Fulbright Grant

Fulbright Grants are designed to give recent bachelor's degree recipients, master's candidates and recipients, doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience in one of almost 150 countries. The Grant allows for individually-designed study/research projects or an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA). Grantees usually plan their own programs. Projects may include independent research, field work, university coursework, classes in a music conservatory or art school, business internships, teaching English as a foreign language, community service, or a combination of the above. In general, grants are one academic year in length. The award includes round-trip transportation to the host country, maintenance for the academic year based on living costs in the host country, and limited health benefits. Full descriptions of all of these grants can be found in the individual country summaries.


  • Applicants must be US citizens.
  • Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree before the beginning date of the Grant.
  • Applicants may not hold a doctoral degree at the time of application.
  • Applicants must be in good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate of Health from a physician.
  • Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study.

Applications may be made for one country only. If the applicant meets the eligibility requirements, candidates will be considered for all awards to that particular country.


Applications are submitted online and include:

  • Statement of grant purpose
  • Personal statement
  • Language background report and foreign language evaluation
  • Affiliation (for study/research grants only)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Campus committee evaluation form
  • Official transcripts

Selection is made on the basis of the applicant's academic or professional record, language preparation, the feasibility and specificity of the proposed project, commitment and motivation as well as personal qualifications.


Enrolled students are required to apply through the Office of Distinguished Fellowships. Materials are due to the office by September 10, 2018. Application materials are due to the Institute of International Education (IIE) by October 09, 2018 5pm EST. At the end of January, finalists will be announced. Successful applicants will be notified in the spring.


Arthur D. Casciato, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey