Fulbright Fellowship

What is the Fulbright U.S. Student Program?

It’s a competitive program providing grants to students to teach English or conduct study/research abroad. More than 140 countries participate, with approximately 1,900 awards given to U.S. students annually in all fields of study. Most research or teaching opportunities last one academic year, but the length varies by host country. A Fulbright award covers your expenses and provides a monthly supplement (amount varies by host country).

Who’s eligible?Fulbright U.S. Student Program

  • U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled as graduate students at UNC Charlotte.
  • Language proficiency is not required in most countries.

What would I do?

You might teach English to high school or university students, or you might conduct a study/research or service project – it’s your decision.


Please visit UNC Charlotte's Education Abroad web page for the official campus deadline and the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the official deadline.

Campus Deadline: Mid-August

Fulbright Deadline: Mid-October

Opportunity for Post-Doctoral and Ph.D. Students

Lean how a Fulbright postdoctoral grant will help you gain critical research skills, build networks and add important international experience to their CVs.

For the purposes of the Fulbright Scholar Program, an applicant is eligible for postdoctoral awards if they will finish all of the requirements for their Ph.D. program by February 1, 2018, or have received their Ph.D. in the last five years (unless otherwise stipulated by an award description). Below is a list of awards open only to early career/postdoctoral candidates, meaning that applicants will be evaluated alongside fellow recent graduates. This list is by no means complete. A list of additional opportunities is available in our Catalog of Awards.

Australia: Australia offers three Postdoctoral awards, one hosted at Deakin university and one hosted at the University of Newcastle.

Chile – Fulbright Astronomy and Antarctic Studies Award: This award will fund postdoctoral/early career astronomers and data scientists to research or teach and conduct research at universities or the Chilean Antarctic Institute.  

China Studies Postdoctoral Scholar Award: Early career applicants from any discipline may apply – particularly welcome are experts on global climate change, sustainability, and the environment – with the opportunity to conduct research and collaborate with colleagues.

France – Fulbright-EHESS Post-Doctoral Award (Junior Research): Located in Paris, this prestigious institution offers an opportunity to conduct research in several disciplines.

Italy – Fulbright – Schuman Postdoctoral Award at the European University Institute: The grantee will focus on developing professional skills such as teaching, academic writing and publishing and job market presentation within the field of EU studies.

Israel – Postdoctoral Fellowship: These unique and prestigious grants are open to researchers in all academic disciplines and support programs of work for up to 20 months (two academic years).

Mexico – Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Award: Applicants are welcome in all disciplines for this three to 10-month grant; STEM applicants are especially encouraged to consider applying. 

Taiwan – Arts, Education, Humanities, Professional Fields and Social Sciences (Postdoctoral Scholar Award): This award is open to any research subject from Cross-Strait studies to marine sciences. Selected candidates will present lectures, seminars, and workshops.

For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines and review criteria, please visit website. Applicants may also wish to join My Fulbright, a resource center for applicants interested in the program.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens.   

How have UNC Charlotte students participated in the past?

Austin Halbert

Austin Halbert, through the help of a Fulbright research grant, spent a year in Sweden researching the relationships between businesses and people. He is the author of the book, The American Workday.

Celia Karp

Celia Karp received a Fulbright grant to conduct a research project in Ecuador from 2014-2015. Her project “Communication, Culture, and Health” led her to pursue doctoral studies in Population, Family, and Reproductive Health.

Caitlin Vavarek

Caitlin Vavarek received a 2014-2015 Fulbright Teaching Assistant Fellowship. Using her background in education and a passion for working with diverse cultures, she taught English in Nepal.

Who do I contact?

To learn more, please contact:

Dr. Alan Freitag,
Assistant Dean,
The Graduate School


Fulbright U.S. Student ProgramThe purpose of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is to offer grants to students and recent graduates to engage in teaching or research opportunities abroad. Additionally, the program seeks to increase mutual understanding between U.S. participants and the host country. Fulbright offers grants to students seeking individually designed research projects or for English Teaching Assistant (ETA) programs in participating countries. Currently, more than 140 countries participate in the program, with approximately 1,900 grants being offered annually in all fields of study. Most research and teaching programs last one academic year, but the length varies by host country. The award includes monthly stipends based on cost of living, healthcare, and supplemental insurance in the host country.

Selection Criteria

Students are selected to participate in the Fulbright program based on:

  • Outstanding academic achievement
  • A clearly defined research, teaching, or project proposal

Application Timeline and Procedure

The months before you apply (even a year in advance!)

  • Research prospective programs and host countries.
  • Attend workshops offered by UNC Charlotte or webinars offered by the Fulbright program.
  • Decide whether you wish to pursue a research award or an English Teaching Assistant award.
  • Research Applicants: Develop a two-page statement of proposed study or research.
  • ETA Applicants: Develop a one-page statement of grant purpose outlining your desire to teach English to non-native speakers.
  • Develop a personal statement (one page explaining who you are and how your life has influenced you to pursue a cultural exchange program).
  • Gather three letters of recommendation from professors in your field of study.
  • Gather academic transcripts.

Mid-August: Traditional UNC Charlotte deadline for all student applications to the Fulbright program. Campus interviews will occur in August/September. During this time, the UNC Charlotte Student Fulbright Committee will review your application and provide feedback on how to improve it before the October deadline. After interviews, update your application as advised.  

Mid-October: Official Fulbright deadline. Submit your application online as instructed on the Fulbright Application website.

Application Checklist:

  1. Personal statement
  2. Statement of proposed research or grant purpose
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Foreign language forms (if applicable to your host country)
  5. Biographical data as required by the Fulbright U.S. Student site
  6. Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended

Useful Links

UNC Charlotte Office of Education Abroad: http://edabroad.uncc.edu/

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Home Page: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/

Applicant Page: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/applicants

Fulbright U.S. Student Upcoming Events: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/component/events/?view=events

Fulbright Student Program Blog: http://blog.fulbrightonline.org/