Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Meghan McNamee in Germany
David Warnky in India

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 2023-24 Fulbright grant competition will open in late March/early April 2022. They will be due on Sept. 7, 2022 and must be submitted via the online national application. 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. 7 will not be permitted to participate in the KU campus process.

Weekly Drop-In Advising

Summer 2022
From June 8 to Aug. 31, join Dr. Sherman Johnson on Zoom on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m.

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
  • hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent by the beginning date of the grant
  • not hold a Ph.D. at the time of application
  • 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
  • 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 form 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 a.m. on August 22, 2022 (this is an optional process; the firm KU internal deadline is Sept. 7, 2022).

Fall 2022 application timeline

Important dates for 2023-24 grant cycle

DateAction Required
Monday, Aug. 22, 2022Optional deadline for draft of Statement of Purpose, with completed Pre-Proposal (8 a.m. CST)
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022Completed online Fulbright application due by 8 a.m. 
Sept. 14- Oct. 4, 2022Campus interviews held; 30-45 minutes for each interview. All interviews will be held via Zoom.
Friday, Oct. 7, 2022

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.

TBDDeadline for electronic submission of final applications to IIE through the online application by 4 p.m. (CST). Students are responsible for ensuring their applications are complete and submitted by the national deadline.
End of January 2023Results of national review; applicants notified about whether their applications are moved on to the country committees
March-June 2023Notification of grant status