Deadline: August 30 2021
Check out this step-by-step guide to the Fulbright process for potential applicants! (This document will be updated for the next application cycle very soon!)
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
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
Penn Campus Deadline: August 30, 2021
National Deadline: TBD October 2021 (5pm EST)
Penn’s Application Process
- Interested candidates should submit this brief webform to request access to CURF's Canvas site for Fulbright applicants.
- Applicants must submit complete applications through Fulbright’s online application system by August 30, 2021 in order to meet Penn’s Internal 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.
- 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. Additional details are available here.
- 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.