Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers opportunities for recent graduates, graduate students, and developing professionals and artists to conduct career-launching study and research abroad in approximately 140 countries.

Watch a video about BSU alumna, Lauren Petersen, and her experience in Poland as an English Teaching Assistant.


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Preference will usually be given to candidates who have not resided in the country to which they are applying for more than six months, except in the case of undergraduate study abroad. 
  • Applicants must hold a BA degree or the equivalent before beginning the grant period, but cannot yet have earned a PhD or other terminal degree.
  • Applicants usually must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country, especially for projects in the social sciences and the humanities.
  • Applicants must be in good health.
  • Applicants should have a strong record of academic and professional achievement, demonstrated leadership potential, and community involvement.

How to apply

  • Candidates should carefully review the "About," "Countries," and "Applicants" sections of the Fulbright website before beginning the application process. Competition statistics for English teaching assistantships are available online; full grant stats are forthcoming.  
  • Applicants should decide if they want to apply for an academic grant, arts grant, or teaching assistantship (now available in approximately 70 selected countries). Other specific grants are offered on a limited basis.
  • Register with Embark to begin an online application.
  • Advice for applicants is provided under "Application tips" in the "Applicants" section of the website.  Additional advice from past Fulbright winners can be found at the Fulbright U.S. Student Applicant Blog
  • Applicants must submit a completed application form, a personal statement, a proposed program of study, three recommendations (letters or forms, depending on the type of application), transcripts, and, if applicable, a foreign language report. Candidates in the creative and performing arts must also submit supplemental materials (slides, photographs, recordings, etc.).
  • Current students cannot apply directly to the Fulbright program but must apply through Ball State and undergo an on-campus interview. (Applicants who have already graduated from Ball State may apply through the university or as at-large candidates.)
  • Applicants should contact Dom Caristi, Ball State’s representative for Fulbright applications, to begin the application process at least two months before the campus deadline. Applicants are strongly encouraged to work with Barb Stedman, director of national and international scholarships, in drafting and revising their personal statement and proposed program of study.

Fulbright application guidance for Ball State students

  • Click to access an application packet prepared specifically for Ball State students who apply for a Fulbright grant.  It contains tips on creating the best application possible, a timeline and checklist, advice on getting strong letters of recommendation, and sample essays. NOTE: The PDFs won’t open in Chrome. Please use Explorer or Firefox.

  • Several documents are available, in both Word and PDF format.

  • Applicants must enter their Ball State usernames and passwords to gain access. Alumni should contact Barb Stedman to obtain the packet materials.


  • The campus deadline is noon on September 4, 2015. All materials must be submitted by this date to Dom Caristi.
  • The national deadline is October 13, 2015, but BSU applicants must electronically submit their applications no later than 5pm on October 4.

Duration and amount

  • Fulbright grants typically span 9 or 10 months, usually coinciding with the academic year; the specific time frame varies by country.
  • Fulbright grants generally provide round-trip transportation; a living stipend, based on living costs in the host country; and supplemental health and accident insurance.  In some countries, academic and arts grants may also provide tuition, language or orientation courses, and book or research allowances.