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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply. All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student, you are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at their most recent alma mater to inquire if the institution can support alumni/ae through the application process. If not, non-enrolled applicants are welcome to apply at “at-large” candidates.

Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Please visit the Getting Started page for next steps.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts. Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7-years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 



U.S. Faculty/Staff/Professionals

If you are a U.S. citizen and faculty or staff at a U.S. institution, or professional interested in applying, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to come to the United States, you will need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country. Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar or Student Program.

Instructions for English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Recommendation Writers

The Fulbright Application Deadline is Tuesday October 13, 2020 at 5 pm Eastern Time. All recommendation forms MUST be submitted through the Fulbright online application system by this time and date. No exceptions.

Recommendation Instructions

If you are not familiar with the Fulbright U.S. Student Program please visit: The most useful sections for recommenders are Application Components and the Country Summary for the applicant’s proposed host country and specific award.

The Fulbright Program requires the submission of an ETA Recommendation Form and not a letter of recommendation for ETA applicants. The Fulbright Program will not accept recommendation letters for ETA applicants.

Fulbright applicants register recommenders in the Fulbright online application system allowing them to complete the recommendation online so that it can be included with the applicant's online application.

The Fulbright Program requires that recommendations be submitted in the Fulbright Online Application system, as screening committees will only have access to recommendations submitted electronically.

In completing the recommendation form, keep in mind that the applicant will be serving as a cultural ambassador representing the United States and that personal suitability, as well as academic excellence, is an important criterion to be considered.  The ETA applicant should provide you with the Fulbright Statement of Grant Purpose and the Personal Statement. 

Here is a sample ETA Recommendation form. (PDF)  

Summary of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program

Fulbright ETA’s are not responsible for designing curricula or teaching full courses. Rather they serve, under supervision, at their assigned placements and will be expected to develop and carry out a variety of learning activities, make presentations on U.S. culture and society, and/or assist faculty in an English Language Department with their teaching responsibilities, as needed.

In addition, some countries request that applicants describe an academic or other project or activity that they would pursue concurrent with the ETA assignment. This is a secondary component of some grants and may provide insight into the applicant's interest in the host country, academic or career interests, and/or suitability for the ETA program.

Factors for Consideration

Facility with and knowledge of English usage, grammar, spelling, and writing is an important factor in a successful English Teaching Assistant. You may be able to comment on the applicant’s abilities in those areas from tests or papers they have prepared for your course or from formal presentations, classroom discussion or individual interviews with the applicant, or from your observations of them in a professional environment.

Steps to submit the ETA Recommendation Form

  • Once the applicant has registered you as a recommender, an email will be sent to you from the Fulbright online application system (email: with the student’s name in the subject line. If you do not receive this email, please let the applicant know to resend the email.
  • Login to the system using the link sent to you from the application system.
  • You will see a page with the names of applicants who have listed you as a recommender in the Fulbright online application system.
  • Following the steps in the online system, enter your responses directly into the ETA Recommendation Form. Please do not use hard returns for spacing.
  • The final step is to submit the recommendation. Before you click Submit, be sure that this is the information that you wish to have reviewed by screening committees in the U.S. and abroad. Once you submit the recommendation, you will not have access to edit or change it.
  • A confirmation email will be sent to the recommender and applicant once the recommendation form has been submitted.
  • If you wish to save a copy for your personal reference, click the ‘Display Copy’ button and save the PDF of the form to your files. The ‘Display Copy’ is for your records only, as a different version will be attached to the application.

Note: Only recommendations submitted via the Fulbright online application system will be reviewed.

The applicant will provide you with the date the recommendation is due.  For currently enrolled applicants or alumni applying through their alma mater, this date will be earlier than the national Fulbright application deadline. Recommendation submitted after the campus deadline may not be considered and could affect the applicant’s eligibility.