Special Fulbright Info Session for CLA Grad Students

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Purdue’s National and International Scholarships Office announces a special information session for CLA graduate students on the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The AY 2022-23 Fulbright grant application process will kick off with Purdue’s Fulbright Week (Feb 15-19). Purdue has had much success with Fulbright in recent years, including CLA graduate students for research/study grants and English Teaching Assistantships.

Thursday 2/18, 3:00pm – Research Grants and ETAs for CLA Graduate Students (BRNG 2290 & Virtually)


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides post-baccalaureate funding for 8-12 months for individuals to study, research, or teach abroad while promoting cultural exchange and mutual understanding. Eligible applicants include undergraduates entering their senior year, alumni who earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree from Purdue as their most recent degree, and current Purdue graduate students who will not have completed a PhD prior to the beginning of their grant year.

This session will review two types of Fulbright awards for U.S. students:

  1. Study/Research grants, for conducting independent research or study in 140+ countries. Applicants develop an independent project proposal, which may include university coursework, independent library, lab, or field research, or special projects in the social sciences, life sciences, or visual and performing arts. Applicants will seek an institutional affiliation during the application process.

Most graduate students applying for study/research grants do so to fund a research experience. Students applying for study/research grants in the creative and performing arts submit supplementary materials in addition to their application.

  1. English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) grants are available in 70+ countries. Recipients teach English as a second language to students in either elementary school, primary school or the university level, depending on the country. ETAs serve as supplemental instructors in a classroom, generally providing conversation practice and teaching American culture for approximately 20 hours per week. This is also teaching experience for future academic careers.

Fulbright Grantees receive non-competitive eligibility (NCE) for future employment. This is a special hiring authority granted by the U.S. government.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen
  • Bachelor’s degree but not a Ph.D. by the beginning date of the grant
  • Language proficiency varies by country and grant type
  • For creative or performing arts: Four years training

Candidate Profile


  • Strong academic record (GPA of at least a 3.0)
  • Compelling rationale for study, research, or teaching in your chosen country
  • Demonstrated ability and desire to foster mutual understanding and cultural exchange
  • Explanation of how the Fulbright experience will support your future goals
  • Demonstrated preparation, maturity, and adaptability
  • Knowledge of your host country

Relative to Study/Research Grants

  • Feasible project proposal with clear purpose, methodology, and timeline
  • Previous research experience and demonstrated preparation for proposed project
  • Description of the significance and/or innovation of your research/study

Relative to ETAs

  • Previous teaching/instruction experience (e.g., mentoring, tutoring, classroom teaching, or related experiences)
  • Well-developed, specific ideas for engaging second-language learners

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