Fulbright Program (rising seniors & graduates)

Campus deadline:12:00 pm (noon) EST on Tuesday, August 22, 2023 

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants to U.S. citizens who wish to travel abroad to pursue an individually designed study/research project in any field of study or to teach English with an English-Teaching Assistantship (ETA). During their grants, Fulbrighters meet, work with, live with and learn from the people of their host country, sharing daily experiences. The objective of the Fulbright U.S. student Program is to expose recipients to countries and cultures that are relatively new to them for the purposes of building new relationships and international understanding: the mission of the Fulbright program is "to foster mutual understanding between nations, advance knowledge across communities, and improve lives around the world." Approximately two thousand Fulbright grants are awarded each year, to over 130 countries. Be inspired by Wellesley's 2022-23 Fulbrighters!

Application Planning

Worksheets provide step-by-step advice for:

Timeline overview for application process:

  • May 30: opt-in to Postgraduate Fellowship Summer Support program by submitting this Getting Started worksheet to this form to help plan and build your applications (outlining, essay review, choosing recommenders, etc.)
  • July 18: Optional Draft Deadline for postgraduate fellowships—submit drafts to guarantee draft review appointment before relevant fall deadline
  • August 22, 2023: apply by the campus deadline to participate in campus application process, which includes a September campus interview
  • October 10, 2023 by 5:00 pm EST: apply by the national deadline for consideration in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program
  • March – June: Fulbright results are announced (dates vary by country).


Who is eligible?

  • Wellesley College seniors who will obtain their bachelor’s degree before the start of the grant (if you plan to apply in the fall of 2023, you must graduate in December 2023 or spring 2024) and Wellesley College graduates (who have not yet earned a PhD)

  • U.S. citizens by the date of the national application deadline in October

  • Applicants who possess language proficiency sufficient to communicate with people in the host country and to carry out the proposed project. (Language requirements vary by country: see individual country pages for specifics, and contact fellowships@wellesley.edu with questions or ask when you book an appointment to talk over interests and plans.)

Successful candidates typically demonstrate a specific interest in their host country, and can make a connection between their past activities (academic, professional and/or extracurricular) and their proposed Fulbright project (study/research or teaching).


Where can I learn more?

How do I apply?

Things to know:

  • The Fulbright campus committee process (apply by August 22 to participate) is meant to help you put forth the strongest application possible; it is not a nomination process.
  • All Wellesley seniors and graduates are invited to apply for the Fulbright through the campus committee process. 
  • You can apply directly to Fulbright (as a Wellesley candidate, not “at large”) by the national deadline in October, but we strongly recommend participating in the campus committee process.
  • Note: if you are currently in a US graduate/professional degree program, you might be better served by applying through their current institution.)
  • Fall and late summer advising appointments are in high demand, so it helps to plan ahead: book a Fellowships advising appointment through Handshake at any time in the year (including over the summer).

Application Checklist

To participate in the campus committee process, you will need to submit your completed official online application on the Fulbright website, including all essays and short answers. Please note:

  • Recommendations and languages evaluations may come in after the campus deadline.
  • No one at Fulbright will see your application until after the national deadline.
  • We will return editing access to you after your campus interview.
  • Indicate in the official Fulbright online system that you are applying through Wellesley College (not “At Large”).

Applications include the following components:

  • Short essays, including an abstract, host country engagement, and plans upon return to the US.
  • Resume/CV fields (for example, extracurricular activities, professional experience, etc.)
  • Statement of Grant Purpose:
    • Study/Research: 2 pages, single spaced.
    • ETA: 1 page, single spaced.
  • Personal statement: 1 page, single spaced, for both Study/Research and ETA.
  • Transcripts (Wellesley, study abroad, and any other institutions)
    • For the campus committee process, unofficial applications will suffice.
  • Three recommendations
    • You may submit your application to the campus committee even if your references are not all in.
    • Register your recommenders in the official application system, so they may upload their references there.
    • Study/Research references are submitted in the form of a letter.
    • ETA references are submitted as a form/questionnaire.
  • Language self-evaluation form (completed by the candidate)
  • Foreign Language Evaluation(s), if applicable
    • Completed by a faculty member (see the official Fulbright guidance for language evaluators, & the sample evaluation form there)
    • Register your language evaluator in the official application system
    • You may submit your application to the campus committee even if your language evaluation is not submitted yet.
  • Letter of affiliation, if applicable
    • You may submit your application to the campus committee even if your letter of affiliation is not submitted yet.
  • Supplementary materials (for candidates in the fine or performing arts)
  • Wellesley Signature Document as part of the campus Fulbright survey you will complete after you hit submit (we will send you that survey after the campus deadline).