2013 application deadline: September 13
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists from the United States to study, conduct research or to serve as an English teaching assistant abroad for one academic year. In addition, Critical Language Enhancement Awards are available to grantees for study of critical-need foreign languages before or concurrently with their grant period.
More than 1,500 Americans annually receive grants to study, research or teach abroad with either full or partial support from the Fulbright Program. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers three kinds of grants: study/research, English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs) and travel-only grants.
Study and research grants
Study/research fellowships offer up to one academic year of support for study and/or research in academic fields and the creative and performing arts. Applicants propose their own research and/or graduate study project and find their own host affiliation. Grants to study at specific universities are also available for some host countries.
English teaching assistantships
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program places recent college graduates and young professionals as English teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools or universities overseas. English teach assistants help improve foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the U.S., while simultaneously advancing their personal language skills and knowledge of the host country. They may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities.
Grants for international travel are available to Germany, Hungary and Italy to supplement other fellowships that do not include travel costs or to supplement a student's own funds for study/research.
Fulbright for WMU students
All WMU students applying for a Fulbright study, research or travel-only grant or an English teaching assistantship are required to work with the campus Fulbright Program Advisor. For more information about the WMU campus application process or to begin your Fulbright application please contact Dr. Michelle Metro-Roland, WMU Fulbright advisor, at (269) 387-5890 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recommended application timeline
- February: Fulbright grant information announced for the following year.
- May: Online application opens.
- May-August: Meet with the WMU campus Fulbright advisor and begin application. Secure letters of recommendation and language evaluation forms (if necessary).
- August: Finalize draft of Fulbright application.
- Mid-September: WMU campus deadline. (September 13, 2013)
- Late September: Complete campus Fulbright committee interview process.
- Early October: Post-interview revision an application finalization.
- Mid-October: Fulbright national deadline.