Interested in going abroad after graduation? Consider applying for the US Student Fulbright program!
What is a Fulbright?
A Fulbright grant is a financial award you can use overseas for an academic purpose, while representing the US as a cultural ambassador.
The goal of the Fulbright Program is to increase mutual understanding between people of the US and people of other countries through exchange.
What can I do with a Fulbright?
Fulbright grants have been used to conduct research, pursue graduate degrees and teach English abroad. Each country chooses which kind of awards they would like to offer.
How competitive is it?
Fulbrights vary in competitiveness. Just like the types of awards offered, each country chooses how many spots they will fund. This means that some countries have 50 applicants for one award, but others may only have two or three applicants for one award. Don’t assume it’s too competitive to apply!
Am I eligible to apply?
The US Student Fulbright program is open to graduating seniors, recent graduates, Master’s and doctoral candidates and young professionals. Applicants must be US Citizens who will hold a Bachelor’s Degree by the grant start date.
When should I apply?
Fulbright applications need to be prepared in advance. If you’re thinking about going abroad in Fall of 2018, applications are due in Fall of 2017. The Winona State University campus deadline is Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.
Fulbright awards are for an experience abroad after you graduate. You can submit your application as an undergrad, but you must complete your degree before funding would be awarded.
How much is the award?
Again, this varies by country and your proposal. Grant benefits do include round-trip airfare, a monthly stipend and insurance. Other possible benefits include dependent support, research allowance, tuition, language lessons, enhancement activities and disability-related accommodations.
Do you know a student who would make a great Fulbright candidate? Please let us know! Email the Fulbright Program Advisor, Renee Stowell, at RStowell@winona.edu with his/her name and email address.
Are you interested in Fulbright faculty opportunities? Visit the Council on International Exchange of Scholars website for more information.