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Fulbright US Student Program

The US Student Fulbright Program gives U.S. citizens the opportunity to spend a year abroad. The mission of the program is to create ties in foreign countries by promoting mutual understanding of cultures abroad through exchange.

Fulbright U.S. at a Glance

  • Depending on the country, awardees will stay in their host country from six to twelve months
  • There are more than 140 countries participating in the program
  • More than 3,600 candidates are recommended by 157 subsections of the National Screening Committee, composed of 457 senior faculty or field of study professionals.
  • The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually.
  • Two main types of grants: open study/research and English Teaching Assistantships
  • Other special types of grants

This year’s application cycle is for the award year 2018-2019


  • 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
  • Must be in good health
  • Experienced artists who do not have a bachelor’s degree may also be eligible.
  • Written and spoken proficiency in host country’s language; sometimes required, refer to your country’s language requirements.
  • Current UCSD students and recent graduates can 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.
  • For more information about eligibility visit https://us.fulbrightonline.org/about/eligibility

Applying through UCSD

If an applicant is currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, they are required to apply through their institution. If a student is a recent graduate, they have the option of applying through their home institution. Recent graduates can also apply ‘at large’; they will be responsible for their own submission and will not be held to any internal deadlines set by their home institution.

By applying through UCSD, applicants will have the opportunity to present their proposals to a Campus Committee and receive feedback on their applications. The Campus Committee members are selected according to the student’s host country or by project expertise. Based on the committee’s feedback, applicants will have the chance to revise and edit their submission as needed. Applicants will meet all internal deadlines set by the Graduate Fellowship Advisor.

Internal Deadlines

The internal deadlines for the application year 2017 are below:


Type of Deadline

What is Due

August 17, 2017

 Intent to Apply

  • Cover Sheet (download under resources tab)
  • Email intent to apply statement to  gradadvisor@ucsd.edu

September 5, 2017

 1st internal deadline

  • Application must be submitted via Embark portal

*If your application is not submitted you WILL NOT receive an appointment with the Campus Committee*

September 7, 2017

 Letters of Recommendation  (LOR) deadline

  • ALL LORs and foreign language evaluations (FLE) must be uploaded and submitted to Embark

Interviews with the Campus Committee will be held during the weeks of September 11, 2017 through September 29, 2017*

October 2, 2017

 Final Internal Deadline

  • Application must be submitted to Embark
  • LORs and FLEs must be uploaded as well
  • Submit checklist to gradadvisor@ucsd.edu

 *If you will not be able to attend your on campus appointment with the Campus Committee please email gradadvisor@ucsd.edu at your earliest convenience.

Types of Applications

  • Open Study/Research
    • Research/Study grants (also known as “full grants”) and). Recipients of full grants willcomplete an individual research or arts project abroad and may, in some cases, have thechance to work toward a graduate degree in their host country.
  • English Teaching Assistantships (ETA)
    • ETA recipients serve as assistant teachers in English language classrooms in their hostcountry.
  • Special Grant types:
    • National Geographic: let recipients examine a “globally-relevant issue” in up to threecountries while telling their stories to the world using digital media.
    • Critical Language Enhancement Award: Supplemental award for applicants who havebeen awarded grants in their host countries. An intensive language study program thathelps awardees