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The Graduate School

G-1 Communications Building
Box 353770
Seattle, Washington 98195-3770

Phone: 206.543.5900
Fax: 206.685.3234

Fulbright US Student Program

Study/Research/Teach English Abroad Awards

UW Deadline: September 9, 2015

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 1,800 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.

Information Sessions for Current UW Students and Alumni

Attendance at an information session is a vital component of preparing a successful Fulbright application. All sessions will provide the same information. Feel free to attend any session at any campus or online. If you cannot make one of these sessions, please contact the appropriate advisor (listed below).

UW Seattle:
    In person sessions (Register here):
    • Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 3:30-5:00 p.m., UW Seattle, Mary Gates Hall 171
    • Thursday, May 7, 2015, 4:30-6:00 p.m., UW Seattle, Mary Gates Hall 171
    • Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 10:30 am - 12:00 noon, UW Seattle, Mary Gates Hall 171
    Webinar sessions (Register here):
    • Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Friday, May 15, 2015, 1:00-2:00 p.m.,
    • Thursday, June 25, 2015, 12 noon-1:00 p.m.
    • Friday, July 24, 2015, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Additional opportunities for information/assistance:
Round table (informal discussion with former Fulbright awardees):
  • May 27, UW Seattle, time and location to be announced
  • May 28, UW Seattle, time and location to be announced
Peer Review of applications:
  • CANCELED -- August 18, UW Seattle, 4:30-6:30 p.m., location to be announced
UW Bothell:
    In person sessions:
    • Thursday, May 7, 2015, 4:30 p.m., UW Bothell, UW1-103, Register here
UW Tacoma:
    In person sessions: Register here:
    • Monday, March 2, 2015, 5:30 p.m., Cherry Parkes 206C,
    • Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 5:30 p.m., Cherry Parkes 331
    • Thursday, May 14, 2015, 3:30 p.m., Cherry Parkes 331
    • Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 3:30 p.m., Cherry Parkes 331
    Webinar sessions:

Application Deadline

Deadline for UW applicants: Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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 2016-17 Fulbright US Student competition is September 9, 2015.  Even though 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 be held on Sept. 26, 2015 (NOTE: this is BEFORE autumn classes begin).

Detailed Fulbright Information

The Institute of International Education website provides excellent detailed information on the award itself and the application process. In particular, the "Thinking of Applying" and "How to Apply" sections are important resources for initial information.

Prospective applicants should check 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. Please pay close attention to the details in the country summary to make sure your interests match before proceeding with an application.

Beginning March 31 2015, on-line applications are expected to be available through the Fulbright website. Each applicant sets up his or her own application directly on the website.

Eligibility includes:
  • U.S. citizen [International students should go to]
  • Master's or doctoral degree student, professional degree student (without a Ph.D.), graduating senior, or alumni who holds at least a bachelor's degree but does not have a Ph.D.
  • In good health

UW Fulbright Program Advisors

There are several different Fulbright Program Advisors (FPAs) at the UW to assist you with understanding the Fulbright US Student Program and putting your application together. You are encouraged to make contact with an FPA to discuss the process and your plans.

UW Seattle graduate and professional students (and recent Seattle campus graduates with masters degrees but not a PhD) will apply through the Fellowships and Awards Office in The Graduate School (G-1 Communications Building). FPAs are: Marilyn Gray, Michelle Drapek, and Helene Obradovich. You can reach them by email or by phone at 206-543-7152.

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:

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

UW Tacoma students at all levels and alumni will contact the Office of 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 you 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.

Resources and Links

Following are links regarding the Fulbright program that you may find helpful, found mostly from previous Fulbright Program newsletters.

General Information

Preparing for the Application

Writing your application

Campus Interview

Information for those writing reference letters