Fulbright Program

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  2017 Fulbright recipient Amanda Jackson with Provost Michael Gealt

The National Scholarship Program is now accepting pre-applications for Fulbright Study/Research Grants which support international graduate level study, research, and projects in the creative & performing Arts.  We are also accepting pre-applications for English Teaching Assistant Grants which provide support for students to teach English abroad.  Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

The priority pre-application deadline to be considered for a nomination to compete for Fulbright U.S. Student Grants is April 6, 2018.

The Fulbright opportunities, country and grant type (e.g., Teaching English as a second language, research, course of study, etc.), can be explored on the Fulbright website.

Study/Research Grants

The official pre-application deadline to submit Fulbright Study/Research Grant pre-applications is June 15. After June 15, the National Scholarship Program will only review Fulbright Study/Research Grant pre-applications from students who can demonstrate progress toward securing a letter of affiliation from the host country to which they wish to apply. You can learn more about letters of affiliation here.

English Teaching Assistant Grants

The official pre-application deadline to submit pre-applications for the English Teaching Assistant Grants is July 27th.

If you have any questions after thoroughly exploring the opportunities, please email Dr. Maureen Harke at harke1ma@cmich.edu

Fulbright U.S. Student Grant Information

The Fulbright Program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.  The program is designed to “increase mutual understanding between people of the U.S. and people of other countries.”
A candidate must: 
  • be a U.S. citizen
  • present a strong academic or professional record
  • in some cases, demonstrate language preparation
  • demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed study/research or teaching assistantship project
  • provide personal qualifications
  • apply through their university if they are a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student
Year of Application
Senior or Graduate
Pre-Application Process
To be considered a CMU nominee, candidates must complete and submit the pre-application to Maureen Harke at the National Scholarship Program, harke1ma@cmich.edu. An on-campus Fulbright seletion committee will review all pre-applications and make a nomination decision. The National Scholarship Program Coordinator will contact students with the committee's decision and if nominated additional information will accompany the nomination notification.

Individuals who are not currently enrolled at a university may apply through their alma mater, provided that the institution is willing and able to accommodate alumni applications​. CMU alumi have the option to apply “at large” without the endorsement and assistance of the National Scholarship Program but there may be benefits to applying through our program. Contact the Coordinator to learn more. 
Application Process
The National Scholarship Program provides guidance to students who have been officially nominated to compete for a Fulbright grant. All nominees are required to complete an interview with the CMU Fulbright campus committee prior to submitting their official Fulbright application. Students cannot complete the application process without this interview.

CMU nominees must submit the 1-5 page Fulbright application, language forms, three (3) letters of recommendation, transcripts, and other supporting credentials to the National Scholarship Program.  Program staff will finish preparing and send the official application on behalf of the university and the student.
Application Deadlines
For campus and national deadlines, click here.

Official Website
CMU Contacts
  • Phame Camarena, Ph.D., - Director, University Honors and National Scholarship Program, (989) 774-3902, phame.camarena@cmich.edu
  • Maureen Harke, Ph.D. - Coordinator, National Scholarship Program, (989) 774-3902, harke1ma@cmich.edu