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Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or U.S. Embassy in your home country.

Current U.S. Student

If you are a U.S. citizen currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, please visit our Fulbright U.S. Student Program site.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country. Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.

Fulbright Enrichment Program

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) sponsors enrichment seminars, gateway orientations, and workshops across United States as part of its flagship Fulbright Program. These enrichment activities, an integral part of the Fulbright experience, benefit Fulbright foreign students and support the overall mission of the Fulbright Program – to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

The Fulbright Enrichment team at the Institute of International Education under the guidance of and in consultation with ECA, plans, develops, and administers the Fulbright enrichment activities and programs. These enrichment activities are a benefit provided to Foreign Fulbrighters and serve to promote and support the Fulbright mission.

Gateway Orientations

Upon arrival in the United States, Fulbrighters with high levels of English proficiency have the opportunity to participate in five-day Gateway Orientations at universities and colleges around the United States. Gateway Orientations are unique networking, leadership and professional development opportunities. Gateways focus on maximizing the Foreign Fulbright exchange experience by providing Fulbrighters with important resources and key strategies for a successful transition to U.S. academic life and culture. Each Gateway Orientation is designed to help Fulbrighters maximize their exchange experience through a combination of interactive presentations, workshops, networking and cultural activities.

At every Gateway Orientation, Fulbrighters will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of the U.S. academic system and U.S. culture in order to promote a successful entry into U.S. academic programs. Sessions provide an overview of the Fulbright Program and its goals while also providing an overview of Fulbrighters' rights and responsibilities as exchange visitors in the United States. Participants of a Gateway will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of U.S. classroom culture and the expectations of the faculty and staff of U.S. academic institutions.

Orientations emphasize developing a Fulbright identity through a variety of interactive sessions, workshops and panel discussions. At a Gateway, Fulbrighters have the opportunity to expand their global network by meeting Fulbrighters from other countries, some of whom will be attending the same academic program or have similar areas of research. The connections established during Gateway Orientations are a powerful resource for Fulbrighters while in the United States, and after returning home.

Enrichment Seminars

First-year Fulbrighters are eligible to participate in Foreign Fulbright Enrichment Seminars. Enrichment Seminars are exciting four- or five-day professional development and networking focused opportunities that take place in cities across the United States. Each seminar is attended by between 100 and 140 Fulbright students, with an average of 60 countries represented at each seminar.

Enrichment Seminars are a wonderful opportunity for all first-year Fulbrighters to expand their Fulbright network, engage in fun team building activities, build leadership and professional development skills, meet new professional contacts and forge long lasting friendships. Enrichment seminars also give Fulbrighters the chance to learn more about U.S. society and culture. Each seminar explores a current issue in U.S. society, giving Fulbrighters the chance to engage with experts in a specific field and each other. Enrichment seminars also include community engagement opportunities, like community service, that allow Fulbrighters to interact with U.S. citizens outside of the classroom.

Special Topic Seminars

Each year, the U.S. Department of State hosts Special Topic Seminars that address issues of interest to Fulbright grant recipients and the global community. All special topic seminars are designed for Fulbright students in specific academic fields of study, with attendance limited to students with relevant academic and professional pursuits. For certain topics, the Fulbright program partners with U.S. institutions to develop a seminar with in-depth analysis developed specifically for the Fulbright audience.

Themes explored at Special Topic Seminars have included Food Security, Disability Rights, and Global Health. The “From Lab to Market” Seminar is a special topic seminar that explores the process of innovation, invention, and commercialization. This seminar is tailored to first-year Fulbrighters studying in Engineering, Computer Science or Business Administration academic fields.

Special Topic Seminars are noted and included in the seminar invitation that Fulbrighters receive in October. Fulbrighters should review the fields of study for eligibility purposes when ranking their seminar preference in the invitation survey.

Seminar Invitation Process

In October, students receive the seminar invitation email, inviting them to complete an online survey and where they rank their preferred seminars based on seminar date and theme. Fulbrighters are eligible to attend an enrichment seminar as a first-year Foreign Fulbright student only. If a Fulbrighter is not able to attend a seminar in the first grant year, he or she will not be eligible to attend a seminar in year two.

Fulbrighters may only attend one Enrichment Seminar. Approximately 140 Foreign Fulbrighters attend each seminar. Each applicant who fills out the online survey by the deadline will receive either a seminar assignment or a notification of being placed on a specific seminar waitlist. This notification is sent around mid-December.

Local Enrichment Opportunities

The U.S. Department of State works with partner organizations in cities across the U.S. to host local activities for Fulbrighters. IIE regional offices in Chicago, Denver, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC, host events and activities for area Fulbrighters throughout the year. Local events include community service projects, receptions and cultural outings. These events also include Fulbright Visiting Researcher Workshops, day-long activities that aim to expand the regional Fulbright network through dialogue and the exchange of ideas, and connect visiting researchers to one another and their communities.

Fulbrighters should check with their local IIE Advisor and here for upcoming activities in their region.