Deadline See Application Calendar below
Eligibility Bachelor's by time of award
Duration Varies by country, generally 8-12 months

Note: Our formal advising process for the 2022-23 Fulbright competition has already begun.  However, it's not too late to get started!  If you are interested in applying for a Fulbright Research, Study, or Arts grant, please complete this registration form. If you are interested in applying for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, please complete this registration form.  In both cases, once you have done so, please email ASAP to notify us that you are beginning the process.  

You will be responsible for getting yourself up to date on the modules before meeting with a Global Awards advisor, but you are welcome to use our virtual drop-in hours to discuss your candidacy.  Individual advising appointments are reserved for students who are up-to-date on the module.

Application Calendar for 2021

March 1 - Fulbright Information Sessions begin. See the Office of Global Awards Calendar for a complete list of information sessions available during the Spring 2021 semester.

March 12 - Priority deadline to register for Fulbright Research/Study/Arts Module. To receive NYU endorsement and as a prerequisite for individual advising, students will be expected to complete the appropriate Fulbright Module.

March 15 - Fulbright Research/Study/Arts Module begins.

April 9 - Priority deadline to register for Fulbright ETA Module. To receive NYU endorsement and as a prerequisite for individual advising, students will be expected to complete the appropriate Fulbright Module.

April 12 - Fulbright ETA Module begins.

June 1 - Summer advising begins. Applicants are expected to complete the module for their award prior to the start of summer advising.  

June 7 - Personal Statement workshops begin.

August 31 - Submission deadline.

September 10 - Fulbright review day.

October 12 - Fulbright National deadline.

Program Overview

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and administered by the Institute for International Education (IIE), offers diverse opportunities for research and cultural exchange for current U.S. students and recent graduates. Over the course of 8-12 months, Fulbright fellows are immersed in the culture and daily life of the country of their choice. Successful applicants to this program will show an interest in promoting cultural ambassadorship, and will have limited prior experience in their particular country of application (less than six months, not counting undergraduate study abroad).

There are two main umbrellas of Fulbright grants: the Study/Research Awards and the English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Awards. Grants are generally for a year.

Study/Research Awards
You can apply for a Study/Research grant to one of 150 countries to fund

  • (A) independent research projects
  • (B) graduate study
  • (C) opportunities to pursue a creative or performing art (e.g. dance, vocal performance, metalworking, creative writing) at an advanced level

or some combination of the above.

Applicants from all academic fields and backgrounds are welcome to apply. You might design an academic or field research project that builds on your previous research. You might propose putting theory into practice, by studying the effect of an NGO or national policy. You might well be learning from that country’s example — how do they approach a social issue that you’ve already thought about deeply? Fulbright has a number of subject-specific awards in digital storytelling (National Geographic), foreign ministries (Fulbright-Clinton), business, public health, and journalism. Search by country for more details.

You could also enroll in a 1-year Masters program in a number of countries (Australia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom) or apply for an Arts grant to develop a particular craft or artistic technique with a person or organization in your chosen country.

Some grants combine elements of A, B, and C. For example, the Masters in Classical Acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) is an example of a grant to support graduate study in a performing art (B+C). Alternatively, you might want to supplement a sociological research project by taking a graduate-level course at a university in your host country (A+B). Or, you might be doing ethnographic research for a novel or screenplay (A+C).

English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Awards
Many NYU students also apply to be Fulbright English Teaching Assistants in one of ~75 countries. ETAs support a teacher in the classroom for 10-20 hours a week and get to  know their community by developing their own community engagement project.