The US Student Fulbright Program gives Americans the opportunity to spend a year abroad in one of over 150 countries around the world. US citizens who will have completed their bachelor’s degree by the time they go abroad but who do not have a PhD at the time of application are eligible to apply. Experienced artists who do not have a bachelor’s degree may also be eligible.
The US Student Fulbright Program supports two main types of grants: Research/Study grants (also known as “full grants”) and English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs). Recipients of full grants will complete an individual research or arts project abroad and may, in some cases, have the chance to work toward a graduate degree in their host country. ETA recipients serve as assistant teachers in English language classrooms in their host country.
The US Student Fulbright Program also offers several special grants. The Fulbright-Fogarty Awards in Public Health send fellows to a limited selection of countries to conduct “research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings.” Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships allow Americans with graduate or professional degrees to work in foreign government ministries or institutions in a select group of countries, and Fulbright-MtvU Awards are for research that “focus[es] on contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression or change.” Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowships let recipients examine a “globally-relevant issue” in up to three countries while telling their stories to the world using digital media.
Stays in the host country last from six to twelve months, depending on the country.
Current UCSD students and recent graduates should apply for the Fulbright through UCSD. UCSD’s internal application deadline is in early to mid-September each year. Please contact UCSD’s Fulbright Program Adviser for more information.
Application tips and success stories from current Fulbright grantees are posted to the UCSD Fulbright Student Blog.