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Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Open to US citizens only

Deadline: August 22 2022


Please review the step-by-step guide and timeline for Penn's 2022 Fulbright application process!

Interested candidates should enroll in CURF's Canvas site for Fulbright applicants

View the two-part, recorded 2022 Fulbright Kick-Off information session (Penn login required):  

  1. Introduction to the Fulbright US Student Program with representatives from the Fulbright US Student Program, CURF, and Penn students/alumni
  2. Breakout room with Penn’s Fulbright Adviser (FPA), Penn's application process and CURF resources

Fulbright Grants fund 8-12 months of international experience in over 140 countries. With a long-standing mission of promoting mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchange, Fulbright opportunities can be categorized into two main grant types:

  • Study/Research grants offer the opportunity to carry out your own international research project in any discipline (or in some countries, to pursue a graduate degree)
  • English Teaching Assistantships (ETA) grants place Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to teach English and share American culture


The Fulbright application cycle for students and alumni opens on March 31, 2022

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is open to US citizens from all backgrounds. Applicants should be genuinely interested in engaging with diverse populations, and Fulbright encourages applicants representing the US’s racial, ethnic, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and regional diversity. Fulbright supports applicants through an extensive network of peer affiliation groups such as Fulbright NoirFulbright LatinxFulbright LotusFulbright PrismFulbright Salam, and Fulbright Access. For additional information, visit https://fulbrightprism.org/partner-organizations and view Fulbright’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) statement. 

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Penn's Campus Deadline: Monday, August 22, 2022 at 4:00 pm

Penn’s Application Process

  • Interested candidates should enroll in CURF's Canvas site for Fulbright applicants
  • Applicants must submit complete applications through Fulbright’s online application system by Monday, August 22, 2022 in order to meet Penn’s Campus Deadline. Penn undergraduate and graduate students should apply through Penn, and utilize CURF advising and Penn’s Fulbright Faculty Committee (FFC).  Alumni are strongly encouraged to apply through Penn to access to CURF and FFC support, but have the option to apply At-Large. 
  • Plan to submit your essay drafts to CURF for feedback by our Priority Target Date (PTD) of July 1, 2022.
  • In September, applicants are matched with members of Penn’s Fulbright Faculty Committee, who provide feedback about application materials, conduct an interview, and draft a campus committee evaluation to be appended to the final application. This process is designed to be supportive and educational, and applicants will have an opportunity to revise some elements of their application before final submission. 
  • If an applicant is unable to submit a complete application by August but still wants to apply through Penn, they may do so by meeting Fulbright's National Deadline in October. While an applicant who does not meet Penn’s Internal Deadline cannot participate in the campus process outlined above, qualified candidates who submit complete applications through Penn by the National Deadline will still be forwarded to Fulbright’s National Screening Committee with the rest of Penn’s applicants.
  • By the end of January, the Institute for International Education (IIE) will notify candidates of their status after a preliminary national screening.  Candidates recommended by the national screening panels have their applications forwarded abroad for further review. Ultimately, Fulbright recipients will be selected jointly by the US State Department and National Commissions, and are notified on a rolling basis by country, typically in March and April. 


Contact Information

Dr. Angie Estévez
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships
The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6224
You may schedule an appointment with Dr. Estévez

Fellowship Availability


Fellowship Eligibility

Alumni Graduate Student Senior Junior