2018-2019 Fulbright Competition Opens in Late March

​​*Now accepting pre-applications for the 2018-2019 Fulbright Competition

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Overview:

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study, and teaching opportunities to graduating seniors, and graduate students, in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students.

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 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Fulbright U.S. Student alumni populate a range of professions and include ambassadors, members of Congress, judges, heads of corporations, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors, and teachers. 

2018-2019 Fulbright Competition Opens in late March, 2018:

​The 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Student competition will open in late March. Students who are interested in the Fulbright program will need to explore the website to determine which grants and countries interest them, and for which they are a good fit. National scholarships are highly competitive awards. Winners are typically top academic students who have engaged in relevant pre-professional, extracurricular, and service activities. Click here​ for the applicant section of the Fulbright website. 

Competitive applicants will make a strong effort to learn not only important details about the competition but they will also conduct a thorough exploration of the grant type and the country to which they wish to apply. 


How to Apply:

Students who are graduating seniors, or graduate students, must first submit a pre-application to the National Scholarship Program, at harke1ma@cmich.edu, to be considered for a CMU nomination to compete. 

Once a student submits their pre-application, a campus committee will review the pre-application. Students who receive a campus nomination will then complete an official Fulbright application. All nominees will be interviewed by the campus committee in fall 2018. Go to How to Apply​ to learn more.

If you will be a freshman, sophomore, or junior in the fall, and therefore ineligible to apply, but you are interested in applying for a Fulbright grant in the future, please contact Maureen Harke at harke1ma@cmich.edu with questions about what you can do now to prepare for a Fulbright opportunity in the future.

​​When to Submit a Pre-Application:

The National Scholarship Program is now accepting pre-applications for the new Fulbright competition. See Deadlines for more information. Serious students are encouraged to submit a strong pre-application now so that there is time to meet with the CMU Fulbright Program Advisor before the end of the semester. There is a priority pre-application deadline of April 6th and a final pre-application deadline of June 16th.

Fulbright grants are competitive at the national level and CMU nominees are expected to invest an amount of time on the applications that is commensurate with the prestige of the awards.​ Beginning the process early in the spring is advantageous to writing the strongest application possible. 


National Scholarship Program Information Meeting:

There will be a National Scholarship Program information meeting on March 13, 2018 from 5pm to 6:30pm in Powers 136, focusing specifically on the awards with fall deadlines: Fulbright, Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes scholarships.

Graduating seniors who intend to submit pre-applications for any of these awards are strongly encouraged to attend. Prior exploration of the award(s) for which you wish to apply is an expectation.

If you wish to attend the information meeting, please sign up by completing the online registration form.

Read about Amanda Jackson, CMU's most recent Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Mexico.