What is a Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The US Congress created the Fulbright program in 1946, immediately after World War II to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Senator J. William Fulbright, sponsor of the legislation, saw it as an important step toward building a more peaceful and secure world. Today, the Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government's premier scholarship program.

It provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.

During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others' viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Grant lengths and dates vary by country. 

Application Timeline for 2015-16

  • March-August, 2014

Contact Advisers, Design Project

  • September, 2014

Campus Deadline

  • Early October, 2014

Campus Interviews

  • October, 2014

National Fulbright Deadline

  • Nov-December, 2014

National Screening Committees

  • Jan-May, 2015

Foreign Scholarship Committees

  • March-June, 2015

Final Notification


For more information, please contact:
Dr. Vessela Ilieva
Associate Professor - Teacher Education
Office: ME 130B
Email: vessela.ilieva@uvu.edu
Phone: 801-863-5183 
Fax: 801-863-7325 
Mail Code: 126 


"Fostering leadership, learning and empathy between cultures was and remains the purpose of the international scholarship program."
– Senator J. William Fulbright