Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Fulbright U.S. Student Program 

The Fulbright Program is the premier international education exchange program in the United States. Designed to increase mutual understanding between U.S. citizens and people of other countries, more than 200 members of the UD community have received Fulbright Awards since the program’s inception. 

The Fulbright Program awards grants to students and alumni annually in 160+ countries. Grants provide: 

  • Round-trip transportation; 

  • A stipend for a single academic year, usually in just one country 

  • Health and accident insurance; and  

  • Language or orientation courses where appropriate.

  • Independent Research Projects

  • Study towards a Master’s degree

  • English Teaching Assistantship

  • Additional Specialized Awards

In order to be eligible to apply for a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award, you must be a U.S. citizen, in good health and have earned your Bachelor’s degree before the grant’s start date.

For UD juniors, seniors, graduate students & alumni: 

  • Early April: Applications Open

  • April - August: Design Project & Prepare Application

  • July 15: UD Essay Draft Deadline

  • September 1: UD Campus Deadline*

  • September - October: Campus Interviews

  • October 12: Official Fulbright Application Deadline  

  • November - December: National Screening Committees

  • January - May: Commission/Embassy Screening

  • April - May: Final Notification

  • September: Grant Begin Date**

For detailed application instructions, please visit the Fulbright website

*This deadline for the Student Program is set by the University and differs from the deadline published by the Fulbright office. Applicants applying through the University must adhere to the University's deadline date.

**Grant begin date may vary based on your host country.  


Submit materials by July 15 (a form will be posted this spring).

UD Fulbright applicants should provide the following as part of the draft application so that materials can be reviewed by a staff or faculty member over the summer:

  • a draft of the Statement of Grant Purpose (max 2 pages for research, 1 page for ETA, as a Word document, MUST be labeled with: name, essay type [Statement of Grant Purpose, English Teaching Assistant]);

  • a draft of the Personal Statement (max of 1 page, MUST be labeled with name, essay type [Personal Statement] and version 1);

  • for research/study proposals, a copy or current status of the institutional affiliation letter; and 

  • the names, emails, and titles of three recommenders.

By September 1 at 5 p.m., all UD applicants must submit their materials via the Fulbright Online application. Please note that all recommendations and language evaluations must be submitted at this time. 

At this point, you will be contacted to schedule an interview by a panel of UD faculty and staff. Based on your interview, the panel will submit a written evaluation to Fulbright. You should be prepared to discuss: 

  • Why you have applied to a particular country; and

  • How Fulbright fits into your future educational and professional plans.

After the campus interview, applicants will be given a final opportunity to revise their materials before submitting to Fulbright and the Institute for International Education (IIE). 

For detailed application instructions, please visit the Fulbright website

By October 12, all applicants must submit their complete and final materials to Fulbright and IIE.  For detailed application instructions, please visit the Fulbright website.

Scholarship Advisor Contact Information

UD Fulbright U.S. Student Program Advisor in the Honors College

In accepting the risk it takes to leave the comforts of home for new surroundings, culture and a foreign language, my perception changed about my limitations.”

- Adrienne Harding Fulbright 2011 (Austria)
Four of UD's newest Fulbrighters pose for a photo

The UD Fulbright Society

The UD Fulbright Society was established in 2014 to celebrate, honor and continue the legacy of 200+ Fulbright Scholars at UD. Fulbright Society members have the opportunity to share their experiences with the UD community and mentor future Fulbright recipients at the University of Delaware. UD Fulbright recipients are encouraged to contact go-global@udel.edu so that we may recognize your accomplishments. In addition, members of the UD community are asked to help us identify UD Fulbrighters who may have received their award prior to or after their time at UD.

Meet UD's Newest Fulbright Recipients


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Photo by UD Alumna and Fulbright Award Winner Mackenzie Campbell (Andorra, 2019).