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Please review the step-by-step guide and timeline for Penn's 2022 Fulbright application process!

Interested candidates should enroll in CURF's Canvas site for Fulbright applicants

View the two-part, recorded 2022 Fulbright Kick-Off information session (Penn login required):  

  1. Introduction to the Fulbright US Student Program with representatives from the Fulbright US Student Program, CURF, and Penn students/alumni
  2. Breakout room with Penn’s Fulbright Adviser (FPA), Penn's application process and CURF resources

Fulbright Grants fund 8-12 months of international experience in over 140 countries. With a long-standing mission of promoting mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchange, Fulbright opportunities can be categorized into two main grant types:

  • Study/Research grants offer the opportunity to carry out your own international research project in any discipline (or in some countries, to pursue a graduate degree)
  • English Teaching Assistantships (ETA) grants place Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to teach English and share American culture

The Fulbright application cycle for students and alumni opens on March 31, 2022

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is open to US citizens from all backgrounds. Applicants should be genuinely interested in engaging with diverse populations, and Fulbright encourages applicants representing the US’s racial, ethnic, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and regional diversity. Fulbright supports applicants through an extensive network of peer affiliation groups such as Fulbright NoirFulbright LatinxFulbright LotusFulbright PrismFulbright Salam, and Fulbright Access. For additional information, visit and view Fulbright’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) statement. 

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Penn's Campus Deadline: Monday, August 22, 2022 at 4:00 pm

National Deadline: October 11, 5:00 PM

Penn’s Application Process

  • Interested candidates should enroll in CURF's Canvas site for Fulbright applicants
  • Applicants should submit complete applications through Fulbright’s online application system by Monday, August 22, 2022, in order to meet Penn’s Campus Deadline. Penn undergraduates, graduate students and alumni should apply through Penn, and utilize CURF advising and Penn’s Fulbright Faculty Committee (FFC).  
  • Applicants who do not submit their initial application by Penn’s August 22 campus deadline should still apply through Penn to access CURF and faculty support. 
  • Applicants who submit your essay drafts to CURF for feedback by our Priority Target Date of July 15, 2022 receive first priority on additional essay reviews.
  • Applicants may still submit essays for review after July 15.
  • In September, applicants are matched with faculty who provide feedback on application materials, meet with you, and draft a supportive statement Penn submits with your application. This process is designed to be supportive and educational, and applicants will be able to revise their application before final submission in October. 
  • Applicants who do not meet Penn’s campus deadline but submit complete applications through Penn by Fulbright’s October National Deadline will be forwarded to Fulbright’s National Screening Committee with the rest of Penn’s applicants.
  • By the end of January, the Institute for International Education (IIE) will notify candidates of their status after a preliminary national screening. Candidates recommended by the national screening panels have their applications forwarded abroad for further review. Fulbright recipients are selected jointly by the US State Department and the national commission of their target country, and are notified on a rolling basis by country, typically in March and April.

Contact Information

Dr. Angie Estévez
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships
The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6224
You may schedule an appointment with Dr. Estévez



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