Grants For Graduate Study And Research Abroad

CRITICAL INFO for applicants: IIE will only accept ORIGINAL, SIGNED letters of recommendation and of host support. E-mail copies and faxes will NOT be forwarded with your completed application. Please allow plenty of lead time to receive these documents prior to the on-campus deadline, especially when they are coming from overseas. Secondly: On-campus interviews will be scheduled weekdays/evenings from September 28 through October 21, INCLUDING DURING DUKE'S FALL BREAK. Please plan your break accordingly; you will NOT be able to re-schedule your assigned appointment time. NO EXCEPTIONS.


August 31, 2005 :: 4:30 PM
240 Franklin Center


Wednesday, September 21 by 4.00pm


The United States Government awards approximately 1,000 grants annually for graduate study or research in over 140 countries around the world.  Fulbright U.S. Student Grants generally provide round-trip transportation, language or orientation courses (where appropriate), tuition in some cases, book and research allowances, maintenance for the academic year, based on living costs in the host country; and supplemental health and accident insurance.

The U.S. Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946, immediately after World War II, to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Senator J. William Fulbright, sponsor of the legislation, saw it as a step toward building an alternative to armed conflict.

Today the Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government's premier scholarship program.  It enables U.S. students, artists and other professionals to benefit from unique resources in every corner of the world.  It enables U.S. citizens to gain international competence in an increasingly interdependent world.

Along with opportunities for intellectual, professional, and artistic growth, the Fulbright Program offers invaluable opportunities to meet and work with people of the host country, sharing daily life as well as professional and creative insights. The Program promotes cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding on a person-to-person basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom. The best way to appreciate others' viewpoints, their beliefs, the way they think, and the way they do things, is to interact with them directly on an individual basis.

The Fulbright Program is supported by an annual appropriation from Congress to the Department of State.  By law, the final selection of all participants is the responsibility of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB), which also establishes the policy guidelines for the Fulbright Program.  The Institute of International Education (IIE) coordinates the activities relevant to the U.S. Student Program and conducts the annual competition for the scholarships.

It is the Board's policy that grants should be awarded to the best qualified students regardless of degree level.  Preference, however, is given to candidates who have recently received the baccalaureate degree.  These candidates are not restricted as to field of study, nor are they required to have formulated long-term specific educational or career goals beyond those necessary for a successful experience abroad.  Master's degree candidates, young professionals and Ph.D. candidates are expected to have fully developed programs of study or research which can be completed during the grant period.  In addition to Fulbright Full Grants, the FSB offers a limited number of Teaching Assistantships, Business Opportunities, and Travel Grants.

Most grantees choose their own programs.  Projects may include university coursework, independent library or field research, classes at a music conservatory or art school, and/or special projects in the social or life sciences.  Recent Duke Fulbright grantees have studied or researched everything from income distribution in Thailand, to symphonic organ music in Belgium, to forestry management practices in Swaziland, and to creative writing in New Zealand.  To read about some current Fulbright grantees and the projects they are undertaking, visit the Notes from the Field section of the IIE site.  Almost all grants are awarded for programs of study or research that require one academic year to complete.

Graduating seniors and graduate or professional students interested in a year's study or research abroad are urged to consider applying for a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant.  Only United States citizens are eligible. 

Your hard-copy application and all supporting materials are due Wednesday, September 21, 2005 (4.00 p.m.). They should be mailed to: Nancy Hare Robbins, Duke University Center for International Studies, Box 90404, Duke University, Durham NC 27708-0404 OR hand-delivered on campus to: Nancy Hare Robbins, Room 105, John Hope Franklin Center at 2204 Erwin Road. Hand-delivered letters of recommendation must be in sealed envelopes that are signed by the referee on the back flap.