Fulbright Fellowships for Graduate Students

Two major types of Fulbright Fellowships are available to U.S. students who wish to go abroad as a part of their graduate studies:

Fulbright U.S. Student Grants

The Fulbright U.S. Student Grants, administered by IIE, allow graduating college seniors up to final-year Ph.D students to plan their own program of research and study in a foreign country, typically for one year. The program is open to U.S. citizens, with language requirements varying by the host country and research program. There are several different types of grants available:

  • Study/Research Grants: These grants are available to students in the academic and performing arts fields who would like to study or carry out research abroad. Many applicants apply for this award to support their dissertation research or a postgraduate or postdoctoral year abroad. Special Study/Research Grants are available to some participating countries Fulbright countries in Business, Journalism, and Sciences and Public Health. The 2015 on-campus deadline is September 18, 2015, at 9am.
  • English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs): Winners of an ETA spend their Fulbright year abroad serving in a classroom, helping to teach english to non-native speakers and acting as a cultural ambassador for the United States. The 2015 on-campus deadline is October 1, 2015, at 9am.
  • Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships: These fellows serve in professional public-policy positions in foreign governments while carrying out their own research or study projects. The 2015 on-campus deadline is September 18, 2015, at 9am.
  • Fulbright-mtvU Awards: These awards support projects on "contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression". Community outreach and documentation is a key part of this fellowship. The 2015 deadline to apply was February 27, 2015.
  • Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship: These awards support students as they "develop global narratives and discuss commonalities across borders". For the 2014-2015 competition, applicants should propose projects that are focused on one or more of the following themes: Biodiversity, Cities, Climate Change, Cultures, Energy, Food, Oceans, or Water. Fellows will be mentored by National Geographic editor as they use new media to enhance mutual understanding and build intercultural ties. The 2015 on-campus deadline is September 18, 2015, at 9am.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program supports language training and dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to twelve months. The program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and proposals focusing on Western Europe are not eligible. Applicants must demonstrate that they are doing research in a language other than English or their native language. The 2015 on-campus deadline is 9am on April 20, 2015.

If you are planning to apply for a Fulbright U.S. Student Study/Research Grant or a Fulbright-Hays, you should plan to identify and collaborate with a researcher, institution or organization in the host country, and to secure from that collaborator a letter of support endorsing the project.

New Brunswick graduate students interested in applying for a Fulbright should let us know of their interest by completing our information form. You can also visit our announcements page and calendar for a schedule of Fulbright information sessions and mock reviews, held during the spring semester.

To see Rutgers New Brunswick graduate student successes in the Fulbright competitions, click here.