Fulbright U.S. Student Program

NAU's Fulbright Program Advisor (FPA):  Melissa Hatfield Riggs
Internal Deadline to Apply Through NAU:  July 13, 2015  or earlier for detailed resume and 2 essay drafts, August 10 or earlier for complete application
Official Website: us.fulbrightonline.org

What does a Fulbright student grant fund?

The Fulbright finances one academic year abroad, in one of more than 140 countries, to complete (1) an advanced research or creative project, (2) one year of graduate study, or (3) serve as an English Teaching Assistant. There are additional customized opportunities in certain countries. Students also engage in a community service activity of their choice. 


These awards are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries. Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences and acting as a U.S. citizen ambassador.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Hold at least a bachelor’s degree or equivalent by the start of the grant
  • Graduating seniors, graduate students, and recent alumni can apply (but not those with a completed Ph.D.)
  • Meet required proficiency levels in the written and spoken language of host country (varies by country)
  • Academic excellence, leadership, community engagement
  • For teaching assistant applicants, teaching or similar experiences

Grant Benefits

  • Round-trip airfare, monthly stipend amount set by host country, health and accident insurance
  • Other possible benefits vary by country/grant type and may include support for dependents, research allowance, tuition, language lessons, and/or enhancement activities

Criteria for Selection

  • Excellent academic/professional qualifications
  • Validity and feasibility of proposed research/creative/study project OR communication skills and potential for teaching in English language
  • Language qualifications with reference to proposed project and country requirements
  • Evidence of leadership, maturity, motivation, and adaptability to a different cultural environment
  • Knowledge of host country
  • Evaluation of impression candidate will make abroad as a citizen representing the U.S.

Application Components

  • Basic personal data, as in a resume
  • Statement of Grant Purpose essay
    • Research/Creative/Study projects – 2 pages max
    • English Teaching Assistant – 1 page max
  • Personal Statement essay (1 page max)
  • Foreign language self-evaluation form and professional language evaluation form
  • Three references
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Letter(s) of affiliation (Research/Creative/Study projects ONLY)
  • Supplementary materials (Arts applications ONLY)
  • Interview on campus with the NAU Fulbright Selection Committee

NAU Internal Deadline Requirements and Process

  • See Powerpoint for overview and how to get started.
  • Explore the Fulbright website thoroughly. Start with the video tutorials.  See the application checklist for steps.
  • Start research on countries, project ideas, affiliating organizations or people.
  • Notify the Fulbright Program Advisor (FPA) of your interest and make an appointment to discuss your preliminary ideas.
  • Review my Tips for Applications section.
  • Send a detailed resume and draft essays to the FPA by July 13, 2015 or earlier. 
  • Work with the FPA and academic mentors for feedback on subsequent drafts up until early October.
  • Have references send their recommendation letters or forms to the FPA by August 3 (before uploading)!
  • COMPLETED online application--including recommendations, affiliation letter, and language evaluation--by August 10, 2015
  • Your polished application goes to the NAU Campus Fulbright Committee to read approximately September 1.
  • Participate in the NAU Campus Fulbright Interviews in late September/early October.
  • Finalized online application by October 6 to avoid system overload and for final polishing feedback. Official deadline of October 13, 2015. 


Please refer your recommendation writers to my Tips for Recommenders. Please also see applicant tips on Working with References.

Note: I absolutely want to review recommendations before they are uploaded to the scholarship application site, so ask your writers to send their letter to me at Melissa.Riggs@nau.edu by or before August 3, 2015.


1.  See Fulbright overview Powerpoint presentation, with special NAU resources and affiliation research strategies

2. See online Fulbright tutorialswebinars, and other resources.

2.  "What is the Fulbright and How to Apply at NAU" archived presentations from 2014.

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