Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the nation's largest study abroad fellowship program. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, it is designed to give recent graduates and alumni opportunities to study, conduct independent research, pursue creative projects, or teach English abroad for one academic year. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, hold at least a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent by the start of the grant, and -- depending on the country -- be proficient in the written and spoken language of the host country. The stated goal of the Fulbright program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries through international educational exchange.

There are two types of student grants:

Academic Study/Research Grant

  • ~1,100 awards
  • 8-12 months
  • Independent research, study, or creative and performing arts projects abroad

English Teaching Assistantships:

  • ~800 awards
  • 8-12 months
  • 20-30 hours a week at primary/secondary schools or universities helping to teach English and U.S. culture
  • Remaining time spent on a community-focused project
  • New countries added every year!

Grant Benefits:

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Monthly Stipend (varies by country)
  • Health & Accident Insurance
  • Other Possible Benefits (varies by country)
    • Support For Dependents
    • Research Allowance
    • Tuition
    • Language Lessons
    • Cultural Activities

For a list of current information sessions, please see the NSO Blog.

Campus deadline:
VCU contact:
Jeff Wing
Fulbright Program Advisor
Director, National Scholarship Office
(804) 828-6868

Meredith R. Sisson
Fulbright Program Advisor
Assistant Director, National Scholarship Office
(804) 828-6868
For more information:
Resources for Applicants:
Study abroad:
Junior, Senior, Graduate, Alumni
Arts, Humanities, Medicine, Social Sciences, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

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