About the Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. Study/research applicants typically work with affiliates at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs place Fulbrighters in classrooms to provide assistance to the local English teachers.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program currently awards over 2,200 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries. From its inception, the Program has fostered bilateral relationships in which citizens and governments of other countries work towards mutual understanding.
Successful candidates will:
- be citizens or nationals of the United States of America at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible. Please review the Ineligibility section in relation to the eligibility of dual citizens.
- have a conferred bachelor’s degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant.
- propose a feasible and quality project.
- have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study/research.
- will have a strong academic and/or professional record.
- demonstrate maturity and resilience of character.
- will propose a project that will help to advance the Fulbright aim of promoting mutual understanding among nations through engagement in the host community, among other activities.
USC juniors, seniors and recent alumni who reflect these traits are invited to participate in the Fulbright campus process that begins each spring.
For more information, visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website here.
USC Application Timeline
March-April: Fulbright Writing Workshop Series with The Writing Program Faculty
April: Fulbright Application Opens Online
Early June: AHF Fulbright Friday Newsletters Begin Opt in to the Newsletter here
June-early August: Fulbright Statement Advisement Days
July: Deadline to Register Application to Apply Through USC
- To register, create a Fulbright 2020-2021 application.
- Under Preliminary Information, question #4, select “yes” to apply through a university.
- Enter “University of Southern California, CA” for question #4a.
- Under Personal Information, enter permanent email address for question #7. Save the application before exiting.
- These actions are sufficient to register through USC. Applicants will need to complete the entire online application by the campus deadline.
Late August: Campus Deadline to Submit Application
Mid September: Study/Research Campus Evaluation and Feedback Meetings
Mid-September: ETA Campus Evaluation and Feedback Meetings
October: National Fulbright U.S. Student Program Deadline
January: Semi-finalists Notified
March-May: Finalists Notified
Campus Evaluation and Feedback
The campus evaluation and feedback process is required to apply for Fulbright through USC and is meant to enhance the overall application. The campus committee evaluation and feedback meeting serves two purposes: 1) It is a chance for faculty from a variety of fields to provide advice for the applicant to incorporate into the application, and 2) the committee will complete an evaluation of the project feasibility and ambassadorial potential of the applicant. The committee’s role is not to weed anyone out, but rather, identify ways to improve and fine-tune the overall application. The evaluation is sent to the Fulbright National Screening Committee with the application.
Interested students will complete an extensive review of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website with special attention to the country description of interest. The following Fulbright pages are also particularly useful:
- Fulbright Tutorials: Offer a “Fulbright 101” in five 12-15 minute videos covering program overview, applicant qualifications and application components.
- Getting Started: Four steps to begin to explore Fulbright.
- Types of Awards: Descriptions of each award type. You can only apply to one type in an application cycle.
- Application Tips: Description of what is expected in each application component.
- Upcoming Events: Helpful tool to search for upcoming webinars.
- Recorded Webinars: Revisit webinars you missed for additional information on the application process.
- Grantee and Applicant Statistics: View the number of applicants versus recipients for the past three years.
- Grantee Directory: Search for Fulbright recipients in your target country, field, or from your home institution.
- Month-by-Month Advising Guide: A suggested timeline of how to submit a strong Fulbright application.
- Fulbright Writing Workshop Series: The Writing Program faculty and AHF staff guide participants through brainstorming exercises and statement draft reviews.
- Faculty Mentors: A list of faculty members willing to mentor USC Fulbright U.S. Student Program applicants.
- Fulbright Information Session & USC Alumni Panel Video: Recorded October 2018 for Research and Fellowships Week
- Binders of Successful Fulbright Essays: Review 100+ essays from USC Fulbright recipients in STU 300. No appointment needed.
- USC Resources Archive: Log of past information sessions and writing resources.
Open Advising: March-early August
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