Fulbright U.S. Student Program

NAU's Fulbright Program Advisor (FPA):  Melissa Hatfield Riggs

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.

The grant provides round-trip airfare, monthly stipend amount set by host country, and 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.


  • 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 PhD)
  • 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

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.

NAU Internal Deadlines and Process

March 31, 2016Opening Webinar!  Launch of the Fulbright Competition and Getting Started: 11 am - 12 pm MST.
June 27 or earlierDetailed resume and draft essays to the FPA.
July 25 or earlierCompleted online application.
August 15 or earlier Recommendations, affiliation letter, and language evaluation shared with FPA before writers upload!
September 6Application is shared with NAU Fulbright Evaluation Committee. Should be a very solid online draft with recommendations, language evaluation, and affiliation letter uploaded.
Late SeptemberParticipate in campus interviews. Dates TBA, but will be during the last two weeks of September.
October 3Finalized online application if you want FPA polishing feedback.
October 11, 2016Official Fulbright deadline. Avoid potential system overload/crash by not working online the last few days!


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

Note: I absolutely want to review recommendation letters/forms (and preferably affiliation letters and language evaluations also) before they are uploaded to the scholarship application site, so ask your rec/eval writers to send their material to me at Melissa.Riggs@nau.edu by or before August 15, 2016. Please share your affiliation letter with me when you receive it and before you upload.


1.  March 24, 2016 -- Fulbright National Reps host workshops at NAU!  FPA will hold additional workshops on "What is the Fulbright and How to Apply at NAU" in April. Contact FPA if interested.

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

3. See online Fulbright tutorialswebinars, and other resources.