Introduction to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program


Dear Prospective Fulbright Applicant,

Thank you for your inquiry regarding Fulbright scholarships for graduate study abroad.  We encourage you to apply. As Temple University's Fulbright advisor, I am here to assist you with the application process and the preparation of your proposal, and I look forward to working with you towards a successful application. This guide includes advice on the application process as well as sample essays written by Temple students who have been successful in the Fulbright competition.  Please see the links on the side menu for more information.

The Fulbright program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York. Application materials are normally available in May for the following year's competition. However, you do not have to wait until those materials are ready to get started. The IIE website ( is an excellent source of information; among other things, it contains the application and instructions for applying on-line, directories of former awardees, and advice on preparing a competitive application, and the statistics for applicants and grants.

If you will be enrolled as a full-time student at Temple University at the time of application, you must apply through Temple University.  The deadline for completed applications, including supporting documents, is Wednesday, September 24, 2014.  If you are not enrolled as a full-time student at Temple University, you may apply as an "at-large" candidate and send your documents directly to the Institute of International Education in New York.  The deadline for at-large applicants is on or about October 15, 2014.

You may apply for a Fulbright grant if you are an undergraduate student hoping to conduct a year of study and/or research following graduation, or as an enrolled graduate student.  Please note that you are eligible to apply for the awards only if:

1) You are a U.S. citizen;

2) You will have received your Bachelor's degree by Fall 2015.

Full scholarships cover maintenance for the tenure of the award, round-trip international travel, health and accident insurance and tuition waivers where applicable. 

When reviewing the IIE website, please review the list provided of the number of scholarships and the number of applications received last year for each country, which gives a good indication of how competitive the programs are. Please pay particular attention to the information contained in the sections on each individual country, which often includes guidelines about what subject areas are encouraged and in some cases, discouraged in a particular country. Also, please be aware of language requirements for each country. An applicant wishing to study in a non-English speaking country must have the desired proficiency in the language of the host country at the time of application.


Also, unless you are applying for an English Teaching Assistantship, you will need to arrange some kind of affiliation with an institution/professor/ professional in the country where you wish to study. In essence, this means that this person will need to be familiar with your proposed project and state in writing that they are willing to advise and work with you as you undertake your studies. I can advise you on how to arrange an affiliation, and you should seek the advice of your faculty adviser(s) as well.

Temple University students are very successful in Fulbright competitions.  Over the past several years, Temple University students have received Fulbright grants for study and/or research in Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Panama, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

If you decide to apply, please contact me as soon as possible. It often takes a few months to write and re-write an application until it is an excellent representation of the applicant. I will do all that I can to assist you in preparing the application.

I look forward to working with you.

Denise A. Connerty

Director of Education Abroad

Student Fulbright Adviser