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Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for students and young professionals to pursue international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, or primary or secondary school teaching abroad.

The program awards approximately 2,000 grants per year, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Along with the Fulbright Scholar Program (for faculty, researchers, and other professionals), it is one of the most prestigious and competitive fellowship programs in the world.

For the 2020–21 year, eight Geneseo students won U.S. Student Fulbright awards and five students were named as semifinalists.

In 2021—for the fourth year in a row—SUNY Geneseo was named a Top Producer of U.S. Student Fulbright awards. Geneseo is the first dedicated SUNY institution to receive such a distinction.

Student Fulbright winners

About the Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants to support recipients' study, research, or teaching in a participating country for the duration of one academic year.

During that year, Fulbrighters live with and learn from the people of their host country. The program facilitates cultural exchange through interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field and home—allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others' viewpoints and beliefs.

Student Highlight

"The main takeaway I have from my Fulbright experience is the importance of intentional living. Every action has far-reaching effects ... every interaction that you have changes people's lives."

-Kiaya Rose Dilsner-Lopez '17, Fulbright recipient

Countries Available

Many countries and many academic areas are included in the Fulbright Program. Generally, each country has its own options and requirements. Applicants should consult the Fulbright region guide for specifics.

Types of Awards

Fulbright teaching award winnerThe Fulbright Study/Research Award is the traditional award opportunity where a candidate designs a proposal for a specific country.

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant programs place grantees in schools overseas to supplement local English language instruction and to provide a native speaker presence in the classrooms.

In addition to the awards above, there are special programs that may change depending on the application year. More information on the types of student Fulbright awards is available on the Fulbright website.

Application and Eligibility

The Fulbright student program is for high-achieving students. Fellowships generally require familiarity with (and perhaps fluency in) the language of the host country. More information about Fulbright eligibility requirements can be found on the Fulbright student fellowship website.

The 2022-2023 U.S  Student Fulbright competition application will open on March 31, 2021. The deadline for last year's competition was Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. Last year the Geneseo on-campus deadline for all application materials to be submitted to was September 16, 2020.  

SUNY Geneseo Contact

Students and alumni interested in applying for a U.S. Student Fulbright will need to contact Director of National Fellowships and Scholarships Michael Mills by email at or in person at his office in Doty Hall 303E for more information.