The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship program in international educational exchange, was proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1945 by Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. In the aftermath of World War II, Senator Fulbright viewed the proposed program as a much-needed vehicle for promoting “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world.” Signed into law by President Truman in 1946, the Fulbright Program awards grants for a variety of educational activities, advanced research, graduate study, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.  Since the program’s inception, approximately 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—have received the opportunity to exchange ideas and help find solutions to shared issues.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Cannot be a Department of State employee, an immediate family member of a Department of State employee, or an employee of an agency under contract to the Department of State to perform services related to exchange programs
  • Must have at least a bachelor’s degree required by start of grant. Applicants who hold a completed doctorate may be ineligible (see website for specific details)
  • Must have sufficient written and spoken proficiency in the language of the host country to carry out the project required. Proficiency at the time of application is not required
  • Be in good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate of Health from a physician.

General Information

The U.S. Student Fulbright grants support an individually designed study/research plan, artistic project or English Teaching Assistantship that will take place during one academic year in a country outside the U.S.

The Fulbright Program awards approximately 6,000 new grants annually and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Fulbright grants are not restricted in field of study, and students and practitioners of the creative and performing arts are encouraged to apply. Selection is based on the applicant’s academic or professional record, language preparation, and personal qualifications, as well as the feasibility of the proposed study project.

The Fulbright-mtvU program was created in 2008 to promote “the power of music” as a global force for mutual understanding by providing grants to pursue projects abroad that focus on an aspect of international contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression.

Applicants may be undergraduate seniors who anticipate graduating, master’s or Ph.D. degree candidates, and/or young professionals. Applicants must have a fully developed program of study or research that can be completed during the grant period. Most grants described are awarded for programs that will require one academic year. Applicants who have had extensive previous foreign experience are at a disadvantage. Application is limited to one country program only.

Applicants who have researched and applied to a chosen university and have received acceptance or made contact with a mentor in the host country are given serious consideration by the campus and national committee.

Each Fulbright grant covers round-trip transportation to and from host country, language or orientation courses (where appropriate), tuition (where appropriate), supplemental health and accident insurance, a stipend for the academic year based on living cost in host country, and books or research allowance in some cases.

Additional information may be found at the Fulbright Website or by contacting the UM Fulbright Program Advisor, Ms. Kefryn Reese, Director, Prestigious Awards and Fellowships in the Office of Academic Enhancement, Center for Student Services, Building 21, Room Y, 305-284-5387.

Application Instructions

UM student Fulbright applicants must apply by the campus deadline.  Applications will be reviewed and interviews conducted by members of the UM Fulbright committee, who will complete the Campus Committee Evaluation form which is submitted along with the on-line application by the national Fulbright deadline.  Below you will find detailed instructions for submitting the two main types of Fulbright applications (English Teaching Assistantships and Study Grants):
UM Student Fulbright Application Instructions 2014-2015 — Study Grant
UM Student Fulbright Application Instructions 2014-2015 — English Teaching Assistantship
UM Fulbright Application FAQs

Deadline Dates

May 1, 2014 Application available online.

August 18, 2014 All application materials must be submitted to the Prestigious Awards and Fellowships.

September 2014 Campus interviews are held.

Mid-October 2014 Application and supporting documentation must be received by the Fulbright Program.

February 2015 Application and supporting materials for Fulbright Public Policy Fellowships must be received by the Fulbright Program.

March 2015 Application and supporting materials for Fulbright mtvU Award must be received by the Fulbright Program.