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Application Process

If you wish to apply for a Fulbright, you should take the following steps:

  1. Familiarize yourself with the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to chose the type of grant and country that is appropriate given your interests, experience, and career plans. Although Fulbright offers several kinds of grants, most students will choose between the Research/ Study program and the English Teaching Assistantship program. In particular, spend a considerable about of time visiting the information sessions section of the Fulbright website.
  2. Once you are familiar with Fulbright's requirements and have selected the appropriate program and country of interest, contact the Fulbright Program Advisor (FPA). The FPA will help you revise your essays and strengthen your application. The FPA can also assist if you are having trouble selecting a country or program. The earlier you contact the FPA, the more he can work with you, and the stronger your application will be.
  3. You should seek out faculty advisers that can help you prepare your application. A key to success in the Fulbright competition is coming up with first-rate essays, which requires assistance from faculty experts.
  4. Begin preparing your application materials. You should start by drafting your essays and contacting professors that will write your letters of recommendation. You will also need to begin the process of acquiring a letter of affiliation (if you are applying to the Research/Study Program). There are extensive guidelines on the Fulbright website for each of the application components. Be sure to adhere closely to the guidelines.
  5. Once you have completed the application through the EMBARK online system, submit your material for review. You must submit your materials by the campus deadline, which is typically the first Friday of September. 
  6. Work with the FPA to schedule a campus interview. In September, you will be interviewed by a campus committee composed of DePaul faculty. This interview is not intended to be high-pressure, but it is an important part of the application process. It is a way for you to demonstrate that you have a well-crafted application and are prepared for overseas study.
  7. Submit your final application by the national deadline (mid-October). See the Fulbright website for the exact deadline. The application will include an assessment by the DePaul campus committee. The FPA will upload the assessment to your application. The final application is submitted to Fulbright by you.; the FPA cannot submit the application on your behalf.


  • Spring/ Summer: Select the program to which you plan to apply and begin preparing application materials. Reach out to faculty advisers that can help you with your research plan and write your letters of recommendation. Contact the Fulbright Program Advisor (FPA) for assistance.
  • Late Summer: Work with FPA and faculty advisers to revise your essays and strengthen your application.
  • Early September: Submit your application materials to the Fulbright Program Advisor by the first Friday of the month.
  • Late September/ early October: Conduct interview with DePaul Fulbright Committee.
  • Mid-October: Submit final application materials for national review. Check the Fulbright website for the specific national deadline.