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The 2022-2023 Fulbright competition is open! 

Iowa State University Fulbright Campus Deadline is September 13, 2021.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 2,000 grants annually in all fields of study and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Grant amounts vary by country but typically cover airfare, tuition, and a living stipend for up to ten months.

Fulbright Process at a Glance

Iowa State graduating seniors, graduate students, and recent alumni interested in applying for a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant should follow the steps detailed below:

  1. Determine eligibility by reviewing the information found HERE
  2. Decide which program to apply for. You can only apply to one! Here are a few tips...
    • Watch Fulbright tutorials and/or attend a webinar to understand how Fulbright works.
    • Review country-specific program information HERE
    • Consider the odds (ranging from nearly 80%+ chance to less than 5% chance for the most competitive programs). Look up applicant/recipient statistics for each program HERE.
  3. Meet with your campus representative. NOTE: This step is mandatory so that we may better support you and arrange for your interview.
  4. Begin the application process HERE.
    • Be sure to carefully read the requirements for your selected program. All programs require three letters of recommendation. Some programs require additional materials like a letter of affiliation or foreign language evaluation. 
    • Study/Research application components can be found HERE and English Teaching Assistant components can be found HERE.
  5. Utilize the resources found HERE.
  6. Brainstorm, review, and analyze your application essays at the Center for Communication Excellence.
    • Meet with the Nationally Competitive Awards Writing Consultant (Kristin Terrill) to brainstorm and review your essay drafts. Schedule HERE.
  7. Request three letters of recommendation.
    • Review the information found HERE and discuss potential reference writers with the campus representative.
  8. Submit your application before the campus deadline on the second Monday in September.
  9. Complete a campus interview. 
    • The interview panel consists of 2-4 faculty/staff, many of whom are former Fulbright recipients themselves, whose goal is to help you refine your application prior to the national deadline in October.
  10. Make final edits and submit the application before the national deadline. (5 pm Eastern Time on October 12, 2021)