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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 2019-2020


  • 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 2018 are below:

 *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.

Downloadable Forms

Types of Applications

  • Open Study/Research
    • Research/Study grants. 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. The key is to establish feasibility and to show what kind of impact the research project will have on the field. 
  • English Teaching Assistantships (ETA)
    • ETA recipients serve as assistant teachers in English language classrooms in their host country. Although an applicant applies to a particular country, there is no guarantee that Fulbright will honor this request. The goal for this application is to show how diverse, flexible, and versatile an applicant is. Applicants will also need to demonstrate how the award will help them in their professional development.
  • Special Grant types:
    • National Geographic: let recipients examine a “globally-relevant issue” in up to three countries while telling their stories to the world using digital media. This award is for students have the digital skills to produce content, this grant is not intended to teach students how to use multimedia tools for content creation.
    • Critical Language Enhancement Award: Supplemental award for applicants who have been awarded grants in their host countries. An intensive language study program that helps awardees