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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 (Begins in Spring)

  1. Open an application on the Embark system. You will continue working on this throughout the summer.
  2. Order unofficial transcripts from every college/university where you have received credit.
  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 your references with a link to the appropriate page on the Fulbright website with tips for writing strong letters of recommendation:
  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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The WSU Campus Committee Evaluation

  1. Campus Committee Evaluations are required for all Fulbright applicants.
  2. The Provide the Director of Distinguished Scholarships will arrange the date, time, and location of the evaluations. Students who are not physically located in Pullman will participate via phone or video.
  3. Applicants will meet with a minimum of two faculty, staff, or former Fulbright recipients.
  4. Applicants will be asked to describe their motivation, experience, and qualifications that will contribute to their success in carrying out their proposed Fulbright project. They should also be prepared to discuss their knowledge of the host country, how they have learned about the host country or region’s culture, society, current events and/or history.
  5. Additional feedback from the committee will be provided to applicants.

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Following the WSU Campus Committee Evaluation

  1. Complete your essay drafts.
  2. Complete the online application. Be sure to fill in all required fields.
  3. Upload your transcripts to the online application.
  4. Confirm that your referees have completed the online review process.
  5. After you think everything is ready, thoroughly proofread your work one last time.
  6. Submit your online application at least one week before the national deadline.

After You Have Submitted Your Application

  1. The Director of Distinguished Scholarships will review the application thoroughly.
  2. The director will submit the Campus Committee Evaluation on behalf of each applicant.

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Past WSU Recipients

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

Year First NameLast Name Location StudiedMajor/Area of Interest
View Ryan Booth's news release
Ryan W.BoothIndiaHistory
2019Melanie M.KirbySpainEntomology
View Garrett Snedeker's news release
View Imee William's news release
View Gregory Walker's news release
GregoryWalkerSpain English Teaching Assistant
View Travis King's news release
Travis KingHondurasEcology
View Justin Niedermeyer's news release
Justin Niedermeyer Germany Physics
View Patrick Freeze's news release
PatrickFreeze Thailand Environmental Studies
View Matthew Jones' news release
Matthew JonesNew Zealand Ecology
View Eric Dexter's news release
EricDexterSwitzerland Ecology
View Samantha Sanders' news release
Samantha Sanders France Engineering
2012ZacharyPurvis Switzerland History
2011KirstenDyckGermany Ethnomusicology
2011Julian Reyes Germany Engineering
2011Tessa LeCuyer Botswana Public Health
2004Alex Lindsay Taiwan East Asian Languages and Literature
2002Joseph Harris Albania History: General
2000Kathey-Lee Galvin Nepal Anthropology
1996Kyle Miller Senegal Biology
1995Renee Gralewicz Canada Anthropology
1995PeterUtgaard Austria Western European History
1993Warren Shannon Germany History
1990MarkJensen Austria Biology
1989John Konovsky Japan Agriculture
1986Lisa Valburg Costa Rica Environmental Studies
1986Scott Wenger Iceland Engineering
1985Tena Hanson West Germany Economics
1985Kevin Repp West Germany History
1984Janet Manson West Germany History
1981Robert Butler France Psychology
1981Hope Haugen West Germany Political Science
1979StephenLeibo France History
1979Martin Zimmerman Colombia Botany
1977AlanCrosby West Germany Chemistry
1976Susan Lancaster West Germany Germanic Languages and Literature
1975Rockford Ross West Germany Information Sciences/Systems
1975MarvinSlind West Germany History
1974Leroy Miller West Germany Germanic Languages and Literature
1974Paula Terhaar West Germany Biology
1972Stuart Stovin Afghanistan Architecture
1971NeilWaters Japan English Teaching Assistant
1968Elizabeth Winchester Australia Sociology
1967BarbaraHaller India English Teaching Assistant
1967JeanVan Dyk Germany Political Science
1967Allen Wesselius Australia Veterinarian Studies
1966Dolly Ballin West Germany Germanic Languages and Literature
1966JonathanKentAustralia Chemistry
1965Paul Adkins Italy Sculpture
1965Arlene Butherus India English Teaching Assistant
1965Stanton Parmeter India Biology
1965David Warren India Creative Writing
1964Lyle Nichols France English Teaching Assistant
1959Annabelle Dizmang West Germany Germanic Languages and Literature
1959Diane Wegner West Germany Voice
1955John Sherbon Denmark Agriculture
1951Eugene Fitzpatrick Australia East Asian/Pacific/Australian Studies
1951WilliamMcguire New Zealand Agriculture
1949Richard Robbins France Sociology

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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.