Fulbright U.S. Student Program 2018

If you are a graduate student, please contact Jessica Sun for assistance. 

Things to Do Now

  • Begin an application (opens April 3) and register as a Pitt Main Campus applicant
  • Attend a mandatory Fulbright information session (see National Scholarships newsletter)
  • Thoroughly read Fulbright’s website
  • Carefully consider the profiles of countries
  • Research country; keep up with current events in the country
  • Consider potential recommendation writers and discuss with a National Scholarships advisor
  • Put together a support team of faculty experts in your country and  project area, such as advisors in UCIS, ELI, and relevant Pitt departments
  • Look for opportunities to strengthen your candidacy, e.g. become a volunteer ELI instructor
  • Begin networking for affiliates (research and study grants only)
  • Schedule advising appointments with Ian, Judy, and Shannon *We suggest advance schedule a minimum of 3 appointments (6 appointments is the average) between now and August 1
  • Update your CV/resume and upload it to your UHC Scholarships profile (which will be created for you once you schedule a meeting)
  • Read sample Fulbright essays in the UHC office (drop-ins are welcome!)

April to August 1

  • Send recommendation packet to your referees no later than June.
  • Send for all university/college transcripts (unofficial is okay), both in the United States and abroad
  • Secure your affiliation letter (if needed)
  • Meet with a national scholarships advisor at least three times to review drafts of your essays
  • Meet with your support team to discuss your essays
  • Schedule and complete your language evaluation (if needed)
  • Complete your online Fulbright application, including uploading transcripts, affiliation letter, and any other supplemental materials; print out and show to national scholarships advisor
  • *Shannon will be in touch by mid-August to schedule your one-hour committee interview to be held the 2nd and 3rd weeks of November

September 1:

  • Campus Deadline: Submit your complete application through Fulbright’s Embark system; the application goes to the National Scholarships office, not to the Fulbright office.

September 25:

  • Final Campus Deadline - Submit your final application through Fulbright’s Embark system.