Fulbright Grants

The Fulbright US Student Program offers grants for students to receive funding to conduct research, teach or study abroad for 9-12 months (depending on the grant). The purpose of these grants is to promote cross-cultural learning and exchange, for both the student as well as those the student encounters while abroad. These are very prestigious and competitive grants and the application process is involved.For more information, visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website. There you will find a Timeline and have an opportunity to review the eligibility requirements. These awards are open to U.S. citizens who have at least a bachelor's degree, but not yet holding a PhD or equivalent. Current students and alumni can apply through DU.

Types of Grants

  • English Language Teaching Assistantships (ETAs)
  • Master's Program Grants (Select Institutions abroad)
  • Research Study Grants
  • Arts (requires portfolio)


The campus deadline for grants undertaken during the 2024-2025 cycle is September 11, 2023, 9:00am after which we will not accept further applications.

Fulbright Summer Writing Workshops

Strengthen your application through our summer writing workshops and other related resources through the Writing Center. These resources are tailored specifically for DU students working on Fulbright essays and include group workshops and individual consultations.

Get Started


DU has a team of advisors with extensive experience in supporting students in navigating the Fulbright application process. Once you have identified which type of grant you are interested in applying for then contact one of the two advisors below: 

For English Teaching Assistantships, Arts and Master's Programs contact Dr. Lindsay Lawton (Lindsay.Lawton@du.edu)

For Research Study contact Dr. Casey Dinger (Casey.Dinger@du.edu)

First Steps

  1. Start by visiting the Fulbright U.S. Student Program's webpage.
  2. Attend a Fulbright Information session on campus - Register for a session
  3. Consider the type of grant you would like to apply for in the upcoming grant cycle. There are several categories including: research, full degree study, creative and performing arts, and English teaching assistantship grants.
  4. Next, schedule a meeting with one of the Fulbright Advisors on campus:
  5. After you have met with an advisor, start your Fulbright application in the online system so that we can get in touch with you. We send e-mails via the Fulbright system to applicants. You should plan on taking a great deal of time to research your options and strategize for your application.

On-Campus Process

  • Application Tips
    1. Develop a clear and concise reason why you have selected your desired country for visitation. The governments in both the U.S. and the host country are the ones that decide if you're the person they want to choose.
    2. Be on the lookout for any language requirements. Check the Fulbright website to see whether a specific country has language proficiency requirements, as host countries are strict about language abilities.
    3. If you are granted an ETA Fulbright, you can later apply for a research Fulbright. However, if you are first awarded a research Fulbright, you cannot then apply for an ETA. You can apply for a grant again if you do not receive one in the coming application round.
    4. Research Fulbright grants require that you have a sponsor or an affiliate for your work in-country. It is suggested that you consider making these connections as soon as you are able. Strategies for networking include talking to your current DU or former professors who may have connections in-country, or even "cold" contacting.
    5. Research Fulbright grants in the fine arts require applicants to compile a portfolio -- take your time to figure out what to include.
    6. ETAs often require some sort of community component or project outside of the teaching placement itself.
    7. Look at the number of grants that have been available in past years. It's not a real indicator about how many will be offered this coming round, but it does give you an idea.

    We strongly suggest that you start working on your application statements in April or May in preparation for the mid-September deadline.

    Applicants can be current DU students or alumni during the process in the fall (BA through Ph.D. student). Please note that if you are a current DU student, you must apply through DU and cannot apply independently.

  • Grant Writing Resources

    To help improve your application, the Office of Internationalization funds writing workshops during the summer. Full information will be available on the Writing Center Workshops canvas site, but in the meantime, here are a few basics you should know:

    1. Schedule: TBA

    2. Preparation
    The goal of these workshops is that you will either end the month with real drafts or improve the drafts you already have. Participation is required to attend each week.

    You should be familiar with the Fulbright requirements such as knowing what essays you need to write, and what they ask for. You can access many resources while receiving reminders via Canvas.

    3. Writing groups and partners
    Writing groups and partnerships will be formed for those who are interested. While you and your partner or group will form your own schedule, you'll receive suggested plans for meetings.

    4. Writing Center consultations
    The Writing Center is open this summer and you are welcome to make appointments for 45-minute Zoom consultations with any of the seven consultants who are working. We have somewhat limited availability, so I recommend making appointments sooner rather than later at du.mywconline.com.

    Below are two narrated slide decks from these workshops.