Fulbright Arts Grant
- be a U.S. citizen
- hold a bachelor's degree before the beginning date of the grant
- present a study plan or project which can be completed in one academic year
The Fulbright Study/Research Grants enable students in the creative and performing arts to design their own projects in approximately 150 countries and carry out said projects individually or with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education.
In addition to the application required by the Fulbright, candidates are also asked to submit examples of their artistic work. This supplementary material varies based on the artistic field of study. To see the specifications for the supplementary materials, click here.
In general, the Fulbright has an excellent website that takes you through all the application steps. It includes checklists, application tips, and webinars. We strongly recommend you consult the website very carefully.
Submission Timeline & the Faculty Review Process
The final deadline for Fulbright applications is generally mid-October. Applications are submitted online using the Embark system, which opens for applications from May to mid-October. To begin an application in this time period, click here.
However, there are some important caveats to this final deadline.
- You need to decide whether you will apply “under” NYU or “at large.”
- If you choose the latter option, you are free to submit right up until the final deadline date. Your application will not need to be evaluated by NYU (see below). However, it also means that you will not have the chance to use NYU’s support structures and resources, nor use the faculty review as a way to strengthen your application. Statistically speaking, you are twice as likely to win a Fulbright if you apply under your school rather than “at-large.”
- If you apply “under NYU,” there is an internal mid-September deadline for your application materials. (N.B. If you are part of the FADP, there is a slightly earlier internal deadline. For more details about the FADP, click here.)
This internal deadline is because the NYU Office of Fellowship Advising needs time to convene a faculty committee to interview you and provide an evaluation of your application. This is a requirement, not an option, and we do it at the request of the Fulbright Program.
The interview will take approximately 30 minutes and will be scheduled once we receive your application materials. After these interviews are over, you will have a chance to revise and strengthen your application. We will send you detailed outline of this process when you submit in mid-September.
Fulbright Arts Grant Recipients
Alice Blumefeld (Spain, 2012):
I intensely studied the connection between flamenco singing and the dancing in order to understand the complex styles of singing and how that affects and shapes the dancing. To do this, I studied both dance and singing. I also attended many performances and participated in flamenco juergas. I spent time at flamenco peñas, or flamenco cultural institutions where traditional flamenco thrives in an environment of aficionados. I interviewed artists and got a wide range of perspectives on current flamenco. I also performed and worked one-on-one with musicians to put the knowledge I was learning in classes and socially to performance use. You can see more of what I did on the blog I kept at http://alicesadventuresinspain.blogspot.com/
Most Challenging Component of the Application Process: I had a really hard time writing the statement of purpose. To sum up what I was going to do in a full year in two pages was very hard. I made many, many drafts. I was constantly forcing myself to be more specific and refine what I was saying as much as possible. Since there is no quantitative description of research in the arts, it can be hard to describe the research process without getting vague, and you have to avoid vagueness in the application.
Advice: Show that you MUST have the grant to achieve your goals, and that your goals are not just self-serving. How will the knowledge you acquire be used once you return to the U.S.? Prove that you cannot reach your goals without the study you are going to pursue with the Fulbright.
Jade Conlee (Germany, 2014) :
During my Fulbright year I studied modernist and contemporary piano repertoire with Nicolas Hodges at the music conservatory in Stuttgart. I also researched cultural and political aspects in the international community of contemporary music performers in Germany.
Most Challenging Component of the Application Process: Fulbright requires a letter of support from an academic institution in your host country, and this can take months of organization to acquire.
Advice: For arts applicants, it's important that the project involves more than continued study or production of work, which, in the eyes of an application committee, could be accomplished equally well in the United States. While producing a body of work may be your main goal, your proposal should additionally incorporate substantial involvement with your host country's community.