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IIE Fulbright for U.S. Students

"We must dare to think unthinkable thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world." - Senator James W. Fulbright

Next Info Session:

Friday, April 8, 2016, 4-5pm, CLA 1.106

Online application opens March 31, 2016. Campus Deadline Thursday, September 8, 2016, 5pm CST. National Deadline, Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 4pm CST. Program dates Fall 2017-Summer 2018.

National Website:

Campus Website:

Program Overview

  • The Fulbright U.S. Student Program finances exceptional students for 8-12 months of study and research abroad, and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
  • Fulbright awards graduating seniors, recent graduates and alumni to travel for academic work.
  • It covers all disciplines, including the sciences, social sciences, humanities, engineering, and the performing and creative arts. 
  • A number of countries also offer grants for those who wish to serve as English Teaching Assistants (ETA)
  • The competition happens every year, make it a goal to strive for after graduation!  

What the Grant Covers

  • round-trip transportation to the host country
  • funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs, based on the cost of living in the host country
  • Accident & Sickness Health Benefits

In some countries, grants may also include:

  • book and research allowances*
  • mid-term enrichment activities
  • full or partial tuition
  • language study programs
  • pre-departure and in-country orientations

2016 Calendar of Events

DATES                     TIME                  LOCATION                         EVENT

March 31                  12AM EST          Embark Application           Online Application Opens

April 8                       4-5pm                CLA 1.106; UT Campus     Fulbright Infomation Session

Sep 8                        5PM CST           Embark Application           UT Austin Campus Application Deadline

Sep 12-16                  8AM-5PM          Embark Application           Interview slots assigned (45 min each)

Sep 19-30                  M-F 9AM-5PM    International Office           Rm 104: Interviews with Faculty Committee 

Oct 11                       4PM CST           Embark Application          National Application Due Online

March-June 2017        N/A                    Awards and Benefits        Awards Announcements

Aug/Sep 2017             N/A                     N/A                               Awardees Begin Fulbright Program 

Types of Grants

Familiarize yourself with the grant types that comprise the U.S. Student Fulbright Program and their required components. For a list of grant types and an explanation, please visit: The UT Campus Fulbright Committee only facilitates Full Grants for Study/Research, English Teaching Assistantships, National Geographic, and Clinton Programs. The Committe does not facilitate any post Ph.D. programs. 

Regions and Countries

Research regions and countries you feel passionate about. Each country listing has specific requirements for their Fulbright programs. Visit:

We also recommend visiting the sections on:

Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program are encouraged to visit and subscribe to the Fulbright U.S. Student Blog. The blog features tips and advice on applying, student testimonials, and a calendar with upcoming webinars.

First Steps

  • Thoroughly review application and country requirements at the national Fulbright U.S. Student Programs website:
  • Two to Three information sessions will take place in the spring semester of each year.  The sessions will be facilitated by the campus Fulbright Program Advisor and Fulbright Administrative Coordinator with a brief discussion of the program. The remainder of the time is a dedicated Q & A session. 

  • Potential applicants should register their interest by beginning an Embark online application. This helps to ensure that the applicant stay informed of deadlines, requirements, and opportunities.


The Institute of International Education (IIE) Fulbright Student Program Application is available online through the Embark Application System in interactive PDF format. Applicants are required to complete all forms electronically

If you are currently enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin, you are required to apply through the Fulbright Program Advisor on campus and submit materials by the UT Austin deadline (September 8, 2016, 5pm CST) in order to participate in the institutional review process.

If you are not currently enrolled, but have graduated from UT Austin, you have the option to either apply through the Fulbright Program Advisor or At-Large. We recommend that alumni apply through our campus Fulbright Program Advisor.

Important Application Instructions

All application components are to be submitted in the Embark system by 5PM CST on September 8, 2016.

  • completed application form
  • statement of purpose*
  • personal statement
  • letter(s) of affiliation with an institution in the host country for Study/Research grants
  • official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended by the applicant
  • three letters of reference (usually from faculty, though in some cases a letter from a non-faculty expert in the proposed field of study is acceptable)
  • language evaluation form (for most non-Anglophone countries)

*Creative and performing artists also provide samples of their work.  A separate web portal for uploading digital versions of these samples is now available for submission to IIE.

Applicants may contact the campus faculty committee chair Professor Lindsay Hale at or (512) 565-6222 for advising during the preparation of the application.

Interviews with members of the faculty review committee for providing feedback on your application materials will take place September 19-30, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. You will be notified via email of your assigned interview appointment during the week of September 12, 2016. All interviews will take place at the International Office. A faculty member on the committee will then be assigned to you as a mentor to assist with incorporating the input of the committee into your final application materials prior to the October 11, 2016 national deadline. Your application will be unsubmitted in Embark, allowing you to edit and resubmit your final version before the national IIE deadline of 4pm CST 10/11/2016.

UT Campus Fulbright Program Advisor

  • Dr. Lindsay Hale - Fulbright Program Advisor, Faculty Advisor, Committee Chair
  • Lindsay D. Jones - Fulbright Administrative Coodinator
  • UT Fulbright Email:


Last updated: April 6, 2016