Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Program provides fully funded research, study, and teaching opportunities for graduates and graduate students

IUPUI is a Fulbright partner university and the campus coordinator is Stephanie Leslie, the Director of Study Abroad, (slleslie@iupui.edu; 317-278-0716). All interested applicants are advised to contact her for guidance. IUPUI campus application procedures are described below.


The Fulbright U.S. Program is an exchang program designed for young American professonals interested in pursuing a year of graduate study, research, teaching at various levels abroad. Yearly, roughly 1,900 Fulbright grants are awarded, allowing recipients to participate in over 140 countries worlwide. The application process for this prestigious award is extensive, so it is best to consider applying at least a year in advance. 

Application Deadlines:

  • September - IUPUI Campus deadline .........
  • October 6, 2017 5:00 p.m. EST - Fulbright 2018-2019 Competition Deadline

Learn more about the Fulbright program and how you can participate as an IUPUI student by exploring this page and visiting the Fulbright homepage here

Am I eligible?

  • Applicants to the Fulbright program must be U.S. citizens at the time of application.
  • Applicants must complete a bachelor's degree prior to the start of the grant.
  • Applicants must be in good health, as certified by a physician.
  • Applicants must demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of their country of choice.
  • Applicants may hold a J.D. or an M.D. while applying for a Fulbright.

Preference is given to applicants who:

  • Have not previously held a Fulbright grant
  • Completed the majority of their higher education in the U.S.
  • Have not lived in the country they are applying to for more than 6 months (undergraduate study abroad is exempt from this rule)

Are you a faculty member?

If you will be writing a letter of recommendation or submitting an independent study/research project proposal, you will receive the link to the evaluation form once the student has submitted his/her complete application.

Please contact our office if you have any questions.

Learn more about eligibility requirements here

Award Types

  • Open Study/Research Awards

    The Fulbright Study/Research Award is the traditional award opportunity where a candidate designs a proposal for a specific country. Read the Country Summaries for more information.

  • English Teaching Assistant Awards

    The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant programs place grantees in schools overseas to supplement local English language instruction and to provide a native speaker presence in the classrooms. View the countries offering English Teaching Assistant Awards here.

  • Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

    • The Fulbright–National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship provides a unique platform for American Fulbright students to develop global narratives and discuss commonalities across borders around a common issue or theme. Trained, supported, and mentored by National Geographic Editors during their grants in one or multiple countries, Fellows will use new media platforms to help build ties across cultures while enhancing mutual understanding. The digital content that they produce will be featured online in various places, including, most prominently, a blog hosted by National Geographic.
  • Critical Language Enhancement Award

    The Critical Language Enhancement Award provides a supplement in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for grantees to receive between three and six months of intensive language study in addition to their research or study grants. This opportunity is available for select languages and in limited host countries.

How do I apply?

If you meet the eligibility requirements below, follow these simple steps to apply!

  1. Step 1: Determine Applicant Type
  2. Step 2: Select Award Type
  3. Step 3: Review Country Opportunities
  4. Step 4: Review Application Components

For independent study/research projects ONLY: the professor supervising your independent study must complete a project description

Application Components

  • Scholarship Application

    The IUPUI International Experience Scholarship is available to students at the IUPUI and IUPUC campuses. If you are not from one of these campuses please check with the study abroad office on your campus to explore scholarships which would be available to you.

    1. Are you a student at IUPUI or IUPUC? 
    2. What is/are your major/s? 
    3. What is/are your minor/s? 
    4. In what program do you intend to participate? 
    5. Will you be receiving academic credit for participating in your program? 
    6. What is the primary country in which your program will take place? 
    7. Who is the sponsor of the program? 
    8. How long is the program? 
    9. What term is your program? 
    10. Have you traveled internationally or lived abroad for educational or professional reasons? 
    11. Does your program involve service learning or an internship? 
    12. When do you expect to graduate? 
    13. Is this your first college degree? 
    14. What is your current enrollment at IUPUI? 
    15. Did you transfer to IUPUI from another institution? 
    16. Do you currently or have you previously worked? 
    17. Please describe your hobbies.
    18. Please describe any on or off campus activities in which you participate.
    19. Please list any awards you have received.
    20. What are your future academic/professional/career goals?
  • Statement of Purpose

    1. Describe all of your previous international experience
    2. List the dates and location of the study abroad program to which you are applying
    3. Describe why you chose this particular study abroad program
    4. Describe the courses you plan to take abroad: (number of credit hours, course numbers, and course titles, if possible)
    5. List the degree requirements which will be completed through participation in this program
    6. Describe how this program fits into your personal, professional and/or academic goals
    7. In what ways have you prepared for this program? (language preparation, coursework taken, relevant extracurricular or volunteer activities)
  • Letter of Recommendation

    This application requires a letter of recommendation from a current or past college instructor (with whom you took a class). Upon submission of your entire scholarship application your recommender will receive an email from the application system with instructions to upload your recommendation letter.

    Since the recommender will not receive the link to the evaluation form until you complete this application, we recommend that you contact them via email with the following link:


  • Program Budget

    You are required to submit a budget for the study abroad program in which you intend to participate.

    1. What is the program fee?
    2. What is included in the program fee?
    3. Please only enter the costs not included in the program fee:             
    • Airfare
    • Accomdations
    • Food/Meals
    • Local transportation
    • Insurance
    • Books/supplies
    • Travel medicine/Vaccinations
    • Passport
    • Visa
    • Essential Living Costs

    4. Are there any other costs included in the program budget?

    5. Total Program Cost:

  • Personal Financial Statement

    1. Would you be able to participate in this program without any scholarship funding? Please explain your financial need.
    2. Personal or family contributions towards the program.
    3. Please explain your efforts to save for the program.
    4. Please explain your current employment situation.
    5. Will you be using any loans to pay for study abroad expenses?
    6. Please list other scholarship(s) for which you have applied or intend on applying to along with the amount(s).
    7. Are you pursuing any additional funding opportunities you have not already mentioned?
  • Independent Research/Internship (if applicable)

    If you are not participating on a prearranged study abroad program but are instead going abroad to do an independent study or research project of your own design which will yield the primary credit for your experience abroad, we require a statement from the IUPUI faculty member overseeing your international coursework to describe your project and their role in supervising your work.

    This does not include research conducted as part of a prearranged study abroad program.

  • Graduating Student

    The IUPUI International Scholarship requires students to share their overseas experience with the campus community. This can be done in a variety of ways. Typically students return to campus and volunteer to give a class presentation or to assist with events to promote study abroad.

    If you are graduating at the end of the term in which you are studying abroad, you will need to provide a statement (approximately 250-300 words) of how you will share your experiences overseas with the campus. A couple of examples of what other students have done are: giving a presentation while abroad by video conference to a group of students interested in studying abroad and keeping a blog of their experiences to which IUPUI can link. Be creative!