Graduate Funding Information Service

July 25, 2019

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Application Deadline: September 4, 2019 (UW deadline)

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. All students are encouraged to consider this great opportunity, whether as part of your academic program or outside of it.

Current UW graduate students MUST apply through the UW campus process and meet our earlier campus deadline. The University of Washington campus deadline for the 2020–2021 Fulbright U.S. student competition is Sept. 4, 2019. Although the official Fulbright deadline is later, currently enrolled students MUST complete and submit all application materials by our earlier deadline. Graduate alumni are invited to apply through the UW campus process if they choose, but may also apply at-large; applying through the UW campus process requires that you also meet the earlier campus deadline.


  • U.S. citizens (international students should go to the Fulbright Foreign Student Program website)
  • Master’s or doctoral degree student, professional degree student (without a Ph.D.), graduating senior, or alumni who hold at least a bachelor’s degree but not a Ph.D.
  • In good health

Application Information

UW applicants are required to attend an in-person interview. Interviews will take place Sept. 21, 2019 (NOTE: This is BEFORE autumn classes begin). If you will be out of area on that date, please contact the appropriate Fulbright Program Advisor.

The Institute of International Education’s Fulbright website provides detailed information on the award itself and the application process. Prospective applicants should check the eligibility requirements first. Then, closely read the country summary for the country to which you wish to apply. Each country has different guidelines, procedures and priorities. This is especially true of language and affiliation requirements. Pay close attention to the details in the country summary to make sure your interests match before proceeding with an application.

For more information about this opportunity, click here.