*All information taken from the Fulbright website

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistantships.

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. For details please consult the specific country summary available here.

Two Types of Grants

  1. Full Grant

A Fulbright Full Grant, which funds one academic year of overseas study and/or research in one countryThe study/research grant category includes projects in both academic and arts fields. The study/research grants are available in approximately 140 countries. Applicants for these grants design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. Program requirements vary by country, so the applicant’s first step is to familiarize themselves with the program summary for the host country.

  1. English Teaching Assistantship

An English Teaching Assistantship (ETA), which funds one academic year of teaching English in one country.  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 cultural ambassadors for U.S. culture.

Eligibility

These are some of the eligibility criteria; please review the full list on the Fulbright website:

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible.
  • Applicants must have a conferred bachelor's degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant.
  • Applicants must be in good health. 
  • Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study/research. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities.

Award Benefits

Grant benefits for all Fulbright U.S. Student grants include:

  • round-trip transportation to the host country
  • funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs, based on the cost of living in the host country
  • Accident & Sickness Health Benefits

In some countries, grants may also include:

  • book and research allowances*
  • mid-term enrichment activities
  • full or partial tuition
  • language study programs
  • pre-departure and in-country orientations

*Grantees with projects that require extensive research support, in-country travel, study materials, or equipment should explore additional funding from other sources to supplement the Fulbright funding.  Please review the relevant Country Summary for specific details.

Application Components

Full Grant

ETA

Statement of Grant Purpose – 2pages

Statement of Grant Purpose – 1 page

Personal Statement – 2 pages

Personal Statement – 1 page

Affiliation Letter

Foreign Language Forms (if applicable)

Foreign Language Forms (if applicable)

Recommendation Letters – 3

Recommendation Letters – 3

Transcripts

Transcripts

 

Application Process

Candidates for a Fulbright may either apply as enrolled or at-large candidates.  Current Olin students should apply as enrolled candidates; Olin alumni may choose to apply as an enrolled candidate or as an at-large candidate.  See Preparing Your Application for details on the schedule and timeline.

Past Olin Fulbright Winners

Award Year

Name

Country of Study

Type of Grant

2006

Jay Gantz

Switzerland

Full Grant

2006

Joy Poisel

Denmark

Full Grant

2007

Alison Lee

South Korea

ETA

2008

Keoni Mahelona  

New Zealand

Full Grant

2010

Heena Mutha

India

Full Grant

2010

Victoria Hsiao

Taiwan

Full Grant

2010

Becky Belisle

United Kingdom

Full Grant

2011

Philip Chung

Mongolia

ETA

2012

Steven Zhang

China

Full Grant

2014

Ilana Walder-Biesanz

Germany

Full Grant

2014

Erika Boeing

Netherlands

Full Grant

2014

Juliana Nazare

Belgium

Full Grant (Declined)

2016

Jessica Oehrlein

Finland

Full Grant (Declined)

2016

Victoria Preston

Estonia

Full Grant

2017

Lauren Hafford

India

Full Grant

2017

Jordyn Burger

Netherlands

Full Grant

2017

Nagy Hakim

Colombia

ETA

Fulbright Program Advisor

Aarti Chellakere

Assistant Director of Admission and Post Graduate Planning

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