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Fulbright Grant for Educational and Cultural Exchange - The U.S. Student Program

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This fellowship requires an institutional endorsement. A copy of all materials must be submitted by the Campus Deadline to enable the Campus Committee to conduct interviews and the fellowship liaison to write an institutional letter of endorsement. There is no limitation on the number of candidates; all applications are submitted to the U.S. Fulbright.

Who May Apply

U.S. citizens who wish to study or perform research in one of over 135 countries overseas at the post-baccalaureate level. Government-sponsored teaching assistantships are possible in 55 countries. Successful applicants tend to have at least a 3.5 GPA. The program is open to recent graduates as well as artists and scholars at large for current MA or Ph.D. students and for faculty.

Applicant Pool Description

See the Fulbright web site. Applicants are encouraged to look at the competition statistics from the previous year to see the number of grants available to a specific country and how many candidates applies. Then look for the number of positions available for the current year. This will help you predict how competitive it is to get to be awarded a specific grant.

Eligibility Limitations

Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Expectations for foreign language proficiency differ by country. Some countries/regions favor graduate student applications while others expressly welcome applicants holding only the B.A. or B.S. Preference is given to candidates who have not previously spent more than six months in the country of application. Preference is given to students demonstrating sufficient proficiency in the host country's written and spoken language.

Award Description and Duration

See the Fulbright Web site for details on programs in over 135 countries. The amount of the one-year award varies.

Campus Requirements and Deadline

You will want to begin meeting and working closely with the Fulbright Liaison during the previous spring. A draft of the specific plan of study and the personal narrative should be submitted to the Liaison by September 20.

Application Requirements and Deadline

Applicants should report to the Liaison of their intention to apply by September 7. They will be given a timeline of consultation or workshops and an Earlham preliminary proposal deadline. The student will submit the complete specific plan of study, a personal narrative, three letters of recommendation and a language report by October 14. The Liaison submits a letter of institutional endorsement.


The U.S.-based commission usually notifies the College by the end of January if an application has been recommended to the overseas commissions. Finalists for the Teaching Assistant positions are then expected to complete an application to the appropriate government ministry, usually written in the language of the country. Final notification for all awards occurs between late March and early June, with the majority of responses in April.

Typical Essay Questions

  • Describe your study or research plans and your reasons for wishing to undertake them in the country of your choice. Outline a plan that realistically can be completed in one academic year abroad. Graduating seniors, applicants in the creative or performing arts, and applications for teaching awards are not expected to formulate detailed research projects. Graduating seniors should describe the study programs they wish to follow in terms as specific as possible.
  • The Personal Statement should be a narrative focusing on you and your academic interest, giving a picture of yourself as an individual. It should deal with your personal history, family background, influences on your intellectual development, the educational and cultural opportunities (or lack of them) to which you have been exposed, and the ways in which these experiences have affected you. Also include your special interests and abilities, career plans, and life goals, etc. It should not be a recording of facts already listed on the application or an elaboration of your statement of proposed study. Please limit to the space provided.


  • 2019 Tyler Tolman '18, History and Spanish and Hispanic Studies, Teaching English in Thailand
  • 2019 Jacob Harris '18, Biochemistry, Teaching English in South Korea
  • 2019 Nicole Gruszka '19, Peace and Global Studies and Politics
  • 2018 Sonia Norton '18, Politics, Teaching English in India
  • 2017 Eleanor Baude-Phillips '17, English, Teaching English in the Czech Republic
  • 2016 Chisama Ku Penn '16, Spanish & Hispanic Studies, TESOL, Teaching English in Argentina
  • 2014 Rosalyn Endlich '12, Peace and Global Studies
  • 2014 Brian Forman '14, History
  • 2014 Hanley Fultz '14, International Studies, Politics
  • 2014 Shannon Herbert '14, Japanese Studies
  • 2014 Chris Marshall '13, History
  • 2014 Hugh Schmidt '14, German, History
  • 2013 Jared Patton '13, Teaching English in Spain
  • 2011-12 Sarah Chalfin '12, Teaching English in Sri Lanka
  • 2011-12 Erica Gendall-Conrad '12, Teaching English in Germany
  • 2011-12 Anna Hetzel '12, Teaching English in Andorra
  • 2009-10 Ian Cross '10, History
  • 2009-10 Max Crumley-Effinger '10, German
  • 2009-10 Janel Torkington '09, English
  • 2008-09 Colin Haywood '08, English and Japanese Studies
  • 2007-08 Meredith Hanson '07, Comparative Languages and Linguistics and TESOL
  • 2007-08 Katherine Brim '07, German and TESOL
  • 2007-08 Ellen Falk '07, German and HDSR
  • 2006-07 Tim Shenk '04, Spanish and Hispanic Studies
  • 2005-06 Mollie Cripe '05, Sociology/Anthropology
  • 2005-06 Kelsey Mann '05, Comparative Language and Literature
  • 2005-06 Garret Bucks '03, Peace and Global Studies
  • 2005-06 Kjersti Knox '03, Biology/Chemistry
  • 2004-05 Karen L. Hibbard-Rode, '04, Biology
  • 2004-05 Charles Kamm, '91, Music
  • 1999 Joel Andrews '99, Biology and German
  • 1999 Nathan Muchhala '99, Biology
  • 1997 Sara Kriksciun '96, German and Politics
  • 1996 Mary Landrum '96, Teaching Assistant in France
  • 1995 Rebecca Thomforde '95
  • 1991 David Fernandes '91, International Relations in Chile

Have a Question Regarding this Fellowship?

Elana Passman
Assistant Professor of History
(765) 983-1288
Email: passmel@earlham.edu

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