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Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Apply through Reed Fellowships and Awards Committee

Internal Deadline: August 4th, 2021 12 PM and September 8th, 2021 12PM Pacific Time

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2022-2023 Award Cycle

National Deadline: Tuesday October 12, 2021 at 2 PM Pacific Time

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program seeks to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. U.S. citizens or nationals may apply in one of three primary categories:

Study/Research Grants

Study/research grants are offered to recent bachelor's graduates, master's and doctoral students, young professionals and artists for study and research abroad or to pursue a creative project. 

Graduate Degree Grants

In some cases, applicants may apply for an MA degree through the study/research category.

English Teaching Assistant

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Programs (ETA) aims to improve foreign students' English language abilities and knowledge of the United States. ETA participants are placed outside of capital cities and are fully integrated into the host community, increasing their own language skills and knowledge of the host country. English Teaching Assistants in many cases may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities.

Awards cover round-trip transportation to the host country, living costs for the duration abroad, books, research allowance, and, if relevant, full or partial tuition.

Interested students should discuss this opportunity with their academic adviser and a CLBR advisor. Specific program questions can be addressed to CLBR Fellowships.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens (or nationals) at the time of application and have a bachelor's degree or equivalent before the start of the grant. They must have a strong academic record, possess any required language skills as identified by the award to which they are applying, and possess a strong interest in playing the role of cultural ambassador.

Selection Criteria

Selection is made on the basis of:

  • Quality and feasibility of the proposal as described in the Statement of Grant Purpose.
  • Academic or professional record.
  • Personal qualifications.
  • Language preparation.
  • Preference factors as established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) and the Fulbright Commissions/Foundations.
  • Extent to which the candidate and the project will help to advance the Fulbright aim of promoting mutual understanding among nations through engagement in the host community, among other activities.
  • Ability of the supervising agencies abroad to arrange/confirm supervision and facilitate research clearance, if necessary.
  • Requirements of the program in individual countries. In some countries, advanced-degree candidates are preferred, and in some countries, certain fields of study are not recommended. Check with IIE before filing an application if you do not meet country specifications.
  • Desirability of achieving wide institutional and geographic distribution.

Application Procedure

Graduating Reed seniors and recent alumni who are not enrolled at another institution are eligible to apply through Reed and participate in our internal process. This includes an interview conducted by the Fellowships & Awards Committee on campus or virtually. You are strongly encouraged to apply through your current institution, if it is not Reed. If you have a question about your eligibility to apply through Reed, please email

Study the Fulbright website for U.S. Students, which provides detailed and invaluable instructions on how to complete each part of the application, from selecting the country to acquiring an affiliation (for a study/research Fulbright) to writing a proposal and getting a foreign language evaluation. Once the online application opens in May, register and begin the process. Review Reed's internal application instructions for more information.

Hear from Reedie Awardees

Check out this interview with Meredith Theus '21, conducted by CLBR advisor Shania Siron:

And this one between Shania and Jolon Timms '18: