The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates, graduate students, young professionals and artists. Over 1,500 grants are awarded annually and UT Austin is proud to be a top producer of Fulbright recipients.
Please refer to the U.S. Student Fulbright Program website to receive the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding application updates and processes.
For UT Austin students and alumni interested in applying through their Home Institution, please read below for additional information.
Award Types and Locations
Grants offered for academic projects proposed by applicants for independent study or research. Applicants may also pursue enrollment in a graduate program abroad.
English Teaching Awards
Programs place grantees in teaching assistantships ranging from elementary to university education level to provide supplemental English language instruction.
Applicants can apply for awards in countries throughout the world. To view opportunities by country, visit the Fulbright website.
All UT students and alumni who meet the eligibility requirements outlined by Fulbright are able to apply through their Home Institution of UT Austin. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals at the time of application, and must have conferred a bachelor’s degree or equivalent before the start of the grant period. Review Fulbright’s full list of eligibility requirements.
Fulbright covers round-trip transportation to the host country, room, board, incidental costs, and provides Accident & Sickness Health Benefits. In some countries, grants may also include allowances for books and research, enrichment activities, language study programs, and specialized orientation sessions.
The competition cycle opens in the end of March each year. The national grant application deadline typically falls in October for the following academic year. UT Austin’s campus deadline in early September allows the faculty committee to review applications and mentor applicants on improving their submissions before the national deadline. The grant period corresponds to the academic calendar in the host country.
How to Apply
Attend a Fulbright Information Session
Texas Global hosts information sessions throughout the spring semester to showcase Fulbright award opportunities, provide an overview of the application process and answer questions. Information session dates and times for the 2022-2023 competition cycle will be published in Spring 2021.
Start Your Fulbright Online Application
Access the Fulbright Application via the IIE website and review all application components required for your particular application. Please select ‘The University of Texas, Austin’ to ensure our Fulbright Program Advisor will be able to view your application in the IIE portal.
Attend a Proposal Writing Workshop
Prof. Sonia Seeman, Fulbright Program Advisor and Chair, offers proposal writing workshops to help strengthen applications. Finalized dates and times will be published in the spring.
Submit Your Application by the Campus Deadline
UT Austin’s campus deadline is in early September for each competition cycle. Students will need to submit their completed application and preferably have their language evaluations (if applicable) and recommendations completed by this deadline as well.
Complete an Interview with the UT Fulbright Faculty Committee
In September, the UT Fulbright Faculty Committee will conduct interviews with each Fulbright applicant. Applicants will answer questions about their specific interests for pursuing Fulbright and receive feedback from faculty committee members on their applications. After the interview, each applicant will be paired with a faculty mentor who will conduct a Campus Committee Evaluation for submission with the finalized application.
Submit Your Application to the National Competition
Finalized national applications are due in mid-October, including recommendations and (if applicable) foreign language evaluations. Updated information will be provided in spring 2021 with a determined deadline.
Instructions for choosing an evaluator for your Foreign Language Evaluation:
If applicable, a professional teacher or college educated native speaker must complete and submit a Foreign Language Evaluation. For commonly taught languages, the FLE should be completed by a professional language teacher, preferably a university professor. For less commonly taught languages, a college educated native speaker of the language can be used, if a professional language teacher is not readily available. The language evaluator cannot be related to the applicant.
Instructions for the chosen evaluator to complete the Foreign Language Evaluation are available on the U.S. Fulbright website.
If an applicant is interested in submitting an FLE for a specific dialect or an uncommonly taught language, they may contact the Texas Language Center to request an evaluation.