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Internal Deadline: August 2nd, 2023 12 PM and September 6th, 2023 12 PM Pacific Time

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2024-2025 Award Cycle

National Deadline: Tuesday October 10, 2023 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 often 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 citizens or nationals of the United States of America at the time of the application deadline. Permanent residents are not eligible. Please review the Award Description in relation to the eligibility of dual citizens.
  • Applicants must have a conferred bachelor's degree or equivalent before the start of the grant period.
  • Applicants must meet the language requirements of the award to which they are applying and demonstrate sufficient competency to complete their project and adjust to life in the host country.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong preference for those who have not previously held a Fulbright grant.
  • Preference will be given to applicants whose higher education was undertaken primarily at educational institutions in the United States. Undergraduate study abroad experiences, either in the chosen host country or elsewhere, will not be considered a disadvantage.
  • Candidates who have not resided or studied in the country to which they are applying for more than six months, not counting undergraduate study abroad, are preferred. Duty abroad in the Armed Forces of the United States is not considered disqualifying within the meaning of this section.
  • Candidates who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States will be given preference, provided their qualifications are approximately equivalent to those of other candidates.
  • For most programs, applicants who have had extensive, recent previous experience in the host country are at a competitive disadvantage but are still eligible to apply.

More information is available on Fulbright's eligibility page.

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.
    • Refer to the award description before beginning an application to understand the requirements of your chosen award, and confirm with IIE 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 a feedback session for each applicant conducted by the Reed Fulbright Campus Committee (composed of faculty and staff) 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 the U.S. Student Program, which provides detailed 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, and make certain to carefully read the the country pages of the awards you're considering, as each award will have its own additional rules and, sometimes, may have deadlines as early as August for affiliation letters, when required.

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: