Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Teach, research, OR study abroad! Pitt is a top producer of Fulbright winners, so work with a seasoned Scholar-Mentor to improve your application.

Ready to start an application? Contact Lesha Greene at LEG78@pitt.edu

Things to Do Now

  • Begin an application (opens April 2) and register as a Pitt Main Campus applicant
  • Thoroughly read Fulbright’s website
  • Carefully consider the profiles of countries
  • Research country; keep up with current events in the country
  • Undergraduate students: Schedule a meeting with Scholarship Mentor Lesha Greene to discuss your application
    Graduate students: contact Jeff Whitehead  for assistance
  • Consider potential recommendation writers and discuss with a Scholarship Mentor
  • 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)
  • Read examples of winning Fulbright essays at the Pitt Honors office (Drop-ins 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)
  • Sign up for a personal statement writing workshop (must be willing to commit for the entire period 
  • 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
  • *We will be in touch by mid-August to tell you when during the 2nd or 3rd week of September your interview will be held. Please note that we need to accommodate our committee members' schedules, so you may have to miss class or ask off of work if they conflict with your interview. If you have any inflexible commitments during this week, you must let the National Scholarships Office know well in advance.

August 31:

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

September 10 through 21:

  • Campus interviews

October 5:

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