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IIE Fulbright for US 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

Program Overview

  • The Fulbright U.S. Student Program finances exceptional students for  9 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!  

For application submissions, fill out the registration survey, and email:

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

Yearly Calendar 

(dates vary by year)

Date Time Event Location
Fri, Apr 25 1:00-2:30pm

Fulbright Info Session

Alumni Presentation:  Rachel Reetzke 

(Public Health-China 2011-2012)

UT Campus, Burdine Hall 136 

Thurs, May 1      N/A Online Application Opens How to Apply 
Mon, May 5 1:00-2:30pm

Fulbright Info Session

Alumni Presentation: Rachel Reetzke 

(Public Health-China 2011-2012)

UT Campus, Burdine Hall 136


SEP 3 


Sep 8-12 8am-5pm Emails sent out notifying applicants of interview slots
Sep 15-19 & 22-26 9am-4pm



International Office, Rm 130
Tues, Oct 14 4pm CDT Online National Application Due Embark Application Site
Mid-March 2015 N/A Awards Announcements Awards and Benefits


First Steps

Two information sessions will take place on Friday, April 25 and Monday, May 5 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM in BUR 136. 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, and send an email to containing the potential 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 being 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 3, 2014) 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 3rd 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 9/15-9/19 & 9/22-9/26/2014. You will be notified via email of your assigned interview appointment during the week of 9/8/2014. 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 10/14/2014 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 10/14/2014.

Getting Started

The first step in the process is to 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 Study Abroad Office only facilitates Full Grants for Study/Research, English Teaching Assistantships, National Geographic, and Clinton Programs.  

Don't forget to take the REGISTRATION SURVEY!

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.


UT Campus Program Advisor

  • Dr. Lindsay Hale - Faculty Advisor, Committee Chair

  • Lindsay D. Jones - Administrative support

  • UT Fulbright Email:


Last updated: August 21, 2014