The Fulbright Program is the flagship international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government offering opportunities for U.S. students, teachers, professionals, and scholars to study, teach, lecture, and conduct research in more than 160 countries, and to their foreign counterparts to engage in similar activities in the United States.

Established by the U.S. Congress in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program was created to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." More than 360,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Program since its inception 70 years ago. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually and currently operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

The Teachers College Fulbright Program Administrator is Dr. Portia Williams.

Fulbright Student Program

Students interested in applying to the U.S. Fulbright Student program should visit the Fulbright website for detailed information on the program and application process. We encourage potential applicants to begin with the Getting Started page, where you will find information on eligibility, types of applicants, types of awards, specific country opportunities, and various applicant components. Students may also find it helpful to register for Fulbright's information and instructional webinars throughout the application season. A list of current webinars and other events can be found here.

Application and Deadlines

Students may apply to the Fulbright Student Program as an At-Large candidate or through Teachers College. Students who wish to apply At-Large should follow the relevant guidelines on the Fulbright website and upload their full applications through the Fulbright student portal by October 13, 2020. Students who wish to apply through Teachers College must ensure that their applications are uploaded by September 14, 2020. Please note that the College’s deadline is one month earlier to allow adequate time for review and endorsement.  

  • Deadline to Apply through Teachers College: September 14, 2020
  • Deadline to Apply At-Large: October 13, 2020

For more information on applying through the College, please review the TC Fulbright Program Guide (2019)‌.

Please Contact Us if you have any additional questions. Be sure to include "Fulbright" in the subject line.

Information Sessions

Information sessions are open to all prospective applicants whether they intend to apply at-large or through the College. Those who intend to apply through TC should begin preparing the appropriate TC pre-application. Please see below for more information.

  • Wednesday, July 8th, at 12PM ESTRegister by July 6th

TC Pre-applications

Students who intend to apply through the College must submit a pre-application by the deadline noted below. Completing the Fulbright application is an endeavor that requires time, work and critical reflection. The pre-application is intended to:

  1. Help you prepare your application in a timely and thorough manner; and
  2. Give us the information we need to not only provide guidance tailored specifically to you, but also to help us assess your strengths as an applicant.

As such, the information provided on this pre-application is for internal uses only and will not be shared with IIE. The deadline for the pre-application is Wednesday, July 15th, 5PM EST.

Fulbright Programs for Faculty and Administrators

Programs for faculty and administrators include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program: U.S. scholars, artists, faculty, and professionals travel abroad to lecture and/or conduct research for up to one year.
  • Fulbright Specialist Program: U.S. faculty and professionals serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning, and related subjects at academic institutions abroad for a period of two to six weeks.
  • International Education Administrators (IEA): Seminar programs that help international education professionals and senior higher education officials from the U.S. create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries.

A more comprehensive list of Fulbright opportunities for academic professionals can be found on the CIES website.

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