William & Mary

Fulbright Student Scholarships 2016-2017

In this session, we will provide an introduction to the Fulbright application process and will be very basic. Current research/study applicant Davis Richardson and English Teaching Assistantship recipient Addie Schafer will talk about their Fulbright experiences. Bring your questions!


The W&M Fulbright application process is open to graduating seniors, graduate students, and alumni of the College.  The Fulbright Program Advisor (FPA) is Director of Fellowships Lisa Grimes [[lmgrim]].

Please read the information on this page carefully.


March 1, 2016: Fulbright statement of interest form due (online)
March 15, 2016: W&M preliminary Fulbright application due
Septemaber 19, 2016: W&M campus Fulbright application deadline (all grants)

Submitting sends your application to Lisa. She will be able to release it back to you after your interview.

Interviews will begin soon after the deadlines.

The earlier you start working on your application, the stronger and more competitive it will be.

*Explore the Fulbright Prezi created by W&M Peer Scholarship Advisors for an overview of the application process.

*Read the information on the Fulbright website very carefully, particularly the requirements of the country you're applying to.  Note that Fulbright has stopped printing booklets listing the country descriptions - everything is online now.

*Subscribe to the Applicant Blog which focuses on specific world region / country program issues and contains articles written by Fulbright program managers and former and current Fulbrighters, as well as tips for completing the application.  Check out the Fulbright podcasts as well.

*Meet with a Peer Scholarship Advisor to talk about your ideas / get feedback on your essays.  Click here to see their office hours and contact information.  PSAs are available to review essays NOW.  Email your drafts to peerscholadvice AT gmail DOT com

*Register on the Embark application system starting March 31, 2016.  Be sure to select William and Mary as your institution whether you're a graduating senior, a graduate student, or an alum applying through the College.

N.B. Alumni who graduated within the last three years and who have not attended graduate school elsewhere are encouraged to apply through W&M. We will work with you throughout the process and, if you aren't in the area, we will arrange phone or skype interviews. If you graduated more than three years ago, contact Lisa Grimes before beginning the campus application.

*Submit your completed application online (including transcripts and letters of recommendation) by the campus deadline.  Please keep in mind that this sends the application to campus Fulbright Program Advisor Lisa Grimes, not Fulbright.  You will be able to edit your application later in the process so please do not worry about hitting submit!

*Your language evaluation form (if required) and letters of recommendation are also due online by the deadline.  Note that you will be able to submit your part of the application even if all of these items have not been submitted.  No hard copies are required.

N.B. Ask your recommenders / language evaluator to write for you as early as possible, and be sure to talk with them about your application and motivation for applying for a Fulbright.  It's up to you to make sure they have as much information as possible about you and about why you want to carry out this research / teach English abroad so that they can write a strong letter.  

*For research or study applicants (not ETAs): Upload your hard copy letter of affiliation, with original signature, as soon as you have it.  Talk with Lisa about what to do with letters that come in after the campus deadline. See this page for information on affiliations.

*Fulbright applicants should submit an unofficial transcript, which they can get for free from the registrar's office if you ask at least three business days in advance. Fulbright does not accept web transcripts.

*All applications are distributed to campus committees for review, and these committees will conduct interviews soon after the deadline. Committees will consist of William & Mary faculty members, likely with some expertise in the area of the world pertinent to your application. Interviews will last about 20 minutes; part of the interview will be in the language of the proposal country (if applicable). Committees are asked to evaluate: the candidates' academic or professional qualifications (especially in relation to the proposed project); the validity and feasibility of the proposed project; language qualifications; evidence of maturity, motivation, and adaptability to a different cultural environment; knowledge of host country; impression candidate will make abroad as a citizen representing the U.S.

N.B. Please note that there is no screening of applications at the campus level. ALL applications are submitted to campus committees for review, evaluation and rating, all applicants are interviewed, and all applications are forwarded, along with the campus rating and evaluation, to IIE in New York.  Because the committees use the materials submitted by the deadlines and the interview to establish the campus rating for each candidate, applicants should consider those materials as the final version and should submit the most complete and polished application as possible.

* Final applications must be submitted online by noon on Monday, October 10, 2016.

* W&M Fulbright Program Advisor Lisa Grimes compiles committee comments for the campus evaluations and submits all applications to IIE US Student Programs by the national deadline (TBA).

*IIE National Screening Committees review the applications and recommend applications for further review by supervising agencies abroad. All applicants are notified of their status (whether or not their application has been recommended to the supervising agency in their host country) by the end of January.

*Applications are reviewed further by supervising agencies abroad, particularly as to placement at foreign universities. These agencies make their recommendations to the Scholarship Board.

*Final selection for Fulbright grants is made by the Scholarship Board. Selection is made taking into account the recommendations of the National Screening Committee, availability of funds, approval of the supervising agencies abroad, and other program requirements. Final notification may come anywhere from mid-March to the end of June.

William and Mary students have been awarded Fulbrights to Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkino Faso, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mongolia, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Sserbia, Slovakia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Turkey, Uganda, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.