under the tab labeled "Applicants." Fulbright offers a variety of webinars throughout the application cycle. They are listed on the Fulbright website and are very helpful. You may also consult samples of project statements and personal statements of past Fulbright recipients. These essays are available in the Office of International Programs and on shelves just outside the Trustee Reading Room at Firestone Library. A fellowships adviser will help you understand the application process and give you some initial feedback on your proposal, which should be seen as work in progress.
After your initial meeting, if you decide to pursue an application, you must send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to request an adviser assignment. If you know your country of application and whether you will be submitting an ETA or a study/research project application, please indicate that in your e-mail. You will then be assigned a campus Fulbright Committee member who will serve as your adviser and with whom you will continue to develop your proposal and personal essay.
May 1-June 15: Before mid-June, meet once (in person or by Skype) with the campus Fulbright Committee member to whom you have been assigned to discuss your project and to arrange for some guidance over the summer. You should be in contact with your assigned Committee member at least twice over the summer before you submit the final essays on August 29.
August 29: Last day by which you can submit application essays to your campus Fulbright Committee member by email. Be sure to cc:email@example.com
September 3 to 26: Meet with your campus Fulbright Committee member to finalize your essays.
September 26: Campus deadline (by 1 p.m.) to submit online completed applications, including three letters of recommendation, language assessments (if relevant), and transcripts. You will no longer be able to access the application on line.
September 27 - October 3: Completed applications with letters of recommendations and transcript will be delivered to your campus Fulbright Committee member, who may ask to meet with you once more as part of the evaluation process. If corrections/revisions need to be made to your application at this time, your fellowship adviser must be notified by the Committee member so that the electronic application can be unlocked for you to make the changes.
October 4: Written comments from Committee members are due to the Office of International Programs. Supplementary application materials for creative projects (e.g. art, theater, and creative writing) must be uploaded by this date.
October 11, 2016: National deadline for Fulbright.
October 11-January: All applications will be evaluated in a preliminary national screening, the results of which will not be communicated before January.
Mid- to late January: In recent years, news about the first round has arrived during the second half of January. You will receive an email notification of your status of Recommended or Not Recommended. Not Recommended means that you will not be going forward this year. If you receive this status, you can re-apply during the next cycle and often people are successful after revising their applications or selecting a different country. Recommended means that you will advance to the panel in the country to which you’ve applied.
January–March: The panel in the host country reviews recommended applications and makes the final award decisions. If you receive this status, your chances are good but far from assured. In a few cases (including the U.K. and Russia), you might be invited to have a phone interview, but in general you will not.
Mid-March-June: Final award decisions are emailed on a country by country basis. For example, Australia notifies finalists of decisions on a different schedule than Korea.
*If you have been recommended to the host country but receive another offer before the final Fulbright notification, please notify your adviser who can help you with discussions about deferrals from graduate school and other academic or professional opportunities.
**If you receive and officially accept an award such as the Churchill, Sachs, or Gates, and your admission to the university has been finalized, please contact Lora Seery at IIE (firstname.lastname@example.org) and cc email@example.com to withdraw from Fulbright. Otherwise, you risk taking an award from another worthy candidate.