International Research and Teaching Opportunities for Students

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 318,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals, and artists to study, conduct research, and/or teach English abroad. In addition, Critical Language Enhancement Awards are available to grantees for study of critical need foreign languages before or during their grant period.

During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the specific country summary for details.

To participate in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen and have:

  • at least a Bachelor's degree by the start of the grant. Applicants who hold a doctorate are ineligible.
  • sufficient proficiency in the host country language to carry out the project.

Applicants should also keep in mind:

  • Recent graduates: Graduating seniors and recent bachelor’s-degree recipients 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.

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

Patricia Gonzalez
Fulbright Program Advisor

CalArts Campus Deadline for the 2024-25 application cycle is Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023 -  11:59 PM

Currently enrolled students are required to participate in the Campus Review Committee meetings. Applications must be ready for review by the committee by 11:59 pm PST Sept. 10, 2023. The Fulbright national submission deadline is 5 pm EST Oct. 10, 2023.

Recent Graduate/Alumni may choose to submit their applications At Large or by Campus Affiliation. 

If alumni choose the Campus Affiliation option, their application must also be ready to review by the Campus Committee on Sept. 10, 2023.


CalArts Fulbright US Student Program – Past Recipients

2023 Anais Azul Arias-Aragon World Music Peru
2023 Shirley Ji Young Kim-Ryu Filmmaking India
2022 Elena Selk Creative Writing Germany
2021 Rosa Boshier Creative Writing UK
2021 Jesse LeVesconte Installation Art Germany
2021 Joshua Sandisky Installation Art Taiwan
2021 Samantha Shay Directing Germany
2019 Sean Hayward World Music Indonesia
2010 Qadriyyah Shamsid-Deen Filmmaking Namibia
2008 Zane Thimmesch-Gill Filmmaking Canada
2006 Hein S. Seok Filmmaking South Korea
2006 Jeff Purmorth Music Composition Indonesia
2006 Tariq Tapa Filmmaking India
2004 Cy C. Kuckenbaker Film Studies Lithuania
2003 Robert Pittman Filmmaking Spain
2001 Katherine Conklin Voice Bulgaria
1999 Mary Jo Walters Photography Thailand
1998 Karina Combs Installation Art Denmark
1997 William Brown Filmmaking Canada
1996 Daphna Lapidot Photography France
1995 Deborah Stratman     Photography Iceland
1994 Kevin O’Sullivan Ethnomusicology Ghana
1993 Thomas Lopez Music Composition France
1988 Anthony Dyrek Film Studies Poland
1985 Maria Bodmann Music Indonesia
1984 David Philpson Musical Instrument Training India
1981 Alan Eder World Music Nigeria
1969 James Hennessey Design Sweden