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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.

Dr. Melina Gehring ( is the Fulbright Program Administrator (FPA) for Dartmouth.



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.
  1. Be in good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate of Health from a physician.
  2. 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.
  3. Applicants may hold a J.D. degree at the time of application, but not a PhD.
  4. 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

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)

Applicants will submit the following to the Scholarship Advising office by the preliminary application deadline of July 1, 2014:

  • Online Application as a PDF emailed directly to Scholarship Advising:
    Application includes the essays: Statement of Grant Purpose (2 pages for Full Grant; 1 page for ETA) and Personal Statement (1 page).  All essays should be word docs, single-spaced, 1" margins, Times Roman 12 pt. font.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation for Full Grant or Three Recommendation Forms (completed online) for ETA DUE AUGUST 1
  • Academic Transcript(s)Current Undergraduates should order an unofficial transcript through Banner Student, and email the PDF to  Alumni should order an official e-transcript through the Registrar's homepage, and have the transcript sent directly to
  • Transcripts (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 email

DO NOT submit your application online. Save the information and go to "Application Inspector" to make a PDF of the completed application to email directly to Scholarship Advising.

These applications will be read by Scholarship Advising. The preliminary application (with comments and suggestions) will be returned to you over the summer.

Please see RWiT or any writing advisor for help with your essays. You may also submit a draft of your essay and resume in advance to Scholarship Advising.


Letters of Recommendation, Recommendation Forms, and Language Evaluations

Full Grant applicants should request 3 letters of recommendation, which will be uploaded during the campus review process directly by the letter writer.  The letter writer should email a .doc or PDF of the letter to Scholarship Advising.  We do not need a hard copy of the letter. Due August 1

ETA applicants should insert the contact information for recommenders on the online application.  The recommenders will receive an automatic login to fill out a recommendation form online.  The form is required for the ETA and is not a standard letter of recommendation.  The form should be saved as a PDF and emailed directly to Scholarship Advising by the recommender. Due August 1

The 3 Letters of Recommendation and Recommendation Forms should be sent to Scholarship Advising by email (preferred) or to HB6201, or to Scholarship Advising, 6201 Parker House, Hanover, NH 03755.

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.

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.

Language Evaluation Forms are to be filled out online by a language instructor or native speaker, and are due by the campus deadline.  Applicants are responsible for securing a language evaluation, dependent upon the requirements of the host country, and the nature of their scholarship application.


Campus Deadline and Campus Review

All application materials are due to Scholarship Advising by the campus deadline on September 15, 2014.  Materials should be submitted by email (preferred) or HB6201 or to Scholarship Advising, 6201 Parker House, Hanover, NH 03755.

Applications include the following:

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

Fulbright applicants who are enrolled students or graduate students must be reviewed by the Dartmouth College Committee on Graduate Fellowships.  Alumni are welcome to apply through Dartmouth as well.

Campus committee interviews for all applicants will take place the end of September and early October.  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.

**There will be time for final revisions and edits before the final submission to the foundation.

Final Application Process

**Official Transcripts:  Current Undergraduates should order an official e-transcript through the Registrar's homepage once your fall term classes are finalized.  Transcripts should be sent directly to  Applicants are responsible for uploading the official transcript to the online application.

  • Applicants are responsible for completing the online application for final submission by October 8, 2014.
  • Applicants must upload supplementary materials (for example: transcripts, portfolio in the arts) by October 8, 2014.
  • Scholarship Advising will upload your campus committee evaluation by the deadline of October 15, 2014.

*Scholarship Advising will officially SUBMIT all applications by the deadline of October 14, 2013.

  • Applicants must save a PDF of the final online application for your files and email a copy to Scholarship



Fulbright Application Schedule

April 2014

Fulbright Information Session

June 2014

Register with Scholarship Advising

July 1, 2014

Preliminary Application Deadline

August 1, 2014

Letters of Recommendation Deadline

July - August, 2014

Feedback on Preliminary Applications Available in Scholarship Advising

September 15, 2014

Final Application Campus Deadline

Sept - Oct 2014

Interviews with the Committee on Graduate Fellowships

October 14, 2013

Official Deadline for Final Online Applications

January 2015

Fulbright Finalists Notified

March-June 2015

Fulbright Awards Announced



Additional Information

Fulbright Program website

Fulbright Competition Statistics

Email Scholarship Advising

Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated: 12/18/14