Frequently Asked Questions

Fulbright Program

Fulbright stipends differ by type of grant and country.

Fulbright U.S. Student grants include: 

  • Round-trip transportation to the host country
  • Funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs, based on the cost of living in the host country
  • Accident & Sickness health benefits
  • 24/7 support line for urgent and non-urgent situations
; and
  • 12 months of Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) hiring status within the federal government

In some countries, grants may also include:

  • Book and research allowances
  • Mid-term enrichment activities
  • Full or partial tuition
  • Language study programs
; and
  • Pre-departure and in-country orientations

Yes, language proficency is an advantage, especially if its is documented, even though this is sometimes not required.

Even if a country indicates that English will be sufficient for carrying out the proposed project, for purposes of Community Engagement, at least a basic level of language skill should be obtained prior to leaving the United States for the host country. If you have little or no knowledge of the language, you may discuss your plans to study the language prior to beginning a grant.

If you’re applying through Teachers College, the application deadline is September 14, 2020If you’re applying at-large, the application deadline is October 13, 2020.

For most programs, applicants who have had extensive, recent experience in the host country are at a competitive disadvantage, but are still eligible to apply.

Candidates who have not resided or studied in the host country for more than six months, not counting undergraduate study abroad, are preferred.

In most cases, programs last 8-10 months and must must correspond to the academic calendar of the host country. Exceptions may be made for grants with full-time research projects.

The Foreign Language Evaluation should be completed by a professional language teacher, preferably a university professor. If a professional language teacher is not readily available, a college-educated native-speaker of the language can be used. The language evaluator cannot be related to the applicant.

IIE defines dependent as (1) a spouse, or (2) a relative (child, parent, sibling) who is financially dependent on the grantee. The dependent must accompany the grantee abroad for at least 80% of the grant period in order to receive the dependent benefit. In some countries, a modest dependent’s allowance may be available. Transportation and insurance are not provided for dependents.

Grantees must provide evidence that health insurance, including emergency medical evacuation, has been obtained for their accompanying dependents. Grantees who plan to take dependents must, as a condition of the grant, submit a statement of their ability to finance transportation and, if necessary, maintenance support for them.

Dependent support varies by country and may not be available in your target country. Please check the specific requirements for your target country for more information.

No, you do not need to be previously affiliated with the individual/institution in your host country. The affiliation letter should come from the individual/institution with whom you are proposing to work.

The quality and feasibility of your Statement of Grant Purpose are very important in the selection process for the Research Grant. Your proposal should show the selection committee that you have the qualifications to successfully execute the project.

Departure dates correspond to the academic calendar of the host country. Approximate dates of the academic years in the various countries can be found in the Country Summaries. Please make note of required orientation programs in the host country; information about orientation programs are indicated in theCountry Summaries.

In most cases, award dates must correspond to the academic calendar of the host country. Exceptions may be made for grants with full-time research projects. In any case, grants must begin by March 31, 2022 for the 2021-2022 academic year. Research applicants are expected to provide a timeline for their project in the Statement of Grant Purpose.

Applying through TC

At this time, only full-time students can apply through the College.

At this time, only currently enrolled full-time students can apply through the College. However, alumni are welcome to apply as at-large candidates.

Individuals who apply through the College will receive one-on-one advising during the application process. After the campus deadline, internal applications will be reviewed by a TC faculty committee. Feedback from this committee will be included in the final submission to IIE.

If you would like to apply through the College, the pre-application is mandatory.

If you plan to apply at large, the pre-application is not mandatory.

If you’re applying through the College, the campus application deadline is September 14, 2020If you’re applying at-large, the application deadline is October 13, 2020.

You must submit three letters of recommendation. The authors of these letters should be the three individuals who can best speak to your ability to carry out the project being proposed; they should discuss your intellectual and professional preparation, and your ability to represent the U.S. abroad. The recommendation letter should NOT simply be a character reference, as this will be of no value in assessing your ability to complete the proposed project.

If you’re applying for the Research Grant through the College, your letters of recommendation must be written by TC faculty members.

You should request your letters of recommendation at least four weeks before your target deadline -- either the TC deadline if you're applying internally or the IIE deadline if you're applying at-large.

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