Fulbright Scholarship - U.S. Student Program

Interested in studying abroad? The Fulbright program provides funding for a variety of interests and talents for students wanting to study/educate abroad. They provide several different types of scholarships and grants.

Fulbright Scholarship – U.S. Student Program

Award Amount - Varies
Difficulty - Medium
Competition - High


Short Overview: The Fulbright program provides funding for a variety of interests and talents for students wanting to study/educate abroad.  They provide several different types of scholarships and grants.

Detailed Overview:

The Fulbright Program, including the Fulbright-Hays Program, is a program of competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists, founded by United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946. Under the Fulbright Program, competitively selected U.S. citizens may become eligible for scholarships to study, conduct research, or exercise their talents abroad; and citizens of other countries may qualify to do the same in the United States. The program was established to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills.

The Fulbright Program aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship. — Senator J. William Fulbright

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Fulbright U.S. Student alumni populate a range of professions and include ambassadors, members of Congress, judges, heads of corporations, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors, and teachers. Bose Corporation founder Amar Bose, actor John Lithgow, composer Philip Glass, opera singer Renee Fleming and economist Joseph Stiglitz are among notable former grantees.

More than 360,000 students from the United States and other countries have participated in the Program since its inception in 1946. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Scholarship PIN: S00022    Local PIN: NAT0007

Award Amount     

Because there are several different scholarships and grants through this program, the award amount varies.


The requirements for this program vary depending on the scholarship or grant that students apply for.  In many cases, students have to apply through a U.S. Institution.  Another requirement is that the applicant must be studying/researching/working abroad.

Competition Level     

This is a well-known program that many students apply to that earn this scholarship program a high competition rating. There are, however, many different scholarships and grants that are awarded to thousands of students. We recommend that students planning on studying or working on projects abroad take the time to familiarize themselves with this program and apply.


2017-2018 Competition Deadline: October 11, 2016 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

How to Apply      

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