Who can apply?

Seniors and recent graduates

Graduating seniors and recent bachelor's degree recipients who have some undergraduate preparation and/or direct work or internship experience related to the project.

Master's and doctoral candidates

Graduate-level candidates must demonstrate the capacity for independent study or research, together with a general knowledge of the history, culture, and current events of the countries to which they are applying.

Young professionals, including writers, creative and performing artists, journalists, and those in law, business and other professional fields

Competitive candidates who have up to 5 years of professional study and/or experience in the field in which they are applying will be considered. Those with more than 5 years of experience should apply to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars in the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Competitive applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program will not have recent extensive experience abroad (including recent undergraduate study abroad), especially in the country of application.

Learn more about the program

Students interested in the Fulbright Program should begin thinking about applying early in their time at Marywood. You are encouraged to research proposed host countries and institutions to determine where you would like to study. Additionally, students with research projects should begin developing the basis for these projects and forming contacts with University faculty to assist them. If you're interested in applying for this coveted honor, please contact Fulbright Program Director Dr. Samantha Christiansen to learn more about the process and request faculty support. It's never too soon to begin planning!

When do I apply?

Application deadlines are on the Fulbright website. In order to allow time to provide support for its candidates, Marywood University follows an on-campus application cycle. Campus deadlines will be announced at the beginning of the Fall 2015 semester.

Once you have indicated your interest in applying, the Fulbright Committee will provide hands-on support through the entire application process. A complete application includes all Fulbright application materials: Fulbright application form, including short answers, statement of grant purpose, personal statement, research plans, three recommendations, language evaluations, transcripts, and any additional required materials.

Campus interviews take place in September/early October. This interview and the evaluation are intended to be supportive, rather than a screening step. For this reason, candidates are strongly urged to take advantage of Marywood's resources to assist with the process.

Applications must be finalized and are submitted online to the Fulbright website no later than noon on Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

By the end of January 2016, candidates will be notified of their status after a preliminary national screening. Candidates recommended by the national screening panels have their application transmitted to the supervising agencies abroad for further review. Final selection for Fulbright Grants is made by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Notifications are sent directly from the U.S. Fulbright Program on a rolling basis by country, typically in March and April. Grantees usually receive notification of the final decision by May.

Eligibility and qualifications

The Marywood University Fulbright Adviser and Fulbright Committee will assist candidates during each stage of the application process from inquiry through application.

Selection is made on the basis of the applicant's academic or professional record, language preparation, the feasibility and specificity of the proposed project, commitment and motivation, as well as personal qualifications.

Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • Hold a bachelor's degree before the beginning date of the grant
  • Have a strong academic record and appropriate preparation to conduct their chosen project or teach English
  • Have a plan to engage with the people of the country in which they wish to live.

Note: Graduating seniors, graduate or professional students, or alumni of any age are encouraged to apply. Applicants can apply to only one Fulbright program in any year. Applicants may not hold a doctoral degree.

Application procedures and selection criteria

The most important components of the application are:

  • Two-page statement of grant purpose (single-spaced) articulating the research project or plan of study and its feasibility. For ETA applicants, this statement should be one page. For National Geographic Digital Storytelling (NGS) applicants, it should be three pages.
  • One-page personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation, two of which are usually from professors in the applicant's proposed area of study. Exceptions are common. ETA applications require a recommendation form, not an open-ended letter
  • Official transcript from every college attended
  • Language proficiency report, to be completed by a language instructor whenever possible. May not be required in all cases
  • Research grants require a letter of affiliation, usually from a scholar at a university or research institution in the host country.