Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, and teaching worldwide.


Go to the Fulbright website, get a log-in ID, and begin the application. On the website, read through the country page for the country in which you are interested. Familiarize yourself with any special requirements (e.g. language or affiliation requirements) for your country.

If you decide to submit a Fulbright application, email Susanne Salehi (susanne.salehi@emory.edu) right away.  It is important that we know, so you can receive future communications about Emory’s internal process.  If you have questions about the application, contact Dr. Mark Risjord at mrisjor@emory.edu.

April 2020

Online Application will be available. Go to the web site and begin filling it out.

Familiarize yourself with the idiosyncrasies of the online application before the deadlines loom.

Now till August 1, 2020

Work through several drafts of your research proposal with your advisor as well as any other mentors or persons with relevant expertise.

Begin collecting your materials: Speak with those who will write letters. Get your language evaluations completed. Get original copies of your transcripts. Begin to set up an affiliation. Don’t leave these things until August!

If you can attend the Fulbright Workshop, do so. This is a great opportunity to get early feedback on your draft application.  See the flyer on the last page of this memo for details.

Monday, August 24, 2020 11:30 PM

This is the campus deadline and it is mandatory. Complete your electronic application and “submit it” electronically to the Fulbright portal. This must be a complete application, including letters of recommendation, transcripts, letters of affiliation, and language evaluations for any language that you will use in your research or in your daily activities. (See Application Tips on the next page.) 

Again, all materials are due on this date. No exceptions.  (Applications received after the campus deadline will not go through the campus committee process, but must be submitted “at large.”)

September 8-11, 2020

Please mark this week on your calendar until your specific interview time is confirmed. The Laney Graduate School Fulbright Committee will interview all applicants. Interviews are scheduled around faculty availability. Once we receive your application, you will receive a request to identify times that you are available. Be flexible: if you cannot attend any of the available interview times, you must apply “at large.”

The Committee will provide feedback after the interview and you will be able to rewrite your proposal before the Institute of International Education (IIE) deadline. At this time your application will be “released” so you may revise it.

September 24, 2020 11:30 PM

Submit your application electronically. Notice that this is earlier than the deadline published by IIE in the application.

We MUST have the application by this earlier deadline so that the committee can write recommendations for the nominees.

October 8, 2020

Applications are submitted on your behalf by the LGS to the IIE.

February, 2021

IIE expects to inform applicants of first round results. Applications that are successful at this round go on for Host Country Review. Final selection letters are sent between mid-March and late June.

The application process is complicated. Follow the guidelines and instructions included in the Fulbright Informational Memo (at right).

For examples of successful Fulbright proposals, visit the LGS Grant Proposal Archive in Canvas.


The Fulbright Workshop provides an opportunity for students to get early feedback on their Fulbright proposals and personal statements. It is also a chance to discuss other particularities of Fulbright, such as the personal statement, institutional affiliation, and language evaluation. 

In addition to reading the Fulbright Memo, applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the LGS Professional Development Resources page and read Components of a Successful Research Proposal and The Genre of Grant Proposals.

Apply for the Fulbright Workshop here, then submit your materials as described below.

Materials for the Fulbright Workshop are due by August 9 at 11:30PM. They must be submitted in a single file, in pdf format, with the elements in the order specified below. Fulbright narrative and personal statement must conform to the Fulbright formatting requirements.

  1. Fulbright narrative (2 pages, single-spaced)
  2. Personal statement (1 page, single-spaced)
  3. CV

Please name your file with your last name and email it to susanne.salehi@emory.edu.