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U.S. Department of State - Fulbright U.S. Student Program - Grants for Research, Study, & Arts


The deadlines above are internal campus deadlines for UIUC graduate students only. For students at other universities, contact your Fulbright Program Advisor for details on your campus deadlines.

UIUC Campus Deadlines:
     Priority Review Deadline (Highly Recommended): June 4, 2021
     Required Campus Deadline: July 16, 2021

UIUC Information Sessions & Workshops: scroll down to the bottom of the page for details.

NOTE: This listing describes the Fulbright grants for research, study, and arts.  For information on the English Teaching Awards, visit this page

Award Description:

The Fulbright program offers grants for US citizens to study or conduct research in any of approximately 140 countries around the world.  Students from any discipline are welcome to apply, and grants provide up to one year of support.  Fulbright grants help students pursue their own master’s or doctoral level research, and they allow students to immerse themselves in a different cultural environment.  Fulbright grants are among the most visible and respected of academic awards worldwide.  

The Fulbright program is the largest US exchange program, offering approximately 2,000 grants annually.  Fulbright alumni populate a range of professions and include scientists, artists, members of Congress, judges, heads of corporations, professors, and teachers.  Notable alumni include Bose Corporation founder Amar Bose, actor John Lithgow, composer Philip Glass, opera singer Renee Fleming, US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz.

Program requirements vary by country.  Applicants should familiarize themselves with the specific program summary for their intended host country.


Award Amount:

       In some countries, grants may also include:

University of Illinois Awardees!

Many UIUC graduate students have won Fulbright grants over the years.  For details on recent awardees, see the following articles:

TO APPLY (for graduate students at the University of Illinois)


All applicants are encouraged to submit a priority review application in order to receive feedback from the Graduate College Office of External Fellowships.  The priority review application package must first have been reviewed by the applicant’s advisor, and it should contain only the following components:

Applicants should email these materials to the Office of External Fellowships at  Advisors in the Office of External Fellowships will conduct a thorough review of the materials and meet with applicants individually to discuss strategies for improvement.


Fulbright encourages universities to submit an institutional evaluation and endorsement for all applicants.  An institutional endorsement lends credence to the application and contributes to the student’s chances of winning.  To receive institutional endorsement, all graduate-level Fulbright applications must be submitted via Fulbright's online application portal by the campus deadline of July 16, and students must then be interviewed by a campus review committee. 

The application submitted for the July 16 campus deadline should be complete, including letters of recommendation, affiliation, and language evaluations.

Graduate applicants must assemble their own review committees.  This will allow each applicant to obtain feedback from and be evaluated by faculty members that he/she knows and wants on the committee. To assemble the committee, each applicant must recruit at least three faculty members to serve, and those faculty members should not be among those writing letters of recommendation for the applicant to Fulbright. The applicant must email the Office of External Fellowships a list containing the names, titles, and contact information of those faculty members by the campus deadline of July 16. 

With the names of those faculty members in hand, the Office of External Fellowships will schedule interviews to take place from August 2 to August 20. All interviews will be conducted via Zoom. The interview period will not extend past August 20, and students unable to interview during that time will not receive institutional endorsement.  

Interviews have two purposes: 1) to evaluate the candidate and report that evaluation to Fulbright, and 2) to offer constructive criticism to the applicant. 

Following their interviews, applicants will have until October 4 to revise and resubmit their applications through Fulbright's online portal.


Applicants who met the campus deadline and were interviewed must submit their revised applications via Fulbright’s online portal by the final submission deadline of October 4.  Applications submitted must include all of the required supporting documents and all letters of recommendation. Late or incomplete applications, along with applications for which there has been no campus interview, will not receive institutional endorsement.  Instead, they will be submitted as is and without an official endorsement or evaluation.    

Notification of Results: In late January 2022, students are notified if they been selected as a finalist, i.e., if their application has been reviewed favorably the national panel and forwarded to the host-country panel. Finalists will be required to submit their official transcripts at that time. The host-country panels then review the finalists’ applications and further narrow the field. Some countries conduct telephone interviews of finalists, usually by early April.  Finalists are notified of their award status usually between March and June.

UIUC INFORMATION SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS (each session will be offered twice):

UIUC Contact:
Office of External Fellowships
Graduate College

Fulbright/Institute of International Education Contact:

Recorded Webinars:
Fulbright Grants for Research/Study & Arts



Categories: Annual stipend of at least $10,000; Social Sciences; Sciences/Engineering/Math; Professional Programs; Fine Arts; Humanities; US Citizens, Nationals, or Permanent Residents; Master's; Early Years of Doctoral Program; Dissertation Research; Fellowship/Grant; Research/Study Abroad; Unrestricted

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