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San Diego State University

Office of International Programs

Fulbright Student Applicants  

The 2021-22 U.S. Student Fulbright Program cycle is now open. 


Visit the U.S. Fulbright Student Program website to learn about the various grant options and selection criteria.


  • Undergraduates must have graduated by the date of their Fulbright travel.
  • Graduate students and recent graduate-degree recipients are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.  

  • "My biggest advice for those applying is to begin early. I don't even know how

    many drafts I wrote".

    Cassandra Neel, SDSU Fullbright recipient, ETA - Turkey (2010)


    General Timeline: 

    Applications including all supporting materials are to be submitted in September for grants beginning in the following academic year. Applicants sit for a campus interview and are then given time to amend their application. Final applications are submitted online to Fulbright in October. The U.S. Fulbright Committee forwards a list of recommendations to the respective host countries for further review, finalists are named in January. Winners are notified between April and June. The competition timeline is available on the Fulbright website. 



    • Be a U.S. citizen at the time of application
    • Hold a B.A. degree (or equivalent) before the start date of your grant
    • Graduating seniors, masters and doctoral students and recent graduates may apply
    • Be in good health
    • Have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study

    SDSU Application Process: 

    • Visit the U.S. Student Fulbright Program website and review SDSU resources.
    • Attend an SDSU information workshop 
    • Make an appointment to meet with the Writing Center (Optional)
    • Submit online application and all supporting materials to Fulbright
    • Campus interview 
    • Submit final online application to Fulbright

    General Deadlines:

    August: Drafts of essays reviewed by a campus Fulbright advisor 
    September:  SDSU applications including all supporting materials must be submitted electronically through the online application 
    Mid-September: Campus interviews with SDSU faculty
    October: National application deadline

    Complete SDSU Campus Deadlines and Application Information for the Current Cycle 

    Spring 2020 Information Sessions


    Due to state orders, sessions and advising will be done online. Sign up to begin the online process.

    SDSU Fulbright Advisers

    Nancy Marlin Ph.D.

    Professor of Psychology
    Provost Emerita  


    Edith Benkov Ph.D.

    Professor of European Studies  

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