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Fulbright U.S. Student Program

A year abroad, teaching or researching

Grade Level: Seniors & young alums
2021 Campus Deadline: September 19

Summary

The Fulbright Scholarship Program supports US citizens to spend a year abroad conducting research, studying, or teaching. Graduating seniors, and those holding Bachelor's degrees, but not PhDs, are eligible to apply. Selection criteria for a Fulbright Scholarship is based on quality and feasibility of the proposal; academic record; language preparation; requirements of the program in individual countries and a variety of other factors.

Campus Nomination Process

Overview: All students seeking a W&M endorsement must submit the Fulbright application through the Fulbright online application system by the campus deadline of Sunday, September 19 at 11:59 p.m. (and indicate that they are affiliated with William & Mary). All supporting materials (including recommendation forms) must also be submitted by the campus deadline. After submitting the full application, all students will have an interview to determine whether or not you will receive an endorsement from William & Mary. These interviews will likely happen in late September. You will be able to edit your application materials after your campus interview and before the national deadline. When you submit to Fulbright by the campus deadline, this gives the campus advisor access to your materials and indicates you intend to move forward with the campus interview process. The campus advisor will release your application back to you in the Fulbright system soon after the campus interviews are completed. (You will then have to submit it again by the national deadline.)

To hear some of the Peer Scholarship Advisors’ tips on Fulbright, read their blog post on the scholarship.

Note: It is your responsibility to let your recommendation writers know that they will have to submit their letters by the campus deadline of September 19. Guidance for study/research recommendation writers and for ETA recommendation writers  is available on the Fulbright website.

Application Format: The application (for the campus and national rounds) is completed on Fulbright’s online application portal.

Deadlines and Timeline: 

  • Spring semester: Attend a Fulbright information session hosted by the PSAs.
  • Summer: Begin your application through Fulbright's application portal. The Director of National Fellowships will touch base with students who have started applications as the summer progresses.
  • Sunday, September 19th at 11:59 p.m.: Campus Application Deadline. The full application and all required documents (including recommendation forms) must be submitted through Fulbright's online application portal by this deadline in order to be eligible for campus endorsement.
  • Late-September: Campus Interviews Take Place.
    Note: You will be able to edit your essays after your campus interview and before the national deadline.

Endorsements: There is no limit to how many applicants William & Mary can endorse. Note: Institutional endorsement is not required by Fulbright. However, the institutional endorsement process is generally seen as beneficial to students applying for the scholarship.

Alumni Endorsement: William & Mary alum are able to seek endorsement through campus, presuming they meet the requirements for the campus deadline listed above. Note: Alumni should apply through the last institution in the U.S. where they received a degree.

National Application Process

The national deadline is October 12, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EST. All students must meet the campus deadline (posted above) in order to be eligible for campus endorsement by the national deadline. Learn more about the  Fulbright U.S. Student Program including how to get started with the application, eligibility requirements, types of awards, and factors in selection.

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