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Fulbright U.S. Student Program

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.

UW DEADLINE: Sept. 4, 2019

Information sessions for UW students and alumni

Attending an information session is vital to preparing a successful Fulbright application. Information sessions are hosted on campus and online throughout spring quarter, and all sessions provide the same information. If you cannot attend any of the scheduled information sessions, please contact the appropriate advisor.

General Information Sessions

Program-specific Workshops 
Please attend a general information session prior to attending a workshop


  • 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 process

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.

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 below.

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.

Apply online

UW Fulbright Program Advisors

Several different Fulbright Program Advisors (FPAs) at the UW will assist you with understanding the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and putting your application together. We encourage you to contact with an FPA to discuss the process and your plans.

UW Seattle graduate and professional students

UW Seattle graduate and professional students (and recent Seattle campus graduates with master’s degrees but not Ph.D.s) will apply through the Graduate School’s Office of Fellowships and Awards Office. FPA is:

  • Michelle Sutton

Contact gradappt@uw.edu with application questions or to make an appointment to discuss your application with Michelle.

UW Seattle undergraduate students

UW Seattle undergraduate students (and recent bachelor’s degree graduates of the Seattle campus) will apply through the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards in Undergraduate Academic Affairs. FPAs are:

  • Emily Smith
  • Robin Chang

Contact scholarq@uw.edu with application questions or to make an appointment to discuss your application with one of the undergraduate FPAs.

UW Bothell students

UW Bothell students and alumni at all levels will contact Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards. FPA is:

*Through August 2018, please contact UW Seattle advisors for support

UW Tacoma students

UW Tacoma students and alumni all levels will contact Student Fellowships and Awards. FPA is:

UW alumni have the option of applying through the campus process, no matter how long it has been since they graduated. FPAs can help you determine if this is the best path for you to pursue, or whether you should apply as an at-large candidate.

Materials and resources

Read about our 2018-2019 Fulbright Scholars

Following are links regarding the Fulbright program that are helpful during the application process:

Information for those writing reference letters