Global Engagement

Fulbright Program

The U.S. Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946, immediately after World War II, to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Senator J. William Fulbright, sponsor of the legislation, saw it as a step toward building an alternative to armed conflict. Today the Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government's premier scholarship program. Each year, over 1,700 Americans study or conduct research in over 100 nations with the support of the Fulbright. Clemson has earned the special privilege of having several of our graduates rank among this list   

Types of Grants
The U.S. Student Fulbright Program is designed to give recent college graduates, graduate students, and young professionals, opportunities for personal and career development and international experience. Most awards are for one academic year. There are two types of grants -- Full Grants for Study and Research and Full Grants for English Teaching Assistantships.    

Full Grants for Study & Research
These grants are provided for an individual to conduct or study in a host country of their choice for one academic year. Applicants for the Study & Research Grant plan their own programs. Projects may include university coursework, independent research, special projects in the creative or performing arts, or a combination thereof. Recent proposals by students at Clemson have involved the use of biodigesters in Uganda, the historical and philosophical study of the concept of freedom in Poland, and the development of photovoltaic cells at Cambridge University in England.

Full Grants for English Teaching Assistantships
ETAs are offered in many countries worldwide, with each ETA Program designed by the host country. ETAs differ from Study and Research grants in that their primary purpose is to engage students in the classroom ETAs may, however, propose small research projects or community engagement activities that complement their ETA fellowship and fulfills the purpose of the Fulbright program.


• General Application form
• Statement of Grant Purpose (2 pages for Study & Research grants, 1 page for the ETA)
• Personal Statement (1 page)
• 3 letters of recommendation
• Foreign Language Report (when applicable)
• Letter(s) of Affiliation from Overseas contact (for Study & Research grants, and in exceptional cases the ETA)
• Official Transcripts

 Next Steps