Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Deadline: August 22 2022

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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

http://us.fulbrightonline.org/

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 should submit complete applications through Fulbright’s online application system by Monday, August 22, 2022, in order to meet Penn’s Campus Deadline. Penn undergraduates, graduate students and alumni should apply through Penn, and utilize CURF advising and Penn’s Fulbright Faculty Committee (FFC).  
  • Applicants who do not submit their initial application by Penn’s August 22 campus deadline should still apply through Penn to access CURF and faculty support. 
  • Applicants who submit your essay drafts to CURF for feedback by our Priority Target Date of July 1, 2022 receive first priority on additional essay reviews.
  • Applicants may still submit essays for review after July 1.
  • In September, applicants are matched with faculty who provide feedback on application materials, meet with you, and draft a supportive statement Penn submits with your application. This process is designed to be supportive and educational, and applicants will be able to revise their application before final submission in October. 
  • Applicants who do not meet Penn’s campus deadline but submit complete applications through Penn by Fulbright’s October National Deadline will 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. Fulbright recipients are selected jointly by the US State Department and the national commission of their target country, and are notified on a rolling basis by country, typically in March and April.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship in South Asian Languages (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: February 6 2023

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies or with the international aspects of professional or other fields of study.  FLAS awards are available only for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding.

The FLAS Fellowship in South Asian Languages is for Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Pashto, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan, and Urdu.

Deadline: February 6, 2023 (TENTATIVE)

Penn’s Application Process

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship in African Languages (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: April 30 2023

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies or with the international aspects of professional or other fields of study.  FLAS awards are available only for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding.

The FLAS Fellowship in African Languages is for Amharic, Igbo, Swahili, Tigrinya, Twi, Wolof, Yoruba, and Zulu.

Deadline: April 30, 2023 (TENTATIVE)

 

Penn’s Application Process

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship in East Asian Languages (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: February 6 2023

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies or with the international aspects of professional or other fields of study.  FLAS awards are available only for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding.

The FLAS Fellowship in East Asian Languages is for: Chinese, Japanese, Korea, Mongolian, and Tibetan.

Deadline: February 6, 2023 (Tentative Deadline)

Penn’s Application Process

Critical Language Scholarship (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: November 15 2022

Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

http://clscholarship.org/

Deadline: November 15, 2022 (Tentative deadline)

 

Penn’s Application Process

  • While the Critical Language Scholarship does not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to interested graduate students.  Undergraduate students are encouraged to contact Kristyn Palmiotto in Penn Abroad (krpalm@upenn.edu). 

 

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: December 9 2022

Boren Scholarship

Under the auspices of the National Security Education Program, the Boren Scholarship supports undergraduate study abroad focusing on geographical areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to US national security.  These US government grants entail a service obligation.

www.borenawards.org/

Penn Deadline: December 9, 2022 (Tentative Deadline)

 

Penn’s Application Process

  • To be competitive, applicants should meet with the Boren Scholarship advisor in Penn Abroad during the fall semester. Additional details about the application process are available through Penn Abroad.

 

 

Boren Graduate Fellowship (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: January 16 2023

Boren Graduate Fellowship

Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide funding for US graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to US interests.  Boren Fellowships provide funding for overseas language study, academic study, research, an academic internship, or a combination of the above (though all proposals must include a significant language component).  Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

http://www.borenawards.org

Penn Deadline: January 16, 2023 (Tentative Deadline)

 

Penn’s Application Process

  • Submit your application materials directly through the Boren Fellowship website by January 16, 2023.  CURF is then responsible for the final submission of your application. 

 

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship in Middle Eastern Languages (Tentative Deadline)

Deadline: February 6 2023

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies or with the international aspects of professional or other fields of study.  FLAS awards are available only for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding.

The FLAS Fellowship in Middle Eastern Languages is for Arabic, Hebrew, Kurdish, Persian, Tajik, and Turkish.

Deadline: February 6, 2023 (Tentative Deadline)

 

Penn’s Application Process