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Fulbright U.S. Student Program  

"The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides post-baccalaureate funding for 8-12 months for U.S. citizens to study, research, or teach abroad while promoting cultural exchange and mutual understanding. Eligible applicants include undergraduates entering their senior year, alumni who earned a bachelor's or master's degree from Purdue as their most recent degree, and current Purdue graduate students who will not have completed a Ph.D prior to the beginning of their grant year.  U.S. citizenship is required.

There are two major types of Fulbright awards for U.S. students:

1) Study/Research grants, for conducting independent research or study in over 140 countries. Applicants develop an independent project proposal, which may include university coursework, independent library, lab, or field research, or special projects in the social sciences, life sciences, or visual and performing arts. Applicants must identify a contact in their host country and procure a letter stating that he or she will serve as the applicant's institutional affiliation during the student's stay.
In the majority of cases, students applying for study/research grants do so to fund a research experience. Students applying for study/research grants in the creative and performing arts must submit supplementary materials in addition to their application.

2) English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) grants are available in select countries and provide recipients with the opportunity to teach English as a second language to students from elementary school through the university level, depending on the country. ETAs serve as supplemental instructors in a classroom, generally providing conversation practice and teaching American culture for approximately 20 hours per week. Unlike research/study grants, for which an applicant must identify a specific location within the host country, ETAs simply apply to a country and those awarded grants are assigned a location based on need. Applicants cannot request specific assignments.

At Purdue, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is coordinated by the National and International Scholarships Office (NISO) in the Honors College.  For more information about the program, eligibility and applying, go here.

To date, there have been 65 Purdue U.S. Student awardees.  See alumni list here.

Purdue contact:  If you are interested in submitting an application or have questions, please contact Veronica Schirm, Director, National and International Scholarships Office via email  Or, go online to schedule an appointment: Once you have signed in with your Purdue credentials, click on the “schedule appointment” icon in the top right corner.





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