Fulbright U.S. Student Program


Winners receive funding to either conduct research or serve as English Teaching Assistants (ETA’s) for up to one (1) year in a participating foreign country after completing an undergraduate degree. Specific amounts and length of time vary by country.


  1. Must be U.S. citizens at time of application
  2. Must be graduating seniors who will hold a bachelor’s degree before receiving the Fulbright Scholarship, or recent alumni who have not begun a graduate degree program
  3. Must not have spent five (5) of the previous six (6) years abroad
  4. Must possess the necessary language skills to complete the project you are proposing. Please see the country descriptions for specific language requirements
  5. Must be in good health
  6. Must not have resided in the country to which you are applying for more than six (6) months. Study abroad and duty in the armed forces are not counted towards the six (6) month allotment.

Candidate Profile

Candidates should demonstrate a strong desire to conduct research or serve as ETA’s in the country to which he/she is specifically applying. For countries with a language requirement, candidates must possess the linguistic ability to successfully carry out their research or teaching.  All candidates should demonstrate specific ways they intend to culturally engage with the host country as this is a primary aim of the Fulbright program. 

Research candidates should develop a research proposal and identify an appropriate host country individual or organization to sponsor their research as an affiliate. 

ETA candidates should demonstrate previous teaching experience that will allow them to successfully serve as an ETA. Teaching does not have to be in a formal setting such as a school, and can include other formats such as tutoring, coaching, etc.

Scholarship Website


Campus Procedure

Undergraduate students and recent alumni with an interest in applying should review the Fulbright website to decide which program and country to apply to. Interested applicants should register as applicants prior to the campus application deadline, and then contact Scott Palmer to schedule an advising appointment. 

All UC Davis candidates must participate in a campus interview with a faculty panel.  The interview will provide suggestions for improving the application, which can be incorporated into a final draft before the foundation deadline.  

Students who have already begun a graduate program should contact Maria Garcia at majgarcia@ucdavis.edu for application procedures.