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Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study and/or research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.  

Candidates submit an extensive application defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. MassArt seniors about to graduate and recent alums are encouraged to consider applying. 

Massachusetts College of Art and Design is proud to be included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Students recently announced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 

"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." (, 5/6/14)

Fulbright FAQ

What are the U.S. Student Fulbright Grants?

  • Awards given by the U.S. Department of State to support self-designed study, research or artistic projects or English-language teaching assistantships. Over 130 countries offer Fulbright grants.       

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • U.S. citizenship at the time of application
  • Permanent residents are not eligible
  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree, equivalent training, or professional experience by grant start date (Ph.D. holders are not eligible)
  • Must be in "good health" (as defined by the Fulbright sponsoring agency)
  • Proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study

What does the award include?

  • Round-trip transportation to the host country
  • Funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs, based on the cost of living in the host country
  • Accident & Sickness Health Benefits
  • In some countries, grants may also include, book and research allowances, mid-term enrichment activities, full or partial tuition, language study programs, pre-departure and in-country orientations

Who is eligible? 

  • You are eligible to apply as a MassArt Affiliated Candidate if you are currently matriculated in MassArt's BFA or on-campus graduate programs and your anticipated graduation date is before May 2021 OR you graduated from MassArt's BFA or on-campus graduate programs within the past 5 years. In all other cases, you must apply as an at-large candidate or through another institution.  

How to Apply

  • Visit "How to Apply" on for details on preparing your application
  • MassArt Affiliated Candidates must submit an "Intent to Apply" form before July 1st to Amy Holland in Student Development
  • Prepare Statement of Proposed Study or Research and Personal Statement . Gather Letters of Affiliation, Letters of Reference, Language Report and other required documents
  • Make an appointment to meet with MassArt Fulbright Program Advisor (FPA), Amy Holland (, to review your drafts and discuss application plan
  • Prepare and submit Online Application and hard-copy application before MassArt's on-campus deadline (if applicable), or the National Fulbright Deadline (for at-large candidates)

Need assistance with an application?

To ensure a strong and well-constructed application you must begin your application as early as possible, at least eight weeks prior to the campus deadline. We suggest the following:

  • The Fulbright U.S. Student website
  • MassArt faculty - connect with key faculty for feedback on project ideas and portfolio preparation advice
  • MassArt's Academic Resource Center offers individual writing assistance appointments (8th Floor, Tower)

Learn more and apply: 

The Fulbright U.S. Student website is the key to a successful Fulbright application. On the website you will find:


April 2021 Online Fulbright Application Opens      

July 1 Intent to Apply Form due to Fulbright Program Adviser (for MassArt affiliated candidates)

March 31 - August 30 Advising appointments available with MassArt's Fulbright Program Advisor (Applicants are required to meet with Amy three
times between June 1st and August 15th)

September 1 Final Deadline for MassArt campus affiliated candidates

September 1-8 Initial interviews with the MassArt Screening Committee

September 18-29 Final Interviews with the MassArt Screening Committee

October National Fulbright Deadline - Online Application Closes (Official date TBA)

November - December National Screening Committees

January - May 2022 Review by Commissions/Embassies

February - May 2022 Review by Foreign Scholarship Board

March - May 2022 Final Notification to Applicants

Fall 2022 Begin travel component of grant

For more information, contact Fulbright Program Advisor, Amy Holland at 617.879.7717 or