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The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides support for individual research projects, courses of formal study, or work as an English teaching assistant in more than 140 countries around the world. Since 1946, the program has pursued its founding mission of the ‘promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science’ by sending more than 360,000 Fulbrighters around the world.

Is Fulbright IIE the Right Fit for You?

What are they looking for?

The Fulbright IIE seeks to facilitate cultural exchange and mutual understanding by enabling Americans to experience research and community engagement abroad. Host countries may have additional preferences.

What does this fellowship include?

The Fulbright IIE provides round-trip transportation, funding for cost of living while in the host country, and accident and health insurance. Some countries have additional grant allowances. The lengths and dates of the award vary by host country.

Who is eligible to apply?

The Fulbright IIE supports U.S. citizens who have completed their bachelor’s degree but have not yet received a PhD at the time of application. There may be additional eligibility requirements for your host country.

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When should I apply?

Many graduate students apply to the Fulbright IIE to support dissertation fieldwork outside of the US. It is also possible to apply while a graduate student for support for post-doctoral research. The 2018-2019 competition opens on April 3, 2017, and our on-campus deadline is September 1, 2017.

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GradFund Resources for your Fulbright IIE Application

Keep in Touch

The Fulbright IIE application is managed by the Office of Graduate Student External Grants and Fellowships. The application will have an internal deadline and involve an on-campus interview. Complete our Fulbright Consultation Form so we know that you plan to apply this application season.

Step-By-Step Tutorial

The GradFund Fulbright IIE Tutorial will take you step-by-step through the process of writing your application. From getting to know the Fulbright IIE to completing the last piece of the application, this guide will help get you there.

Forums & Chat

Use our forums to exchange ideas with your peers and GradFund staff about applying to the Fulbright IIE. We also offer an online chat service called ‘Ask a Fellowship Advisor,’ where you can ask quick questions about our services, your scheduled meetings, or application procedures.

Meet with Us

Meet with a GradFund Fellowship Advisor for a ‘Help with a Funder’ or ‘Application Essay Conference’ meeting. Learn more about our meeting types and other services here.

Fulbright Proposal Writing Tutorial

We have developed the Fulbright IIE tutorial to assist you in the development of a Fulbright IIE application. Our tutorial is designed to teach you best practices in proposal development, to understand how to navigate the Fulbright IIE application process, and to help you with the task of writing a competitive application.

Proposal Writing 101

Articles & Advice

Written by the GradFund fellowship advising team, our blog offers a wealth of advice and guidance on applying for external funding as a graduate student. Below you will find handpicked posts on the Fulbright IIE ranging from getting to know the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to tips on writing a competitive Fulbright application.

Fulbright Application Process Series: What Goes into a Completed Application

Welcome to the first installment in an occasional series on applying for Fulbright support as a graduate student.  As the Assistant Dean for Graduate Student External Support in the Graduate School-New Brunswick (GSNB), I am the GSNB's advisor for the Fulbright IIE...
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Is a Fulbright in Your Future?

Today, we are going to revisit a post from last February which asks the question of whether or not a Fulbright is in your future.  Fulbright funding is a wonderful way to gain support for your overseas work and to bring prestige to your scholarly and professional...
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“Affiliation Depth” and the Fulbright-IIE Research-Study Grant

Series Note: GradFund recently conducted an extensive analysis of more than 100 past Fulbright applications in order to better understand what characteristics predict success. Using a number of different statistical techniques, we were able to identify three variables...
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Literature Citations, Literature Reviews, and the Fulbright IIE Research-Study Grant

Series Note: GradFund recently conducted an extensive analysis of more than 100 past Fulbright applications in order to better understand what characteristics predict success. Using a number of different statistical techniques, we were able to identify three variables...
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The “Thesis” Variable and the Fulbright-IIE Research-Study Grant

Series Note: GradFund recently conducted an extensive analysis of more than 100 past Fulbright applications in order to better understand what characteristics predict success. Using a number of different statistical techniques, we were able to identify three variables...
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Becoming Fulbright Competitive

If you are a U.S. citizen and you plan to apply for funding to support overseas research, now is the time to consider whether a Fulbright fits with your plans. The Fulbright-IIE competition for the 2017-18 year has opened and the on-campus deadline for graduate...
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Applying for the Fulbright IIE: GradFund Conversations Roundup

Are you considering applying for Fulbright IIE Fellowship this season? If so, please contact Assistant Dean Teresa Delcorso immediately to receive critical information about the application process. Please also review the following blog post from GradFund's analysis...
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Conducting Research in Private Collections and Archives

I am a fourth year PhD candidate in art history and a Fulbright Scholar to France. In addition, I am a pensionnaire étrangère (foreign exchange student), at the École Normale Supérieur. I have been in Paris since September 2015 conducting research for my dissertation...
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Fulbright IIE Proposal Writing Workbook

Once you’ve watched Proposal Writing 101, dive into our extended Fulbright IIE Proposal Writing Workbook. The workbook will take you step-by-step through the development of a Fulbright IIE application.

GradFund Forums

Use our forums to ask questions about the Fulbright and exchange application tips!

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Complete our consultation form so we know that you plan to apply to the Fulbright IIE this application season. We will be in touch with updates and reminders about the Fulbright program.

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Schedule a Meeting

Request a ‘Help with a Funder’ meeting if you would like to meet with a GradFund fellowship advisor to learn more about the Fulbright IIE application process and review criteria. Once you have draft materials ready for feedback, schedule an ‘Application Essay Conference’ for in-depth review and discussion of your drafts. Learn more about our services here.

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