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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.

Tips for Success in the Fulbright Competition (Roundup Post) – Part Three

Series Note:  We have previously published a number of posts on the Fulbright competition on the GradFund blog, all of which offer useful tips and suggestions to help you craft a strong application. In light of the upcoming application period (our on-campus deadline...
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Tips for Success in the Fulbright Competition (Roundup Post) – Part Two

Series Note:  We have previously published a number of posts on the Fulbright competition on the GradFund blog, all of which offer useful tips and suggestions to help you craft a strong application. In light of the upcoming application period (our on-campus deadline...
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Fulbright: What If My Project is Controversial?

What should you do if you are applying to the Fulbright-IIE, but your project engages with diplomatically sensitive topics? This issue comes up often in our meetings with graduate students who are interested in applying for the Fulbright, but who fear that their...
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The Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards

Did you know that there is a Fulbright opportunity for postdocs? If you have recently completed your doctorate, or are on the verge of doing so, you may be a good fit for the Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Award. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for...
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Tips for Success in the Fulbright Competition (Roundup Post) – Part One

The Fulbright US Student Program provides graduate students and recent graduates with an opportunity to undertake research, studies, or teaching overseas, in over 140 countries. The competition is the largest exchange program of its kind, and is very popular among...
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Interested in Applying for a Fulbright IIE?  How to Get Started

The Fulbright US Student Program offers students the opportunity to spend an academic year abroad for a course of study, research or to work as an English Language Teaching Assistant. If you are interested in an experience overseas, and you are a US citizen, I...
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A Bronx Approach to Research and Funding (Advice from the Archives)

Advice from the Archives Series Note: Occasionally, we dig into the archives to uncover a post we feel holds relevant and timely information worthy of a repost. If you are interested in learning more about research grants and fellowships to support your graduate...
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Fulbright, Greece, and GradFund (Advice from the Archives)

Advice from the Archives Series Note: Occasionally, we dig into the archives to uncover a post we feel holds relevant and timely information worthy of a repost. If you are interested in learning more about research grants and fellowships to support your graduate...
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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

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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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