Fulbright Program

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2019 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant recipient Grace Pawluszka at 

Stredná Odborná Škola Ekonomická high school in Spišska Nová Ves, Slovakia.  

You can learn more about first steps in exploring the Fulbright opportunities here!

Fulbright U.S. Student Grant Information

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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.”
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible. Please review the Ineligibility section below in relation to the eligibility of dual citizens.
  • Applicants must have a conferred bachelor's degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant.
  • In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement.
  • Applicants must be in good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate from a physician.
  • Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study/research. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities.
  • Applicants may hold a J.D. at the time of application.
  • Doctors of Medicine may receive grants for advanced academic study, but not for internships or residencies. Scholars with an M.D. degree who have completed their formal postgraduate training and propose attachment to a hospital or clinic for the purpose of independent or collaborative research should apply to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program through the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, www.cies.org. Grants shall not authorize activity for which a license to practice medicine or nursing is required. The Fulbright Program cannot authorize proposals for medical research that involves clinical training, patient care or patient contact.
Fulbright Selection Criteria

  • Quality and feasibility of the proposal as described in the Statement of Grant Purpose.
  • Academic or professional record.
  • Personal qualifications.
  • Language preparation.
  • Preference factors as established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) and the Fulbright Commissions/Foundations.
  • Extent to which the candidate and the project will help to advance the Fulbright aim of promoting mutual understanding among nations through engagement in the host community, among other activities.
  • Ability of the supervising agencies abroad to arrange/confirm supervision and facilitate research clearance, if necessary.
  • Requirements of the program in individual countries. In some countries, advanced-degree candidates are preferred, and in some countries, certain fields of study are not recommended. Check with IIE before filing an application if you do not meet country specifications.
  • Desirability of achieving wide institutional and geographic distribution.

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

  • Maureen Harke, Ph.D. - Associate Director, National Scholarship Program, (989) 774-3902, harke1ma@cmich.edu
  • Nicole Sparling-Barco, Ph.D., - Director of University Honors and the National Scholarship Program, (989) 774-3902, nicole.sparling.barco@cmich.edu