Fulbright Study/Research Grants
- 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 grant is the most historically well-known type of Fulbright grant, includes projects in both academic and arts fields and are available in approximately 140 countries. Applicants for these grants design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. Program requirements vary by country, so the applicant’s first step is to familiarize themselves with the program summary for the host country.
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 see the Getting Started page on the Fulbright website.
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.)
This internal deadline is because the NYU Office of Global Awards 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.
Charles Kolmer (Germany, 2013):
I am an aspiring historian of biology. My project in Germany centered on the use of the plant Arabidopsis thaliana as a model organism in biological experiments. During the first months of my grant period, I applied for doctoral programs in the history of science and then continued my studies at Princeton.
Advice: Getting a letter of affiliation from a mentor at a host institution requires a great deal of time and energy. Don't get discouraged if potential mentors don't respond. With patience and luck, you will find someone to support your project.