Eligibility Requirements for Receiving a Fulbright Scholarship
People who participate in the Fulbright Scholarship program often go on to do amazing things in the world. For example, according to the U.S. Department of State, more than 29 current or former heads of state and 46 Nobel Laureate recipients once participated in the Fulbright program. The experiences these people had while in the program likely broadened their horizons to such a degree that they were able to do impressive things with their careers when their educational experiences were complete.
This program is designed to cater to the best and brightest in the world, and the competition for these scholarships is quite stiff. But students who want to participate may find that the eligibility requirements are rather modest. These are the traits students must have in order to submit an application.
People who want to participate in the Fulbright program must be U.S. citizens, and they must also be well underway in their fields of study before they enroll. Applicants simply must have a bachelor’s degree, or some sort of equivalent, by the time the grant monies are disbursed.
Since most Fulbright Scholarships are designed to move people from one country to another in order to work and study, students must demonstrate that they’re proficient in the language that’s used in the country in which they’ll be living and studying. They must also be physically fit, so they can handle the demands of a long trip.
Students who have done most, if not all, of their studies within the United States are given slightly more consideration than students who did some sort of studying abroad. Students like this have already had a multicultural experience, so they may not need the help that a Fulbright Scholarship can bring. Similarly, those students who have not lived in the countries in which they’d like to study are given a higher preferential rating than students who have lived within the borders of the countries in which they’ll study.
- Completion of a doctoral degree
- Completed enrollment applications for a medical degree program to be completed abroad
- Employment with the U.S. Department of State
- A parent or close relative who works with the U.S. Department of State
- Employment, or a close relative’s employment, with private and public agencies that are under contract with the U.S. Department of State
Getting Ready to Apply
The Institution of International Education suggests that some 300,000 people have participated in the Fulbright program since it was founded in 1946. There’s no reason why you might not be the next one to participate. But if you find that you’re ineligible to do so, or you’re not chosen for inclusion in the program, there are other scholarships that could help you to pay for school, and we can help you to find them.