UMD: A Globally Connected University

Fulbright Opportunities at UMD

Fulbright Pai Fellow Donna Howard, UMD School of Public Health, in India, 2008-2009.

What is the Fulbright Program?

The Fulbright Program is a collection of U.S.-government funded international educational exchange programs, the brainchildren of James William Fulbright. At the close of WWII, and at the start of his 30-year career as a U.S. senator for Arkansas, Fulbright convinced his congressional colleagues to use the proceeds from the sale of surplus U.S. war material to fund a series of bi-lateral student and scholar exchanges with countries around the world. Fulbright’s name subsequently became attached to an array of U.S. government sponsored international educational exchanges. Learn more about the Fulbright program.

Which Fulbright Program is the right one for me?

The term “Fulbright” has now become a brand name used on a variety of international exchange programs cosponsored by the U.S. government and partner countries around the globe.  Where, how, and when you apply depends on which of these Fulbright programs is right for you.

Explore your Fulbright options:

How far ahead do I have to apply?

The Fulbright application process begins 18 months in advance of the first grants in an award cycle. Application information is generally available in early February of each year for awards beginning in September of the following year (e.g., the Core competition for academic year 2018-2019 will open in February 2017). With the exception of the seminar offerings, the deadline for all applications for awards is 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time on August 1.

Not available for 2017-2018 opportunities? You can still explore Fulbright opportunities for 2018 and beyond.

Is there any on-campus help available to help me with my Fulbright application?

YES!

  • All UMD undergraduate and graduate students who want to apply must first contact Professor James B. Gilbert, UMD campus representative for Fulbright programs for students, who handles advising in conjunction with the UMD National Scholarships Office. The scholarships office submits all student applications to Fulbright.
  • UMD faculty and staff who are U.S. citizens can contact Joe Scholten, UMD campus representative for Fulbright Programs for faculty/administrators. Workshops for individual UMD units can be arranged upon request. 
  • Prospective applicants may also contact Joe Scholten to connect with members of the UMD Fulbright Alumni network or feedback on their specific proposal.
  • Each spring term, OIA teams up with the UMD Division of Research to offer a campus workshop for faculty and professional staff who are interested in applying for a Fulbright.
  • Those preparing to apply can also find a variety of other resources, including a webinar series where a Fulbright program staff member will address an issue relevant to either the application process or their world region.