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Fulbright U.S. Student Program

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“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.”

J. William Fulbright, United States Senator from Arkansas

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EligibilityPreparationApplication ProcessPast RecipientsRecipient Destinations


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards one-year study abroad grants for seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students who will perform an individually designed study or research project or who will enter a English Teaching Assistant program.

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For a complete list of eligibility requirements, please consult the Fulbright website. In general, students should:

  • Be U.S. citizens.
  • Have a conferred bachelor’s degree before the start of the grant.
  • Be in good health.
  • Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study/research.

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At Washington State University, students typically take the following steps to prepare for the Fulbright Scholarship:

  1. Carefully determine your eligibility for this scholarship.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the Fulbright website.
  3. Meet with the Director of Distinguished Scholarships to discuss ideas for this scholarship (appointments at
  4. Determine choice of Fulbright opportunities.
    1. English Language Teaching Assistantship or
    2. Research
    3. Other
  5. Determine which country you will be targeting in your application.
    1. Study statistics for that country.
    2. Read the country notes from Fulbright.

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Application Process

  1. Open an application on the Embark system. You will continue working on this throughout the summer.
  2. Order transcripts from every college/university where you have received credit. These should be sent to:
    Director, Distinguished Scholarships
    Smith Center (CUE) 519
    Washington State University
    Pullman, WA 99164-4519
  3. Students applying for a research scholarship, contact an affiliation within your country of interest. (Suggestions on developing an affiliation are provided on the Fulbright website.)
  4. Contact three references to ask for a reference. Ask for a hard copy of these references one week before the WSU deadline to be provided to the Director of Distinguished Scholarships:
    Director, Distinguished Scholarships
    Smith Center (CUE) 519
    Washington State University
    Pullman, WA 99164-4519
  5. Provide references with link to recommenders’ tips.
  6. Draft a Statement of Purpose and a Personal Statement and share with the director and others who are willing to critique. (Expect to complete 6-8 drafts before completing application process.)
    1. Consider suggestions/questions offered by Fulbright.
    2. Ask professors and others who have been to the country for tips/critique.
  7. Complete language evaluation if required by your chosen country.
  8. Confirm you have met all the requirements as listed on the Fulbright webpage.
  9. Turn in drafts on your application for the WSU review by August 22. Reviews will be held with all applicants in early September.

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After the Internal WSU Review

  1. Complete your essay drafts.
  2. Provide the Director of Distinguished Scholarships with current contact information and a current photograph.
  3. Complete the Travel Registry required by WSU.
  4. Complete the online application. Fill in all required fields.
  5. Upload your transcripts to the online application.
  6. Confirm that your referees have completed the online review process.
  7. Proofread your work thoroughly.
  8. Submit your online application at least one week before the national deadline.

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After you have submitted your application

  1. The Director of Distinguished scholarships will review the application thoroughly.
  2. If there’s a problem, the director  will contact you by phone to correct it.
  3. The director will complete the online process and submit each application.
  4. The director will mail required documentation to New York before national deadline.

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Past WSU Recipients

Prior Cougar recipients of awards from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program have included:




  • Travis King (Honduras)
  • Justin Niedermeyer (Germany)




  • Zachary Purvis (Switzerland)


  • Kristen Dyck (Germany)
  • Tessa LeCuyer (Botswana)
  • Julian Reyes (Germany)


  • Kristen Dyck (Germany)
  • Tessa LeCuyer (Botswana)
  • Julian Reyes (Germany)


  • Alex Lindsay (Taiwan)


  • Joseph Harris (Albania)


  • Kathey-Lee Galvin (Nepal)


  • Kyle Miller (Senegal)


  • Renee Gralewicz (Canada)
  • Peter Utgaard (Austria)


  • Warren Shannon (Germany)


  • Warren Shannon (Germany)


  • Mark Jensen (Austria)


  • John Konovsky (Japan)


  • Scott Wenger (Iceland)

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Where Our Fulbright Recipients Have Studied

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Travel Blog of Eric Dexter

Eric Dexter, who was one of our 2013-2014 Fulbright award recipients, will be keeping a Fulbright travel blog that documents his journey as a scientist studying abroad at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. Over the course of the 2014-2015 academic year, he will be providing this invaluable and interesting resource that will record his experiences in Switzerland as Fulbright scholar, cultural ambassador and traveler.