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.

Advisement for the UD Community 

The Center for Global Programs & Services (CGPS) provides support for all UD students and alumni who wish to apply. Undergraduate students are invited to contact Lisa Chieffo, UD's Fulbright Program Advisor, at lchieffo@udel.edu. Graduate students and alumni should contact Dan Bottomley, UD's Graduate Student Fulbright Program Advisor, at dbott@udel.edu

  • 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 10: UD Optional Priority Deadline

  • September 15: UD Campus Deadline*

  • September - October: Campus Interviews

  • October 13: Official 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.  


UD juniors, seniors, graduate students and alumni are invited to submit an optional Fulbright Priority Application. Priority applicants receive additional Fulbright guidance and support throughout the summer from a UD Faculty Mentor and a country expert. 

By July 10:

Begin a Fulbright Online Application and complete a form with: 

  • A draft of your Statement of Grant Purpose as a Word document;

  • A draft of your Personal Statement as a Word document;

  • The names, titles and email addresses of your three recommenders; and 

  • For those applying for a Research/Study Award, details on the current status of your letter of Institutional Affiliation. 

Those with questions are invited to contact go-global@udel.edu.

By September 15 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 13, all applicants must submit their complete and final materials to Fulbright and IIE.  For detailed application instructions, please visit the Fulbright website.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Advisement

Undergraduate Student FPA:

Lisa Chieffo | lchieffo@udel.edu

Honors Student Advisor: 

Kelsey Cummings | kelseyrc@udel.edu

Graduate Student FPA: 

Dan Bottomley | dbott@udel.edu

Individuals wishing to apply this year should request a one-on-one advising appointment.

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)

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







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