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 Dr. Risjord (mrisjor@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. Risjord.

March 31, 2021

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

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

Now until August 1, 2021

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 copies of your transcripts (they may be unofficial 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.

Saturday, August 14, 2021 9 AM - 5 PM | Virtual Fulbright Workshop

This is optional but strongly recommended. We have found that students who attend this workshop are significantly more likely to succeed. See the flyer at the end of the memo for details.

Monday, August 23, 2021 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 7-10, 2021 | Fulbright Interview Week

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 23, 2021 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 12, 2021

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

February 2022

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.

Virtual Fulbright Workshop – AUGUST 14, 2021, 9AM - 5PM

If you intend to apply for a Fulbright award this fall, then this one-day workshop is for you. It will provide an opportunity to get early feedback on your Fulbright proposal and personal statement. It will also be a chance to discuss some of the other particularities of Fulbright, such as affiliations and language evaluations.

This will be a workshop, and you will be helping each other write clearer, more persuasive proposals. Proposals and personal statements will be circulated to all participants, and each proposal will be discussed in detail by the group. There will also be time for questions and answers about the Fulbright process. 

If you are intending to apply for a Fulbright you are strongly encouraged to participate. We have offered this workshop for more than a decade, and we have found that students who attend are more likely to succeed than those who do not. 

Workshop Dates and Deadlines:

By July 30st: email the Laney Graduate School Grant Writing Program (laneygwp@emory.edu) with your intent to participate. (This will help us plan the agenda and food.)

Wednesday, August 4, 11:30PM: Materials are due. Please go to the Grant Writing Program website, and follow the instructions there.  Materials will be redistributed to all participants, and you will be expected to read all of the proposals and personal statements. Since you will be providing feedback to others (and getting feedback in return) it is essential to the success of the workshop that you spend some time working through your colleagues’ material.

August 14: 9:00 to 5:00, Virtual Fulbright Workshop. Zoom ID will be sent to participants.

Contact: Mark Risjord: mrisjor@emory.edu