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, or university 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 2024-25 award cycle, four Geneseo students won U.S. Student Fulbright awards and eight students were named as semifinalists. Over 50 Geneseo Fulbright alumni have been placed on every continent in the world except Antarctica. 

Student Fulbright winners

In 2024—for the sixth time in seven years—SUNY Geneseo was named a Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Student Awards. Geneseo was the first dedicated SUNY institution to receive such a distinction and annually ranks in the top five amongst Carnegie classification masters institutions for producing Fulbrighters.

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

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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. Also, Fulbright awards are available for graduate degrees in many countries around the world. 

The most popular, 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 from all majors, even alumni. More information about Fulbright eligibility requirements can be found on the Fulbright US Student fellowship website.

The 2025-2026 Fulbright U.S  Student competition application is open. The national deadline is in October. The Geneseo on-campus deadline for all application materials to be submitted to millsm@geneseo.edu is in mid September.  

SUNY Geneseo Contact

Students and alumni interested in applying for a Fulbright U.S. Student award contact Director of National Fellowships and Scholarships Michael Mills by email at millsm@geneseo.edu or in person at his office in Erwin Hall 116C for more information.