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Hanover, NH
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Fulbright Grants


In 1945, Senator J. William Fulbright introduced a bill in the United States Congress that called for the use of proceeds from the sale of surplus war property to fund the "promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science."

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is now the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students, and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. The U.S. Student Program currently awards approximately 1,100 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.  For comprehensive information on grant opportunities in a specific country, please visit participating countries on the Fulbright website.

Fulbright applicants who are enrolled students or graduate students should apply through Dartmouth and be reviewed by the Dartmouth College Committee on Graduate Fellowships.  Alumni are welcome to apply through Dartmouth in order to benefit from our feedback on their applications.

Please also see the Grantee and Application Statistics.

Once you have registered on our website, please start working on your application in the Embark system. You will be working on your application in Embark over the course of the summer of 2016. You will have to submit your application THREE times: for the preliminary application deadline (July 1), the campus deadline (September 9), and the final Fulbright deadline (October 11). No information will be made available to Fulbright prior to the final Fulbright deadline – when you submit your application before the final Fulbright deadline, you only make it available to Dartmouth’s Scholarship Advising office, not to Fulbright. Once you have submitted your application for the preliminary deadline and the campus deadline, the Scholarship Advising office will download your application and unsubmit it, at which point you can continue to revise and expand it.




Applicants must:

  1. Be U.S. citizens at the time of application.
  2. Hold a B.A. degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant.
    • Applicants who have not earned a B.A. degree or the equivalent, but have extensive professional study and/or experience in fields in which they wish to pursue a project, may be considered.
    • In the creative performing arts, four years of professional study and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement.

Be in good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate of Health from a physician.

Have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities.

Applicants may hold a J.D. degree at the time of application, but not a PhD.

M.D.s or medical students or the equivalent (e.g., D.D.S., O.D.) who wish to continue medical or hospital training or to obtain practical clinical experience should apply to IIE. However, M.D.s who have completed formal postgraduate training and propose attachment to a hospital or clinic for independent or collaborative research should apply to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.


Preliminary Application Deadline (July 1)

Please register your intention to apply for a Fulbright Scholarship by submitting the Scholarship Registration Web Form.

Complete the Nomination Permission Form and Waiver (Submit to Scholarship Advising by email PRIOR to the campus deadline)

By July 1, 2016, the Scholarship Advising office asks you to submit your preliminary application to Embark, including the essays and transcripts.

Essays: Statement of Grant Purpose (2 pages for Full Grant; 1 page for ETA) and Personal Statement (1 page).

Academic Transcripts:

Current Undergraduates should order an unofficial transcript through Banner Student. Please upload this transcript to Embark AND email it to NOTE: Once your fall term classes are finalized, you will need to order an  official e-transcript through the Registrar's homepage and upload it to Embark (so that Fulbright can see your current courses).

Alumni should order 2 official e-transcripts through the Registrar's homepage. One should be sent directly to and the other should be sent to your own address so that you can upload it to Embark.

Transcripts from other institutions: Please request official copies of any other non-Dartmouth transcripts to be sent to:  Scholarship Advising, 6201 Parker House, Hanover, NH  03755, or via email You will be responsible for uploading these transcripts to Embark as well.

Your preliminary application will be read by Scholarship Advising. Your Dartmouth Fulbright Program Advisor will return it to you with comments and suggestions over the summer. You will then have the opportunity to work with a Writing Editor.

Please note: All of the comments provided by your Fulbright advisor are suggestions only, based both on the guidelines of individual grants as well as on more general ideas about effective grant writing. They are suggestions we hope applicants will take into consideration, but are not mandates. You are free to incorporate all, some, or none of them. The feedback you will receive from your Fulbright advisor is for your review only; it is not shared with the Committee on Graduate Fellowships.


Recommendation Deadline (July 21)

Letters of Recommendation, Recommendation Forms, and Language Evaluations

Three Letters of Recommendation for Full Grant or Three Recommendation Forms (completed on Embark) for ETA.

All applicants need to insert the contact information for recommenders on the online application. The recommenders will receive an automatic login to fill out a recommendation form online. (Note: In case you have a recommender who also provides a language evaluation, you have to register them a second time under a different email address.)

Full Grant applicants should request 3 letters of recommendation, which will be uploaded directly by the letter writers to Embark.  We do not need a hard copy of the letter. Please tell your recommenders to print their letters on institutional letterhead and sign them.

ETA applicants should make sure to tell their recommenders that they will need to fill out a recommendation form on Embark instead of writing a letter of recommendation.

This form is required for the ETA and is not a standard letter of recommendation.

Please provide your recommenders with the Guidelines for Writers of Letters of Recommendation when requesting a recommendation.  For more information on recommendation letters, click here and see the instructions for reference writers provided by Fulbright.

You may wish to provide recommenders with information about you that would help them formulate a strong recommendation, such as information on the scholarship and what your study and research plans are, a copy of your CV, a paper you wrote for their class, research interests, future academic or career goals, etc. It is highly recommended to send them your Personal Statement and Statement of Grant Purpose.

Language Evaluation Forms are to be filled out online by a language instructor or native speaker, and are due by the campus deadline (September 14).  Applicants are responsible for securing a language evaluation, dependent upon the requirements of the host country, and the nature of their scholarship application. For more details, please click here if applying for a Full grant  and here if applying for an ETA.


Campus Deadline and Campus Review

You will submit your revised application to Embark by the campus deadline on September 9, 2016

Applications include the following:

  • complete revised online application including all essays
  • 3 letters of recommendation (full grant) or 3 recommendation forms (ETA)
  • language evaluation (if applicable)
  • host affiliation letter(s) (if applicable)
  • transcripts

arts portfolio (if applicable). The arts portfolio is not part of the application pdf; please send your materials / a link to your materials to

Campus committee interviews for all applicants will take place in September/October 2016. The committee will read all application materials in advance of the interview. If an applicant is off-campus, interviews will be conducted by phone or Skype. The interview is a great opportunity to receive feedback from Dartmouth faculty on your application. Feel free to take notes during your interview. There will be time for final revisions and edits before the final submission to the foundation.

Final Application Process

Applicants are responsible for completing and submitting the online application by October 5, 2016. Scholarship Advising will upload your campus committee evaluation once you have submitted your application. ***Current undergraduates should order an official e-transcript through the Registrar’s homepage once your fall term classes are finalized. Applicants are responsible for uploading your updated official transcript to the online application.***




Fulbright Application Schedule

Spring Term 2016

Fulbright Information Session

June 2016

Register with Scholarship Advising

July 1, 2016

Preliminary Application Deadline

July 21, 2016

Letters of Recommendation Deadline

July - August, 2016

Feedback on Preliminary Applications Available in Scholarship Advising

September 9, 2016

Final Application Campus Deadline

Sept - Oct 2016

Interviews with the Committee on Graduate Fellowships

October 7, 2016

October 11, 2016

at 5:00 EST

Deadline for Dartmouth Applicants to submit final applications

Official Deadline for Final Online Applications

January 2016

Fulbright Finalists Notified

March-June 2016

Fulbright Awards Announced



Additional Information

Fulbright Program website

Fulbright Competition Statistics

Email Scholarship Advising

Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: 6/24/16