Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the nation's largest study abroad fellowship program, and is designed to give graduating seniors, recent B.S./B.A. graduates, graduate students, and professionals opportunities for international experience, personal enrichment and an open exchange of ideas with citizens of other nations.

There are two main types of Fulbright grants:

Fulbright Research/Study Grants

These grants generally provide round-trip transportation; book and research allowances; maintenance for the academic year, based on living costs in the host country; supplemental health and accident insurance; tuition, in some cases; and language or orientation courses, where appropriate. Potential applicants should consult the individual country pages for details.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships

Opportunities to teach English language and conversation classes abroad are available. A stipend is provided based on living costs in the host country. The Fulbright award covers round-trip international travel, health and accident insurance, and orientation costs. Currently, English Teaching Assistantships are offered in several countries around the world and the country listing is regularly updated. Please check the Fulbright site for a current listing. 

Program Preferences

For research/study grants, evidence of past coursework or research experience (course-related or through internships, employment, etc.) concerning the host country/region and/or the field of study is important. Prior study abroad in the proposed host country or region can be advantageous but is NOT required.

For teaching grants, evidence of prior experience in tutoring, team-leading, coaching, teaching, camp counseling or other similar activities is very helpful. Coursework in education or English-as-a-second-language training is NOT required for most countries but may be helpful.

Award Amount

In general, Fulbright grants for study and teaching cover the following costs (as applicable): Round-trip transportation to the host country; Maintenance for the academic year, based on living costs in the host country; Medical Insurance; Language or orientation programs, in some cases (see relevant Country Summary for details). Fulbright study grants may also provide: Book and research allowances; Full or partial tuition, in most cases (see relevant Country Summary for details).


Approximately one academic year; length and timing of awards varies by individual country and/or region.

GW Campus Process

All Fulbright applicants must meet with Dr. Paul Hoyt-O'Connor, GW's Fulbright Program Advisor prior to submitting a Fulbright application. To set up an initial informational appointment to learn more about the application and endorsement process, please contact the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships at fellcent@gwu.edu.


  1. GW Campus Nomination Deadline: September 1, 2017
  2. National Deadline: October 6, 2017 at 5:00pm EST

EXCITING NEWS! Make sure to read about a special opportunity to receive a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant award in Brazil from February-November 2018!