Fulbright Research Award

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries through exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. 

Research Grants span a variety of STEM, Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities fields and are available in approximately 140 countries. Applicants for these grants design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities, research institutes, or NGOs. Program requirements vary by country.

Note that Fulbright also offers Study Grants and English Teaching Assistantships. Click here for additional types of Fulbright Student awards.


By the time you begin the application (May 2020)

  • Be a U.S. citizen in good health 
  • Be completing your junior year. Seniors and alumni are also eligible. 

By the time of Language Evaluations (August 2020) 

  • Have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country to carry out the proposed research. The importance of this criterion varies from country to country; some countries require no language proficiency at all. Look at your country's Fulbright webpage to determine this. 

By the time the fellowship begins (Fall 2021) 

  • Have a conferred bachelor's degree


Link to Official Website

When to apply

Applicants for the 2021-2022 cohort should begin the application process in May 2020. Eligible students should submit the Pre-Application by May 11, 2020. Someone from CUSE will be in touch once your pre-application has been reviewed. If you have missed the deadline but are interested in applying, please contact Jenny Smith at jsmith82@nd.edu to see if there is still room to be added to the cohort. 

Please note that the pre-application link below is only for students interested in a Fulbright Research award. To access the pre-applications for Fulbright ETA and Fulbright Study, please visit the Fulbright ETA or Fulbright Study pages on the CUSE website. 

Fulbright Research Pre-Application


Note that only ND undergraduates and undergraduate alumni apply through CUSE. If you are a graduate student or graduate alumni interested in the Fulbright, please contact the Graduate School's Office of Grants and Fellowships