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Types of Fulbright Awards

The Fulbright Program provides grant award opportunities for upperclassmen and alumni in the following categories:

Open Study|Research Awards

Research/Study grant awards are available in approximately 140 countries. Applicants for these grant awards design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other cultural or educational institutions. Also within this category are field-specific and graduate study grant award opportunities.   Program requirements vary by country, so the applicant’s first step is to familiarize themselves with the country program summary for the host country.

Creative and Performing Arts Awards

Projects in the Creative and Performing Arts are research/study grant awards where the primary purpose is to learn an art form and/or create artistic work. The Creative and Performing Arts application will require the submission of Supplementary Materials which are delineated by artistic field.

English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Awards

An English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) places a Fulbrighter in a classroom abroad to provide assistance to teachers of English to non-native English-speakers. English Teaching Assistants help teach English language while serving as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. The age and academic level of classroom students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level. View country statistics to see the number of grants available, the grade level, and the language proficiency requirements.

J. William Fulbright - Hillary Rodham Clinton Public Policy Fellowships

The J. William Fulbright -Hillary Rodham Clinton Public Policy Fellowship allows recipients to serve in professional public-policy-related placements in foreign government ministries or institutions and to gain hands-on public sector experience, while simultaneously carrying out an academic study/research project.

Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

Recipients of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship have access to a unique platform to develop global narratives and discuss commonalities across borders around a common issue or theme. Trained, supported, and mentored by National Geographic Editors during their grants in one or multiple countries, Fellows will use new media platforms to help build ties across cultures while enhancing mutual understanding.

Critical Language Enhancement Award

The Critical Language Enhancement Grant Award provides a supplement in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for grantees to receive between three and six months of intensive language study in addition to their research or study grants. This opportunity is available for select languages and in limited host countries. 

(Information from this page was derived from the Fulbright US Student Programs National Website.)