Fulbright Program

Fulbright Program

3 January 2014 by Roy Southil

The Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious awards programs in the world. The Fulbright Program is also one of the largest educational scholarship programs worldwide and operates between the US and more than 155 countries. Forty-five Fulbright alumni have won Nobel Prizes and seventy-eight have won Pulitzer Prizes. 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, including the Fulbright-Hays Program, is a program of highly 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, scholarships are awarded to U.S. citizens to study, conduct research, or exercise their talents abroad and citizens of other countries may qualify to do the same in the United States. Candidates are selected competitively for the awards.

The Fulbright Program has provided approximately 310,000 participants with the opportunity to study, teach, or conduct research in each others’ countries and exchange ideas. Approximately 8,000 competitive, merit-based grants are awarded annually in most academic disciplines and fields of study.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program — The Fulbright Program for U.S. Students
Grants are awarded to more than 1,500 Americans to study, research or teach abroad with full or partial support from the Fulbright Program. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals, and artists to study abroad for one academic year. Read more…

Duration: 6 months – 1 year.

Eligibility: The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and have at least a Bachelor’s degree. Non-U.S. citizens who have legal permanent residency status in the United States are not eligible to apply. Applicants who hold a doctorate are ineligible. Proficiency in the host language to carry out the project required. Selection is made on the basis of academic and professional record, language proficiency, feasibility of the project or course of study, personal qualifications and preference factors established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the Fulbright Commissions.

Placement & Affiliation
All grantees must have a host country affiliation. Affiliation with an educational institution or other sponsoring entity in the host country is required for Fulbright U.S. Student Program research and study grants.

Selection Process
To ensure that the most qualified applicants are fairly chosen in a way that contributes to the main goals of the program Fulbright grantees are selected through an open and merit-based competition.

The Programs
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program places recent college graduates and young professionals as English teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools or universities overseas. This improves foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while increasing the U.S. student’s own language skills and knowledge of the host country.

The applicant must have at least a Bachelor’s degree to participate in the Fulbright ETA program. Applicants who hold a doctorate are ineligible. Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the host language to carry out the project. Read more

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