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Fulbright U.S. Student Program

KU International Affairs coordinates the applications by students at the University of Kansas for grants under the auspices of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

All enrolled KU students should apply for Fulbright through the internal KU campus process; alumni are also welcome, though not required, to apply this way. Applications for the 2022-23 Fulbright grant competition are due at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, and must be submitted via the online national application (under the "Applicants" menu, select "Fulbright online application" to create an account). You will submit your application just as if you were submitting for the national deadline. Applicants who do not submit by the campus deadline of Wednesday, Sept. 8 will not be permitted to participate in the KU campus process.

Ready to get started? You can view a video information session or make an advising appointment with Dr. Rachel Sherman Johnson, KU Fulbright Program Adviser. More information is also available on the official Fulbright website.

Weekly Drop-In Advising, Summer 2021: From June 2 to Sept. 1, 2021, join Dr. Sherman Johnson on Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm Central on Zoom for drop-in advising. Email for the meeting link if you plan to attend. 

Types of Fulbright Grants

Study/Research Fulbright grants provide round-trip travel, maintenance, a research allowance and often a tuition waiver, if applicable. Most grants are for one academic year of study or research. All grants include health and accident insurance.

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program places grantees in schools overseas to supplement local English language instruction and to provide a native speaker presence in the classroom.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application and hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent by the beginning date of the grant. Applicants may not hold a Ph.D. at the time of application. Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people of the host country and to carry out the proposed study. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Certificate of Health from a physician.

Drafting a Statement of Grant Purpose

The Statement of Grant Purpose is the central component of the Fulbright application; it describes what you plan to do while abroad on a Fulbright grant, as well as the qualifications you have to make your plans feasible.


Two single-spaced pages should include:

  • Why you are applying for a Fulbright grant
  • A detailed description of your research/study project
  • The methodology you will use for your research
  • What for your work will take (e.g., a dissertation, coursework toward a degree, an article)
  • The reasons you chose this particular country and institution within the country
  • Your academic preparation and qualifications, including language skills
  • How this project and spending a year abroad fits with your immediate and long-term goals








English Teaching Assistants

One single-spaced page should include:

  • Why you are applying for a Fulbright grant
  • A detailed account of why you want to be an ETA
  • The reasons you have chosen this particular country
  • Your academic preparation to be an ETA as well as your teaching experience 
  • Ideas about how you would introduce US culture and society to your students
  • How you expect to benefit from the experience
  • How a Fulbright would fit with your immediate and long-term goals
  • How you will use your time outside the classroom, as per the host country's requirements

If you would like your draft Statement of Grant Purpose pre-reviewed by a member of the Campus Committee, you should submit a Pre-Proposal by 8:00 AM on August 23, 2021 (this is an optional process; the firm KU internal deadline is Sept. 8, 2021).

Fall 2020 application timeline for 2022-23 grants

Monday, Aug. 23, 2021

Optional deadline for draft of Statement of Purpose, with completed Pre-Proposal (8:00 AM Central)


Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021

Completed online Fulbright application due by 8:00 AM. 

Sept. 15- Oct. 5, 2021

Campus interviews held; 30-45 minutes for each interview. All interviews will be held via Zoom.

October 8, 2021

Fulbright Workshop
1- 4:30 p.m.

This is the final opportunity to work with Dr. Sherman Johnson to polish your statements, incorporate the feedback you received from the Campus Committee during your interview, and make sure your entire application is complete and ready to submit. All KU applicants will receive the Zoom link for this session in October.

October 12, 2021 

Deadline for electronic submission of final applications to IIE through the online application by 4:00 PM CST. Students are responsible for ensuring their applications are complete and submitted by the national deadline.


End of January 2022

Results of national review; applicants notified about whether their applications are moved on to the country committees


March-June 2022

Notification of grant status


Dr. Rachel Sherman Johnson                                                
Fulbright Program Adviser                                   

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