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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 Sessions:

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 4-5pm, CLA 1.106

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

Online application opens May 1, 2016. Campus Deadline Tuesday, September 13, 2016. National Deadline, Tuesday, October 11, 2016. Program dates Fall 2017-Summer 2018.

National Website:

Campus Website:

Program Overview

  • Please fill out the REGISTRATION SURVEY if you plan to apply and to be added to the mailing list.  We send out periodic updates, interview schedules, mentor assignments, and application advice. 
  • 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. 
  • 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

2015 Calendar of Events

DATES                     TIME                 LOCATION                      EVENT

April 15                     3-4pm               CLA 0.128; UT Campus     Fulbright Information Session 

May 6                       3-4pm               CLA 0.128; UT Campus     Fulbright Infomation Session

May 1                       12AM EST         Embark Application          Online Application Opens

Sep 2                        2PM CST          Embark Application          UT Austin Campus Application Deadline

Sep 7-11                   8AM-5PM          Embark Application          Interview slots assigned (45 minutes each)

Sep 14-25                 M-F 9AM-5PM    International Office          Campus Interviews with Faculty Committee 

Oct 13                      4PM CST           Embark Application          National Application Due Online

March-June 2016       N/A                   Awards and Benefits         Awards Announcements

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.  

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

Two to Three information sessions will take place between mid-March and early May each year.  Dates, times and location are TBA. The sessions will be facilitated by an Alumni Ambassador representing IIE and includes both a presentation on the program  and a Q & A session. 

Potential applicants should register their interest in applying with the campus Fulbright Program Administrator. This helps to ensure that the applicant stay informed of deadlines, requirements, and opportunities.

To register, take the REGISTRATION SURVEY.  The survey asks the applicant's name, email address, phone number, academic status (i.e. undergrad, grad, alumnus), country or region of interest, and area of study or research topic.

The applicant should go to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website ( for country summaries, information about preparing an application, and starting May 1, to begin the online application process.


The Institute of International Education (IIE) Fulbright Student Program Application is available online 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 2, 2015) 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 on the Fulbright scholarship website AND emailed to the UT Fulbright administrator by 2PM CDT on September 2nd at:

These items are to be submitted by you via email in PDF format, ONLY ONE PDF.  ALL APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED TO THE FULBRIGHT@AUSTIN.UTEXAS.EDU MUST BE IN ONE SINGLE PDF.  Click HERE to learn how to merge multiple PDF files into one file.

(SINGLE .pdf file named with your name "Last_First.pdf"):

  • 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

These items should be submitted directly by your references via the Embark application tool (not in your emailed PDF):

  • 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 14-25, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. You will be notified via email of your assigned interview appointment during the week of September 7, 2015. 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 13, 2015 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 CDT 10/13/2015.


UT Campus Program Advisor

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


Last updated: November 16, 2015