Fulbright U.S. Student Program
“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
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.
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.
At Washington State University, students typically take the following steps to prepare for the Fulbright Scholarship:
- Carefully determine your eligibility for this scholarship.
- Familiarize yourself with the Fulbright website.
- Meet with the Director of Distinguished Scholarships to discuss ideas for this scholarship (appointments at Distinguish.Scholar@wsu.edu).
- Determine choice of Fulbright opportunities.
- English Language Teaching Assistantship or
- Determine which country you will be targeting in your application.
Application Process (Begins in Spring)
- Open an application on the Embark system. You will continue working on this throughout the summer.
- Order unofficial transcripts from every college/university where you have received credit.
- 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.)
- 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
- Provide your references with a link to the appropriate page on the Fulbright website with tips for writing strong letters of recommendation:
- 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.)
- Consider suggestions/questions offered by Fulbright.
- Ask professors and others who have been to the country for tips/critique.
- Complete language evaluation if required by your chosen country.
- Confirm you have met all the requirements as listed on the Fulbright webpage.
- Turn in drafts on your application for the WSU review by August 22. Reviews will be held with all applicants in early September.
The WSU Campus Committee Evaluation
- Campus Committee Evaluations are required for all Fulbright applicants.
- 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.
- Applicants will meet with a minimum of two faculty, staff, or former Fulbright recipients.
- 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.
- Additional feedback from the committee will be provided to applicants.
Following the WSU Campus Committee Evaluation
- Complete your essay drafts.
- Complete the online application. Be sure to fill in all required fields.
- Upload your transcripts to the online application.
- Note: Specific requirements for uploading transcript must be followed! Transcript Upload Instructions
- Confirm that your referees have completed the online review process.
- After you think everything is ready, thoroughly proofread your work one last time.
- Submit your online application at least one week before the national deadline.
After You Have Submitted Your Application
- The Director of Distinguished Scholarships will review the application thoroughly.
- The director will submit the Campus Committee Evaluation on behalf of each applicant.
Past WSU Recipients
Prior Cougar recipients of awards from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program have included:
|Year||First Name||Last Name||Location Studied||Major|
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|Spain||English Teaching Assistant|
|2004||Alex||Lindsay||Taiwan||East Asian Languages and Literature|
|1995||Peter||Utgaard||Austria||Western European History|
|1986||Lisa||Valburg||Costa Rica||Environmental Studies|
|1981||Hope||Haugen||West Germany||Political Science|
|1976||Susan||Lancaster||West Germany||Germanic Languages and Literature|
|1975||Rockford||Ross||West Germany||Information Sciences/Systems|
|1974||Leroy||Miller||West Germany||Germanic Languages and Literature|
|1971||Neil||Waters||Japan||English Teaching Assistant|
|1967||Barbara||Haller||India||English Teaching Assistant|
|1967||Jean||Van Dyk||Germany||Political Science|
|1966||Dolly||Ballin||West Germany||Germanic Languages and Literature|
|1965||Arlene||Butherus||India||English Teaching Assistant|
|1964||Lyle||Nichols||France||English Teaching Assistant|
|1959||Annabelle||Dizmang||West Germany||Germanic Languages and Literature|
|1951||Eugene||Fitzpatrick||Australia||East Asian/Pacific/Australian Studies|
Where Our Fulbright Recipients Have Studied
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.