Fulbright U.S. Student Program

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The Fulbright U.S. Student Program allows graduating seniors, master’s students, doctoral candidates, and recent graduates to self-design a research/study project, or serve as an English Teaching Assistant in one of more than 140 countries.

The Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is managed nationally by the Institute of International Education and at UNC-Chapel Hill by the Office of Distinguished Scholarships.

Applicants must be endorsed by the Office of Distinguished Scholarships in order to apply for the Fulbright program.

Eligibility & Application Process

All applicants must meet the eligibility requirements of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. To apply through UNC-Chapel Hill you must meet the campus deadline. The following outline provides an overview of the full application process.

  • Review the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website.
  • Join the Fulbright Canvas site. This site houses past-funded statements, timelines, and other helpful resources.
  • Start drafting your Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement.
  • Preview the online application. This is the actual Fulbright U.S Student program application (you will need to make an account to see the application).
  • Complete your online application by the campus deadline.
  • Participate in the campus interview after the campus deadline. You will be contacted by the Office of Distinguished Scholarships shortly after submitting your application about the logistics of your interview.
  • Receive feedback on your application during your interview. Directly after your interview, you will be given 72 hours to apply any edits to your application.
  • Submit your final application via the Fulbright online application platform.

Interested in Fulbright but still have questions? Schedule an appointment with the Office of Distinguished Scholarships, and join the Fulbright Canvas site to learn more!