IIE Fulbright Grants
Does this describe you? You studied abroad, got hooked on international travel, and now want to spend more time overseas.
Or maybe this is you: You could never find the time in your schedule to study abroad and now you’re craving the international experience your friends had.
In either case, if you’re the kind of person who wants not just to travel but to be immersed in the local culture and engaged with the local community, promoting mutual understanding, a Fulbright scholarship might be right for you.
Fulbright Scholarships fund you to do one of the following abroad:
(1) Teach English
(2) Conduct a research project
(3) Pursue graduate study
There are awards in nearly every country in the world and lots of special awards in particular academic disciplines and arts (including popular music, public policy, journalism, and the sciences & public health).
Who should apply? Students who are currently juniors or graduating seniors. These awards will be for the 2014-2015 school year.
Click here for more information: Fulbright Application Process for UST Students
What is a Fulbright Grant?
- FULBRIGHT grants offer opportunities for graduating seniors and graduate students to pursue graduate study or research in one country for one year. Applicants must devise a program of study at a university abroad or design a specific project that requires study and/or research in a country abroad.
- Fulbright also offers one-year teaching assistantships in eight countries.
- Fulbright grants cover all expenses, including round-trip transportation, tuition, and a stipend for living expenses for a full academic year. Grants may be used to study in over 140 countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Oceania.
- A few recent examples: St. Thomas Fulbright recipients have studied Swiss neutrality in the context of cooperation with Europe in Switzerland, unemployment in Germany, and a teaching assistantship in Korea. St. Thomas's most recent Fulbright grantee is studying Middle Eastern studies in Egypt.
- To qualify for a Fulbright Fellowship, you must be a United States citizen at the time of application and must have a B.A. or B.S. degree before the beginning date of the grant. Although the Fulbright program does not require a specific grade point average, experience suggests that you should have at least a 3.7 cumulative gpa to be competitive. You must, of course, have a good reason for wanting to study in a particular country or at a particular school abroad.
- Fulbright grants are very competitive.
- Completed Fulbright applications are due on October 1 each year for awards the following academic year. Your junior year is the right time to begin thinking about Fulbright possibilities, discussing them with faculty, etc. You can then write your proposal in the summer before your senior year. Good Fulbright proposals take quite a bit of lead time, so start early.