Discover the Fulbright Fellowship

Discover the Fulbright Fellowship

The CCPA is already gearing up for next year! Specifically, we are beginning to prepare students for the 2020-2021 Fullbright Fellowship applications. Will you be one of the students applying? Read on to discover what the Fulbright Fellowship Program is, who should apply, and where you can learn more! 

What is the Fulbright Fellowship Program? 

“The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or 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.

During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the specific country summary for details.”


Types of Awards

Open Study/Research Awards: With this traditional award, candidates design a research project for a specific country. Read more here.

English Teaching Assistant Awards: The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) awards match candidates with classrooms abroad where they will assist local English teachers and serve as a “Cultural ambassador for the U.S..” Read more here.

Who should apply?

Students can apply during their senior year of college, but the CCPA encourages students to begin the process earlier, over the summer before or even towards the end of their junior year. The Fulbright website also lists the following eligibility requirements on their website, please see the website for the detailed list of requirements:

  • Applicants must 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 below in relation to the eligibility of dual citizens.
  • Applicants must have a conferred bachelor’s degree or equivalent before the start of the grant.
  • Applicants must be in good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate from a physician.
  • Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study/research. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities.

How can I learn more?

Attend an Info Session!

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Bryn Mawr Room of the Dining Center, Amy Feifer will be holding a Fulbright Fellowship Information Session. The session will consist of a panel with herself, an alumna, and two current students who received the award who will provide information about the application process, tips and insights.

In addition to Amy, the panelists include:

  • Alexandra Corcoran ’19, recipient of the University College Dublin Taught Master’s Program Award, to study philosophy and public affairs
  • Claire Dinh ’16, English Teaching Assistant in the Czech Republic 2016-2017
  • Danielle Jacobsen ’19, will spend next year researching at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences at University of Oslo in Norway

Explore the Website.

To help you learn about the Fellowship, explore the Fulbright website carefully: begin to identify which type of awards interests you, learn about eligibility, and explore detailed info about the specific countries.

  • Open Study/Research Award – review program summary for host country
  • English Teaching Assistant Awards – a helpful overview by country
  • Country Summaries – contains country specific details. Grant lengths, dates, candidate profile, and more vary by country.

Other helpful tips on the Fulbright site:

Attend a Webinar.

Participate in live webinars, and watch past webinars led by the Institute of International Education (IIE), who administers the Fulbright Program for the US Department of State.

Here is a sampling of upcoming webinars which should be helpful and informative. Registration is done through their website.

  • English Teaching Assistant Webinar, April 15, 2019 – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • Study/Research Webinar, April 19, 2019 – 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Talk to us!

Feel feel to make an appointment with Amy or come during her Walk-In Hours (15 minute quick questions) on Thursdays during the school year, between 2:30 and 4:30 pm, CCPA, Stokes 300. Amy has added two special Fulbright Fellowship Walk-In hours:

  • Wednesday, April 17 between 3:00 and 4:30 pm
  • Monday, April 29 between 12:00 and 2:00 pm.

She will also be available for appointments during the summer via video conference, phone, or in person.


The campus deadline is September 3, 2019. All parts of the application must be completed including 3 letters of reference in the Fulbright Online Application System

Students who are interested in applying for this fellowship are strongly encouraged to attend the information session on April 24.