The Fulbright Program for U.S. Students

What is the Fulbright Program?

Established in 1946 to increase empathy and understanding between cultures, the Fulbright Program awards thousands of grants and scholarships each year, offering opportunities for advanced research, teaching and study in more than 135 countries worldwide.
If you are a U.S. Citizen, who has, or will have their bachelor’s degree by the beginning date of the grant, you have the opportunity to study, conduct research, or teach English abroad as a Fulbright recipient. All Fulbright grants provide the funds for travel to your host country, a small research/book allowance, and medical insurance, and some include other benefits.

How Do I Apply?

All students must apply through the Office of International Education (OIE), who are available to assist you with your application.

Informational meetings about applying for Fulbright Grants

• Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 3:00 the Center for Community, room S350
• Wednesday, Mar. 7 at 1:00 p.m. in the Center for Community, room S350
• Tuesday, Apr. 17 at 4:00 the Center for Community, room S350

All potential applicants for 2013-2014 grants are strongly encouraged to attend one of these meetings.

  • Current CU-Boulder students who wish to apply for a Fulbright must apply through OIE.
  • OIE is also available to assist alumni with their applications. 
  • Nancy Vanacore is your front line Fulbright Program Advisor.  You may contact her by email ( or by phone (303-492-6016).
  • OIE provides extensive advising for our Fulbright applicants, but it is up to you to contact them early so you can maximize this benefit. 

  • The PRELIMINARY campus deadline for 2013-2014 applications has yet to be determined. It may be as early as May 2012
  • BEFORE this deadline, you must have met with Nancy Vanacore, Fulbright Program Advisor at CU-Boulder, to talk about your application.
  • The FINAL campus deadline for the completed application is: September 10, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Campus interviews will take place in September/October 2012. OIE will contact you about your interview.

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What Can I Do as a Fulbright Student?

Last year, 10 CU-Boulder students received Fulbright grants to study abroad for the 2011-2012 academic year, to countries such as Tajikistan, Macau, Germany, Sweden, India, Bulgaria, Mexico and Indonesia. They will be studying such diverse subjects as Swedish folk music, ethnographic research on women’s educational opportunities in India, plant-soil-microbe interactions to enhance crop performance, and the endangered Kula language, while others will travel to pursue English teaching assistantships.

WGST program graduate Eliza Williamson traveled to Argentina on a Fulbright research grant, to conduct an ethnographic study of a maternity hospital that takes a woman-centered approach to perinatal care. Other CU Students who have won this award are listed, along with their destination and subject area, can be found here:

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